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
With reviews of Wilson’s Alexia 2 loudspeaker ($57,900/pair) in the July issue, Constellation’s Centaur 500 amplifier ($55,000) in the October issue, and Tidal’s Akira loudspeaker ($215,000/pair) in the November issue, my system’s been inhaling some rarefied air the past few months. Accordingly, I felt I should live with some components priced within the reach of real-world audiophiles. As it happened, I was finishing up my review of the Constellation amplifier when MoFi Distribution’s Lionel Goodfield e-mailed me, asking if I’d like to review the new Diamond 11.2 loudspeaker from the venerable British brand Wharfedale.… Read the full article
The New Apartment Lounge: Mighty Midgets – The Gravity Defying Studio Electric M4 Monitor Loudspeakers
Great First Impressions
I’ll never forget the look on Greg Weaver’s face the moment he and I got to hear (at the AXPONA 2018 high end show) what Studio Electric and chief designer Dave McPherson’s latest thinking on what small loudspeakers, the diminutive M4, could do. Greg had that classic “I told you so” grin on his face, one that seemed to say, “Dude, can you believe how good this thing sounds?” a few seconds after Dave lowered the stylus of what I think was a Hana MC cartridge (here tethered to a Fern & Roby turntable/arm combo with ModWright Instruments supporting electronics) into the lead groove of Janis Ian’s dark reflections on the Holocaust “Tattoo,” from her seminal 1993 release Breaking Silence.… Read the full article
German manufacturer Elac had a significant North American presence in the 1960s and ’70s, primarily with its Miracord automatic turntables. While it eventually disappeared from the US market, Elac never ceased to be a player in Europe, where it eventually shifted its primary focus from turntables to loudspeakers.
When Elac decided to reenter the US market a few years ago, its success was hardly assured. Faced with hundreds of brand names and thousands of models fighting for attention, it hired veteran speaker guru Andrew Jones to improve the odds.… Read the full article
Review By Noam Bronstein
Some gear comes in and out of our lives casually. It’s different with speakers sometimes. When a speaker gets under your skin, it triggers a more emotional attachment. Some call it “speaker fixation” – the notion that you build your entire system around the speakers you love. And if done right, I think this can be a 100% valid approach: mate the right speakers to the right room, and you’ve nailed the biggest system interaction, or variable.… Read the full article
A past favorite speaker series for Audioholics was EMPtek’s acclaimed Impression speaker line because of its good performance and tasteful appearance and for its amazingly low pricing. In our reviews of the E5TiR and E55Ti, we noted their “stunning appearance” and “detailed and lifelike” sound. The Impression series went on to become a 9 year success for EMPtek and later, RBH Sound. RBH discontinued the original Impression series in order to revamp the production process for better manufacturing consistency and have now brought the Impression speakers back with a new design and new look but still at a very affordable price.… Read the full article
Here at Audioholics, we recently completed a string of reviews of loudspeakers in an unusually low price-range:$45 to $100 a pair. This was done with two thoughts in mind; first, that there may be some folks who want a good sounding system but who might be on a very tight budget, and second, that there may be some low-budget gems out there that can really compete with more expensive speakers in some fashion. So we surveyed the market and choose a handful of speakers that we felt had potential to exceed their modest price points.… Read the full article
The Dayton Audio B452-AIR bookshelf speaker and C452-AIR center speaker are an expansion of the Dayton Audio B562-AIR, which itself was an offshoot of Dayton Audio’s classic original B562. What has made these series of speakers notable is the extremely low pricing for full-sized bookshelf speakers. At the time of this writing, a pair of B452-AIR speakers can be had for one penny short of $45, which makes them the least expensive speakers ever reviewed at Audioholics (Monoprice MP-65RT on sale still cost $0.11 more/pair).… Read the full article
All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.
Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair) with custom outboard Tianle Heil AMT Supertweeters, Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.
Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods, Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker (for music out by the pool!).… Read the full article