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Fluance SVHTB Home Theater Speaker System Preview

 Fluance SVHTB Home Theater Speaker System Preview

It would be easy to discount the new SV series speakers from Fluance simply because of price. At $629.99 with free shipping, how could any 5.0 system be good? Add to that floorstanding speaker bragging a response down to 42Hz and we'd understand your skepticism. But after hearing some Fluance offerings for ourselves, we can't help be be excited. The email we got from Fluance claimed that the SVHTB is Easily our best 5 speaker home theater system to date." If that is even close to true, this could be the next go to recommendation for those on a budget. Look forward to a review of the Fluance SVHTB here on Audioholics.com soon.

After hearing some Fluance offerings for ourselves, we can't help be be excited about their new SVHTB 5 speaker system. Sporting floorstanding speakers, we can't believe it only costs $630.

— August 01, 2012 20:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Canalis Allegra 2.0 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

Canalis Allegra 2.0 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

We love the look of bamboo cabinets and we can't help but applaud any manufacturer that goes through the trouble of using it. It is a renewable resource and, extra cost and expense aside, bamboo definitely sets these speakers apart. The Canalis Audio Allegra 2.0 Floorstanding speakers certainly look good on paper. The $17,500 price tag may put a few people off but Canalis Audio has speaker pairs as low as $3,250. Regardless of their "anti-resonance" devices, we can't help but notice that they have sourced all Seas drivers and high end materials. With that sort of technology and quality inside, the renewable cabinet is just a bonus. We'd love to get our ears on a pair of these.

The Canalis Audio Allegra 2.0 Floorstanding speakers certainly look good on paper. We can't help but notice that they have sourced all Seas drivers and high end materials. Bamboo enclosure is a bonus.

— June 27, 2012 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Infinity Primus P363 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Infinity Primus P363 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

The Infinity Primus P363 is a 3-way floorstanding speaker featuring dual 6.5” MMD woofers, a dedicated 4” MMD midrange and a ¾” MMD dome tweeter. Infinity seems to have taken a well-balanced approach in designing the Primus P363 speaker system. Sure I had some nits to pick, but the fact that these speakers were able to hit high SPL levels in my nearly 6,000 ft3 room without bottoming out or sounding completely shrill was truly amazing. The P363’s produced great high frequency detail, fluidic midrange and punchy bass response. They sounded very consistent when I moved my head side to side thanks to good driver integration and attention to off-axis performance. At the retail price of $758/pair, there are certainly other options to consider. But, realizing the P363’s can usually be had for $400/pr on sale (sometimes even cheaper), they are truly a remarkable value. What they lack in aesthetics, they make up for in sound quality and value.

The Infinity Primus P363 is a 3-way tower speaker featuring dual 6.5” woofers, a 4” midrange and ¾” tweeter all using MMD cone technology. The P363’s may have Ho-hum looks, but offer good sound.

— June 20, 2012 22:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Audience ClairAudient 16+16 Loudspeaker Preview

Audience ClairAudient 16+16 Loudspeaker Preview

The Audience ClairAudient 16+16 Mark II speakers feature 32 drivers, 9 passive radiators, and a $72,000 price tag. At $72,000 a pair, they aren't for the weak of wallet. At an impressive six feet tall, 15 inches wide, and 12 inches deep, they are not for the family room or den either. These line-source speakers with response down to 30Hz demand their own room. Their own, specially designed, room just for listening to two-channel music (preferably vinyl or reel-to-reel) most likely at your summer home in the Hamptons. If you'd like to take a listen to these, head over to T.H.E Show: Newport, June 1-3. As they almost certainly won't be coming to a show-room near you.

The Audience ClairAudient 16+16 Mark II speakers feature 32 drivers, 9 passive radiators, and a $72,000 price tag.

— May 31, 2012 13:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Fluance XL7F Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Fluance XL7F Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

The XL7F’s are a three-way, four driver, floorstanding loudspeaker system from a relatively unknown Canadian manufacturer. At around $1k/pair, they’d seem to be a pretty good deal from their specs on paper. But imagine our surprise when we realized they actually cost under $500/pair delivered to your door with a lifetime warranty! In tough economic times, it’s always refreshing to find bargains to help fellow budget-minded Audioholics reach their goals of sonic nirvana. While the Fluance XL7F’s don’t represent the pinnacle of loudspeaker technology compared to some price-no-object systems, they get about as close to that goal as any floorstanding speaker in this price class and arguably even a good amount more. If you’re looking for an attractive, well put together floorstanding speaker that will give you plenty of bass and good sound on the cheap, give these babies a try. Highly Recommended!

The Fluance XL7F is a 3-way, 4 driver, floorstanding loudspeaker system that offers a lot of performance, good looks & build quality for only $499/pair delivered to your door! Read the review.

— May 11, 2012 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

MK Sound 950F Floorstanding Speaker Preview

MK Sound 950F Floorstanding Speaker Preview

For $400 you could get your own stand for the MK Sound LCR-950s. They are already regarded as a great home theater speaker for small to medium-sized room. But if you are looking for a (small) performance boost plus an integrated stand, the MK Sound 950F speakers might be for you. With a -3dB point down to 80Hz (and probably lower in room), they should have no problem blending with a sub though they won't shake the room with bass. The wide plinth means you won't have to worry about it tipping over and the fact that the stand is built into the speaker means you don't have to worry about it falling off. That alone may justify the price increase to some.

MK Sound has taken their popular LCR-950F and placed it in a floorstanding enclosure. With little performance increase over the bookshelf version, the $400 price increase seems a bit high.

— March 26, 2012 09:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL Synthesis S4700 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

JBL Synthesis S4700 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

We've heard the JBL Synthesis Project Everest speakers in person and they certainly are impressive. If the JBL Synthesis S4700 speakers sound anywhere near as good, consumers may look at that $20k price tag as a value considering they are getting some measure of the performance of the other two, higher priced, speakers. Releasing more budget (comparatively speaking) speakers makes a lot of sense in the current economy. We expect a lot of interest in these speakers and hope to get a chance to demo them ourselves soon.

We've heard the JBL Synthesis Project Everest speakers in person and they certainly are impressive. If the Synthesis S4700 speakers sound similar, consumers may look at that $20k MSRP as a value.

— January 24, 2012 22:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Procella Audio P860 Biamplified Full-Range Extremely High-Output Reference Speaker Preview

Procella Audio P860 Biamplified Full-Range Extremely High-Output Reference Speaker Preview

We may never be able to afford a pair (much less full set) of Procella Audio P860 Biamplified Full-Range Extremely High-Output Reference Speakers. But that's okay. In the world of expensive audio, we often encounter companies that are talking up their heritage and custom finishes rather than what their speakers can do. Not Procella Audio. With extension down to 40Hz, output high enough to fill a mid-sized commercial cinema, and included amps, there isn't a lot to complain about (other than their looks). If you have a HUGE theater and a pile of cash to burn, Procella Audio should be on your short list.

With extension down to 40Hz, output high enough to fill a mid-sized commercial cinema, and included amps, there isn't a lot to complain about with the Procella Audio P860s...except their looks.

— January 24, 2012 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Hybrid SD 5.1 Speakers Review

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Hybrid SD 5.1 Speakers Review

You can get the entire Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Hybrid SD 5.1 speaker system with the 4T towers, 4B bookshelf speakers, 4C center channel and Bravus IIA 8D subwoofer, for just $1,350. Shipped. That's not bad, and this is the kind of system that sounds much bigger than it is. And really... it better. It's perfect for those looking to place speakers in a way that doesn't take over a room. And, yes, I suppose they'd be great for short people...I'm 6' 5". So, I'm just not sure I'm the right guy to be photographed with these speakers. You see, this is the Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Speaker System. And while Aperion makes lots of, shall we say, "normal" sized speakers, the 4T system, is really designed for the person looking to get that great Aperion Audio sound, but with a much smaller footprint and a lower price point.

While Aperion makes lots of, shall we say, "normal" sized speakers, the 4T system, is really designed for the person looking to get that great Aperion Audio sound, but with a much smaller footprint.

— January 19, 2012 04:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel Performa3 Loudspeakers Preview

Revel Performa3 Loudspeakers Preview

It's all fine and good to read about speakers that cost more than your car but it is nice to remind yourself that there are quality speaker offerings well within your budget. Harman's Revel brand is looking to do just that with their new Performa3 line. This new line of speakers has a large range of offerings at different price points for the Audioholic that is looking to step up in performance and looks from their initial, budget system. They really seem to be aiming for the consumer that is ready to get serious about their home theater and, we think, they've hit the nail on the head.

Doing the math, you can put together a high-end Revel Performa3 7.2 system for $16,200 and a low end 5.1 system for $5,100. That's quite a range and should speak to many consumers.

— January 17, 2012 09:45 in Tower Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar Triton Three Tower Loudspeaker Preview

GoldenEar Triton Three Tower Loudspeaker Preview

A little over a year ago the GoldenEar company was launched with the debut of their Triton Two tower speakers. These tall but slim speakers garnered a lot of industry attention and press. The question that was in everyone's mind at the time was "could Sandy Gross (Formerly of Definitive Technology) launch another successful speaker company?" He gambled on yes and so far it appears to be paying off. The new Triton Three Tower speaker system is said to have most of the performance virtues of the Triton Two but in a smaller more affordable package. You still get the internal powered subwoofers and acclaimed driver technology from its bigger sibling.

GoldenEar released the Triton Three Tower loudspeaker system which is a slightly smaller version of their Triton Two. The Triton Three has the same powered subwoofer and driver technology as the Two.

— January 16, 2012 17:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

McIntosh XR Series Loudspeakers Preview

McIntosh XR Series Loudspeakers Preview

While the specifics of the XR speaker line are lacking, the core of the message is clear: McIntosh is trying to get into more living rooms and home theaters. They had a strong loudspeaker heritage back in the day and it looks like they are trying to reclaim it. While $16,500 might seem like a lot for a 5.0 system, in the world of high end audio, that is less than the price of some power cables. With the McIntosh name behind the XR line, we're expecting these to do well for the company. In the current economic climate, more affordable options are always popular and we think this is a good, strategic move for McIntosh.

With the XR Series speakers, McIntosh is trying to get into more home theaters. While $16,500 might seem a lot for a 5.0 system, in the audiophile world, that is less than the price of some cables.

— January 12, 2012 17:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Status Acoustics 8T Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Status Acoustics 8T Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview

Got $50k to splurge on a new sports car? Status Acoustics is hoping you'd spend it on loudspeakers instead. The new speaker is named the Status 8T and it is Status Acoustics most radical design yet, incorporating a two-piece design that places the midrange and treble cabinet floating above the bass cabinet. With the 8T, function follows form. One of the design goals was to minimize cabinet resonances that color sound. With the 8T’s two-cabinet design, the low and mid frequency enclosures are effectively isolated from each other, nearly eliminating cabinet resonance in the speaker system. The three 10" high excursion aluminum cone bass drivers combined with the four 6.5" Beryllium cone mid woofers and 1" Beryllium dome tweeter ensures this speaker system will play true full-range sound effortlessly at any playback level. Standing at nearly 6ft tall and tipping the scale at over 300lbs, we have little reason to doubt its output capabilities. We look forward to taking these beauties for a test drive to see if they truly deliver Ferrari like performance at Corvette pricing.

Got $50k to splurge on a new sports car? Status Acoustics is hoping you'd spend it on their new loudspeakers instead. The 8T is a no compromise 3-way design featuring 8 high performance drivers.

— January 10, 2012 18:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Lansche Model No. 7 $100k Floorstanding Loudspeakers Preview

Lansche Model No. 7 $100k Floorstanding Loudspeakers Preview

Aaudio Imports introduced the new $100,000 per pair Model No. 7 Tower Speakers at CES. These are 3-Way speakers by Lansche Audio, a German company and they feature the Corona Plasma Tweeter - which looks like the focal point of the HAL 9000 of 2001: A Space Oddyssey fame. In addition to the Corona tweeter, the new No. 7 tower speakers feature a new aluminum front baffle, integrated adjustable footers for perfect leveling, and bi-wiring terminals. Everything is housed in a pair of gigantic hand-crafted cabinets which measure a full 69" high x 17" wide x 24" deep. That's a pair of cabinets that are nearly 7 feet tall!

Aaudio Imports introduced the new $100,000 per pair Model No. 7 Tower Speakers at CES. These are 3-Way speakers by Lansche Audio, a German company and they feature the Corona Plasma Tweeter.

— January 09, 2012 10:24 in Tower Speaker Reviews