has been in business since 1983, bringing reference level performance to home
theater and audiophile settings. They
bring this quality standard throughout their entire line of products from their
$52,800/pr Legacy Helix floorstanding loudspeakers to the $1,795/pr Studio HD
bookshelf loudspeakers. They also used
this reference quality manufacturing in their Wavelet Preamp, Wavelaunch
Processor, and their Powerbloc2 stereo amplifier. With this in mind and using this as a standard,
Legacy has released the Calibre compact speaker. Legacy’s Chief Engineer, Bill Dudleston
stated that his plan was to build the highest resolution compact speaker
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BLSv2 and LCRv2 Speaker Introduction
Outlaw Audio is most well-known for their audio electronics and subwoofers, but about 10 years ago they tried their hand at loudspeakers with successful results. The original BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker and LCR Loudspeaker were met with acclaim and sold well, but their manufacturing source was closed down after being bought out by a private equity firm. Outlaw did not immediately follow up the BLS or LCR with a successor speaker, since there were few domestic manufacturers that could meet Outlaw’s criteria for a loudspeaker that they would be willing to sell.… Read the full article
In this segment of our coverage for the 2019 AXPONA show, we will look at a selection of the more affordable loudspeakers we saw there. While the massive, ultra high-end speakers seem to get most of the attention, these shows are also a good opportunity for manufacturers to show what can be done in more reasonable price ranges. We will be looking at loudspeakers that are less than $2,000/pair which, for most people, is not cheap but is not unattainable either.… Read the full article
The first of the two ELAC rooms I visited featured the Navis ARF-51 powered tower speaker ($4000/pair). This design from Andrew Jones, shown in my photo, features a coaxial tweeter/midrange unit and three woofers. Level controls allow the balance to be optimized—up to ±1dB for the coaxial unit, up to ±4dB for the woofers.
With source a Discovery server ($1099) and an Audio Alchemy DDP-2 D/A preamplifier, with AudioQuest Monsoon power cables and AudioQuest Water interconnects, the ARF-51s playing Count Basie’s 88 Basie Street sounded rich with clean, clear high frequencies.… Read the full article
This is an important year for Rethm Loudspeakers, for two reasons…..
Firstly, we have recently completed a major re-work of our premium line of speakers ( Saadhana, Maarga, and Trishna ) — the first major change since the line was introduced several years ago. The cosmetic changes are significant but not “radical,” and they have only been made because of the changes implemented to substantially improve sound quality. The labyrinth of the wide-bander has undergone major modifications to increase lower midrange response.… Read the full article
High Performance Loudspeakers: Optimising High Fidelity Loudspeaker Systems, Seventh Edition, by Martin Colloms. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018. Paperback, 696 pp., $95. Available as an eBook, $79.99.
“Listen to that—that‘s what I mean by ‘cone cry!'”
It was 1979. I’d been taking part in a blind listening test of loudspeakers organized by Martin Colloms (footnote 1) for the British magazine Hi-Fi Choice and, after the formal sessions had ended, had asked Martin to explain something I’d heard.… Read the full article
Cardas, Mobile Fidelity, Falcon Loudspeakers, Primare, Dr. Fieickert Analogue, Koetsu And A Nautilus Power Strip – Florida 2019
I love rooms like the one hosted by Cardas, Mobile Fidelity, Falcon Loudspeakers, Primare, Dr. Fieickert Analogue, Koetsu and Nautilus Power Strip. I know that sounds like a super-sized laundry-list of brand names, but the overall theme of Room No. 502 at the Florida Audio Expo was to “keep it simple.”
Easy to spot from the hallway as I entered the room, in both manner of sight and sound, the Falcon LS3/5a loudspeakers (starting at $2,995 pr USD / $3,250 in Burr Walnut finish as shown)
did well to tackle this small hotel room in terms of giving a full-range impression.… Read the full article
The Elac Adante series of loudspeakers, especially the compact AS-61, have been the darlings of the press since the first one reached a reviewer’s listening room. Recently the AS-61 received the coveted 2018 EISA award. While the bookshelf-sized Adante has been a veritable rock star, the larger floorstanding model, the AF-61VR (A is for Adante, F is for floor, VR is rosewood veneer), has seen far less journalistic sunlight. That just isn’t right…so I will attempt to rectify the situation. The Elac Adante AF-61VRs are priced at $5000 a pair.… Read the full article
Expert review and test of the Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.
One of the trickiest ongoing problems for any speaker designer is not so much getting the speakers they design to sound good—though that can be pretty tricky!—as making sure that they don’t sound so good that they cannibalise the sales of higher-priced models in the company’s own speaker range.
That’s certainly a problem that Revel Concerta2 M16’s designer Mark Glazer would have faced when he was updating the original Concerta Series to Concerta2 status, because he wouldn’t have wanted to take sales away from the similar—but higher-priced—Revel Performa3 M105s.… Read the full article
Not many people outside of audio enthusiasts who pay attention to audio in social media will know about Philharmonic Audio. This is because Philharmonic Audio doesn’t spend a penny on advertising and their only means of promotion is by word of mouth. However, those audio enthusiasts who do pay attention to social media generally hold Philharmonic Audio in high regard, and Philharmonic looks to be thriving despite having a near zero dollar marketing budget. Dennis Murphy, the proprietor of Philharmonic Audio, lets his creations do all the talking for him.… Read the full article