In 2010, I declared, “If you’re looking for a pair of standmount monitor speakers and you have about $1500 to spend, buy the Nola Boxers.” The quality of sound at that price made the recommendation a cinch. Many other reviewers and audiophiles reacted with the same enthusiasm, so it’s not a surprise that Nola continues to offer the Boxer as the entry into their prestigious line of loudspeakers. Moreover, the entire Contender series offers a sampling of the high end at a reasonable cost.… Read the full article
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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
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
Still retro in looks, the JBL L100 Classic’s heritage snakes back to 1970. Its role in those Maxell TV ads (here & here) lives on. “Night on a Bare Mountain”, the music used in the UK spot, was first to sound forth for this review. “Ride of the Valkyries” was used for the US version. Both are good markers for the revised JBL’s sound: big & bold.
The original L100 was JBL’s biggest seller of all time. The L100 Classic is that loudspeaker reinterpreted for the 21st Century.… Read the full article
One of the most exciting new product introductions to come out of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is Polk Audio’s new flagship Legend Series loudspeakers, which Polk describes as “the most sophisticated and intensively engineered loudspeakers the company has ever introduced.” Polk’s engineers have designed these new speakers from the ground up, developing a number of new technologies along the way. The tweeter, mid-bass driver, woofers, bass port, cabinet design, and crossover network have all been improved compared to those found in previous Polk designs, and the line’s flagship floor-stander includes a unique “stereo dimensional array” — but more on that later.… Read the full article
Nola To Feature the World Premiere of Its Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 Loudspeaker at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019
HOLBROOK, New York, August 21, 2019 — At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019 Nola Speakers will be featuring the world premiere of its Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeaker system, an ultra-high-end $250,000 open baffle line source array design created to deliver remarkable musical realism.
The Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 will be demonstrated at RMAF September 6 – 8, 2019 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, Aurora, CO, Room 4125. It will be complemented by other world-class components including a Valve Amplification Company (VAC) preamplifier, power amp and D/A converter, Audio Research CD transport and Nordost Odin 2 cables.… Read the full article
Available October 2019, the Motion Series features seven new models, including two floorstanding, two bookshelf, and two center channel speakers.
Lawrence, Kansas, United States – August 20, 2019 – MartinLogan is pleased to announce seven new Motion® Series loudspeakers for music or home cinemas. Since its introduction, the Motion Series has garnered acclaim for its performance and value. When it came time to introduce a new generation of the Motion Series, MartinLogan decided not to mess with a good thing. The new line of modern, multi-application speakers utilizes the same benchmark-performance technology as previous generations of the Motion Series, updated with a modern and stylish new design.… Read the full article
Revel Performa M126Be Introduction
Loudspeaker manufacturer Revel has been a consistently reliable brand for high-quality speakers ever since its inception by Sidney Harman in 1996 as a luxury brand segment of Harman International’s family of audio businesses. Leveraging Harman’s highly-regarded research into the human perception of what constitutes good sound reproduction, Revel makes speakers that uses their findings towards producing perceptually high-fidelity loudspeakers. They combine the engineering for high sound quality along with exquisite industrial design for loudspeakers that perform as high-end as they look.… Read the full article
Frequency Response Waterfall Plots
One way that Audioholics have presented on-axis and off-axis frequency responses in our loudspeaker reviews are through waterfall plots.
Wikipedia defines a waterfall plot as:
“a three-dimensional plot in which multiple curves of data, typically spectra, are displayed simultaneously. Typically the curves are staggered both across the screen and vertically, with ‘nearer’ curves masking the ones behind.”
This is a great way to show the frequency responses over the entirety of an axis because so much information can be conveyed in such an intuitive way.… Read the full article