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
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
Over the last couple of years, Audioholics’ speaker reviews have contained measurement graphs that have prompted questions from many readers about the meaning and importance of the information displayed in them. Some readers have found the information in them confusing, and that is our fault for not recognizing how cryptic these sort of representations are for an average reader. It can be easy to take these sorts of data visualizations for granted when one spends so much time dealing with the minutiae of loudspeaker behavior, and that can sometimes lead us to assume too much knowledge on behalf of the reader, especially novices to the audio hobby.… Read the full article
Two-way designs in the bookshelf form factor can be magical in the right space. It takes a special skill set to deliver optimal near field or low-level listening for an office space while still maintaining some of that angelic high-end sparkle. Sonus Faber makes some of the best sounding flagship floor standers out there, and now they hope to replicate some of that hifi mojo with their new Minima Amator II loudspeaker.
While not the least expensive 6″ speaker out there, the Amator II builds upon much of the stellar industrial design that is utilized in some of their other high-end products.… Read the full article
THE PROJECT – BECAUSE THERE IS NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST
Some products are not meant to be tied to a singular historical moment. Electa Amator III and Minima Amator II were born with this concept in mind and together give life to the Heritage collection from Sonus faber. Paying homage to its past through classic design, while strongly breaking through the barrier of time with an electro-acoustic point of view, the Heritage collection transmits the tradition of the brand and enhances its artistic relevance.… Read the full article
It’s been barely a year since I first listened to the Wharfedale Diamond 225. That was my very first review, and I still break out that pair every once in a while. Not out of nostalgia or anything like that, but because the Diamond 225s are a very solid reference speaker, especially for entry-level stand-mounts. They look good; they sound good. They do everything I want a speaker of that price point to do. I’m mentioning the 225s because I was just sent Wharfedale’s new Diamond 11.1 bookshelf speaker ($499).… Read the full article
The bass/midrange driver in the Evoke 10 is a 140mm diameter single-piece magnesium silicate polymer (MSP) cone driven by an aluminium voice-coil and a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet. This crosses at 1.4kHz, via a second-order network, to Dynaudio’s new 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. This new tweeter is based on the tweeter Dynaudio developed for its Special 40 anniversary speakers, but whereas the tweeter in the Special 40 uses a neodymium magnet, the new Cerotar tweeter uses a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet.… Read the full article
The bass/midrange driver in the Evoke 10 is a 140mm diameter single-piece magnesium silicate polymer (MSP) cone driven by an aluminium voice-coil and a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet. This crosses at 1.4kHz, via a second-order network, to Dynaudio’s new 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. This new tweeter is based on the tweeter Dali developed for its Special 40 anniversary speakers, but whereas the tweeter in the Special 40 uses a neodymium magnet, the new Cerotar tweeter uses a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet.… Read the full article
Visit any consumer audio show these days and you’ll see rooms full of systems costing from six to seven figures. Manufacturers like to put their best foot forward, and demoing systems with loudspeakers designed to sell for $50,000/pair and up (often up) seems an obvious way to go.
It’s also common for an audio company to launch its flagship models first, and only later release more affordable products, for a wider range of buyers. The hope is that the promotional shine of the dream products will be reflected onto the budget models.… Read the full article