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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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Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

Like many long-time 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 recently made a giant step forward towards that goal with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. The 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

Elac Adante AF-61 loudspeaker

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

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

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Sound+Image Awards 2019: Loudspeakers

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR UNDER $2000 Q Acoustics 3050i

LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR $2000-$10,000 Revel Performa3 F208

LOUDSPEAKERS OF THE YEAR OVER $10,000 GoldenEar Triton Reference

ACTIVE SPEAKERS OF THE YEAR Dynaudio Xeo 20

SUBWOOFER OF THE YEAR OVER $5000 Bowers & Wilkins DB1D

JUDGES’ CHOICE JBL L100 Classic

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Paradigm Persona 5F loudspeaker

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Since its founding in 1982, Paradigm has developed and sold high-value loudspeakers. When my wife and I acquired our weekend house in 1992, I selected a pair of Paradigm Esprit/BP speakers for our audio system there. Shortly thereafter, however, I wanted to take my big step into multichannel, and it seemed that the Esprits’ bipolar radiation would present problems for multichannel sound in my relatively small room. Back then, Manhattan still had many audio salons; after shopping around, I replaced the Esprit/BPs with Paradigm’s Reference Studio/60 v.2s, and in 2004 stepped up to the Studio/60 v.3s.… Read the full article

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