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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

BMC Audio Arcadia Speakers Preview

BMC Audio Arcadia Speakers Preview

How would you spend $39,000? Aaudio Imports is hoping you'll pick up a pair of its new Arcadia full-range bi-polar loudspeaker by B.M.C. Audio of Germany. These speakers are cranking up at the Venetian and the Arcadia represents the first entry in a brand new product category for the Germany-based electronics manufacturer and the first model in an anticipated series of three new speakers. BMC claims that the Arcadia is hand-made with custom-designed parts rather than off-the-shelf solutions. It features a bi-polar balanced configuration and unconventional ceramic-composite cabinet to custom-made drivers, an external crossover, and an impressive 28 jacks. The connection package includes separate terminals for an amplifier, the woofers and midrange drivers, the Air-Motion tweeters, and the crossover box.

How would you spend $39,000? Aaudio Imports is hoping you'll pick up a pair of its new Arcadia full-range bi-polar speakers by B.M.C. Audio. The speakers are cranking up at the Venetian in Vegas.

— January 09, 2012 07:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Emotiva X-Ref Speakers Preview

Emotiva X-Ref Speakers Preview

Big black boxes. That was your first reaction. It was ours as well. But we've learned through long experience that there is often more to Emotiva products than looks. The new X-Ref speakers look to be no different. Do you want real wood finishes and magnetic grilles? There are plenty of those out there. But if you want maximum performance paired with quality driver units, crossovers and enclosures at a bare-bones price tag, Emotiva is often your best bet. While we'll have to reserve our final judgement for our review, at first blush the X-Ref speakers look very, very good. Well, at least their specs do.

Big black boxes. That was your first reaction to he new X-Ref speakers. It was ours as well. But we've learned through long experience that there is often more to Emotiva Audio products than looks.

— November 10, 2011 09:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Induction Dynamics dARTS Preview

Induction Dynamics dARTS Preview

Home theater aficionados are thinking, "You totally messed up the title of this preview. Phase Tech does dARTS, not Induction Dynamics." Well, turns out they both do dARTS now. Now you can get a dARTS system that combines the signature technology of Phase Tech with the premier, hand-crafted speakers of Induction Dynamics. If you are looking to read how the Induction Dynamics dARTS is better than the Phase Tech dARTS other than custom finishes and grilles, join the club. So are we.

Now you can get a dARTS system that combines the signature technology of Phase Tech with the premier, hand-crafted speakers of Induction Dynamics.

— October 26, 2011 08:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Monitor Audio Gold GX Speaker Line Preview

Monitor Audio Gold GX Speaker Line Preview

Monitor Audio is one of those rare breed of speakers that have garnered not out audiophile but critical success. So when they announced a new Gold GX line of speakers at CEDIA this year, we couldn't help but show up. The new line sports a number of improvements all based on the drivers in the Platinum line. First, they have the new C-CAM wideband GX ribbon tweeter which will reproduced sounds up to 60kHz. The woofers utilize Monitor Audio's RST (Rigid Surface Technology) cones with oversized voice-coils and powerful magnet structures. Uniquely, each of the drivers are mounted on a single tensioned through-bolt which is secured to the back of the cabinet. This bolt acts not only as a rigid cabinet brace, but it also effectively decouples the driver and the front baffle.

Monitor Audio is one of those rare breed of speakers that have garnered not out audiophile but critical success. We couldn't wait to see their new Gold GX line of speakers released at CEDIA this year.

— September 25, 2011 17:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Monitor 7 Loudspeaker Series Preview

Paradigm Monitor 7 Loudspeaker Series Preview

Paradigm proudly announces their new Monitor Series 7 loudspeakers which are said to be a complete redesign of their classic Monitor lineup while still preserving the acoustical signature of its predecessors. The new Monitor 7 series is said to go further in terms of aesthetics, technology and design than almost any speaker series update in Paradigm's history. We got a chance to briefly get up close with these new speakers at CEDIA today. Paradigm was very straightforward about their design goals with these speakers to produce a compact, high value, high performance series of loudspeakers. Overall we were quite impressed with the build quality and design and look forward to conducting a formal review.

The Monitor 7 series is said to go further in terms of aesthetics, technology and design than almost any speaker series update in Paradigm's history. We get our first look at CEDIA 2011.

— September 09, 2011 00:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Klipsch Synergy F-30 Speaker System Review

Klipsch Synergy F-30 Speaker System Review

We review speakers from a variety of manufacturers, however Klipsch is one of the top-selling brands in America. The reason for that is they make products which play loud and have plenty of bass. They also have an incredibly good presence in both the custom installation and brick and mortar channels. Klipsch is everywhere. Of course, so is Bose, so it begs the question: Is a new Klipsch Synergy Series F-30 Home Theater Speaker System really something to get excited about, or not? We've played around with Klipsch in the past, even including the speakers in our most recent tower speaker shootout, and honestly they did really well. This time around we were looking at the new F-30 Floorstanding speakers, along with a full complement of surrounds, a center and a new S-110 10-inch subwoofer. That's a pretty nice matched system - and for around $2360, it's at a great price point for those looking to get into some serious 5.1 surround sound.

Klipsch is one of the top-selling brands in America. So are Klipsch's new Synergy Series F-30 Home Theater Speakers really something to get excited about, or not? We test this 5.1 system and report.

— August 25, 2011 04:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics Classic Series II Speakers Preview

Boston Acoustics Classic Series II Speakers Preview

The Classic Series II release from Boston Acoustics seems to be, on the face, more of a rename than an actual update. It is unclear, other than the CS260 II which lost a woofer, what substantive changes Boston has made. It is a reminder, however, that there are affordable options out there for the neophyte. With the new CS II Series speakers, you can have a 5.0 system for as low as $580 or 5.1 with floorstanding speakers and larger bookshelf speakers as the rears for $1200. That's a nice range for an entry level speaker line letting the consumer choose what they are comfortable paying with a good variety of speaker sizes.

The Classic Series II speakers from Boston Acoustics seems to be more of a rename than an actual update. You can have a 5.0 system for as low as $580 or 5.1 with larger speakers for $1200.

— August 15, 2011 05:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Genesis 7.2f Floorstanding Loudspeakers Preview

Genesis 7.2f Floorstanding Loudspeakers Preview

The new Genesis 7.2f floorstanding loudspeakers sport both front and rear mounted 1" Ring-Ribbon Tweeters for a dipole design, an integrated servo-sub, and titanium cone midrange drivers. They weigh in at an impressive 82lbs and stand 48" high. And, Genesis says they were designed for small rooms! With tweeter controls and a dipole design, you are probably going to need a custom installer to calibrate these for you. But when shelling out $9k-18k per pair, you weren't throwing these in the back of the F-10 after an trip to BB anyhow.

The new Genesis 7.2f floorstanding loudspeakers sport both front and rear mounted 1" Ring-Ribbon Tweeters for a dipole design, an integrated servo-sub, and titanium cone midrange drivers.

— August 10, 2011 19:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound SX-6300/R Tower Speaker Review

RBH Sound SX-6300/R Tower Speaker Review

The RBH Sound SX-6300/R is a full range 3-way six driver tower speaker system that features their premium Status Acoustics driver upgrades found in their more expensive product offerings. This system easily reveals any faults in the signal chain feeding it. If you’re keen on unleashing the SX-6300/Rs in all their sonic glory than the best upstream electronics your budget allows is definitely called for. It was surprising to hear the sonic differences that were apparent when trying the system with different power amps during recreational listening sessions. This was an easy loudspeaker system to get correctly positioned within the listening space for achieving great sound. There’s not much about the RBH Sound SX-6300/R loudspeaker system not to like, though we hope more finish options other than matte black oak will be offered in the future. Their small footprint and phenomenal sound will likely score points with those audiophiles not having a whole lot of free floor space available. All in all RBH have done a fine job in creating what will no doubt be yet another successful product line. Job well done!

The RBH Sound SX-6300/R is a full range 3-way six driver tower speaker system with premium Status driver upgrades. Phenomenal sound and a small footprint make these speakers a top recommendation.

— August 07, 2011 16:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Energy Veritas V-6.3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Energy Veritas V-6.3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

The Energy Veritas V-6.3s floorstanding loudspeakers are a well built, well designed, well-voiced product that won’t take up much in the way of your floor space. the V-6.3s are a 4-driver, dual-ported, base-reflex passive system, featuring a pair of 6.5” woofers, a single 5.25” midrange driver and a single, 1” aluminum dome tweeter. These speakers have an unusually well developed talent for cleanly portraying musical details across a well focused soundstage. Take the time to audition them; bring your best quality, most demanding CDs when you do. And literally hear what you’ve been missing. We are happy to see Energy is back in the game and ready to slug it out with other high caliber speaker systems.

The Energy Veritas V-6.3s are a well designed, and well-voiced high caliber floorstanding loudspeaker system that are as pleasing to the ears as they are the eyes. Highly Recommended.

— June 27, 2011 09:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Klipsch KF-28 Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

Klipsch KF-28 Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

Last year I reviewed the Klipsch Icon V series of speakers. These are speakers that were created specifically for Best Buy. Klipsch has decided to reboot the line naming it simply the Icon series. The KF-28 floorstanding are the flagship in the line. Sporting reworked drivers and crossovers, improved aesthetics, and tons of other changes, will the 60lb, 43" tall, $900 a pair KF-28 speakers sell? Only time will tell.

Klipsch has released the Best Buy exclusion Icon series. The KF-28 floorstanding are the flagship and sport reworked drivers and crossovers, improved aesthetics, and tons of other changes.

— May 26, 2011 05:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF Concept Blade Floorstanding Speakers First Look

KEF Concept Blade Floorstanding Speakers First Look

The KEF Concept Blade floorstanding speakers sport four 9" side-firing bass drivers, the backs of each pair are bonded and bolted at the magnet. It has a fully pistonic KEF Uni-Q MF/HF array with an injection molded LCP cone with a 3" voice coil and an 1" titanium dome tweeter. The enclosure is constructed out of glass-reinforced composite material over a balsa wood core which has a parabolic curve to the walls to increase rigidity. There is an off-board crossover and rear facing port. All this is to provide a Single Apparent Source presentation making each of the drivers indistinguishable from each other. And the price for this price is not an issue speaker pair? Only $30k. And we do mean only.

if a company like KEF can put five years of research into the Concept Blade speaker and only charge $30k for it, what are you paying for with those other esoteric brands?

— May 24, 2011 05:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Martin Logan Theos Electrostatic Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

Martin Logan Theos Electrostatic Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

MartinLogan, is now shipping their new Theos Electrostatic floorstanding loudspeaker system. They claim it's the most affordable hand-built electrostatic speaker with real wood finishes and custom bi-wire capable binding posts. The sign of a good speaker is to sonically disappear into the room. Martin Logan takes this notion up a notch implying it will also visually disappear. If true, this type of cloaking technology would be the envy of even a Romulan. This proprietary audiophile quality network is hand-built using precision point-to-point wiring, polypropylene capacitors, massive air-core coils, and a custom wound toroidal audio transformer. It's always welcomed when a loudspeaker company doesn't skimp on parts nor downplays their importance on the overall sonic impact on the system. The new Martin Logan Theos appear to be an electrostatic lovers delight.

Martin Logan is now shipping their new Theos hand built electrostatic floorstanding loudspeaker system that is said to visually and sonically disappear into your room decor.

— May 10, 2011 17:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews