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Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Summit Wireless Speaker System Review

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Summit Wireless Speaker System Review

This is an Aperion Audio Intimus 4T System. Nothing new... in fact we've already reviewed this system. Except that this system is powered by Summit Wireless speaker technology. When we recommend surround sound to our friends and to you, the readers, we do it because we think 5.1 and even 7.1 surround truly enhances the experience of home theater. And you know what? The biggest inhibitor to getting surround sound isn't always cost. It's the hassle of installing the system and running speaker wires. In over 10 years of dealing with this stuff that's been the biggest, most consistent hangup. So what if you could get rid of the wires? And what if you could do so without compromising the type of speakers you could use? That's the idea behind this technology.

This is an Aperion Audio Intimus 4T System. Nothing new... in fact we've already reviewed this system. Except that this system is powered by Summit Wireless speaker technology.

— January 03, 2013 21:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

MartinLogan Theos ESL Speakers Review

MartinLogan Theos ESL Speakers Review

The MartinLogan Theos sit at the top of their ESL line at $4,995/pr, but just below their Reference line. Over the past 30 years MartinLogan has managed to take a niche loudspeaker technology, overcome its flaws, and create some amazing loudspeakers. Don't think that these are anything like ESLs of the past. They throw a wide soundstage, provide a nice sized (if not huge) sweetspot, play plenty loud, and have smooth integration between panel and 8" bass driver. The only lacking feature is deep bass for movie watching, but that's okay because a subwoofer can handle everything below 40Hz. Overall, we don't have much to complain about and quite a bit to rave about. Although the Theos are not even in MartinLogan's Reference line, they would sit as the crown jewel of many companies' lineup.

The MartinLogan Theos sit at the top of their ESL line at $4,995/pr, but just below their Reference line. They throw a wide soundstage, provide a nice sized (if not huge) sweetspot & play plenty loud.

— December 14, 2012 07:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Status Acoustics Titus 8T Floorstanding Speaker System Review

Status Acoustics Titus 8T Floorstanding Speaker System Review

It isn't often that I review a product that fundamentally changes the way I listen and experience audio. Status Acoustics, the premier line of RBH Sound, has managed to do just that with their new flagship Titus 8T floorstanding loudspeaker system. The sound of this speaker system transcends their physical cabinets, which is grandiose and in your face when called to do so, yet delicate like the petals of a rose beckoning you to carefully listen, rewarding you with pure unadulterated audio perfection. If you’re in the market to assemble a cost-no-object audiophile two-channel or multi-channel system, I can’t imagine anyone not being completely satisfied with the new Status Acoustics Titus 8T speaker system. These are truly what I consider to be “speakers for life”. Highly recommended!

The Status Acoustics 8T floorstanding speaker system has set a reference standard.This speaker system transforms the way you listen to music and its the kind of speaker you will keep for life!

— December 10, 2012 17:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF R700 Floorstanding Speakers Review

KEF R700 Floorstanding Speakers Review

The review of the KEF R700 tower speakers was an exciting ride. But before I tell you why, let me introduce you to the aforementioned KEF R700 Foorstanding speakers. These speakers are in the R-Series and are the middle child in a three-way tower line-up. They retail at $1800 each, so as you can imagine, KEF is pitching them at consumers who are serious about their music. They are designed as 3-way bass reflex, or ported, speaker and they use the company's Uni-Q driver array. It's a 1" vented aluminum dome tweeter inside a 5" aluminum midrange. We call that a coaxial design. But it also has twin 6-1/2" aluminum bass drivers that allow the speakers to drop down to 42 Hz.

This review was an exciting ride. Before I tell you why, let me introduce you to the KEF R700 Foorstanding speakers. These speakers are in the R-Series and are the middle child in a three-way line-up.

— December 06, 2012 21:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Funk Audio 8.2P Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Funk Audio 8.2P Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

At $4240 a pair ($3540/pair pre-release price), Funk Audio is looking to provide a sonically impressive offering in the 8.2P speakers. With a combination tweeter/upper midrange planar driver and two 8" mid-bass woofers, the specified 35Hz low point certainly seems credible. Featuring real wood veneers, plywood construction, a high efficiency design, and quality drivers, Funk Audio wants you to be interested enough to open your wallets for the 8.2P. We can't wait to get our hands on a pair.

At $4240/pair ($3540/pair pre-release price), Funk Audio is looking to impress with a combination tweeter/upper midrange planar driver and two 8" mid-bass woofers, and a 35Hz low point with the 8.2P.

— November 23, 2012 05:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Steinway-Lingdorf Model D Speakers CEDIA Video

Steinway-Lingdorf Model D Speakers CEDIA Video

When you're at events like CEDIA, lots of things catch your eye because of the sound... or because someone grabs your sleeve, or your ear... or your... something or other. And sometimes you see something that just makes you stop. Well that happened to me just outside of the Steinway Lingdorf room at the 2012 CEDIA Expo. We saw the red Model D speakers (aptly named after the piano). Full range dipoles, these $150,000/pair speakers just make you want to play them. Around the back you can see the speakers are a completely open baffle design. To me, even if these weren't' turned on I'd still want to stand near them and just sigh...

We saw the red Steinway-Lingdorf Model D tower speakers (aptly named after the piano) and just had to stop. Full range dipoles, these $150,000/pair speakers make you want to play them.

— November 14, 2012 22:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy Audio Aeris Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Legacy Audio Aeris Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

There is no better place to reveal a new loudspeaker than a giant event, and that is what Legacy Audio did with the release of the new Aeris loudspeaker at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival. The Aeris is a 4-way design that utilizes a new dual Air Motion tweeter (AMT), titanium encrusted 8” midrange driver, 10” midbass driver, and dual 12” subwoofers. The Air Motion tweeter is a new design that has a 1"x1" super tweeter coupled with a 4"x1" tweeter, both on the same faceplate. The dual 12” subwoofers are powered by a 750 ICEpower amp and are rated down to 16Hz. The upper portion of the cabinet is open, making the speaker a dipole design. At $15,900 the Aeris ought to be a phenomenal speaker, and considering the driver arrangement, built-in ICEamp, thick cabinet, and new tweeter, it looks like it will be.

Legacy Audio released the new Aeris loudspeaker with an MSRP starting at $15,900. The Aeris features an Air Motion tweeter, 8" midrange driver, 10" midbass driver, and dual 12" subwoofers.

— October 18, 2012 10:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

HTD Level 3 Tower and Level 2 Bookshelf Speakers Review

HTD Level 3 Tower and Level 2 Bookshelf Speakers Review

These towers are from HTD's Level THREE series and the bookshelf speakers are Level TWOs. I'm going to start off with some pricing information, cause that's a big deal as you consider this review. The Level THREE towers are only $799... a pair. They come in Black and Light Cherry and a Dark Cherry is available for pre-order at a $100 premium. There's apparently a new player in town. Well, that's not entirely true. Home Theater Direct has been around since about 1999 – we just didn't know about it. If you're selling speakers, amps, whole home audio systems and accessories, you're going to want to be a lot of things – but “a secret” is not one of them. So when we were told about them from a few of our forum members, we decided to take a look. We decided to be efficient, so we took at look at two products at once.

we took at look at two products at once. These towers are from HTD's Level THREE series and the bookshelf speakers are Level TWOs.The Level 3 towers are only $799 a pair. The Level 2 - just $199

— October 14, 2012 22:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

SVS Ultra Speakers Loudspeakers Preview

SVS Ultra Speakers Loudspeakers Preview

SVS has just put the Internet Direct loudspeaker business on full alert with their new Ultra series loudspeakers. The new Ultra series was designed to deliver stunning looks, unparalleled build quality and a world class audio experience. Final voicing was performed in the NRC's famous IEC 268-13 standardized listening room, where Mason and SVS President Gary Yacoubian refined their performance in a real-world environment. You won't find flimsy unbraced cabinets with subpar drivers. Instead, SVS employed top shelf cast frame vented drivers on their mids, high caliber crossover parts and rigid enclosures. No cheesy vinyl wraps here. The Ultra series come in piano gloss black or real black oak veneer for the same price. All that is left to say is, we WANT these!

SVS new Ultra series loudspeakers designed to deliver stunning looks,unparalleled build quality and a world class audio experience. The Ultra series come in piano gloss black or real black oak veneer.

— October 11, 2012 13:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Tekton Design Pendragon Floorstanding Speaker Preview

Tekton Design Pendragon Floorstanding Speaker Preview

There are some speaker companies that almost everyone has heard of, Bose, JBL, and Yamaha are such companies. On the other side of the spectrum is Tekton, but they appear to be carving out a reputation and building an online following, especially thanks to the Pendragon. The Pendragon floorstanding speaker sells for $2500 a pair and is a 2-way design equipped with two 10” drivers and three 1” tweeters. The three tweeters are stacked vertically like in a line array design. On the surface, the design of the Pendragon looks interesting but the stacked tweeters and transition of crossing over large bass drivers to high frequency units raises some concerns. Let us know what you think in the comments and please share your listening experiences if you have any for this model or any other Tekton loudspeakers.

Some speaker companies almost everyone has heard of, Bose, JBL, and Yamaha are such companies. On the other side of the spectrum is Tekton, but they are carving out a reputation with the Pendragons.

— September 30, 2012 21:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Tribute 30th Anniversary Speaker Preview

Paradigm Tribute 30th Anniversary Speaker Preview

The Paradigm Tribute 30th Anniversary floorstanding and Inspiration bookshelf 30th Anniversary speakers are truly collector editions. With numbered plaques and a limited run, once they are sold, there will be no more made. While the Tribute seems to be an entirely new speaker for Paradigm, the Inspiration seems to be an upgraded Signature S2. This is not a knock against the speaker. We believe that the new 30th Anniversary speakers from Paradigm will be very popular and will likely sell out quickly. If you are a lover of Paradigm and have $6000 (Tribute) or $3000 (Inspiration) to burn, you'd better reserve your pair with your local dealer.

The Paradigm Tribute floorstanding and Inspiration bookshelf 30th Anniversary speakers are truly collector editions. With numbered plaques and a limited run, once they are sold, there will be no more.

— September 27, 2012 06:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Status Acoustics 8T Loudspeaker System Review

Status Acoustics 8T Loudspeaker System Review

This is the Status Acoustics Titus 8T, and it's custom built to order in Layton, Utah by RBH Sound. There's a lot to say about these speakers, but this is a video so I'm going to try to condense it somewhat. If a speaker is the sum of its parts, then the 8T's are quite a sum. The beryllium tweeter is arguably one of the finest dome tweeters on the market. The Midrange cone is a blend of beryllium and aluminum to offer an unparalleled stiffness to weight ratio, with a gentle break up mode beyond the bandwidth of operation. The three 10" aluminum high excursion subwoofer drivers boast a 12lb motor structure in a large vented enclosure with dual 4" dimpled ports. These speakers are revealing with endless dynamic range. I would have to say that I was completely blown away by this reference quality product. I didn't realize speakers could sound this good. This speaker system isn't for the faint of wallet, but even at $50,000/pair it seems fair. For those who can afford it, I find it difficult to imagine there being any speaker system that can rival the Status Acoustics 8T at any price! Ever since I saw Back to the Future I've wanted speakers so big and so real they could literally blow me away... These... these come close.

Review: If the Status Acoustics 8T speakers are anything, they're revealing and dynamic. They portray an endless dynamic range - and, like an Italian sports car, they know they can't be overdriven.

— September 05, 2012 22:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Thiel CS2.7 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Thiel CS2.7 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Thiel have a reputation for high quality speakers and the CS2.7 Floorstanding speaker looks to continue that tradition. Building on the CS3.7, we expect the price of the CS2.7 to be closer to the $12k mark set by the CS3.7 speakers rather than the $4k price per pair of the CS2.4. The Thiel CS2.7 Floorstanding speakers start shipping in September so ask your local dealer if they'll be getting a pair in if you'd like to hear them. While likely to be out of the price range of many consumers, those discerning audiophiles with deep pockets will likely view them as a deal.

Thiel have a reputation for high quality speakers. Building on the CS3.7, the CS2.7 Floorstanding speaker looks to continue that tradition, but with a molded plywood enclosure that's simply beautiful.

— August 28, 2012 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

B&W CM8 Floorstanding Speaker System Review

B&W CM8 Floorstanding Speaker System Review

B&W is certainly a well-known name in audio, with a reputation for excellent engineering and superb built quality earned from decades of top-level accomplishment. Our review focuses on their new CM8 three-way floorstanding speaker. The B&W CM8s earned my ultimate respect for sounding quite excellent within their stated design claims. My listening tests revealed them to be a clean, honest reproducer of sound providing a fully satisfying listening experience. B&W’s reputation brings with it a commensurately high level of expectation for all their products, and I am happy to report the CM8’s live up to expectations. Living with the speakers day in and day out for an extended time revealed many hoped-for and expected strengths and a few surprises. Speakers are impossible to predict “by the numbers,” and this B&W is no exception. But….it is every bit a worthy addition to their lore.

The CM8 a fine-sounding speaker system and a worthy addition to B&W’s reputation for excellence. This product has been thought through from start to finish.

— August 02, 2012 11:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews