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MartinLogan Motion 60XTi speakers and 800X subwoofers; Benchmark D/A DAC3 B DAC, LA4 line amplifier, AHB2 power amplifier, and Star-Quad speaker and interconnect cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you, like me, tend to associate MartinLogan with electrostatic transducers, you may be surprised to learn that their more traditional Motion line accounts for most of their sales. The upgrades to the Motion 60XTi speaker ($1599.99/each) are subtle, and termed “housekeeping” by the company’s Peter Soderberg. Designed by their head engineers, they are claimed to carry over the electrostatic voicing that distinguishes the company’s other models. Together with MartinLogan’s Dynamo 800X subwoofers ($799.99/each), Benchmark’s D/A DAC3 B D/A converter ($1699), LA4 line amplifier ($2499), AHB2 power amplifier ($2999), and star-quad speaker cables and interconnects, the system acquitted itself nicely on a 24/192 file of Lori Lieberman and the Matangi Quartet’s “Empty Chairs” and another hi-rez track from David Chesky, “Transcendental Tripping” from Jazz in the New Harmonic.

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MartinLogan Motion 35XTi speakers and 800X subwoofers; Benchmark D/A DAC3 B DAC, LA4 line amplifier, AHB2 power amplifier, and Star-Quad speaker and interconnect cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you, like me, tend to associate MartinLogan with electrostatic transducers, you may be surprised to learn that their more traditional Motion line accounts for most of their sales. The upgrades on the Motion 35XTi speaker ($649.99 each) are subtle, and termed “housekeeping” by the company’s Peter Soderberg. Designed by their head engineers, they are claimed to carry over the electrostatic voicing that distinguishes the company’s other models. Together with MartinLogan’s Dynamo 800X subwoofers ($799.99/each), Benchmark’s D/A DAC3 B D/A converter ($1699), LA4 line amplifier ($2499), AHB2 power amplifier ($2999), and star-quad speaker cables and interconnects, the system acquitted itself nicely on a 24/192 file of Lori Lieberman and the Matangi Quartet’s “Empty Chairs” and another hi-rez track from David Chesky, “Transcendental Tripping” from Jazz in the New Harmonic.

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Best Stereo Speakers, Soundbars & Subwoofers of 2019 (So Far)

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In early June, we highlighted a half dozen Top Pick-worthy home theater speakers systems and followed that up with a handful of top performing speakers that should be on the shopping list of anyone looking to go wireless. Continuing on the speaker theme, we now turn to the best stereo speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers we’ve reviewed so far this year. And for good measure, we’ve thrown in a subwoofer guaranteed to rock the house.
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Bowers & Wilkins 800D3 Speakers and DB1 Subwoofers, McIntosh C1100 Preamp, Aurender A30 Server, Solid Tech Racks, Synergistic Research AC Conditioner

By | June 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

When I entered my penultimate Scott Walker Audio room, Kevin Wolff of Bowers & Wilkins was playing outtakes from a 1989 recording by Branford Marsalis. The sound of Marsalis’s sax was so distinctive and, to my ears, beautiful that I began to smile. (Trumpet was another instrument whose sound this system conveyed with perfection.) As Kevin segued into a 16/44.1 file of Thomas Dolby’s “I Scare Myself,” I scribbled in my notebook, “This is a system that reminds you of what the high end is all about.”

Despite some booming, the McIntosh midrange came through in spades.… Read the full article

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2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Subwoofers

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Subwoofers

REL T/7i $999 A special round of applause is due this mini-sub for music lovers. The T/7i is even faster and tighter than its forbear, yet remains tonally supple, with well-defined timbres. It’s also remarkably potent for a single, forward-firing 8" driver augmented by a quick-reacting, downward-firing 10" passive radiator (and a smooth 200W Class AB amp). The sumptuous high-gloss lacquered enclosure with aluminum accents has inputs for high-level Neutrik Speakon (cable included), plus low-level RCA and LFE. A little classic.… Read the full article

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Subwoofers of AXPONA 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Even though AXPONA focuses on two-channel setups, there were still a fair number of subwoofers on display at the 2019 show, and it may be a sign that audiophiles are becoming more receptive to the inclusion of subwoofers in their systems. AXPONA is also growing increasingly popular among the home theater crowd where subwoofers are nearly mandatory. In our final segment of our AXPONA 2019 coverage, we looked at a selection of the subs that were exhibited at the show. These subs range from affordable and reasonably sized to insanely expensive and gigantic.

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SVS: Subwoofers Are for More than Movies and Music

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Subwoofers add body, depth, and excitement movies and music but they have other uses, too.
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Atlantic Technology Ships Flagship Subwoofers

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Atlantic Technology today announced that the flagship SBT Series subwoofers it previewed last September at CEDIA 2018 are now shipping.
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REL’s New ‘Serie HT’ Subwoofers Deliver High-Value Home Theater Thrills

By | January 21st, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The British subwoofer specialist REL Acoustics has been building audiophile-approved subs since 1990. One key feature of every REL sub has been the use of a “High Level connection,” which derives its input signal from the final output stage of the system’s main amplifier. Instead of receiving a line-level signal of low frequencies from a receiver’s (or surround processor’s) preamp section, REL subs are designed to accept the same full-range, high-current signal that the power amplifiers send to the main speakers.

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Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Paradigm Defiance coneDefiance X12 & V12 Subwoofers Introduction

Among the larger home audio loudspeaker manufacturers, Paradigm has developed a reputation for taking their subwoofer products seriously. Many of the larger and more well-known home audio speaker brands don’t seem to put as much effort into their subwoofers as they do their other loudspeakers. For many brands, subwoofers are usually just treated as an accessory to some product line, almost as a ‘necessary evil’ for customers who want to complete a surround sound system.… Read the full article

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