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Tannoy Kensington SE Review

April 26, 2010 By Steve Guttenberg 96 comments
Tannoy Kensington SE Review

Tannoy's Prestige Kensington SE doesn't sound like any other high-end speaker; it's something else again.

I may have written hundreds and hundreds of speaker reviews, but I can pretty much guarantee that if someone asks me about the Tannoy Prestige Kensington SE speaker in 10 years I won't have a problem recounting this review.

KEF XQ40 Review

March 8, 2010 By Geoffrey Morrison 47 comments
KEF XQ40 Review

Coaxially Cool

The most common type of speaker design has a tweeter towards the top of the speaker and a woofer below it. Some speakers mix it up with a woofer above too, or maybe a mid-range in there somewhere.

The XQ40 from KEF, like most of their speakers, does something a little different. The tweeter is inside the woofer.

Sonus faber Liuto Review

February 15, 2010 By Steve Guttenberg 1830 comments
Sonus faber Liuto Review

RocknRolla

Sonus faber may be a small Italian speaker company, but you can literally see its influence in the curvy look of various B&W, KEF, Magico, Tannoy, Wharfedale and countless other speakers.

Thanks to Sonus faber, the box is out and round is in.

Waterfall Audio Victoria Evo Review

February 8, 2010 By Geoffrey Morrison 48 comments
Waterfall Audio Victoria Evo Review

Clearly Different

If that pun made you roll your eyes, they only get worse from here.

There are cool speaker designs, and then there are cool speaker designs. Most of the designs we audiophiles drool over include words like "ribbon," "ultra-tweeter" or maybe "plasmawoofer." Drivers and crossovers with specs to make a techy salivate wrapped in a swoopy MDF and veneered cabinet.

Or maybe not so swoopy.

MartinLogan Purity Review

February 2, 2010 By Dennis Burger 59 comments
Martin Logan Purity Hybrid Eletrostatic Loudspeakers

Worth the Effort

Being a serious beer connoisseur is a lot of work. Different styles of ales, for example, like to be cellared at different temperatures and all would rather be cellared upright, making the usual storage solutions available for wines unsuitable for us beer geeks. Then there’s all the shelf space required for glassware—because who would ever think to drink a Christmas Ale from a Weizen glass or an American lager from anything other than a plastic Dixie cup?

Polk Atrium Sat30 and Sub10 Review

December 24, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 26 comments
Polk Atrium Sat30 and Sub10 Review

Rock Outside...without rocks

It seems like your only choices for outside speakers are bland white boxes, rocks, and tree stumps. Now I'm not dendrophobic, but even the best of these don't really look like tree stumps.

With the Sat30 and Sub10, Polk has made some speakers designed to blend a little more naturally, if less "organically."

Audioengine P4 and A5 Reviewed

December 11, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 43 comments
Audioengine A5 and P4 Reviewed

To Power or Not to Power

Active, otherwise known as powered, speakers are a tiny sub-set of the speaker market. They offer pros and cons compared to traditional "passive" speakers.

Audioengine offers a look at two different sides of the active/passive argument. With the A5 and P4, the company claims to have voiced them similarly, which makes things very interesting.

Fatman iTube Red-i and Peachtree Audio Nova Reviews

October 19, 2009 By Chris Chiarella 101 comments
Fatman iTube Red-i and Peachtree Audio Nova Reviews

When Digital Met Analog

Ditch the transistors and go tubing with old-fashioned, oh-so-analog vacuum tube audio gear from Peachtree Audio and Fatman.

Paradigm Studio SUB 12 Subwoofer Review

October 1, 2009 By Dennis Burger 46 comments
Paradigm SUB12

Bass, Perfected

It has to be stressful for hardware manufacturers to send their products out for review. They don’t know the environment in which their gear will be evaluated.

They have no way of knowing if the reviewer will grok the product. It has to feel a bit like sending your kid off to school for the first time.

Infinity C336 Review

September 22, 2009 By Rob Mead 24 comments
Infinity C336 Review

Twin Peaks

The beauty of owning a pair of floor-standing speakers that clock in at just under five-feet tall can be conveyed with just one word: POWERFUL.

However, just because a pair of speakers inspires awe when someone first glances upon them, it does not mean that the speakers can deliver that same feeling of raw power during an audio demonstration.

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