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Wisdom Audio Sage L75 Review

September 14, 2009 By Gary Altunian 32 comments
Wisdom Audio Sage L75

Skip the new sedan—the new Wisdom Audio Sage L75 Floorstanding Speakers are a better way to spend $31,000.

Setting the Stage

The L75 speaker system is part of Wisdom Audio's Sage Series, which has 20 in-wall, on-wall and floorstanding speakers. They are all hybrid speakers, so they incorporate newly designed, proprietary, thin-film planar magnetic drivers for mid and high frequencies and conventional drivers for bass.

BG Radia BGX-4850 Review

August 10, 2009 By Gary Altunian 58 comments
BG Radia BGX-4850 Review

Extreme Bass
Or: What happens when you put 48 Subwoofers in a wall

BG Radia and THX, with the BGX-4850, have developed a subwoofer system that neatly overcomes many of the acoustic problems with getting good bass in a room and produces deep, extended and well-distributed bass that sounds tight and solid with music and movie sources.

And they did it with 4-inch drivers. Ok, a lot of 4-inch drivers.

Klipsch WF-34 Speaker Review

July 1, 2009 By Rob Mead 44 comments
Klipsch WF-34 Review

The Sound of Thunder

Paul W. Klipsch set out to design a speaker that could replicate the crystal-clear sound images of a ‘live’ orchestra or large jazz ensemble with an ease never heard before.

That speaker was called the Klipschorn and the world of audio engineering would never be the same again.

Now, 60 some odd years on, the horn lives on in the guise of the Icon series, and the WF-34.

Burmester 032 Integrated Amplifier and B25 Tower Speakers Review

June 8, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg 31 comments
Burmester 032 Integrated Amplifier and B25 Tower Speakers

Truth and Soul

I’ll never forget the very first time I heard a Burmester amplifier. It was 20-something years ago, and the rather svelte Burmester Model 878 was being compared with a muscle bound, high-end American amp.

The American amp sounded like a really good hi-fi, and it was more powerful, but the Burmester sounded more musical. It had more soul; the music was simply more alive and realistic sounding over the Burmester.

I’ve heard other Burmesters over the years at various shows and high-end stores, but I never had one at home, until now.

VisionArt Galleries

March 23, 2009 By Gary Altunian 21 comments
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The Fine Art of Concealing a Home Theater

It's no secret that flat-screen televisions are flying off retailer's shelves and finding their way into living rooms, family rooms and media rooms across the country. But even before they're installed, many homeowners are looking for ways to hide them from view when not in use.

After all, a large slab of black glass mounted on the wall doesn't complement the décor of most rooms. And let's not overlook the Spouse Acceptance Factor that often dashes the hopes of many home theater enthusiasts.

Enter VisionArt Galleries.

Krell Modulari Duo Speaker Review

March 16, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg 25 comments
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Masters of Reality

Maybe it’s a leftover habit from my days as a high-end audio salesman, but I’m always on the lookout for great demo material. Funny, I never really thought about Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls CD that way before, but I’d never heard it over Krell’s Modulari Duo Reference speakers.

They have the sort of sound that stops you from merely thinking about music — you feel it. The Purple One was definitely in the house.

Hansen Audio Prince V2

February 23, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg 16 comments
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Break on Through

The most striking thing about Hansen Audio's Prince V2 is its superlative sound, but that's kinda like saying a Dodge Viper SRT10 is a really fast car. It's quick alright, just lacking the reflexes and finely honed sophistication of a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

The analogy can be made for uber speakers—you can buy a speaker for a fraction of the Hansen Prince V2's lofty price that measures nearly as well, but once you hear what the Prince V2 can do, you know there's no substitute for excellence.

soundmatters foxL

January 22, 2009 By Lauren Dragan 81 comments
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Can you hear them now?

We’ve all been there: In a meeting, on the road, away from all manner of sound system, when there is something on a portable device that you need heard. Maybe it’s music, or a conference call via speakerphone. Yet whatever it is, it sounds terrible pushed through the sad excuse for speakers bleating away on your mobile device.

Until now. Audiophiles on the go take note: your portable sound prayers have been answered. Meet the FoxL after the jump.

Acoustic Energy AE1 MkIII SE Review

December 11, 2008 By Geoffrey Morrison 88 comments
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1 of 100

In the first two sentences of Acoustic Energy's web page on the AE1 Mk III SE, the word "special" is used four times.

Normally I would scoff at such repetition of an already over used word. In this case though, they don't seem to be resorting to hyperbole.

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