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Review: Anthem Electronics, Paradigm Studio Series

Combine Paradigm's Studio speakers with Anthem's AVM50v processor and MCA 50 amplifier for harmonious surround-sound.

Paradigm's Studio speakers, with Anthem's new processor and amplifierParadigm loudspeakers with A/V components, but they always sound more natural and commanding when Canadian sister company Anthem does the driving.

That’s good for Anthem and Paradigm dealers, because it provides a wealth of solutions. The latest combo in my theater pitted some of Paradigm’s latest-version Studio speakers (v.5) with Anthem’s AVM 50v processor and MCA 50 amplifier.

Over my previous Paradigm/Anthem setup, the speakers were a bump up to Paradigm’s Reference line, with the Studios a notch below the flagship Signature series, though size-wise the LCRs went from towers to bookshelf models. The electronics were a slight downgrade from Anthem’s Statement-branded D2v pre-pro and P5 amp.

Review: Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers

Everybody seems to like speakers. I personally obsess about them. Maybe there are speakers better than mine. If so, I have to find them. But what about outdoors? Nobody seems to take into consideration good sound when you’re in your backyard grilling or throwing a Super Bowl party. Well we do… well, I do… and when it came time to review the Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 speakers - I had just the spot.

Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers

Up until these I had been running planter speakers - those are speakers that are cleverly hidden underneath a planter. Great product - different review. In any case, the emphasis with those was on style. With THESE speakers, Boston Acoustics is all about quality. I mean these are the largest outdoor speakers in their Voyager line. They have a 7-inch woofer (hence the Voyager “7” - there’s also a “6”, “5” and “4”) and they are designed to put out a lot of bass. The tweeter is a 1” model with a Kortec dome - that’s a durable soft-dome fabric that can handle being exposed to the elements.

soundscience rockus: 3D Sound for Very Tiny Theater

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3Di Audio Adventures Await Explorers of Desktop Entertainment

Antec, Inc., has announced the immediate availability of their new soundscienceTM rockusTM  3D 2.1 speaker system, designed to create powerful, enhanced audio for personal (pronounced "small format") theater and gaming experience.

soundscience's 3D audio technology, 3DsstTM, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and places them into a 3D sound field. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction, letting users hear music with deep, visceral sub-bass; powerful, spacious mids and crisp highs.

The soundscience rockus 3D 2.1 speaker system's satellites are made from anodized aluminum, which reduces enclosure distortion that plagues traditional PC speakers. Additionally, its subwoofer utilizes passive radiator technology to deliver an expansive range of bass comparable to larger footprint subwoofers.


“World’s Finest Loudspeakers” Go To Work

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At New York City's Arf! Mastering Studios, audio engineer Alan Silverman needs to judge each track at the highest possible level. One of his mastering tools is a pair of Revel Studio2 monitors. With a client base that includes the likes of Keith Richards, Judy Collins, James Carter, Joan Osborne and countless other artists, we can understand the search for perfection.

In late 2009, Silverman replaced his old monitors with Revel Studio2s. "When you're listening to the same record for ten hours a day, it's easy for your ears to get tired and when that happens, you can't miss important details that really affect the quality of the final product," said Silverman. "But with my Revel Studio2s, that doesn't happen. They have a really smooth treble, but it's not dark; the audio is clear, but it's not biting. I can listen to whatever I'm mastering at low or high volumes for long periods of time and still hear everything perfectly."

To learn more about Revel, click here: 

Note: the motto "The World's Finest Loudspeakers" is the manufacturer's.

 To check out Arf! Digital Mastering, click here

Revel Monitors at work: Arf! Mastering

Hot Product Debut: Magico QPods


Ready for some heavy audio science? Placing speaker pods between your speakers and the floor is a known way to improve resonance distortion, especially important with high-end speakers. Enter Magico's QPods, a serious solution for serious listeners.

According to Magico, numeroud advances in the area of resonance management were made throughout the development process of the Q speaker platform. The QPods were developed by Magico to maximize front-end performance. Damping material is clamped between layers of milled, hardened stainless steel, oxygen-free copper and hard black anodized aircraft aluminum. Vibrational wave propogation created by the audio signal is converted to heat energy & dissipated.

To learn more about the QPods, click here:       To locate a rare dealer, click here:

QPods available March, 2011

3 QPods $1,310
4 QPods $1,680

AAudio Imports Triolon Excalibur MK II - Ballerina Extra

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There is a lot we don't know about this speaker. We don't know where it comes from. We don't know the story behind it. Thankfully, we aren't asked to wade through a miasma of marketing hype. This downsized presentation for such an apparently awesome speaker is actually refreshing. We all talk too much, anyway, especially marketing people. The manufacturer's web site is sparse, which may be a deliberate ploy to ensnare our curiosity. Here is their unedited text:

"One of the characteristics of the Triolon Excalibur MK II is an extreme range of dynamics. Very low powered amplifiers of 15W / channel are sufficient to achieve an extremely high level of music reproduction. 4 very fast bass units per channel have been exactly adapted to the spherical horns concerning their dynamic behavior. Already with the small power requirements starting from 15 watts the volume range of a whole orchestra can be illustrated with this very efficient system."


Product Specifications:
Efficiency: 94 dB / 1 W / 1m
Power handling: 200 watts (Peak handling of 1000 watts at 10 ms with no distortion)
Dimensions: 86"H x 42" W x 38" D
Weight: 880 lbs. per speaker


MSRP: $205,000 per pair

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Soundcast Gets You Ready for Wireless, Warm Weather Entertaining

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Let's say you have a massive music library in your iPod, iTouch or computer. You'd love to hear your tunes in the back yard but digging a trench, running wire and permanently mounting outdoor speakers is impractical. And stringing wire along the outside stucco is, just...well...tacky. The solution is simple.

Soundcast's interference-free, 2.4 GHz system of transmitters and wireless outdoor speakers work in tandem thusly: The iCast transmitter acts as a docking recharge station for your iPod or iTouch, wirelessly relaying your music up to 350 feet through walls, doors, floors, and ceilings to Soundcast's Outcast outdoor speaker. Cool so far?

Paradigm MilleniaOne Series: Spacey Satellites for Compact Areas

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As the newest series of its award-winning Reference line, Paradigm's MilleniaOne's satellite speakers offer performance within compact, sleek, spherical enclosures. The MilleniaOne is designed in a compact oval cabinet and ships with a small bookshelf stand to minimize its footprint.  With both white and black gloss finishes the MilleniaOne satellite speakers are designed for rooms where space is at a premium or for a modern "minimalist" look. 
The challenges of MilleniaOne's petite size are addressed via rigid, die-cast aluminum enclosures, which also act as heatsinks for drivers and crossover components.  The Millenia One uses an S-PAL dome tweeter with neodymium magnets and extruded aluminum heatsinks.

Boston Fans Rejoice: New “A Series” Speakers

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Boston Acoustics recently introduced a brand new line of high-performance, high value loudspeakers - The new A Series. The floorstanding flagship 3-way A 360 includes dual 6½" woofers and a 3½" midrange. The 2- way Model A 250 utilizes dual 5¼" woofers.


Also unveiled were two 2-way bookshelf models, A 26, with a 6 ½" driver and A 25, designed with a 5 ¼" driver; and the A 225C 2-way center-channel speaker with dual 5¼" woofers. Also included in the line is a compact 2-way satellite A 23, with 3½" driver, which can be used as a surround or a bookshelf speaker. All A Series 3- and 2-way models feature Boston's 1" Kortec® soft dome tweeter for superior high frequency response.

Two new powered subwoofers, the 300-watt (650 watts peak) ASW 650 front-firing 10" ported and 150-watt (300 watts peak) down-firing 10" ported ASW 250 complete the lineup.

To learn more about the new line,click here:
A 360         $399.99 ea
A 250          $299.99 ea

A 26           $199.99 ea
A 25           $149.99 ea 
A 225C       $249.99 ea
A 23           $139.99 ea
ASW 650    $499.99 ea
ASW 250    $349.99 ea

New RSL In-Wall & In-Ceiling Speakers Now Shipping

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"Best Sound for the Lowest Price - Or You Pay Nothing"


RSL Speaker Systems has introduced new in-wall and in-ceiling speaker models, specifically designed to be compatible with the sound characteristics of their other speaker models in the Compression Guide line, the CG4 and CG24. (Read our rave review of RSL Speakers) . This now gives RSL customers the flexibility to install an all-RSL Speaker home theater system that includes matching in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for the surround and rear channels. In fact, RSL feels that these new speakers sound good enough to also be used for all channels in a home theater system, in tandem with RSL's Speedwoofer 10 subwoofer.
When asked why he decided to launch a new speaker line in today's crowded market, Howard Rodgers, president of RSL, pointed to the outstanding value provided by a quality manufacturer offering high-performance speakers at factory-direct prices: "There are dozens of really fine speaker brands available today. The world doesn't need another brand, unless it has something unique to offer. We will be offering speaker sound quality that we're certain will impress picky audiophiles, at prices much lower than those found currently in the audiophile market." 


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