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The Speaker Company TST2 Floorstanding Speaker Review

The Speaker Company TST2 Floorstanding Speaker Review

I like reviewing budget gear because I know I'm reviewing something that is in the bulk of our reader's price range. Let me speak plainly - These are NOT $450/pair speakers as their price suggests. I have found them to be much closer in performance to $1000/pair speakers. This time I'm going to refrain from making any grandiose claims but I'll tell you this, don't bother asking me what my advice is for budget bookshelf (with stands) or floorstanding speakers. My answer is The Speaker Company TST2s.

I like reviewing budget gear because I know I'm reviewing something that is in the bulk of our reader's price range. Let me speak plainly - These are NOT $450/pair speakers as their price suggests. I

— January 27, 2009 08:45 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Eggleston Works Andra III

Eggleston Works Andra III

Eggleston Works Andra III, a floor standing 3-way loudspeaker with compound loaded 12 inch woofers rated at -3db to 18 hz! The bass response of this system was tight, solid, and definitely impressive. At almost $24k/pair, this system was by no means cheap, but it offered some of the best sound I heard at the show.

Eggleston Works Andra III, a floor standing 3-way loudspeaker with compound loaded 12 inch woofers rated at -3db to 18 hz! The bass response of this system was tight, solid, and definitely

— January 12, 2009 13:55 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Maxxhorn Audio - Illumination Speaker

Maxxhorn Audio - Illumination Speaker

I do not often find myself saying “this is an amazing speaker”, but this is an amazing speaker! The Maxxhorn uses a 5 inch driver to make low frequencies that such loudspeakers do not make without a huge horn attached to them. The Maxxhorn does use a horn, but it is folded and completely behind the forward facing driver allowing it to reach the extremely high frequencies a folded horn would by its nature eliminate.

I do not often find myself saying “this is an amazing speaker”, but this is an amazing speaker! The Maxxhorn uses a 5 inch driver to make low frequencies that such loudspeakers do not make without a

Paul Appollonio — January 12, 2009 13:53 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Gemme Audio – Phenix Green Gem Loudspeaker System

Gemme Audio – Phenix Green Gem Loudspeaker System

The Phenix Green Gem LS is a 3 piece handcrafted satellite subwoofer system. It uses two 15 inch diameter drivers, looking very much like the JBL 2226, in a large cabinet 12 cubic feet. The satellites use a 6 inch driver definitely optimized for the midrange and what appears much like a Fostex Horn Tweeter. This system is characterized by extremely high sensitivity (100db 1w/1m) and very low distortion.

The Phenix Green Gem LS is a 3 piece handcrafted satellite subwoofer system. It uses two 15 inch diameter drivers, looking very much like the JBL 2226, in a large cabinet 12 cubic feet. The

Paul Appollonio — January 12, 2009 13:38 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Isophon Arabba Loudspeaker

Isophon Arabba Loudspeaker

The Isophon Arabba Loudspeaker was shown with Marcassa Ebony and Ceramic Accuton Drivers. At the booth was a German Professor of Physics named Roland Galdo who spent an hour explaining to me the process of design that went into the Arabba. Having access to a Cray Supercomputer at Stuttgart University in Germany where he is a professor, Roland modeled the drivers measured data, the enclosure and the crossover network. According to him this required 32 simultaneous mathematical equations to solve with 800 unknown variables. The sound was impressive, indeed perhaps flawless and the cabinet as beautifully crafted as it was meticulously designed.

The Isophon Arabba Loudspeaker was shown with Marcassa Ebony and Ceramic Accuton Drivers. At the booth was a German Professor of Physics named Roland Galdo who spent an hour explaining to me the

— January 12, 2009 13:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Lafleur Audio X2 Speaker System

Lafleur Audio X2 Speaker System

The Lafluer Audio X2 speaker employs two 5 inch ScanSpeak mid-bass drivers and a 1 inch soft dome ScanSpeak Tweeter. The cabinet is made of “wild Russian Cherry wood” and is “Shaped with exponential curves. This is to say it is sleak and beautiful, composed of a shape both pleasing to behold and naturally favorable to a smooth frequency response.

The Lafluer Audio X2 speaker employs two 5 inch ScanSpeak mid-bass drivers and a 1 inch soft dome ScanSpeak Tweeter. The cabinet is made of “wild Russian Cherry wood” and is “Shaped with exponential

Paul Appollonio — January 12, 2009 13:22 in Tower Speaker Reviews

K&Q Sound Genesis Model 1

K&Q Sound Genesis Model 1

Every year there are many exhibitors who do just plain crazy things. K&Q ranks high on this list for 2009. They were displaying a rather large floor standing loudspeaker which seemed to have no low end at all. When I walked around the back, it was obvious as to why. The speakers are mounted on a long tall narrow baffle, just large enough to mount the drivers.

Every year there are many exhibitors who do just plain crazy things. K&Q ranks high on this list for 2009. They were displaying a rather large floor standing loudspeaker which seemed to have no

— January 12, 2009 13:20 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Aerial Acoustics 7C and 20T Towers

Aerial Acoustics 7C and 20T Towers

The Aerial Acoustics Model 7C made its debut at the Venetian CES 2009 show. It features dual 7 inch woofers rear mounted, a 5 inch midrange, and a 1 inch dome in an airfoil (airplane wing) shaped enclosure. $7500 retail, expected to ship in May 2009. Shown in Cherry finish. The sound of this system was impressive and certainly memorable.

The Aerial Acoustics Model 7C made its debut at the Venetian CES 2009 show. It features dual 7 inch woofers rear mounted, a 5 inch midrange, and a 1 inch dome in an airfoil (airplane wing) shaped

— January 12, 2009 13:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

HiVi Swans 2.5HT

HiVi Swans 2.5HT

In the department of "more is better," Swan showed their 2.5HT towers and system at CES this year. With almost too many tweeters (ribbon and soft dome) to count, we couldn't help but be amazed. We are always impressed with the looks of Swans speaker and the 2.5HT is no different. The finish of Swans 2.5HT is a real wood veneer covered by piano lacquer. The array of tweeters is mounted on an aluminum alloy panel, creating a classic look with a touch of modern design. If they sound half as good as they look, they should be a very impressive speaker indeed.

In the department of "more is better," Swan showed their 2.5HT towers and system at CES this year. With almost too many tweeters (ribbon and soft dome) to count, we couldn't help but be amazed. We

— January 12, 2009 11:36 in Tower Speaker Reviews

HiVi Swans F10

HiVi Swans F10

What do you get when you cross a loudspeaker with a gramophone? The Swans F10. A mixture of high tech and antique styling, the F10 should integrate well into any of those old time sepia dress up pictures your parents made you take as a kid. The F10's won't be for everyone (in fact, if they sell a handful a year, I'd call that a success) but they certainly are good for getting people to come into your booth at CES

What do you get when you cross a loudspeaker with a gramophone? The Swans F10. A mixture of high tech and antique styling, the F10 should integrate well into any of those old time sepia dress up

— January 12, 2009 10:11 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound 8300-SE/R Signature Speakers

RBH Sound 8300-SE/R Signature Speakers

RBH Sound used the CES Expo to unveil two new additions to their award-winning Signature Series speaker lineup. The 8300-SE and the reference version, the 8300-SE/R, both employ RBH’s proprietary aluminum cone technology. Each model features three 8-inch aluminum cone subwoofers, two 6.5-inch aluminum cone woofers and a 1-inch soft dome tweeter. The reference version, the 8300-SE/R, features upgraded 6.5-inch fixed phase plug aluminum cone woofers, a liquid-cooled Scanspeak silk dome tweeter, and a modified crossover network to manage the upgraded drivers. The reference-level upgrades provide increased power handling and improved resolution.

RBH Sound used the CES Expo to unveil two new additions to their award-winning Signature Series speaker lineup. The 8300-SE and the reference version, the 8300-SE/R, both employ RBH’s proprietary

— January 12, 2009 09:56 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Phase Tech PC9.5 and PC Surr II

Phase Tech PC9.5 and PC Surr II

Phase Technology unveiled the Premier Collection PC9.5 and PC Surr II loudspeakers at CES. These two products complete the Premier Collection (PC) line of high-fidelity loudspeakers designed specifically for high-performance audio and home theater. The new PC9.5 tower loudspeaker is a 4-way design with three 6" woofers, a 1.5" soft dome midrange and a 1" soft dome tweeter in a stylized wood cabinet offering radius sides and a sloping front baffle. The PC-Surr II surround loudspeaker is a 3-way design in a thin enclosure only 5" deep.

Phase Technology unveiled the Premier Collection PC9.5 and PC Surr II loudspeakers at CES. These two products complete the Premier Collection (PC) line of high-fidelity loudspeakers designed

— January 09, 2009 01:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Koetsu USA Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker

Koetsu USA Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker

Koetsu USA introduced into the U.S. market the Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker, which we'd have to say is one of the more beautiful products we witnessed at the Venetian during the 2009 CES Expo. The Italian-built Academy Serendipity Speaker is the top speaker in Chario’s flagship Academy line and brings together five outstanding drivers in a powerful floorstanding system housed in a beautifully carpentered, gorgeous cabinet constructed of thick, solid Cherry or Walnut.

Koetsu USA introduced into the U.S. market the Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker, which we'd have to say is one of the more beautiful products we witnessed at the Venetian during the 2009 CES Expo.

— January 09, 2009 01:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Canton Reference 3.2 DC

Canton Reference 3.2 DC

Canton showed off the first of its new flagship "Reference" line of high-end loudspeakers at CES. The new Canton Reference 3.2 DC is a large floor-standing three-way bass reflex system with outstanding deep bass response and an exceptionally smooth high frequency response that is linear to 38.5 kHz. Among its key technical refinements, the Reference 3.2 features Canton's new ceramic dome tweeter, which replaces the company's high performance aluminum-manganese dome with one made of aluminum oxide - the only substance harder than aluminum oxide is diamond.

Canton showed off the first of its new flagship "Reference" line of high-end loudspeakers at CES. The new Canton Reference 3.2 DC is a large floor-standing three-way bass reflex system with

— January 09, 2009 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews