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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.

Zu Audio Essence Review

June 14, 2010 By Steve Guttenberg 104 comments
Zu Audio Essence Review

Zu Audio's Essence speaker breaks almost every high-end design rule and sounds all the better for it!

A great speaker should make you feel like you're there, with the music. That's the idea, but it almost never happens, even with some of the very best speakers money can buy.

They can sound great, but they rarely sound like the real thing.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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