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Brian Alvarez has posted a review of the Adam Audio ARTist 6 Active loudspeakers (tower $2000/pair; LCR $1100/each; monitor $1200/pair) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions:
“On paper the advantage of active speaker designs are numerous, in real life these advantages proved themselves admirably. The ARTist series of speakers are a very sophisticated package which are equally beautiful to look at. If you live in an upscale modern urban dwelling of small to medium size the ARTist series is a must listen. The benefit is not just aural but also physical.
With an active system one is able to achieve the performance of using mono-block amplifiers to bi-amp a speaker while adding no boxes to your equipment rack or furniture. In an age of ever declining boxes the ARTist series led me to a system consisting of an AV-Preamp, an ultra slim Blu-Ray player and an AppleTV with an equally discreet DAC. Elegantly simple and incredibly high performing I foresee active speakers growing in popularity.”
You can read the full review here.