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Legacy Audio Studio HD Bookshelf Speaker Review

Legacy Audio Studio HD Bookshelf Speaker Review

The Legacy Audio Studio HD bookshelf speakers are shocking. Usually when someone talks about an American, hand-crafted speaker with amazing high-frequency detail (thanks to a unique tweeter), a top-of-the-line cabinet, and high-end finish options, you start to imagine the price tag going up, and up, and up...but the Studio HD might just surprise you. We found them to offer the type of sound quality that lives up to Legacy's legendary build quality. Did I like these speakers? Well, lets just say I did lose a lot of sleep over them. Read on to learn all about these intoxicating speakers and check out our YouTube video review.

The Legacy Audio Studio HD Bookshelf/Monitor are a top-performer and amazing value in an American, hand-crafted speaker with high-fidelity sound, a top-of-the-line cabinet, and unique finish options.

— February 10, 2015 09:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

XTZ Cinema S2 "Almost" Atmos Height Speaker Preview

XTZ Cinema S2 "Almost" Atmos Height Speaker Preview

XTZ Sound has just added a new speaker to their venerable Cinema lineup. They are calling it their S2 height speaker but note it doesn’t have the “Atmos” moniker. That’s because XTZ didn’t pay the licensing fee to Dolby to use their name. Kudos to XTZ for not taking the blue pill on this one and focusing the budget of this product on the quality of the drivers and crossover components instead of a licensing fee and crossover tech that has been proven to be unnecessary to create the illusion of height. The S2 offers versatile placement options for ceiling or wall mounting or placing on top of companion speakers firing up at the ceiling to call the Transformers on Cybertron.

The XTZ Cinema S2 "Almost" Atmos Height Speaker is designed to mount on the ceiling/wall but can also be placed on top of companion speakers for upfiring applications to reflect sound.

— January 21, 2015 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JBL Pro 7 Series Master Reference Monitors Preview

JBL Pro 7 Series Master Reference Monitors Preview

JBL Professional's new 7 Series monitors feature trickle down technology from the $20,000 M2 Master Reference Monitor, including the Image Control Waveguide. The line consists of two loudspeakers, the LSR705i, a compact 2-way speaker with a 5" woofer, and the LSR708i, a larger monitor boasting an 8" woofer. Both models are passive to save size and weight, in addition to centralizing power distribution. Unfortunately, the 7 Series will not be available for individual purchase, and are only available as part of a complete package.

Preview: JBL Professional's new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors are passive loudspeakers featuring trickle down technology including the Image Control Waveguide from the $20,000 M2.

— November 10, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Triad Speakers Bronze LR-H Dolby Atmos Speakers Preview

Triad Speakers Bronze LR-H Dolby Atmos Speakers Preview

We have to admit that we didn't think we'd see the name Triad associated with Atmos quite so quickly. Triad Speakers offer a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze line of in-room speakers - the Bronze being the entry level. To this speaker, they've decided to add a top-mounted Atmos unit. While we couldn't find a price for the original Bronze LCRs (the speakers we believe these Atmos speakers are based off of), the Silver models are $850 each. The new Bronze LR-H Atmos speakers will cost $1000 each. The Atmos top unit will contain four, 2" full-range ScanSpeak drivers to yield a tighter and more controlled dispersion pattern and to increase power handling.

Preview: The new Triad Bronze LR-H Atmos Elevation speakers will cost $1000 each and expand their Bronze LCR offerings. The Atmos top unit will contain four, 2" full-range ScanSpeak drivers.

— September 04, 2014 13:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers Review

SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers Review

The SVS Ultra is a two-way ported bookshelf speaker with a 6.5” bass driver and 1” metal dome tweeter retailing for just under $1k/pair. Although SVS is widely known for subwoofers, today we look to see if the Ultra bookshelf speakers can change that perception and deliver the same legendary performance at the other end of the frequency spectrum. Impeccable build quality and aesthetics is only part of their story. SVS applies NRC science not to cheapen a product but to improve its measured performance and subjective listening experience. To say we were impressed is an understatement but do they live up to the SVS badge? Read on to find out.

Review: The SVS Ultra is a two-way ported bookshelf loudspeaker designed with impeccable build quality and aesthetics and grounded science. Do they live up to the SVS name? Read on to find out.

— August 18, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

XTZ Sound Cinema Series (M6, S5, Subx12) Loudspeakers Preview

XTZ Sound Cinema Series (M6, S5, Subx12) Loudspeakers Preview

XTZ Sound's Cinema Series isn't another "me too" surround system. Among other things, XTZ's Cinema lineup boasts trapezoidal cabinetry for a unique look, not to mention some unconventional driver layouts including a quad-tweeter array. The line consists of two speakers, the M6 LCR and S5 surround speaker, as well as two subwoofers, the SUB 1X12 and the massive SUB 3X12, which as the name suggests features a trio of 12" woofers in a massive vented cabinet. Check out the CEA2010 data on these new subs. Impressive, Most Impressive!

Preview: XTZ Sound's Cinema Series isn't another 'me too' system. Featuring trapezoidal cabinetry and unconventional driver arrays, XTZ's Cinema speakers (M6, S5 and Subx12) are unique in the market.

— July 16, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth / Bravus II 8D Powered Wireless Subwoofer System Review

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth / Bravus II 8D Powered Wireless Subwoofer System Review

Generally speaking, Bluetooth is associated with cheap, substandard portable speakers; however, the folks at Aperion are proving that doesn't have to be the case. They're now offering their Allaire Bluetooth bookshelf speakers and Bravus II 8D subwoofer as a package deal, along with one special ingredient: HAL. What does HAL do? He creates a wireless connection between the Allaire speakers and the Bravus subwoofer, allowing for a compact 2.1 system without the clutter. Want to know more? Click to keep reading.

Review: tThe Aperion Allaire Bluetooth speakers and Bravus II 8D subwoofer join forces to create a system with minimal wiring using Allaire Zona Home Audio link tech. Read and watch how it performs.

— June 12, 2014 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Status Acoustics Voce Fina Bookshelf Speaker Review

Status Acoustics Voce Fina Bookshelf Speaker Review

RBH Sound has upped the ante by releasing a speaker product that truly lives up to the Status Acoustics moniker with a superbly crafted speaker system constructed of solid granite. The Voce Fina is a two-way featuring a 6.5” Beryllium / Aluminum alloy phase plug driver and 1” soft dome Scan Speak 9500 tweeter. They are undoubtedly some of the finest sounding bookshelf loudspeakers I’ve ever had the fortune of listening to. They exhibited an uncanny ability of disappearing into the room and sounding much larger than their diminutive size suggests. If you’re looking for two-channel nirvana from a price no object speaker system that sounds as good as it looks, the Status Acoustics Voce Fina will take you there.

Review: The Status Acoustics Voce Fina Bookshelf is one of the finest sounding speakers we’ve heard or measured. It’s a two-way design featuring SOTA drivers and a cabinet made out of solid granite.

— June 09, 2014 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

NHT Classic Three Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

NHT Classic Three Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

Getting great audiophile and home theater sound often means spending thousands of dollars on speakers. But what if we told you that you could get big, audiophile sound in a small, solidly-built, WAF-friendly package for under $900? The NHT Classic Three Bookshelf loudspeakers promise to do just that. Are these speakers a real diamond in the rough or simply another ordinary speaker? Read our full review to find out.

Review: The NHT Classic Three bookshelf speakers are a three-way acoustic suspension design, easy-to-drive monitor with a small footprint, exceptional build-quality, and good low frequency response.

— June 02, 2014 07:30 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

DD Audio Loudspeaker Lineup Preview

DD Audio Loudspeaker Lineup Preview

DD Audio is a company primarily known for their presence in the mobile audio space, but these days they've got their sights set on the home audio market. Their new loudspeaker lineup consists of a two way bookshelf speaker, a powered monitor, an on-wall speaker, an in-wall/in-ceiling speaker, and a powered subwoofer. With budget friendly prices, the question becomes: what does the new kid on the block have to offer? Keep reading to find out.

Preview: DD Audio is mostly known for their presence in the mobile audio space, but now they're looking to take the home audio segment by storm with several value priced offerings. Speakers + Sub

— May 09, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

NHT 2.1 Super Stereo Loudspeaker System Review

NHT 2.1 Super Stereo Loudspeaker System Review

What happens when you add NHT's Super 8 subwoofer to their legendary SuperZero bookshelf speakers? You get the Super Stereo system: a compact, high quality 2.1 setup perfect for small rooms. The best part? The MSRP is a very reasonable $600 and it's currently available for $499. How does this decor & budget friendly system rate with the Audioholics? Keep reading to find out and be sure to watch our Video Review to enjoy the beauty of these babies while also get our take on the listening experience.

Review: The $600 NHT Super Stereo system packs the legendary SuperZero together with a Super 8 subwoofer for a budget friendly, full range 2.1 system. Keep reading to see how this compact rig rates.

— May 07, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Thonet & Vander Hoch Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

Thonet & Vander Hoch Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

Thonet & Vander Hoch Bookshelf Speakers may look like Axiom M22s but they are less than half the price and they are self powered. While they don't have the best bass extension, they don't distort due to a well executed high-pass filter. The sound of these speakers can be tailored to your liking by the bass and treble controls, they have two inputs, and can play loud. What really stuck us, however, was the imaging and off axis response. In nearfield, they were positively holographic. At $200, these are an easy recommendation for an office or a second system.

The Thonet & Vander Hoch Powered Bookshelf Speaker have 35 watts per channel, high-pass filter, and bass and treble controls. At $200 a pair, they are definitely recommended.

— March 06, 2014 10:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Preview

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Preview

Aperion Audio's new Allaire Bluetooth is a different kind of wireless speaker. A conventional pair of bookshelf speakers as opposed to the usual portable single box solution, they are billed as a "go anywhere" stereo setup. Priced at $399/pair, the Allaire's seem to bring a lot to the table including including 50W of class D power per speaker, Bluetooth connectivity as well as optical digital and analog inputs, and of course the speakers themselves. What other goodies does Aperion have up their sleeves? Keep reading to find out.

Preview: Aperion's Allaire Bluetooth bookshelf speakers($399/pr)boast wireless connectivity, digital and analog inputs, and 50W of power per side. Are they on your shopping list?

— January 24, 2014 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

THIEL Audio TM3 Bookshelf Speaker Preview

THIEL Audio TM3 Bookshelf Speaker Preview

The TM3 represents a fresh start for industry veteran Thiel Audio. The first loudspeaker from what is expected to be a full lineup, the TM3 is the brainchild of Thiel's new director of product development, Mark Mason. With a projected MSRP of $2,999, the TM3 has a high bar to meet, both in terms of available competition and for exceeding the legacy of Jim Thiel. Suffice it to say, we have high expectations.

The TM3 marks a fresh start for Thiel Audio. Priced at $2,999, it's the product of Thiel's new director of product development, Mark Mason. Will it add to the Thiel legacy? Keep reading for the scoop.

— January 10, 2014 15:40 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews