Wharfedale is one of the oldest British loudspeaker brands, with roots going back to the 1930s. But it wasn’t until the company’s first Diamond series speakers hit the market in the 1980s that Wharfedale became synonymous with low-cost, high-performance audio. The current Diamond 11.1 stand-mounted speaker is an excellent performer at its $500 per pair price point, but other brands (most notably Elac, with its Debut line) are proving that great sound can cost even less. Now Wharfedale is meeting that challenge head-on with a new offering: the D300 Series.… Read the full article
Paradigm Premier Series Introduction
We quite enjoyed our time with the Paradigm Persona 5F in our review last year, although its high cost rendered it merely a ‘dream speaker’ for most people. However, there was good news for us financial mortals this year when Paradigm announced its Premier line, a far more affordable speaker series which uses a lot of trickle-down technology from the revered Persona series. The Premier series essentially takes over the long-running Monitor S7 line’s price/build class in Paradigm’s hierarchy, starting with $800/pr medium-sized bookshelf speakers and topping out with a $2k/pair tower speaker system.… Read the full article
Last year at CES in Las Vegas GoldenEar Technology won the prestigious CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for their release of the Triton Reference tower speaker. To expand upon their innovative speaker design GoldenEar announced the introduction of the new Triton One.R. This extraordinary new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference. The Triton Reference has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts alike.
The goal of the Triton One.R project was to bring the advanced technology, luxurious cosmetics and state-of-the-art performance of the flagship Triton Reference into a more compact and less expensive speaker.… Read the full article
RBH SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Introduction
How many enthusiasts have dreamt about taking a reference-grade monitor speaker and slapping it on a reference-grade subwoofer to create the ultimate tower speaker? Consider that dream come true. RBH’s awe-inspiring SVTR Tower Speaker is here.
The SVTR Tower Speaker is part of RBH’s Signature SV Reference Series. The complete SVTR Tower Speaker combines RBH’s massive SV-831R monitor and anvil-like SV-1212NR subwoofer into a monolithic speaker standing 61.5-inches tall by 14.5-inches wide by 21-inches deep (sans grilles). … Read the full article
At last year’s Munich High-End show, Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio announced its $3,000 Special Forty bookshelf speaker, which has received praise both for its sound and for its gorgeous wood finishes. At this year’s show, the company aimed quite a bit higher, previewing its newly revised Confidence range. Originally launched in the 1990s, the Confidence series now sits below the brand’s mega-expensive flagship Evidence models, but Dynaudio calls the new Confidence speakers “the most advanced passive loudspeaker range in Dynaudio history.” The new speakers were given their official North American debut at the recent CEDIA Expo in San Diego, where Dynaudio product manager Otto Jørgensen showed them off with pride.… Read the full article
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
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
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
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.
The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series range has already won a host of awards for great value and high performance.… Read the full article
The 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.… Read the full article