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
RSL CG5 & CG25 Speaker Introduction
While RSL Speakers might not be a household name, audio enthusiasts who stay on top of noteworthy brands will certainly know about RSL speakers due to their reputation among hobbyists and the general acclaim they receive from the audio community. RSL has been gathering a reputation as a source of affordable yet high-fidelity loudspeakers that have accrued an online buzz due to a plethora of positive remarks from professional reviewers and customer testimonials alike. Audioholic’s own encounters with RSL products have found them to be a solid brand, so we were excited to see them enter a higher price bracket when we did a preview article on the recent release of their CG5 and CG25 product line.… Read the full article
Austrian loudspeaker manufacturer Trenner & Friedl has a thing for coaxial drivers. They’re used in at least three of the company’s eight loudspeaker models, including the diminutive Sun bookshelf speaker and the large floorstanding Taliesin. In these models, T&F eschew more conventional stacked drivers for a putatively time-aligned, wide-frequency range coaxial design.
I first encountered T&F’s approach when I reviewed the above-mentioned Sun, which proved to be the best small loudspeaker experience I’ve ever had. And I do mean small, as in 8.25″ high by 6.25″ wide by 5.5″ deep and weighing a scant 7lb.… Read the full article
My adventures with the Fern & Roby Raven loudspeakers started last year, right before I left my house in Western New York to drive down to the Capital Audiofest in the suburbs of Washington DC. Minutes before I left, I double-checked the CAF website for the address so I could put it into the GPS and there it was, on the landing page, an image of a beautiful single-driver loudspeaker with glorious mid-century style wooden legs and a curiously wide baffle.… Read the full article
My obsession with bookshelf style and standmount loudspeakers knows no bounds. I love the challenge to designers, there is a certain undeniable draw to the minimalist approach. With limited box space and inseparable limitations to low frequency production, it seems the perfect metaphor for artisanal craftsmanship within the small confines of driver and cabinet shaping.
The TAD Micro Evolution One (ME1, $12,495) deals its cards out just over the $10k pricepoint and offers an interesting solution for those looking for more answers to questions that every audiophile has.… Read the full article
Motion 35XTi Bookshelf Speaker Introduction
Although MartinLogan is best known for their curved electrostatic panel speakers, one of their best-selling speaker lines is the ‘Motion’ series that uses more conventional loudspeaker cabinets. However, in keeping with their preference for flat-panel transducers, MartinLogan did opt to use AMT tweeters in the Motion series. While AMT tweeters have become more common in recent years, the Motion series had been using them as a design distinction for some years now, and MartinLogan was the first major speaker manufacturer to put AMTs in affordable speakers.… Read the full article
ampsandsound Leeloo Mono Tube Amplifiers: Superior Single-Ended Triode Performance for Headphones and High-Efficiency Loudspeakers
I’ve owned a pair of Zu Audio Omens—the Dirty Weekend (DW) variety—for over five years now. Zu builds high-efficiency loudspeakers that employ 10-inch full range drivers and compression tweeters, with many of their models approaching 97dB per 1 watt input. During operation, the 10-inch drivers, which are custom-manufactured for Zu by Eminence in Kentucky, run completely full range with no crossover network. The compression supertweeters—also manufactured by Eminence, and essentially presented by Zu as horns—also run full range and utilize a single capacitor to create the high pass filter.… Read the full article
It is said that while any competent engineer can design a superb loudspeaker if allowed an unlimited bill of materials, the true test is being able to produce a great-sounding, budget-priced speaker out of parts that cost a mere handful of dollars. With PSB’s Alpha series of bookshelf speakers, Canadian engineer Paul Barton has illustrated this truism many times over the years.
The first PSB Alpha was reviewed for Stereophile by Jack English in July 1992. A modest-looking two-way priced at just $199/pair, it combined a reflex-loaded 6.5″ woofer using a plastic-doped paper cone with a 0.5″ plastic-dome tweeter.… Read the full article