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Ultra High-End Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

Ultra High-End Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

The AXPONA show for 2019 was bigger and better than ever, and Audioholics was there to see and hear much of the best that was on display. In this segment of our coverage, we take a look at the more over-the-top speakers on exhibit, the 'dream speakers' that comes to mind when we purchase a lotto ticket. They may not be affordable, they might not be at all practical, but these are some of the most unrestrained, dramatic, and mind-blowing speakers that AXPONA had to offer.

Audioholics was at the 2019 AXPONA show and in this segment of coverage we look at the most outrageously expensive tower speakers manufacturers have to offer. Which is your dream speaker? Read on.

— April 23, 2019 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Affordable Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

Affordable Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2019

The 2019 AXPONA show had more to offer than just king-size luxury speakers. In this segment of our AXPONA coverage, we look at a selection of the more affordable loudspeakers that were on display. While the massive high-end speakers seem to get most of the attention, there were a multitude of outstanding lower cost speakers that deserve as much attention as any six-figure behemoth. This year's AXPONA proves that you don't have to be rich to get good sound.

At the 2019 AXPONA show, we look at a selection of the more affordable loudspeakers that were on display. This year's AXPONA proves that you don't have to be rich to get good sound.

— April 19, 2019 23:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dayton Audio & Monoprice Raise the Bar on Budget Tower Speakers

Dayton Audio & Monoprice Raise the Bar on Budget Tower Speakers

Those who want the big sound of a tower speaker but don't have the big bucks that tower speakers normally cost are in luck, because Dayton Audio and Monoprice have just released two new tower speakers at price points that will considerably stiffen the competition for entry-level floor-standing speakers. The Dayton Audio MK442T and Monoprice MP-T65RT both use their well-received low-cost bookshelf models as platforms to create low-cost tower speakers, but they each take some different design turns that may grant them a step up on sound quality along with more sound quantity. Read our preview of the MK442T and MP-T65RT to see what Dayton Audio and Monoprice have done to raise the bar on low-cost tower speakers.

Dayton Audio and Monoprice released two tower speakers at price points that will stiffen the competition for entry-level floor-standing speakers. Will they be Audiophile worthy? Read on to find out.

— April 09, 2019 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

SVS Prime Pinnacle Tower Speaker System Preview

SVS Prime Pinnacle Tower Speaker System Preview

SVS's newest member of their Prime loudspeaker line is aptly named the Prime Pinnacle, because it is most certainly the apogee of the Prime series and the culmination of the design cues used in the Primes while adding a few new tricks to make the ultimate Prime loudspeaker. The 3-way, 5 driver Prime Pinnacle incorporates features of their Ultra series, but in a more placement friendly design. Will this be the new audiophile go-to speaker among SVS's offerings? Read our preview to see what SVS has brought to the table with their formidable new tower speaker.

SVS's new 3-way, 5 driver Prime Pinnacle Tower combines flagship features from the Ultra Series in a more placement friendly design. Is this their new go-to audiophile speaker? Read on to find out.

— April 05, 2019 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW Speaker: A New WATT/Puppy Descendant

Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW Speaker: A New WATT/Puppy Descendant

Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW speaker is the latest descendant of the company’s iconic WATT/Puppy loudspeakers. Named after Wilson’s founder, the late Dave Wilson, the Sasha DAW sits in the middle of Wilson’s range of expensive, high-end offerings. The new speaker was redesigned from the ground up by Dave’s son Daryl and his team of engineers. Will the Sasha DAW live up to its decades-long legacy?

Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW speaker is the latest descendant of the company’s iconic WATT/Puppy loudspeakers. At $37,900/pr they're not inexpensive. Are they worth it? Read on to find out.

— March 26, 2019 21:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review

Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review

Loudspeaker manufacturer Klipsch has received a lot of acclaim for their Reference Premier series ever since its introduction, so it is high time that we have given this lauded line a very close look to see if it truly deserved its accolades. In for a full review is the Klipsch RP-8000F, a dual 8" woofer megalith of a speaker that promises a wide dynamic range for lots of punch and impact, but will that come at the cost of sound quality? Read our full review to find out.

The Klipsch RP-8000F, a dual 8" woofer tower speaker system that promises a wide dynamic range for lots of punch and impact, but will that come at the cost? Read our review to find out...

— March 22, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

PSB Speakers Revamp of Alpha Series Best Yet?

PSB Speakers Revamp of Alpha Series Best Yet?

PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series of speakers at the 2019 CES show last January. Like their predecessors, the newest iteration of the Alpha line deliver a remarkable value to performance ratio. The new lineup will consist of four models in all: 2 compact monitors P3 and P5, a center channel C10, and a tower model T20. To see what we think of PSB's new Alphas read on.

PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series: 2 compact bookshelf (P3, P5), 1 center (C10) and 1 tower (T20) all with upgrades from predecessor models to make a good thing even better.

— February 21, 2019 22:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh’s 7-foot-tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package, the XRT1.1K still stands nearly 6 feet tall and contains 70 drivers, but should be at home in a wider range of listening environments. McIntosh says its line array design provides superb imaging from any seat in the house. Read on to learn more.

McIntosh’s 7' tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the 6' XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package. Are they worth the $60,000/pr price tag? Read on.

— February 03, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Wharfedale’s New D300 Series Loudspeakers Take Aim At Elac

Wharfedale’s New D300 Series Loudspeakers Take Aim At Elac

Wharfedale’s new D300 Series seeks to redefine expectations for low-cost, high-performance loudspeakers. The four-strong range consists of two compact bookshelf speakers, one floor-stander, and one center-channel speaker, all priced to challenge Elac’s Debut 2 series for the entry-level crown. Will the Wharfedale D300 Series speakers have what it takes? Read on to learn more.

Wharfedale’s new D300 Series is redefining expectations for low-cost, high-performance loudspeakers taking aim at Elac's acclaimed Debut 2 Series. Starting at only $210/pr, can they do it? Read on.

— December 18, 2018 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Premier 800F Tower and 500C Center Speakers Review

Paradigm Premier 800F Tower and 500C Center Speakers Review

There is no shortage of floor-standing speakers in the $2k/pair price range, yet Paradigm has decided to jump back in this market segment with a brand new design. Using technology trickled down from their acclaimed Persona series, Paradigm has launched the Premier line so audio enthusiasts can get some of the high-end sound of the Personas but without paying the high-end price tags. In this full review, we take a close look at the Premier 800F floor-standing and 500C center speakers to determine if Paradigm pulled off a sonic miracle.

Using trickle down technology from their Persona series, Paradigm launched the Premier line of speakers. Read our full review of their 800F towers and 500C center channel to see how they perform.

— December 12, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar Triton One.R Tower Speaker Preview

GoldenEar Triton One.R Tower Speaker Preview

GoldenEar Technology announced the introduction of their newest tower speaker, the Triton One.R. This new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference, which has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts. It carries many of the same technologies found in the Triton Reference along with new innovations. Will the new Triton One.R get the same response as its larger predecessor? Read on to find out.

GoldenEar Technology released their follow up to their highly awarded Triton Reference speaker - the Triton One.R. Does this new smaller, less expensive speaker live up to the Reference? Read on.

— December 06, 2018 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

Ever dreamed about taking a reference-grade monitor speaker (SV-831R) and slapping it on a reference-grade subwoofer (SV-1212NR) to create the ultimate tower speaker? Consider that dream come true. RBH's awe-inspiring SVTR Tower Speaker is here. Dual 12-inch woofers, three 8-inch midrange drivers, and a ribbon tweeter combine to deliver mind-blowing, anvil-like bass, razor-like imaging and astounding dynamics. RBH's SVTR Tower Speaker delivers reference-grade performance that has to be experienced to be believed. Be warned, reading our full review may have you wanting a pair for Christmas.

RBH's SVTR Tower combines the SV-831R reference grade monitor and SV-1212NR subwoofer to produce the ultimate tower speaker with mind-blowing performance. Could this be RBH's best tower yet? Read on.

— November 30, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The new series includes the stand-mounted Confidence 20 ($13k/pair), and the floor-standing Confidence 30 ($20k/pair), Confidence 50 ($27k/pair), and Confidence 60 ($40k/pair). The new Confidence speakers feature all new drivers and cabinet designs that are said to be the most advanced passive loudspeaker range in Dynaudio's history. Read on to learn more.

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The series feature all new drivers and cabinet designs, their most advanced to date.

— November 28, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. The new R Series includes a stand-mounted speaker, three floor-standers, a center speaker, and a multifunction surround speaker that also works as an up-firing Atmos speaker (last resort option). All are available for pre-order, with shipping expected by the end of this month. Read on to learn more.

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. Are they really better? Read on to find out.

— October 23, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews