Loudspeakers

Canton Vento 820 Loudspeaker

January 4, 2011
Canton Vento 820 Loudspeaker

Kirk Midtskog has posted a review of the Canton Vento 820 Loudspeaker ($2400/pair, stands $600/pair) at AVuide. His conclusions: Despite all of the 820's positive attributes, at the end of the day I never did become truly immersed in the musical performances. The 820 covered some hi-fi bases reasonably well, but it also tended...
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Reference 3A MM de Capo i Loudspeaker

January 2, 2011
Reference 3A MM de Capo i Loudspeaker

Phil Gold has posted a review of the Reference 3A MM de Capo i loudspeaker ($2995/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: So the Reference 3A MM de Capo i is not a universal panacea but a superb instrument finely tuned to faithfully reproduce all but the largest scale music, in small to medium...
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Selah Audio Verita Loudspeakers

December 31, 2010
Selah Audio Verita Loudspeakers

Tim Shea has posted a review of the Selah Audio Verita loudspeakers ($2650/pair) at Soundstage Hi-Fi. Measurements taken in the anechoic chamber at Canada’s National Research Council are also posted. His conclusions: I’m not sure I can unqualifiedly recommend the Selah Audio Verita to those in the market for small monitor speakers; I could...
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Gingko Audio ClaraVu 7 MkII Loudspeakers

December 31, 2010
Gingko Audio ClaraVu 7 MkII Loudspeakers

Jeff Van Dyne has posted a review of the Gingko Audio ClaraVu 7 MkII loudspeakers ($2995/pair) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. Measurements taken in the anechoic chamber at Canada’s National Research Council are also posted. His conclusions: ’ve been completely blown away by Gingko Audio’s ClaraVu 7 MkII. My listening room is a difficult space for...
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Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 Loudspeakers

December 31, 2010
Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 Loudspeakers

Paul Beaudette has posted a review of the Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 loudspeakers ($698/pair) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. Measurements taken in the anechoic chamber at Canada’s National Research Council are also posted. His conclusions: The Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 has reminded me that a well-designed pair of inexpensive speakers can give more than...
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YG Acoustics Carmel Loudspeaker

December 29, 2010
YG Acoustics Carmel Loudspeaker

Chris Martens has posted a review of the YG Acoustics Carmel loudspeaker ($18,000/pair) at AVGuide. He observed: Next there are the sounds of the instruments, themselves, which the Carmels present with such disarming and natural purity that they seem almost to deflect analysis, instead inviting a more direct and emotional connection. Through the Carmels,...
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Wilson Audio Sasha

December 23, 2010
Wilson Audio Sasha

Nicolas Bedworth has posted a review of the Wilson Audio Sasha loudspeakers ($26,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: The Sasha’s imposing but not edgy contours and its mirror-smooth polished surfaces in many ways allude to the refinement of the audio experience these speakers can deliver. It will be fascinating to hear what new wonders they...
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Lavardin Components and Lecontoure Loudspeakers

December 17, 2010
Lavardin Components and Lecontoure Loudspeakers

Wojciech Pacuła has posted an unusually comprehensive and weel thought out review of a system comprised of the French Lavardin Model C62 preamplifier and Model AP150 stereo power amplifier, and Lecontoure Stabile 210 loudspeakers at 6moons. Even if you have no particular interest in these components, the review is a pleasure to read. His...
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Turning Point Audio SD-X2 Loudspeakers

December 13, 2010
Turning Point Audio SD-X2 Loudspeakers

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Turning Point Audio SD-X2 loudspeakers ($4400/pair) at Dagogo. His some of his observations: The tonal balance of the Turning Point Audio SD-X2s reminds me of the BBC LS3/5a speakers, and I mean that as a compliment… Truth is, the SD-X2 sounded nice with most everything I...
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Marten Heritage Getz Loudspeakers

December 6, 2010
Marten Heritage Getz Loudspeakers

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Marten Heritage Getz loudspeakers ($20,000/pair) at AVGuide. Some of his observations: The overall character of the Getz is a cooler and drier one, somewhat consistent with my experience with ceramic drivers. Consistent, too, is the speaker’s speed, detail, and coherence. It doesn’t reveal any spurious box...
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Harbeth P3ESR Loudspeakers

December 5, 2010
Harbeth P3ESR Loudspeakers

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Harbeth P3ESR loudspeakers ($2195/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: The lower one goes, the softer the bass becomes but it never lost its content or contours. Yet this was not a voiced contoured sound. Certain elements related to plastic diaphragms could be noticed similar to Dynaudio and...
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Dynaudio Special Twenty-Five Loudspeakers

December 5, 2010
Dynaudio Special Twenty-Five Loudspeakers

Ralph Werner has posted a review of the Dynaudio Special Twenty Five loudspeakers (€4.000/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: Dynaudio’s Special Twenty-Five remains a monitor par excellence. It exhibits high resolving power, ultra-transparent staging with high imaging precision and textbook tonal neutrality to become an essentially ‘flawless’ specimen of the breed. That’s accounting for the...
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Sonus Faber Minima Vintage Loudspeakers

December 5, 2010
Sonus Faber Minima Vintage Loudspeakers

Wojciech Pacuła has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Minima Vintage loudspeakers ($2499/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: Each loudspeaker is a set of design choices and compromises. Such small and—considering build and finish quality—relatively inexpensive cabinets are affected by the laws of Physics even more than most. That makes the personality and vision...
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PMC TB2i Loudspeakers

December 2, 2010
PMC TB2i Loudspeakers

Adam LaBarge has posted a review of the PMC TB2i loudspeakers ($2450/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: This fact, that I assumed they would act a certain way and they didn’t, gets to the heart of the TB2i sound. The TB2i do a very good job at reflecting the equipment driving them and the quality...
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Von Schweikert Audio UniField 1 Loudspeakers

December 2, 2010
Von Schweikert Audio UniField 1 Loudspeakers

Phillip Beaudette has posted a review of the Von Schweikert Audio UniField 1 loudspeakers ($) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: Just when I thought I was starting to get my head around what to expect from "simple" two-way speakers, along came the Von Schweikert Audio UniField 1. In terms of precision and soundstaging, it...
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Vivid Audio B1 Loudspeakers

December 2, 2010
Vivid Audio B1 Loudspeakers

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Vivid Audio B1 loudspeakers ($15,000) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: Vivid Audio’s B1 is an extraordinarily good loudspeaker that has midrange and high-frequency neutrality, transparency, and refinement that are second to none. In resolution and detail in those mid- and upper ranges, every other speaker I’ve...
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Lansche Audio No.4.1 Loudspeaker with Plasma Tweeter

November 25, 2010
Lansche Audio No.4.1 Loudspeaker with Plasma Tweeter

Greg Petan has posted a review of the Lansche Audio No.4.1 loudspeaker with plasma tweeter ($55,000/pair) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: All considered, fit, finish, performance, cool factor, and let’s not forget the blue lit Lansche logo aglow on the front of the baffle, we are dealing with something high-end audio should be all...
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Jamo R907 Loudspeakers

November 23, 2010
Jamo R907 Loudspeakers

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Jamo R907 loudspeakers ($4999) at AVHub. His conclusions: Although I’d be the first to say that when it comes to choosing a pair of loudspeakers you should never sacrifice sound quality for appearance, I have to say that the Jamo R909 was the first loudspeaker I’d...
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Linn Majik DS-I Integrated System

November 22, 2010
Linn Majik DS-I Integrated System

Alan Sircom, Editor of Hi-Fi+, has posted a review of the Linn Majik DS-I Integrated System (£2,500) at AVGuide. His conclusions: Then there’s the quality of the sound from the NAS. I am not a major supporter of the ‘CDs sound better when ripped and stored’ school of thought, but the Linn Majik DS-I...
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Ciamara Elegance Series 1 (ES1) 2-Way Loudspeaker

November 22, 2010
Ciamara Elegance Series 1 (ES1) 2-Way Loudspeaker

has posted a review of the somewhat obscure Ciamara Elegance Series 1 (ES1) 2-way loudspeakers ($7990/pair) at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusions: With these generally warm jazz LPs a bit of the light and bright impression of the ES-1s resurfaced for me. The ES-1's seemed a cooler and less relaxed presentation than my reference....
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Bowers Wilkins 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers

November 16, 2010
Bowers  Wilkins 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers

Andrew Robinson has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers ($2400) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: At $24,000 a pair, the new Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series 800 Diamond loudspeakers are not going to be for everyone due to their financial commitment and sheer size. But I promise you the...
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Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 Subwoofer

November 16, 2010
Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 Subwoofer

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review, along with a full suite of measurements, of the Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 subwoofer ($8999) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. One of his observations: I don't know what the low frequency limit is on the canon shots in The 1812 Overture, but...
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Focal Chorus 826W 30th Anniversary Edition Speaker

November 16, 2010
Focal Chorus 826W 30th Anniversary Edition Speaker

Robert Deutsch has posted a review of the Focal Chorus 826W 30th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker ($3495/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: When a loudspeaker manufacturer whose top model costs close to $200,000/pair introduces an "Anniversary Edition," my expectation is that the price of the commemorative speaker would be at least some multiple of $10k. Focal...
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Von Schweikert UniField One Loudspeaker

November 15, 2010
Von Schweikert UniField One Loudspeaker

Alan Sircom, Editor of Hi-Fi+, has posted a review of the Von Schweikert UniField One loudspeaker (£4,995/pair). His conclusions: There’s an obvious rival in the KEF Reference 201/2, also in this issue. Both sport a coincident drive unit (the famed Uni-Q, in the case of the KEF), both are standmounters and while the 201/2...
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Magnepan’s On-Wall Surround Sound Speaker System

November 11, 2010
Magnepan’s On-Wall Surround Sound Speaker System

Chris Martens has posted a review of Magnepan’s On-Wall Surround Sound Speaker System (MMC2 $1995/pair; CC5 $1095; DVM $795) at AVGuide. His conclusions: Consider this system if: you are the sort of listener for whom “pretty good” or even “very good” sound just isn’t good enough. This system is geared for music and movie...
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