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McIntosh launch RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.

McIntosh Announces RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Next generation home audio wireless speaker system delivers room filling sound

Binghamton, NY – February 14, 2019 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System.

Delivering room filling sound, the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is McIntosh’s next generation home audio wireless speaker. Designed for a modern streaming lifestyle, it comes packed with virtually everything needed to enjoy music streamed from handheld devices, stored online or a local computer, or played from legacy audio sources.… Read the full article

Q Acoustics Concept 500 loudspeaker

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Q Acoustics was founded in the UK in 2006, but has appeared on the radar of US buyers only in the last few years. Until recently, Q has aimed its efforts at the budget sector, earning enthusiastic reviews and commercial success.

But during that time the company also been quietly working on a product considerably more upscale, though still affordable in a marketplace now glutted with products at if-you-have-to-ask prices. The result is the Concept 500 ($5999.99/pair), first seen in the UK in 2017 and recently made available here.… Read the full article

DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X loudspeaker

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In 2008, a pair of DeVore Fidelity’s Gibbon Nine loudspeakers arrived at my home for a Follow-Up review. Within weeks, I wrote a check for them. That put me in good company: Several other reviewers who reviewed the Nines also bought their review pairs.

Ten years later, the Gibbon Nines are still my main speakers. That’s the longest I’ve ever kept a pair of speakers in my main system, not counting the Polk Audio 7Bs I bought in 1980, when I was 16.… Read the full article

Amphion Argon 3S loudspeakers | Review

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amphion Argon 3S

Better living through chemistry

As a practicing chemist (or rather, “purveyor of chemical knowledge”), I’m quite keen on all things chemistry. My interest was piqued, therefore, several years ago when I first noticed the offerings of the Finnish company Amphion. As far as I could tell, the operation crafted speakers for both the pro audio and high-end consumer communities, and more importantly, they named their home audio products after chemical elements!

Yes, lots of companies do this sort of thing. Haven’t we all seen the “silver, gold, or platinum” edition of this product or that?… Read the full article

YG Acoustics – Our latest loudspeaker evolution is here

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Dear YG family,

YG Acoustics™ is pleased to unveil Hailey™ 2. Hailey 2 represents a gorgeous marvel of engineering and craftsmanship and the continued innovations of YG Acoustics.

Now, with the addition of YG Acoustics’ revolutionary Billet Dome tweeter and ViseCoil™ bass inductors, Hailey 2’s astonishing sonic performance can only be exceeded by the Sonja 2 and XV series.

Hailey 2.2

The newly developed Hailey 2 is the 2nd generation of the award-winning Hailey. Hailey 2 builds off its heritage with YG Acoustics’ breakthrough technological innovations and secures a new level of excellence from its predecessor.… Read the full article

ATC SCM50 ASLT Loudspeaker

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

ATC SCM50 ASLT Loudspeaker

Audiophiles and active loudspeakers have had, shall we say, an uneasy relationship over the years. The squabble goes something like this: Active speakers (defined here as speakers equipped with on-board amplifiers and electronic crossovers) are the outsiders, creations of and for the recording studio—only pros need apply. The argument continues that while active designs tout tonal accuracy, they are just as often described as amusical and clinical-sounding beasts geared to play all day and night at ear-splitting levels. Some of these generalizations contain seeds of truth, but many are mere clichés from a bygone era.… Read the full article

The Pros & Cons of Electrostatic Loudspeakers

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The main inherent advantage of the full-range electrostatic loud speaker system is that it allows a single diaphragm to embody the conflicting attributes needed for optimal performance at both extremes of the audio range. Its thin-membrane diaphragm can be made exceedingly light, for superb transient response and extended HF response, yet it can be about as large in area as desired, for extended LF response. And since that diaphragm is driven uniformly over its entire surface, instead of from a relatively small voice-coil, it circumvents the inherent problem of dynamic speakers in requiring that a large area be driven from a small area (the central voice-coil).… Read the full article

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

McIntosh has been going all out for the last year or so, introducing new flagship products across several categories — from massive, 1,250-watt solid-state monoblocks to an entirely new tubed preamp and power amp combo system designed to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary in 2019. (I hope to investigate the $22,000 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System further when it reaches my local showroom.) At the end of 2017, the company unveiled a new flagship loudspeaker, the XRT2.1K. These colossal, 7-foot-tall towers contain 81 drivers per side, weigh over 350 pounds each, and sell for a gut-punching $130,000 per pair.

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Introducing the Larsen 9 Loudspeaker

By | February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Introducing the Larsen 9 Loudspeaker

The following is a press release issued by Larsen and Audio Skies. February 2, 2019 – Taking the critically acclaimed and ingenious designs from the Larsen 8 to its fullest potential, the Larsen 9 features curved wood sides and frame, wooden slots for ports, and top-of-the-line Illuminator drivers from ScanSpeak and top model Danish crossover components from Jensen. The result is full range speaker with lower distortion, higher resolution and improved dynamics and a huge visceral soundstage. The stylish Larsen 9, like all Larsen speakers, is designed to be placed against the wall and work with the room, not against …… Read the full article

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