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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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Trenner & Friedl Osiris loudspeaker

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

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

Monitor Audio Gold 300 loudspeaker

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

About a year after settling into my new house, I decided to buy a pair of Monitor Audio Silver 10 floorstanding loudspeakers, which I had reviewed in 2014 for our sister publication Sound & Vision. I wound up buying three of them, with the intention of cannibalizing the drivers and crossover from one to make my own three-way center-channel speaker. But that project was long delayed, and I never got around to doing anything with the third Silver 10: It now sits in a closet as a spare.… Read the full article

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Fern & Roby Raven Loudspeakers | Review

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

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Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

Like many longtime TAS readers I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of trying, I made a giant step forward towards that goal at the end of 2018 with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. As I indicated in my online preview at the time, the floorstanding, mid-sized, three-way Stage is a revelation, and in a couple of important sonic dimensions better than any loudspeaker I have heard in all my years.… Read the full article

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