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A Black Diamond – The ATC 50SE Loudspeakers

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I enjoyed hearing ATC’s 40A (then $12,999) speaker four years ago; enough so I was tempted to buy them (see HERE for the review). They had a fuller range than my reference, and the sound was a bit sweeter.

However, my reference ATCs employ an “SL” (super linear) driver for midrange and lower frequencies, as all of its “classic series” speakers do, whereas the 40A from their entry series do not. The SL technology, as I understand it, addresses problems inherent in steel’s magnetic non-linearity.… Read the full article

Olympic Glory…Sonus faber’s Olympica Nova Loudspeakers

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The last event I attended at the World of McIntosh (WOM) Townhouse in SOHO NYC featured the debut of Sonus faber’s Reference Aida 2. After about 10 seconds with the Aida 2 I realized I was in the presence of greatness. The Aida 2 is one of the very few experiences in recent memory that forced me to re-calibrate what I considered a true reference speaker.

When I was invited to attend the launch of the Olympica Nova line in late August, I was thrilled to get a shot at hearing the latest addition to the Sonus faber lineup, and hoped to hear some trickle-down brilliance from the Aida 2 to the Nova line.… Read the full article

Retro sound with JBL’s L100 Classic loudspeaker

By | September 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

Still retro in looks, the JBL L100 Classic’s heritage snakes back to 1970. Its role in those Maxell TV ads (here & here) lives on. “Night on a Bare Mountain”, the music used in the UK spot, was first to sound forth for this review. “Ride of the Valkyries” was used for the US version. Both are good markers for the revised JBL’s sound: big & bold.

The original L100 was JBL’s biggest seller of all time. The L100 Classic is that loudspeaker reinterpreted for the 21st Century.… Read the full article

Olympica Nova from Sonus Faber | Review

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

The new Olympica series from Sonus Faber features a number of innovations—new drivers and crossovers, new cabinet designs and new approaches to enclosure bracing and tuning. The result is breathtaking looks and elegant sound in a compact package.

Olympica Nova from Sonus Faber face

The Secret Is Out: Olympica Nova 1

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had a top-secret pair of speakers in the house from Sonus Faber (details here). I couldn’t say they were Sonus Faber, of course. I was asked to take a couple of photos of my system, and I had to shoot around the mystery speakers.… Read the full article

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The Neoteric Listener – The Nola Boxer S3 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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

In 2010, I declared, “If you’re looking for a pair of standmount monitor speakers and you have about $1500 to spend, buy the Nola Boxers.” The quality of sound at that price made the recommendation a cinch. Many other reviewers and audiophiles reacted with the same enthusiasm, so it’s not a surprise that Nola continues to offer the Boxer as the entry into their prestigious line of loudspeakers. Moreover, the entire Contender series offers a sampling of the high end at a reasonable cost.… Read the full article

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Audioengine A2+ Review

By | August 26th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Audioengine A2+ Review


The Audioengine A2 desktop speakers have been on “the scene” as long as the iPhone has been in existence. Though the iPhone has seen many iterations (and features, like a headphone jack) come and go, the Audioengine in my memory hasn’t changed much since it’s fall of 2007 release. What is new for the Audioengine A2+ Wireless is the addition of Bluetooth aptX.

What remains the same, and thankfully so, are the many features of the original A2 design that initially made it a hit, and kept the A2 platform in the conversation about desktop audio solutions for over a decade.… Read the full article

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SVS Prime Wireless Speakers and SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer

By | August 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Based in Youngstown, Ohio, SVS are an audio brand with a vision to build top quality speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, and bring passion and expertise back into the world of audio. With the late trend for extortionate pricing, the firm promises to challenge over-priced products and deliver equipment on the top of their price-performance curves. In addition to this, their second-to-none customer support have propelled the brand into earning a plethora of awards and revere amongst audiophiles and enthusiasts alike.… Read the full article

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The New Usher TD-10 Loudspeakers – A Diamond in the Buff

By | August 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Usher TD-10 Loudspeakers

The Usher TD-10 loudspeaker is a downsized F-86 Sabre Jet wing on steroids. Swept back and shiny, it looks built for speed and, at just under four feet tall, this handsome 180 lb bruiser surfs the sound waves atop a thick wooden plinth on brass spikes.  

Made by Taiwan-based Usher Audio, it’s essentially their BE10 evolved, but here’s the kicker: in addition to an 11-inch ETON woofer and diamond tweeter, it boasts a diamond midrange driver! For $22,000 a pair, that’s astounding.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Devialet Phantom Reactor 900

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The times they are a-changin’. My old car splutters into life when I turn the ignition key and it doesn’t run as smoothly as it once did. I thinking of buying a new one. Not a standard city runabout, you understand but a performance car. My plan is this: I’ll start with a body from Mercedes; then I’ll grab the transmission from Toyota; the engine will come from BMW; Fiat will handle the (leather!) interior.

A bespoke fit engine won’t be needed.… Read the full article

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KIH #69 – Enter Sandman

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

The speaker builder’s sandbox. How to print a speaker cabinet. Between each other, Ondrej and Martin have many years in Skoda’s R&D department and shorter projects at Aston Martin, McLaren, Honda and Airbus under their belts. This has them fluent in the disciplines of design engineering, prototyping and 3D printing with selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling and stereolithography. Between their Akemake prototype to Deeptime the Czech design studio and its first commercial project, five years were spent on R&D into acoustics and the hifi industry.… Read the full article

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