Loudspeakers

YG Acoustics Kipod Main Module Loudspeakers

November 10, 2010
YG Acoustics Kipod Main Module Loudspeakers

Kipod main modules ($15,000) shown here atop optional bass modules ($21,000) Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Review: YG Acoustics Kipod Main Module lloudspeakers ($15,000/pair) at 10 Audio. Here is a sample: The Kipods offer an absolutely consistent tonal or harmonic quality from mid bass, about 60 Hz, to the uppermost limits...
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Focus Audio Prestige FP50 Loudspeakers

November 2, 2010
Focus Audio Prestige FP50 Loudspeakers

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Focus Audio Prestige FP50 loudspeakers ($4300/pair), including measurements taken in the anechoic chamber at Canada’s National Research Council, at Soundstage!Hi-Fi. His conclusions: Focus Audio’s Prestige FP50 may lack low bass, but it makes up for it with exceptional detail and articulation in the bass region that...
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PMC Fact.8 Loudspeakers

November 2, 2010
PMC Fact.8 Loudspeakers

Kevin Gallucci has posted a review of the PMC Fact.8 loudspeakers ($9999) at Soundstage!Hi-Fi. His conclusions: The Fact.8 is one of the best speakers I have heard. PMC reveals its pro-audio heritage in this model, but where pro monitors can be ruthlessly revealing, the Fact.8 possessed finesse and delicacy that most studio monitors I’ve...
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Vivid 1.5 Loudspeakers

October 31, 2010
Vivid 1.5 Loudspeakers

John Marks has posted a review of the Vivid 1.5 stand-mounted loudspeakers ($7650) in his Fifth Element column at Stereophile. He also shares his impressions of the new Cardas Clear interconnects and loudspeaker cables. His conclusions: Now that I've heard the V1.5, I can readily believe that Vivid's G1Giya is the best loudspeaker Wes...
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Epos Encore 50 Loudspeaker

October 26, 2010
Epos Encore 50 Loudspeaker

Paul Messenger of Hi-Fi+ posted a review of the Epos Encore 50 loudspeakers (£4,995/pair) at AVGuide. His conclusions: The Encore 50 deals with all kinds of music without fear or favour. Radio 3’s Choral Evensong sounded excellent, with impressive rendition of the gothic cathedral’s marvellous acoustic, but the Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun...
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Hart EVO-1 Loudspeaker

October 26, 2010
Hart EVO-1 Loudspeaker

Jason Kennedy of Hi-Fi+ has posted a review of the Hart EVO-1 loudspeaker ($£14,975/pair) at AVGuide. His conclusions: Around this point in the proceedings I spent an evening listening to JBL’s new K2 horns at a friend’s house, he was raving about the detail coming out of these megabucks speakers and it wasn’t hard...
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Dynaudio Focus 110A Active Loudspeakers

October 25, 2010
Dynaudio Focus 110A Active Loudspeakers

Jason Victor Serinus has posted a review of the Dynaudio Focus 110A active loudspeakers ($2450/pair) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. Here’s a preview: Nonetheless, I am blessed with enough Nordost cables to be able to use a pair of Odin interconnects between the Focus 110As, and Odin power cables on the...
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Reviw: KEF Reference 201/2 Loudspeakers

October 21, 2010
Reviw: KEF Reference 201/2 Loudspeakers

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the KEF Reference 201/2 loudspeakers (£3,50) at AVGuide. His conclusions: Playing around with large loudspeakers that cost as much as a shiny new BMW, it’s no great leap to become myopic and forget that people who love hi-fi aren’t all able to drop £50,000 on a loudspeaker...
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Magico Q5 Loudspeakers

October 16, 2010
Magico Q5 Loudspeakers

Michael Fremer’s review of the Magico Q5 is out in the latest issue of Stereophile. His conclusions: Overall, the Magico Q5 was the smoothest, most detailed, last mechanical sounding speaker I've heard. It sounded that way at what I used to think were impossibly low levels, and it sounded that way at uncomfortably loud...
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Electrocompaniet Prelude System

October 15, 2010
Electrocompaniet Prelude System

Adam LaBarge has posted a review of the Electrocompaniet Prelude System (together, $7239) at Dagogo. His conclusions: Analytically the best way to describe sound produced from the Prelude system is, slightly rolled off highs at the top-end of the frequency spectrum, the treble and mids in general are a bit louder than the lows,...
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Legacy Studio HD Monitors

October 11, 2010
Legacy Studio HD Monitors

Jim Minton has posted a review of the Legacy Studio HD Monitors ($1,450) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: I am a big fan of monitors. If the crossovers are well thought out and the drivers are well designed, they often can produce very full and accurate sound. The Studios...
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Magico Q5 Loudspeakers

October 8, 2010
Magico Q5 Loudspeakers

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Magico Q5 loudspeakers at Hi-Fi+, TAS’s sister publication in the U.K. His conclusions: I’ve already said much about the Q5 on the AVGuide website, including, “this is the best speaker in the world” and “there’s no magic in Magico”. I still stand by both these statements,...
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Audience ClairAudient 2 + 2 Loudspeakers

October 6, 2010
Audience ClairAudient 2 + 2 Loudspeakers

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Audience ClairAudient 2 + 2 loudspeakers at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: I believe after spending well over 500 hours listening to the Audience ClairAudient 2 + 2 monitors that its a breakthrough product. Using them with at least three amplifiers, tube and solid state, various...
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Bowers Wilkins CM5 Loudspeakers

October 4, 2010
Bowers  Wilkins CM5 Loudspeakers

Jeff Stockton has posted a review of the entry-level Bowers & Wilkins CM5 loudspeakers ($1,500) at Soundstage! Hi-Fi. Here is an excerpt: When I first hooked up the CM5s to my NAD C 325BEE, I was startled by the immediate difference in sound quality. The B&Ws were in the positions occupied by every other...
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Acapella High Violoncello II Loudspeaker

September 28, 2010
Acapella High Violoncello II Loudspeaker

John Atkinson has posted his controversial review and test measurements of the Acapella High Violoncello II loudspeakers ($80,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: The Acapella High Violoncello II is the most expensive loudspeaker I have had the pleasure of using in my listening room. With its ionic tweeter and the use of horn loading for...
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Bowers Wilkins 805 Diamond Speaker System

September 28, 2010
Bowers  Wilkins 805 Diamond Speaker System

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the B&W 805 Diamond Series loudspeakers system (together, $14,500), including a full suite of measurements, at Home Theater. His conclusions: The Bowers & Wilkins 805 Diamond provides the high-end sophistication of the Diamond Series in a monitor package that’s especially well suited to home theater (and that...
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Living Voice Vox Olympian Loudspeaker

September 25, 2010
Living Voice Vox Olympian Loudspeaker

Edward Barker has posted his review of the very unusual, and expensive, Living Voice Vox Olympian ($194,000) loudspeaker at 6moons.com. His conclusions: I’ve tried to keep this piece as close as possible to the original notes as I made them during the listening sessions. Even if my reactions may appear to be over the...
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Sonus Faber Liuto Wood Loudspeaker

September 18, 2010
Sonus Faber Liuto Wood Loudspeaker

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Liuto Wood loudspeakers at Hi-Fi+. Here is what Alan concluded: Closer analysis (when the monkey lord is put back in his place) reveals the reason why they do both so well is because the balance is rich and dynamic enough to make delicate sounds...
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Magneplanar 1.7 Loudspeakers

September 16, 2010
Magneplanar 1.7 Loudspeakers

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Magnepan 1.7 loudspeakers at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: Bottom line? I think you already know. Like the 1.6s, the 1.7s are the most lifelike speakers I’ve heard in their price range—or anywhere near it. I could live with them (and did) in a system that...
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Vandersteen Audio Model 7 Loudspeaker

September 15, 2010
Vandersteen Audio Model 7 Loudspeaker

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Vandersteen Audio Model 7 loudspeakers at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: The Vandersteen 7 is a stunning achievement that must be regarded as one of the world’s great loudspeakers, regardless of price. The lack of color and artifacts through the midband and treble are simply breathtaking—the...
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Nordost Norse Series Bi-Wire Jumpers

September 12, 2010
Nordost Norse Series Bi-Wire Jumpers

Victor Chavira has posted his review of the Nordost Norse Series bi-wire jumpers at Positive Feedback Online. Here are just a few of his observations: I discovered that indeed, transparency and extension improved appreciably… A quick change back to my jumpers confirmed that they were attenuating ambience, cohesion, and depth of perception resulting in...
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Dynaudio Excite X32 Loudspeakers

September 10, 2010
Dynaudio Excite X32 Loudspeakers

Kirk Midtskog has posted a review of the Dynaudio Excite X32 loudspeakers ($2,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusion: My minor reservations about the X32 are mostly centered around soundstaging, with a caveat about harmonious pairing with associated equipment. I would take the compelling musical detail-resolving abilities of the X32 over a lackluster speaker...
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von Schweikert Audio Vortex VR-33 Loudspeakers

September 10, 2010
von Schweikert Audio Vortex VR-33 Loudspeakers

Greg Weaver has posted a review of the von Schweikert Audio Vortex VR-33 loudspeakers ($3,750/pair) at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusion: In my experience, there is no way you are going to find a speaker that can keep up with, let alone outperform, them at anywhere near this price, period. They will easily equal...
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Verity Lohengrin II Loudspeaker

September 9, 2010
Verity Lohengrin II Loudspeaker

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the Verity Lohengrin II loudspeaker at The Absolute Sound. His conclusion: Apart from a single-driver loudspeaker, no moving-coiling design is going to achieve complete coherence. But I didn’t hear any gaping holes in the Lohengrin II. Instead, I was most impressed by the ribbon tweeter, which endowed...
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PSB Synchrony One Speakers

September 9, 2010
PSB Synchrony One Speakers

Jim Milton has posted a review of the PSB Synchrony One speakers at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusion: Well, perhaps I was more than just impressed. The PSB Synchrony Ones are one the best sounding speakers I have had the pleasure to audition in my home. The overall sonic performance...
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