• 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, ...
  • Sonus faber Elipsa Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber Elipsa Loudspeaker

    I’ve tried, really I have, but I honestly can’t think of another loudspeaker manufacturer creating models as purely beautiful sounding as those made by Italy’s Sonus faber.With each passing year, Franco Serblin and the team ...
  • Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Along with Focal and Cabasse, Triangle Electroacoustique is one of France’s Big Three high-end speaker manufacturers. As quality-driven as a Michelin three-star restaurant, it brings to market an extensive lineup of stereo and multichannel models. ...
  • Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Speaker design involves science and a kind of combined craftsmanship and musical judgment that one might call art. Judgment comes from the fact that all speaker designs involve certain compromises. Since a perfect speaker is ...
  • DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    The $3900 DALI Helicon 400 is a medium-height floorstander that uncannily resembles this Danish firm’s premium offering, the Euphonia MS4 [see Issue 146]. It sports the same voluptuous, curvaceous side panels. Internally, it mirrors much ...
  • Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Fans of American muscle cars understand that when it comes to pavement- pounding and nose-bleeding power, there’s no substitute for cubic inches. That sentiment also applies to loudspeakers. Like pistons under the hood, a multiple ...
  • Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Few loudspeaker companies are more intimately connected with high-end audio than Italy’s Sonus faber. Its aristocratic designs evoke the craftsmanship and the culture of the legendary Cremonese violin makers and a taste of la dolce ...
  • KEF XQ5 Loudspeakers

    KEF XQ5 Loudspeakers

    KEF has been around for over fifty years and some audiophiles may need to be reminded just how good many of its speakers are. In the 1960s and 70s, KEF was among a small group ...

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