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2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $9,999 – $35,000

By | November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $9,999 - $35,000

ATC SCM19-AT $9999 The active, two-way, tower version of ATM’s compact, passive SCM19, the 19-AT equals or betters the stand-mounted version across virtually all sonic criteria. It has superior bass extension, although its greatly improved low-end control and pitch definition are what truly engage the listener. Images just lock in. Its comforting warmth in the lower mids and upper bass further adds to the impression of musical scale and substance. Also, the 19A has a little fuller midbass than you might expect from a two-way (piano aficionados should take note).… Read the full article

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Product of the Year Awards 2017: Floorstanding Loudspeakers

By | March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Product of the Year Awards 2017: Floorstanding Loudspeakers

Monitor Audio Silver 300 $2000 The Silver 300 may look like its predecessor, but this latest version has been completely redesigned with new drivers, crossovers, and enclosure. A three-way, four-driver speaker (dual 6" woofers, 4" midrange, 1" tweeter) housed in a cabinet that looks far too nice for this price point, the Silver 300 offers a compelling array of musical virtues. Chief among these are its terrific speed on transients, effortless reproduction of dynamics, and overall sense of musical coherence. Bass is detailed and resolved, providing a clear sense of pitch.… Read the full article

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2018 Buyer’s Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers Under $3k

By | November 24th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2018 Buyer's Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers Under $3k

Elac Debut F5 $560 The floorstanding F5 leverages the strengths of the compact B5, then significantly builds on them. Yes, there’s the same warm, relaxed, and responsive midrange, overall tunefulness, and strong sense of musical truth. What distinguishes the F5 is the sheer volume of air that its additional pair of woofers can move. This results in dividends that include authentically weighted orchestral scale, rock-level dynamics, and vocal reproduction that depicts singers as fully formed and fleshed out with chest resonance, weight, and bloom.… Read the full article

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2018 Buyer’s Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $1999 – $2999

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2018 Buyer’s Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $1999 - $2999

GoldenEar Technology Triton Five $1999 Sandy Gross, the proprietor of GoldenEar, may be the Babe Ruth of reasonably priced loudspeakers. With the Triton Five, the gregarious Gross has hit yet another one out of the park. Named after the sea god Triton who could calm or rouse the waves by blowing on his conch, the Triton has a similar quality. It’s a remarkably low-distortion design that belts out Led Zeppelin but also has the finesse to reproduce the most finely filigreed musical passages.… Read the full article

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High Efficient Floorstanding Loudspeaker Roundup 2017 AXPONA

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Our last
article covering the AXPONA audio show focused on tower speakers that could be
set up in an upscale living room without raising too many eyebrows. The
speakers in this segment of our coverage are different. These are, for the most
part, behemoths that use horns to control directivity of the sound. They are
highly sensitive speakers, and by that we don’t mean their feelings are easily
hurt. High sensitivity speakers are designs that get a whole lot more out of
the wattage put into them than typical cone and dome speakers.

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2017 Buyer’s Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $5,000-$10,000

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2017 Buyer's Guide: Floorstanding Loudspeakers $5,000-$10,000

Monitor Audio Gold 300 $5700 Monitor Audio, a forty-plus-year-old UK-based manufacturer, is one of the pioneers of metal-driver technology. Melding impressive sound with cool-looking functional design, the surfaces of its proprietary C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) alloy metal-dome bass and midrange drivers are dimpled with small, round indentations in a graduated pattern that makes them resemble a kind of space-age honeycomb. Sonically, the Gold 300 tends towards a relatively “bottom-up” sound that is consistently balanced, rich, and full—and always musical. And its C-CAM ribbon tweeter boasts remarkable range.… Read the full article

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Dynaudio Confidence 30 Loudspeakers and Simaudio Moon Electronics

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

When Dynaudio’s Mike Manousselis told me that the new Dynaudio Confidence 30 ($20,000/pair) has a new Esotar3 tweeter, I thought of John Atkinson, who praised this company’s tweeters in a review some years back. The new tweeter includes a Hexis inner dome to help dissipate back wave energy and, as with all the other new drivers in the speaker, uses new “ultra-powerful” neodymium magnets.

Also new: a “horizon surround” on the Confidence 30’s midrange and downward-firing ports. “The baffle is completely inert,” Manousselis said; it’s composed of a “Compex” composite that is quieter than aluminum and precisely shaped to function as part of Dynaudio’s “Dynaudio Directivity Control” technology, which controls vertical dispersion.… Read the full article

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FinkTeam Borg Loudspeakers

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The enormous WM-4 FINKTEAM loudspeakers caused a lot of confusion among people during the High End 2018 exhibition  in Munich. Looking at them and not knowing what it was all about, it was hard to say why, however. They did look a little different than most loudspeakers at the exhibition, but they still seemed to be mainstream—these are stocky loudspeakers with D’Appolito arrangement—two midrange drivers and a tweeter, with a really large woofer below.

Only having looked at them closely, one could become suspicious of their “ordinariness.” It was then possible to see that the tweeter is an AMT Mundorf driver, the midrange drivers have flat membranes and they have been made in-house according to the FMWD (Flat Membrane Wide Dispersion) concept (do you remember the NXT technology?), while the woofer is an enormous 15-inch unit with a paper membrane and textile surround.… Read the full article

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Wilson Audio Specialties Yvette loudspeaker

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Wilson Audio Specialties considers the Yvette ($25,500/pair) to be the replacement model for the Sophia Series 3. I would argue that the Yvette is an entirely different animal. There are obvious similarities between the Yvette and Sophia. Each is a floorstanding, three-driver, three-way design. Each comprises a single box with a separate internal chamber for each driver. The Sophia’s woofer and midrange chambers are ported; the Yvette’s are respectively ported and vented. The two models are about the same size and, from the back, look a lot alike.… Read the full article

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Affordable Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

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

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