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McIntosh XLS340 Loudspeakers

McIntosh XLS340 Loudspeakers

The XLS 340 loudspeakers are among the latest products offered by McIntosh. According to McIntosh, XLS product line is intended for both home theater and stereo applications with accurate reproduction as a primary design goal.

The XLS 340 loudspeakers are among the latest products offered by McIntosh. According to McIntosh, XLS product line is intended for both home theater and stereo applications with accurate

— October 31, 2006 09:24 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Onix Rocket RS450 Loudspeaker Review

Onix Rocket RS450 Loudspeaker Review

In a smaller room, most people will recommend a set of bookshelves and a sub. If you are going to spend any time watching movies, you’re going to need a sub regardless. This is all true and valid. But as a bookshelf speaker owner, I’ve always looked at pics of systems running floorstanders in a room smaller than mine and wondered… What if… So, it was with great excitement that I accepted the assignment to review the Rocket RS450s. Would they really be overkill? Would they really be too much for my room? Would I really convince my wife to let me buy them? Well, I can say definitively NO… to the last question. The rest remains to be seen.

In a smaller room, most people will recommend a set of bookshelves and a sub. If you are going to spend any time watching movies, you’re going to need a sub regardless. This is all true and valid.

— October 03, 2006 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

PSB Alpha Loudspeaker System Review

PSB Alpha Loudspeaker System Review

With such a vast number of speaker manufacturers it is easy to overlook any one of them. I have heard of PSB speakers but never had the opportunity to listen to them nor did I ever pay much attention to their reviews. PSB, which stands for “Paul & Sue Barton”, is a company that has been around since the seventies and according to Paul, before that unofficially. Paul, like me, was a Do-It-Yourselfer when he made his first speakers with his father. He took the next step when he started selling speakers to students at a nearby college. He later officially started PSB and did all the designs himself. Not until recent years did Paul petition the help of David Smith to be the company’s Director of Product Development because of the large growth that PSB has undergone. The driving philosophy behind PSB is clearly Performance and Value. Their main goal is to offer high performance at reasonable costs and the Alpha Series falls into the entry level “In Room” speaker.

With such a vast number of speaker manufacturers it is easy to overlook any one of them. I have heard of PSB speakers but never had the opportunity to listen to them nor did I ever pay much

— September 18, 2006 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Mirage Omnisat v2 FS Loudspeaker Review

Mirage Omnisat v2 FS Loudspeaker Review

Even before you get them out of their shipping carton it’s obvious these are definitely not your average box loudspeaker. Clearly Mirage have done their homework and obviously appreciate the importance of integrating performance with appearance.

Even before you get them out of their shipping carton it’s obvious these are definitely not your average box loudspeaker. Clearly Mirage have done their homework and obviously appreciate the

— October 29, 2005 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Mordaunt-Short Performance 6 Series Loudspeaker System Review

Mordaunt-Short Performance 6 Series Loudspeaker System Review

It was last year at CEDIA (yes last year, 2004) that we caught our first glimpse of the Performance 6 loudspeakers from Mordaunt-Short. The reception was incredible as the rather elegant looking speakers were shown off and the new era of Mordaunt-Short was emerging in phoenix-like fashion. Rather than make excuses as to why it took us so long to get to a review, let me just say that it was well worth the wait and allow you to read on.

It was last year at CEDIA (yes last year, 2004) that we caught our first glimpse of the Performance 6 loudspeakers from Mordaunt-Short. The reception was incredible as the rather elegant looking

— September 28, 2005 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH CinemaSITE Custom Home Theater System Review

RBH CinemaSITE Custom Home Theater System Review

When I first saw the RBH Sound CinemaSITE at the 2004 CEDIA show I was instantly captivated by the sheer genius of the product.

When I first saw the RBH Sound CinemaSITE at the 2004 CEDIA show I was instantly captivated by the sheer genius of the product.

— August 19, 2005 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Axiom Audio Epic 80-600 System Review

Axiom Audio Epic 80-600 System Review

The Axiom Epic 80-600 system was absolutely unbelievable - like having the power of Mother Nature right at my fingertips. The excellent build quality, high performance, and top notch customer support and service offered by Axiom make these an easy recommendation. As good as this system was, Axiom's recent dramatic price increases have put their products into a price class of much higher caliber competitors.

Review: The Axiom Audio Epic 80 with EP600 System offered very good performance but the prices of Axiom speakers have gone up substantially recently putting them up against higher caliber products.

— July 26, 2005 19:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Canyon Audio Series 310-TSC Loudspeakers Review

Canyon Audio Series 310-TSC Loudspeakers Review

Every once in a while we'll take in a set of speakers from a relatively unknown company in order to see what's available on the market and if some independent shops have some value products available for consumers. Canyon Audio is a manufacturer based in Nevada who works with some domestic designers to have custom modifications made to products which are then manufactured overseas to keep costs down.

Every once in a while we'll take in a set of speakers from a relatively unknown company in order to see what's available on the market and if some independent shops have some value products available

— April 03, 2005 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

THIEL Audio MCS1, SCS3 and SS2 Loudspeaker System Review

THIEL Audio MCS1, SCS3 and SS2 Loudspeaker System Review

For many years I have revered the THIEL speaker cabinet designs and construction. Being a DIY speaker builder, I recognize their efforts on time alignment and minimization of diffraction which tends to be less common among the vast array of traditional speaker designs.

For many years I have revered the THIEL speaker cabinet designs and construction. Being a DIY speaker builder, I recognize their efforts on time alignment and minimization of diffraction which tends

— August 30, 2004 19:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Von Schweikert VR2 Review

Von Schweikert VR2 Review

The designers at Von Schweikert had some great goals in mind when creating the VR-2. Just to name a few, phase correction in the crossover, full frequency range, and my favorite, transparency. I wanted to remain as objective as possible in my approach to reviewing the VR-2 speakers so I did not read any reviews, entertain any user opinions, nor did I do any research on these speakers until I had experienced them first hand.

The designers at Von Schweikert had some great goals in mind when creating the VR-2. Just to name a few, phase correction in the crossover, full frequency range, and my favorite, transparency. I

, Steve DellaSala — March 23, 2004 19:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Canton Karat Reference 2 DC Speakers Review

Canton Karat Reference 2 DC Speakers Review

Canton was founded in 1972 by four hi-fi enthusiasts who joined together with the goal of always producing the best speakers of their class. Canton is a combination of the Latin word "cantare" (to sing) and the German word "Ton" (musical tone). Canton started officially with 35 employees on 1 January 1973 assembling speaker enclosures. Their initial development work was done in a living room.

Review: Canton Karat Reference 2 DC tower speakers sound as good as they look. This floorstanding speaker has great tonal balance and plays clean at high output levels.

Steve DellaSala — February 11, 2004 23:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound T-2 Signature Series Tower Speaker Review

RBH Sound T-2 Signature Series Tower Speaker Review

RBH Sound has been manufacturing high performance loudspeakers for over 25 years catering to the high performance (mind you not necessarily high priced) and custom install marketplaces. Yet their name isn't as widely recognized by consumers like some of the big guys out there. Fortunately name recognition is not always a reflection of product quality or performance. The RBH T-2 Signature Tower speaker system exemplifies a company committed to producing high performance product. I can't think of a better example than this particular loudspeaker manufacturer. The T-2 system is a true performer, capable of handling all of the dynamics and subtleties of music with ease. A must read review!

Review: The RBH Sound T-2 Signature Tower Speaker system is a large monolithic speaker capable of producing earth shattering output, compression free.

— January 31, 2004 18:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Axiom Audio Epic 80 Loudspeaker System Review

Axiom Audio Epic 80 Loudspeaker System Review

The first thing I noticed about the Axiom Epic 80 System was the incredible presence and detailed highs. The clarity and imaging put forth by the M80s was refreshing and worthy of designating them as a movie theater killer. As good as this system was, Axiom's recent dramatic price increases have put their products into a price class of much higher caliber competitors.

The Axiom Epic 80 Speaker System was quite the bargain when we reviewed it in the 2003. However, their prices have gone up substantially since then putting them up against higher caliber products.

— January 29, 2003 18:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Speaker Face-off I: Battle of the Budget Towers

Speaker Face-off I: Battle of the Budget Towers

See how 5 budget speaker towers from Pinnacle, Polk, Infinity, Bose stand up to each. Does price and size dictate performance? Read our comparison review to find out.

See how five budget speaker towers from Pinnacle, Polk, Infinity, Bose stand up to each other in our comparison review.

— January 01, 2001 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews