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KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

British loudspeaker specialist KEF has completely refreshed its mid-range R Series with the release of six new speakers that have been re-engineered from the ground up. The previous generation of the R Series was released back in 2011, before KEF had completed work on its highly successful LS50 stand-mounted design. The new R Series takes advantage of many technologies and engineering developments made during the creation of both the LS50 and KEF’s high-end Reference line. In fact, KEF claims that the new R Series speakers boast over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors, starting with a new 12th-generation version of the company’s signature Uni-Q point-source driver system.… Read the full article

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Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduces with Sonics and Style

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In October of 2017, Focal arrived at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver with an entirely new loudspeaker, the Kanta N°2. This relatively compact floor-stander (44 inches tall, 12 inches wide) was the first to combine Focal’s renowned beryllium tweeter with the company’s proprietary flax cone midrange and bass drivers. The three-way design employs a 6.5-inch midrange driver and two 6.5-inch bass drivers in each 88-pound cabinet. Selling for $10,000 per pair, the Kanta N°2 is positioned above Focal’s more affordable Aria series (which were the first to use the flax cone drivers) but below the much larger and more expensive Sopra series.… Read the full article

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RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

RBH R-55ERBH Sound  R-55E Introduction

RBH is a well-established audio company that was founded in 1976 by Roger B. Hassing (hence the initials RBH). They manufacture a full array of free-standing and flush-mount speakers, powered and passive subwoofers, small audio accessories and a limited line of specialty audio amplifiers. Their Status Acoustics 8T Tower Monitor speaker system is widely regarded as one of the premier passive speakers in the world and serves as the reference speaker system in the Audioholics theater system.… Read the full article

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Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers, Their Best Yet?

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

With CEDIA right around the corner we’re apt to see a slew of new speaker designs coming from all the major manufacturers.  Audio company Bowers & Wilkins decided again this year to improve on a tried and true speaker design rather than changing the name and repackaging marginally acceptable speakers like other companies we’ve seen recently. The new version of their 600 series is their 6th iteration of the speaker line ranging from subwoofer, bookshelf and floorstanding speakers. 

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The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series range has already won a host of awards for great value and high performance.… Read the full article

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Sonus faber Launches Sonetto Speaker Collection

By | July 4th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Sonus Faber Sonetto TweeterThe Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Sonus faber is perhaps the perfect example of the luxury side of high-performance audio. While other brands strive to build the audio equivalent of a Formula 1 racer, Sonus faber caters to the Bentley crowd, where performance is only one part of a complete, luxurious experience. Like its iconic sister brand, McIntosh (both companies are part of the McIntosh Group conglomerate), Sonus faber knows that its customers are willing to pay a premium for stylish design, beautiful materials, and exquisite craftsmanship.

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AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers over $6,000/pair

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In our continuing coverage of the AXPONA 2018 audio show, we take a look at some of the more expensive speakers that caught our interest. In this segment of our coverage, we will examine six speakers that command a five-figure price tag. Of course, in a high-end audio show, a lot of speakers sell for five figures, and there is even a handful that goes for six-figures. The speakers in this article are just a few that stood out to us, but with 160 rooms at AXPONA we were bound to miss some  This sampling of speakers hardly encompasses our experience there, and it definitely does not cover everything at this price level.

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AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers under $6,000/pair

By | April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Audio Expo North America, more popularly known as AXPONA, was again held in the Chicago area. This ever-larger event is one that we at Audioholics would dare not miss due to its exploding popularity and growing importance. In the last few years, AXPONA has been growing in both exhibitors and attendance to the point it had to move to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. We saw a lot of interesting products on display, but we can only cover a small fraction of them.

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Epique CBT24 Line Array Loudspeaker Review

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

One aspect of spehero shotaker design that continues to propel my interest in speaker science is the many different ways there are to produce great sound. Conventional woofers, dome tweeters, folded ribbons, electrostatic membranes, tapped horns, plasma arcs, among many other examples; there are lots of different ways to precisely create pressure waves in the air that we hear as sound, and each has their own advantages. Because of this, the Constant Beamwidth Transducer (CBT) designs by the esteemed audio engineer Don Keele caught my attention.… Read the full article

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Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series

By | January 24th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

T652-Air:

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Woofers: Dual
6-1/2″ polypropylene cone with 4-layer coil

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Tweeter: 1″ AMT

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Power handling: 90 watts
RMS/150 watts max

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Impedance: 6 ohms

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Frequency response:
45-20,000 Hz

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Sensitivity: 88 dB 1W/1m

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Dimensions: 30″ H x
7.1″ W x 9.5″ D

C452-Air:

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Power handling: 60 watts
RMS, 120 watts max

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Impedance: 6 ohms

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Woofer: Dual 4-1/2″
polypropylene cone with 4-layer voice coil

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Tweeter: 1″ AMT •
Frequency response: 85-20,000 Hz

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Sensitivity: 86 dB 1W/1m

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Crossover: First order
high pass

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Dimensions: 5.5″ H
x 15.75″ W x 5.7″ D

B652-Air:

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Woofer: 6-1/2″
polypropylene

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Tweeter: 1″ x
1″ mini AMT

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Power handling: 40 watts
RMS/75 watts max

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Impedance: 6 ohms

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Frequency response:
70-25,000 Hz

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Sensitivity: 87 dB 1W/1m

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Dimensions:
11-13/16″ x 7-1/16″ W x 6-7/16″ D

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(2) 20 AWG 9.5 ft.
speaker cables included

B452-Air:

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Woofer: 4-1/2″
polypropylene cone with 4-layer voice coil

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Tweeter: 1″ AMT

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Power handling: 30 watts
RMS/60 watts max

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Impedance: 6 ohms

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Frequency response:
85-20,000 Hz

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Sensitivity: 84 dB 1W/1m

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Dimensions: 9.5″ H
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JBL Releases Updated Iconic JBL L100 Speakers

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is introducing the JBL L100 Classic, a modern take on the all-time best-selling JBL L100 loudspeaker. As with the legendary L100 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker released in 1970, itself a consumer version of the popular JBL 4310 Pro Studio Monitor, the new L100 Classic follows on the heels of the successful 4312SE 70th Anniversary Studio Monitor model launched in 2016.

The new L100 Classic loudspeaker system features an attractive, 1970’s-style retro design, with vintage JBL styling including an iconic Quadrex foam grille in a choice of three colors — black, orange, or blue — all with a black and bronze JBL logo.

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