PRICE $5,494 as reviewed
AT A GLANCE
Very dynamically capable, with high power handling, high output
Solidly integrated front stage
output and extension
Flexible “tripole” surround speakers
Slightly forward tonal balance (but perfect for behind-screen placement)
Reference performance for movie playback, from some unusual speaker designs.
Complete the sentence with the most appropriate choice: “Yah, I sure do love those Swedish…”
C) interior designs.
If you chose D), congratulations, you’re a winner! Because while Swedish loudspeakers may not be a household word, or available at IKEAs everywhere (yet), the examples before us here just might be a winner in your home theater.
XTZ defines itself as much pan-Scandinavian as Swedish per se, but the company’s home base is in the blue-with-yellow-cross zone. The speakers themselves, like so many others today, are made in China, though XTZ points out that they employ high-quality drivers from fellow Scandinavian manufacturers such as SEAS and Scan-Speak, and the drivers are housed in unusually heavy, non-resonant cabinets. (XTZ offers a wide range of other speakers, as well as Dirac DSP and measurement systems, on its Website.)