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Recent Floorstanding Speaker Reviews

Klipsch Icon WF-34 Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

Klipsch Icon WF-34 Floorstanding Loudspeaker First Look

Klipsch has taken slim-line to a new level with their WF-34 Floorstanding loudspeaker system designed to take up less floorspace while still delivering the dynamic and detailed sound they are known for in their bigger boxed speakers. With three 4 1/2" woofers and dual rear ports, this tower has usable bass extension down into the low 50Hz range, perfect for blending with a pair of subwoofers to get fullrange sound for music and movies. If you are looking for a great combination of performance and aesthetics for a very modest cost, the Klipsch Icon WF series looks promising though we reserve final judgment until we can get in a pair for review.

Klipsch's new affordable slim-line WF-34 floorstanding loudspeakers are designed to take up less floorspace while still delivering the dynamic and detailed sound they are known for.

— February 06, 2010 14:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Elemental Designs EL8.3t Tower Speaker First Look

Elemental Designs EL8.3t Tower Speaker First Look

The new Elemental Designs EL speakers (headed by the EL8.3t Towers) represent a new direction for eD. With a higher price-point, top notch components, and solid construction, their price very well may be justified. Also in the line are the EL8.3c Center and EL6.3b bookshelf.

The new Elemental Designs EL speakers (headed by the EL8.3t) represent a new direction for eD. With a higher price-point, top notch components, and solid construction, the price may be justified.

— January 29, 2010 05:10 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound Signature Reference 8300-SE/R Loudspeaker Review

RBH Sound Signature Reference 8300-SE/R Loudspeaker Review

The RBH Sound 8300‑SE/R’s are a wonderfully lush set of loudspeakers that can breathe some life into even the thinnest recordings. That lushness does not sacrifice clarity or control resulting in a very precise and tight set of loudspeakers with a substantial depth of sound and a detailed sonic presentation that is never etched, but rather has an effortless, natural musicality. If the RBH 8300‑SE/Rs are in one’s price range, they well deserve a look. Even if one is aiming for a more costly set of loudspeakers, there is a good chance that considering these speakers might yield just as much or more sonic satisfaction with potential cost savings to boot. As I would love to own a pair myself, but fall into that modest means category, I can wholeheartedly say… Recommended!

The RBH Sound Signature 8300-SE/R is a wonderfully lush set of loudspeakers that are precise and tight with substantial depth and clarity that is unrivaled regardless of price. Highly recommended.

— December 13, 2009 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

EMP Tek Impression Series E5TiR Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

EMP Tek Impression Series E5TiR Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

By now, you've probably heard of the EMP Impression Series E5Ti speakers, they are the ones going for the incredibly low asking price of $500 a pair when on special sale. There must be something wrong with them, right? That's what our reviewer thought at first too. But after hearing the E5Ti speakers, his mind wasn't just changed, it was blown. The E5Ti's managed to produce a very natural soundstage with articulate midrange, and silky smooth highs. They played down low enough to mate well with a good musical sub such as their own ES10i. This is a tough combo to beat at such a modest asking price especially when factoring in their free 30 day home trial and shipping both ways.

The EMP Impression Series E5Ti speakers are the ones going for the incredibly low asking price of $400 a pair. There must be something wrong with them, right? Not based on our review.

— October 27, 2009 05:10 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound MC-6CT Floorstanding Speaker First Look

RBH Sound MC-6CT Floorstanding Speaker First Look

The MC-6CT are the flagship of the MC line and have won numerous awards over the years. With additional bass, a steader speaker, upgraded front baffle, identical pricing, and a better all around aesthetic, the only thing you're missing from the original MC-6CTs is a Cherry veneer. Seems like a fair trade off to us.

With additional bass, a steadier speaker, upgraded front baffle, identical pricing, and a better all around aesthetic, the only thing you're missing from the original MC-6CTs is a Cherry veneer.

— September 21, 2009 03:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Adam Audio Classic Mk3 Series Tower Loudspeaker - First Look

Adam Audio  Classic Mk3 Series Tower Loudspeaker - First Look

Until the 2009 CEDIA expo, I was unfamiliar with the Adam Audio brand but I've come to learn they are widely used in recording studios. The workmanship I’ve seen from their products at their booth have me thirsting for more. While they aren’t inexpensive, I recall an expression one of my good friends once said to me “its never cheap to be hip and trendy”. I'm a big fan of ribbon tweeters for their ability to convey detail and pinpoint imaging when properly designed. These look to be an impressive design in all aspects. I plan on reviewing a set of these speakers in the near future to see what its’ like hanging with the high rollers who expect nothing less than top quality with price being no object.

Adam Audio announced a revamp to their tower speaker - the Classic Mk3 Series is said to offer significant enhancements in sound reproduction along with a slim, elegant new look. Very impressive.

— September 18, 2009 18:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Atlantic Technology H-PAS Tower Speaker System

Atlantic Technology H-PAS Tower Speaker System

Atlantic Technology demonstrated their new H-PAS-1 tower featuring a -3dB point of 29Hz at 105dB SPL from just two 4 1/2" drivers. Using a patent-pending enclosure system called H-PAS developed by Solus/Clements , the H-PAS-1 is said to produce bass output with a 50 percent smaller cabinet, and driver compliment compared to conventional designs. The demo we heard proved this system could produce exceedingly low bass extension as claimed but we'd like to hear more diverse program material in our own listening labs to truly understand its potential. The H-PAS-1 tower will ship in Q409 with a larger version featuring dual 6 1/2" drivers early next year.

Atlantic Technology demonstrated their new H-PAS-1 tower featuring a -3dB point of 29Hz at 105dB SPL from just two 4 1/2" drivers. The demo proved the low extension was real and tactile.

— September 11, 2009 23:56 in Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL LS Series Speakers First Look

JBL LS Series Speakers First Look

The aesthetic quality of the new LS series of speakers can't be denied. The streak-ebony mahogany finish certainly catches the eye. There are lots of rounded edges and clean lines on these speakers which sort of distracts from the fact that they have essentially a rectangular box enclosure. But the horn loaded drivers and the emphasis on high end response (much past the range of human hearing) over low end (a ~$4k speaker that only dips down to 48Hz) leaves us a little puzzled.

The aesthetic quality of the new LS series of speakers can't be denied. The streak-ebony mahogany finish certainly catches the eye. There are lots of rounded edges and clean lines on these speakers

— September 04, 2009 10:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

EMP E5Ti Impression Series Speakers First Look - Unbelievable Value

EMP E5Ti Impression Series Speakers First Look - Unbelievable Value

The Impression line is, without a doubt, some of the best looking speakers to come out of the EMP/RBH camp in our opinion. Offered in gloss black or gloss red burl, the finish of the speakers is stunning. We were further floored when we learned that the list price of the E5Ti's would be $730 with an introductory price OF JUST $400. PER PAIR Yes, that is NOT a typo. At that price we fully expect the EMP Impression E5Ti Tower speakers to leave burn marks as they literally fly off the shelves.

The E5Ti's are some of the best looking speakers to come out of the EMP/RBH camp. We were stunned when we learned that the price of the E5Ti's would be $730 with an introductory price of $400.

— September 03, 2009 12:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics VS 344 Speakers

Boston Acoustics VS 344 Speakers

The new Boston VS 344 floorstanding speakers are $1250 each and feature a much slimmer design from its bigger brother. Sporting five 4.5" drivers and a 1" tweeter, the Boston VS 344 only stands 44" tall and a bit over 5" wide. The drivers are constructed out of Organic Composite Cone Material (OCCM). During our site visit to the Boston factory, we saw how they design and manufacture most of their drivers in house and we have no reason to believe they don't manufacture these themselves.

The new Boston VS 344 floorstanding speakers are $1250 each and feature a much slimmer design from its bigger brother. Sporting five 4.5" drivers and a 1" tweeter, the Boston VS 344 only stands 44"

— July 29, 2009 02:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Infinity Classia C336 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Infinity Classia C336 Floorstanding Speaker Review

For those of you that have read the $1500 - $2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout article, you've already heard of the Infinity Classia C336s. They do look great and they have very good bass extension. The bass punch was a bit weak and the high end a tad fatiguing. However, out of all the speakers I've reviewed at this price point, the C336s are the most likely to go on sale. When they do, you're going to want to take a second look at them. In a second setup or a movie/family room, the Classias are going to both look and sound great.

For those of you that have read the $1500 - $2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout article, you've already heard of the Infinity Classia C336s. They do look great and they have very good bass

— April 27, 2009 02:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Audioholics $1500-$2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout 2009

Audioholics $1500-$2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout 2009

Speaker shootouts are more fun in theory than in practice. The fact is that they are a lot of work. You need to convince a bunch of people to meet at a location, have them listen to a bunch of speakers, and record their observations. On top of that, you have to convince manufacturers to get involved. What we were looking for were floorstanding speakers in the $1500-$2000 range. We were also looking for passive speakers (meaning no powered subwoofers) to keep everyone on a level playing field. The tests were done blind and sighted. Did they match? Kinda.

Speaker shootouts are more fun in theory than in practice. The fact is that they are a lot of work. You need to convince a bunch of people to meet at a location, have them listen to a bunch of

— March 26, 2009 06:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD System Review

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD System Review

We're no strangers to Aperion Audio, having reviewed their products in one form or another since 2005. In each case we've found them to be an exceptional value with incredible build quality that surpasses most of their peers in the marketplace. This latest review takes the very best 5.1 system they have to offer - their Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD - whose 6T tower won our 2008 Consumer Excellence Award - and drives it hard to see if it can stand up under fire.

We're no strangers to Aperion Audio, having reviewed their products in one form or another since 2005. In each case we've found them to be an exceptional value with incredible build quality that

— March 11, 2009 04:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

DALI LEKTOR 8 Floorstanding Speaker Review

DALI LEKTOR 8 Floorstanding Speaker Review

DALI may not exactly be a household name in speakers - at least not in America - but they should be. The LEKTOR 8's would be right at home in a medium to large room and present a very easy load to amplifiers. The excellent off axis response makes placement a breeze. The real strength of these speakers is the soundstage. Wider than your room (or so it seems), the DALI Lekors wrap the music around you even in a two channel setup. For the price, the DALI's definitely represent a top tier offering.

DALI may not exactly be a household name in speakers - at least not in America - but they should be. The LEKTOR 8's would be right at home in a medium to large room and present a very easy load to

— February 18, 2009 11:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews