• Focus Audio FS 78SE Loudspeaker

    Focus Audio FS 78SE Loudspeaker

    Never underestimate the modest two-way loudspeaker. For decades it has embodied the high-end credo that less is more—that design minimalism, impeccably executed, can draw a listener ever closer to musical reality. Even in an era ...
  • MartinLogan Source Speaker

    MartinLogan Source Speaker

    For as long as I can remember serious music lovers have been fascinated with electrostatic speakers. The reasons are obvious— instead of woofers and tweeters, electrostatic speakers use a light, responsive, super-thin electrically conductive diaphragm ...
  • Focus Audio Master 3 Loudspeaker

    Focus Audio Master 3 Loudspeaker

    A friend recently complained that I get so excited about every new component to come along that it’s almost as if I’ve never heard a decent stereo before. My first thought was to suggest that ...
  • Triangle Esprit Altea Esw Loudspeaker

    Triangle Esprit Altea Esw Loudspeaker

    In the months following my review of the Triangle Esprit Altea Es (Issue 156), Triangle Electroacoustique announced some key revisions to its popular mid-line offering. Given that the Altea was already very good, I seized ...
  • Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Loudspeaker

    Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Loudspeaker

    Paradigm enjoys a solid reputation for building modestly priced loudspeakers that deliver strong performance for the money, but that fact raises an important question. What would happen if a traditionally value-oriented, price-conscious firm such as ...
  • Magico V3 Loudspeaker

    Magico V3 Loudspeaker

    Magico founder Alon Wolf made an off-hand comment to me that cut to the core of how he approaches loudspeaker design. We were setting up the V3 in my listening room when he remarked that ...
  • Revel Ultima Salon2 Loudspeaker

    Revel Ultima Salon2 Loudspeaker

    Most reports of a great-sounding demonstration at CES or CEDIA are followed by the qualifier “… for a show,” as in: “The XYZ sounded fabulous… for a show.” That’s because it’s rare to hear truly ...
  • PSB Synchrony Two and Two B loudspeakers

    PSB Synchrony Two and Two B loudspeakers

    A couple months ago a press announcement was circulated that sent a collective shudder through the loudspeaker segment of the high-end industry. Flop sweat began beading up on the brows of audio engineers and acousticians. ...
  • Magnepan MG12 and MMG Loudspeakers

    Magnepan MG12 and MMG Loudspeakers

    Last issue, in my review of the excellent Focal/JMlab Electra 1007Be mini-monitor, I laid out the case for the superiority of two-way dynamic loudspeakers, which mostly amounts to the fact that they disappear more completely ...
  • Coincidentally Yours KEF iQ7

    Coincidentally Yours KEF iQ7

    It’s a friendly rivalry that goes back to the very beginnings of the high end. Small speaker versus big speaker—the stand-mounted two-way pitted against the multi-driver floorstander. The argument goes that nothing captures the speed, ...

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