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Recent Floorstanding Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics Reflection Series RS 326 Floorstanding Loudspeakers First Look

Boston Acoustics Reflection Series RS 326 Floorstanding Loudspeakers First Look

The new flagship of the Reflection Series is the RS 326 floorstanding loudspeakers. These 47 pound speakers come in a scratch-resistant gloss black finish with thin profile magnetic grills. Sporting a 1" Extended Wide Bandwidth tweeter, a single 3.5" midrange, and two 6.5" woofers all constructed out of a Fiber Ceramic Copolymer Material with aluminum phase plugs, these drivers are all proprietary to Boston and are designed with linearity in mind to maintain the purest audio as possible. With dealers all over, if you're looking to spend ~$2,000 a pair, you'd be remiss not to at least give the RS 326s a listen.

The Reflection Series is the RS 326 floorstanding loudspeakers from Boston Acoustics. They sport a 1" Extended Wide Bandwidth tweeter, a single 3.5" midrange, and two 6.5" woofers.

— October 17, 2010 01:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

PSB Speakers Imagine T Tower Speaker First Look

PSB Speakers Imagine T Tower Speaker First Look

The PSB Speakers Imagine T tower floorstanding speakers look to be quite a lot of speaker for the $2000 a pair asking price. We recently conducted a single-blind $1500-$2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout and really wish we could have had the Imagine T speakers represented. From an aesthetic standpoint, they are quite something to behold. We like all the thought that went into the design (especially the included outriggers). The PSB Imagine T's are rated from 42Hz to 20kHz on axis with 1.5dB of variance and as low as 38Hz at -3dB. At 30 degrees off axis you'll see a 10Hz drop off on the top end from the 1.5dB variance on-axis response but everything else is the same. This is a remarkable figure (especially considering the price) provided it can be realized in room.

The PSB Speakers Imagine T tower floorstanding speakers are easy on the eyes, have remarkable rated response, and are affordable for any true Audioholic.

— October 08, 2010 03:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar Technology Triton Two Floorstanding Speaker First Look

GoldenEar Technology Triton Two Floorstanding Speaker First Look

If you're going to have a name like GoldenEar Technology, you'd better have something other than silver wiring and pretty aesthetics to back it up. Sandy Gross, co-founder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, and Don Givogue, another Definitive co-founder have the sort of pedigree that lends instant respect to a new audio company. The top of the line Triton Two has dual 4.5-inch upper bass/midrange drivers with multi-vaned phase plugs in a D’Appolito configuration around a High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) tweeter. The HVFR tweeter is composed of a high temperature film which is folded like an accordion. According to GoldenEar Technology, this combination takes up no more room on the speaker face than a 1" dome tweeter but has a wider dispersion than ribbon tweeters. Pair that with integrated 1200watt subs and you've got a speaker that dips down to 16Hz for $1249 each! We had a chance to demo them at CEDIA and we were very impressed!

The top of the line Triton Two has dual 4.5" upper bass/midrange drivers with multi-vaned phase plugs in a D'Appolito configuration around a high-velocity folded ribbon tweeter and integrated subs.

— September 28, 2010 14:10 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Martin Logan ElectroMotion XStat Electrostatic Loudspeaker First Look

Martin Logan ElectroMotion XStat Electrostatic Loudspeaker First Look

MartinLogan introduced their all new ElectroMotion Loudspeaker Series at CEDIA featuring their thin film transducer technologies—electrostatic and compact Folded Motion. This new series is said to establish a new benchmark for price verses performance. We had a chance to demo this speaker system first hand powered by McIntosh amplifiers. We listened to various music clips which revealed the Martin Logans did a great job of delivering every nuance in the recording even with the rather high noise floor from the trade show. Priced at $1,995 per pair (US), the ElectroMotion ESL is scheduled to ship in March 2011

MartinLogan introduced their all new ElectroMotion Loudspeaker Series at CEDIA featuring their thin film transducer technologies—electrostatic and compact Folded Motion. Systems start at $1995/pair.

— September 27, 2010 22:03 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound SX Series (SX-T2/SX-8300/SX-6300) Loudspeakers First Look

RBH Sound SX Series (SX-T2/SX-8300/SX-6300) Loudspeakers First Look

RBH Sound has unveiled their new SX series of loudspeakers which are set to replace their standard black finish Signature and Signature Reference series products. Three Floorstanding models SX-T2, SX-8300 and SX-6300 are available in standard drivers and upgraded Status Acoustics drivers found in their Signature Reference series. We are happy to see that RBH Sound has updated the look of such fantastic performance loudspeakers. Considering this stunning new look we suspect that RBH Sound will do incredibly well with the new SX series lineup. We are looking forward to diving into some formal reviews of these speakers that are sure to finally look as good as they sound.

RBH Sound has unveiled their new SX Series of loudspeakers to replace their standard black Signature Series. 3 floorstanding models include SX-T2,SX-8300 and SX-6300 with Reference upgrades available.

— September 27, 2010 15:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Energy Connoisseur CF-50 Floorstanding Loudspeaker System First Look

Energy Connoisseur CF-50 Floorstanding Loudspeaker System First Look

Canadian based loudspeaker company Energy is making a comeback with a completely revamped model line starting with their new Connoisseur series. The CF-50 is a 4 driver 2 1/2 way floorstanding speaker system sporting dual 5 1/2" midbass phase plug drivers with ribbed elliptical surrounds, one 5 1/2" phase plug midrange, and a 1" aluminum tweeter. In speaking with the Energy rep at CEDIA, they informed us that the Connoisseur line is based on their flagship Veritas line which has recently be refreshed and re-released to the market.

Energy has released the new CF-50 4 driver 2 1/2 way floorstanding speaker system as part of their Connoisseur series. At only $800/pair these babies pack a lot of great technology.

— September 24, 2010 03:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Klipsch RF-7 II Floorstanding Speaker First Look

Klipsch RF-7 II Floorstanding Speaker First Look

At $3200 a pair, the Klipsch RF-7 II floorstanding speakers might not be that expensive in the grand scheme of things but they are pricey. In this price range, you expect considerable performance. Technology-wise, the RF-7 II speakers look fairly impressive. We're sure that three of the Klipsch mantras of "high efficiency with low distortion" with "controlled directivity" and "wide dynamic range" will be realized. We'll have to wait on our measurements to see if "flat frequency response" is also achieved. Klipsch lovers are probably already lining up for the RF-7 IIs. They are a bit boxy looking and horn-loaded tweeters usually invoke a love/hate response. With the legions of Klipsch fans out there already, we're sure these will find a market. We're just not sure how they'll stack up against other speakers in the price range.

Klipsch RF-7 II floorstanding speakers offer dual 10" woofers and an 8" horn loaded tweeter for super high efficiency and high output levels with earth shattering bass. A Klipsch lovers delight.

— September 08, 2010 03:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Pinnacle Black Diamond BD 1000 Tower Loudspeaker System Review

Pinnacle Black Diamond BD 1000 Tower Loudspeaker System Review

Pinnacle has done a decent job with the execution of their BD 1000 3-way, 4 driver slimline tower speaker system both aesthetically and performance-wise. They understand the tradeoffs in providing a small form factor tower speaker system and know their audience of buyers for such a product. A few tweaks to the crossover, and usage of a smaller non horn-loaded tweeter could have potentially improved product performance but I suspect many folks will appreciate the overall sound of this product as is. If you’re looking for an unobtrusive, relatively affordable compact tower speaker system that gives you plenty of boom and sizzle with excellent midrange clarity, then this is your speaker.

The Pinnacle BD 1000 Tower speaker system is a 3-way, 4 driver slimline design that offers impressive boom and sizzle. It will easily blend into any room décor satisfying aesthetic considerations.

— August 27, 2010 11:24 in Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL Studio 190BK Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

JBL Studio 190BK Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

The fact is that the new JBL Studio line has a great price point. With the top of the line 190BK's clocking in at just over $1000 a pair, these are definitely within the reach of the average consumer. Don't forget that the street price of such a speaker is likely to be lower than the MSRP and you've got a speaker that people should take a look at. Well, scratch that, they should take a listen to them before they look. While the JBL Studio line might be an ugly duckling of a speaker, if they sound good (both the towers are rated down to 45Hz with the bookshelf down to 60Hz which is impressive at the price point), we won't care what they look like. At these prices, you could probably afford an aftermarket grill that makes the speaker look less like a Dutch windmill.

The fact is that the new JBL Studio line has a great price point. With the top of the line 190BK's clocking in at just over $1000 a pair, these are definitely within the reach of the average consumer.

— August 27, 2010 09:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Klipsch Synergy F-30 Floorstanding Speakers First Look

Klipsch Synergy F-30 Floorstanding Speakers First Look

Klipsch has always done well with the Synergy series and the F-30s should be no different. For the price point, they've got a lot of name recognition, a good look, and provide (most likely) a very impressive demo. When other speakers are fighting with their amps for more power, the Klipsch Synergy's will be barely breaking a sweat. If you like loud and dynamic, Klipsch should be right up your alley. If your wallet is still feeling the pinch of the recession, the Synergy line should appeal to you.

Klipsch has always done well with the Synergy series and the F-30s should be no different. If you like loud and dynamic, Klipsch should be right up your alley.

— August 26, 2010 05:25 in Tower Speaker Reviews

2010 Audioholics $1k Floorstanding Loudspeaker Faceoff

2010 Audioholics $1k Floorstanding Loudspeaker Faceoff

In the time honored tradition since I started Audioholics.com nearly 11 years ago, we have conducted another annual loudspeaker faceoff. The brands in this comparison included: Klipsch, JBL, Axiom Audio and EMP. The results were quite enlightening as we learned about how biases (even those unintentional ones) played a more influential role in loudspeaker preference than the actual audible differences in the loudspeakers themselves. We discovered that each speaker in this comparison had their own individual strengths and weaknesses. It is a combination of how those traits interact in a particular room playing a particular type of music, and how they influence each individual's listening preferences in determining the best-suited speakers for each individuals needs. In the end, all four of these speakers were winners as they managed to provide respectably good audio at such modest price levels in a large and demanding listening space. Good food and drink, good friends, and good sound is an annual recipe for fun we plan on continuing and refining each year.

See how some of the biggest loudspeaker names (Klipsch, Axiom, JBL and EMP) compare in our blind and sighted floorstanding loudspeaker annual faceoff.

— May 27, 2010 11:50 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics Refection Series RS 334 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Boston Acoustics Refection Series RS 334 Floorstanding Speaker Review

As one gets more and more experience with any particular subject, you run the risk of becoming an elitist. You start to think that any offering from a "known" manufacturer can't be any good because your mom recognizes their name. Well, that's not the case with Boston Acoustics. The RS 334 speakers pack a lot of sound in a very small package. In a world where people are looking more and more for speakers to match their uber-flat displays, the Boston Acoustics RS 334s deliver both looks and performance. We can't really ask for any more. If space is a premium, you should take a hard look at the RS 334s slim floorstanding loudspeakers.

The Boston Acoustics RS 334 speakers pack a lot of sound in a very small package. If space is at a premium, this is a speaker you should take a hard look at.

— March 26, 2010 10:10 in Tower Speaker Reviews

EMP Impression Series E55Ti Tower Speakers First Look

EMP Impression Series E55Ti Tower Speakers First Look

We really like what we see with the new EMP Tek E55Ti Tower Speakers. This new entry into the Impression Series sure has impressed us. With a D'Appolito array for the midrange/high end, a vented dedicated woofer section, and a new outrigger for stabilization, EMP has addressed all of our issues with their earlier speaker offering. All this for under $800 street price? Where do we sign?

The new EMP Tek E55Ti Tower Speakers have a D'Appolito array for the midrange/high end, a vented dedicated woofer section, and a new outrigger for stabilization - all for under $800.

— March 04, 2010 04:10 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Salk Sound Veracity HT2-TL Review

Salk Sound Veracity HT2-TL Review

With the SongTowers, Salk Sound redefined the under $2k price point and now it looks like they are trying to do the same with the under $4k. The performance of the Veracity's is in a completely different league from other speakers I've heard in this, and higher price categories. With commanding bass, ruler flat response, and what is possibly the finest veneer I've ever seen on a speaker, it's hard to find something about the Veracity HT2-TLs to not like. You owe it to yourself to hear the Veracity HT2-TLs.

Salk Sound is looking to redefine the under 4K price point with the Veracity HT2-TLs. Featuring high-end drivers, a large and inert cabinet, thunderous bass, ruler-flat response, and amazing imaging.

— March 01, 2010 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews