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Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal has unveiled three new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line. The compact Kanta N°2 floor-stander, which was first introduced in October of last year, is now joined by the Kanta N°1 bookshelf speaker, the larger Kanta N°3 floor-stander, and a dedicated center-channel speaker. Will the Kanta series represent the new sweet spot in Focal’s loudspeaker lineup?

Focal has unveiled 3 new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line which now consists of 2 floorstanders, a bookshelf and dedicated center. Will this series be the new sweet spot in their loudspeaker lineup?

— October 18, 2018 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

Highly-regarded audio manufacturer RBH has made upgrades to their popular Impressions family of speakers. We took a look at a pair of their 6-driver, 3-way R-55E tower speakers to see how it stacked up against many of its competitors in this hotly-contested $2k/pair price category. Read our review with detailed measurements to find out if these are the real deal or just a pretender to the throne. Be sure to also check out our YouTube Overview and Demo report too.

RBH Sound recently upgraded their Impression family of speakers. We reviewed their 6-driver, 3-way R-55E tower speakers to see how they stacked up against competitors in the $2K/pr arena.

— September 19, 2018 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers, Their Best Yet?

Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers, Their Best Yet?

With the CEDIA show right around the corner, all the major manufacturers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their newest designs, but speaker legend Bowers & Wilkins are saying enough with repackaging and renaming new speakers - Let's just make what we already have perfected even better. Read our preview of Bowers & Wilkins 6th iteration of their massively popular 600 series speaker line to see what WE think of their improvements.

Bowers & Wilkins released their newest iteration of their acclaimed 600 series speakers ahead of the 2018 CEDIA trade show. See what improvements make them their best 600 series yet.

— August 21, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Sonus faber Launches Sonetto Speaker Collection

Sonus faber Launches Sonetto Speaker Collection

The Sonus faber Sonetto collection of loudspeakers brings new technologies and Italian craftsmanship within reach of more audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts. The eight-strong range includes two bookshelf models, three floor-standers, two center-channel speakers, and an on-wall model for surround duties. Is this the sweet spot between luxury and affordability?

The Sonus faber Sonetto collection of loudspeakers brings new technologies and Italian craftsmanship within reach of more audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts. See what the full lineup offers.

— July 04, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers over $6,000/pair

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers over $6,000/pair

In our continuing coverage of the 2018 AXPONA audio show, we look at a handful of the pricier speakers that approach the five-figure territory. We start to see some of the interesting directions speaker designers take when they are not encumbered by budgetary concerns. Gigantic horn systems, open-baffle 24" cone subwoofers, and metal-plated bookshelf speakers are just a few of the designs that go full-tilt into the wild side of audio excess. Read on to learn about these sensational designs and others in our sampling of the high-end speakers of AXPONA 2018.

We took a look at a handful of the pricier loudspeakers at the 2018 AXPONA audio show which approached the five-figure territory. Read on for our high-end speaker picks and how they sounded.

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

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers under $6,000/pair

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers under $6,000/pair

The AXPONA audio show had another huge turnout in both exhibitors and attendees this year, and we were lucky enough to get front row seats to see some surprising new products. In this part of our coverage, we focus on a handful of loudspeakers below $6,000/pair as being some of the relatively affordable setups there. Read on to see what speakers were on display at AXPONA that could possibly be owned without completely shattering your bank account.

We took a look at a bunch of new active and passive audiophile loudspeakers for under $6K/pair at AXPONA recently and came up with a list of our favorites based on listening tests. Check them out.

— April 23, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Epique CBT24 Line Array Loudspeaker Review

Epique CBT24 Line Array Loudspeaker Review

The new CBT24 'Epique' floor-standing line array by Dayton Audio is an unconventional speaker, to say the least. However, the marketplace of loudspeakers has dozens if not hundreds of offbeat designs that promise some extraordinary advantage through some radical new engineering approach. So the question for the CBT24 speakers is how does its design improve upon conventional loudspeakers? We attempt to answer that question in detail in our review of these unique new speakers.

The new CBT24 'Epique' floor-standing line array by Dayton Audio is an unconventional speaker. See if the CBT24 speaker improves upon conventional loudspeaker designs or if it has shortcomings.

— April 20, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Revamps Impression Series Speakers with Audiophile Options

RBH Revamps Impression Series Speakers with Audiophile Options

RBH Sound has given their popular Impression speaker series a makeover, and they look better than ever in both appearance and performance. The Impression series returns as a bookshelf speaker, an LCR, and a tower speaker, and each has a selection of optional upgrades, so the series ranges from a modest bookshelf speaker ($300/pair) in a standard matte black finish to a powerful, gloss black tower speaker with elite driver upgrades ($2000/pair). Read our preview of RBH's new Impression speaker series to see how they've upgraded this popular series with high-performance drivers and parts making them a force to be reckoned with.

RBH Sound has given their popular Impression speaker series a makeover, and they look better than ever in both appearance and performance. They come in a bookshelf, LCR, and tower option. Read on.

— March 22, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series

Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series

The original Dayton Audio B652 has achieved something of a cult classic among speaker aficionados due to its extraordinarily low price. They were perhaps the least expensive, full-size bookshelf speaker that could be had in its day manufactured by a well-respected speaker component company. It was followed up by the 'B652-Air' to greater acclaim featuring an AMT tweeter. Now Dayton Audio has expanded on the 'Air' series with the release of a tower speaker, smaller bookshelf speaker, and center speaker. What kind of system can be had from the lowest-priced speaker set available to use AMT tweeters? Read on to find out.

Dayton Audio expanded on the 'Air' series with a tower, smaller bookshelf and center channel speakers. What kind of system can be had from the lowest-priced speaker series to use an AMt Tweeters?

— January 24, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL Releases Updated Iconic JBL L100 Speakers

JBL Releases Updated Iconic JBL L100 Speakers

Vintage JBL enthusiasts know what a jewel the L100 speakers, even 50 years after their inception. In fact, according to Harman, they're among the all time best selling speakers from JBL. Harman just announced an update to this legendary design with completely new modernized drivers and crossover components designed by Chris Hagen, the original designer of the L100T3s. Now you can get a refresh to a classic, but it's going to cost you some dough. Read on to find out.

JBL updated their iconic L100 speakers with the latest drivers and crossover designs headed by Chris Hagen, the original designer of the L100T3s. Will they be revered as classic to JBL lovers?

— January 11, 2018 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy Audio Valor Loudspeaker Overview & Demo

Legacy Audio Valor Loudspeaker Overview & Demo

Legacy's latest flagship product, the Valor, is a speaker that pushes the state-of-the-art in high-fidelity further than ever before as a 2,750 watt, 11-driver behemoth that is packed with the latest advances in audio engineering. The sound from the Valor is tightly controlled so interference from room acoustics is greatly reduced, and imaging from the original signal is preserved with greater clarity. The methods used by Legacy to reconstruct the original stereo image go well beyond traditional room correction equalization. Read our overview and watch our YouTube Video of the Legacy Valor to find out more.

The Legacy Valor speaker system is an all-out attempt to push the state-of-the-art forward with few compromises, and it is priced as such at $80k. Check out YouTube Video and preview for full details.

— November 26, 2017 19:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Persona 5F Tower Loudspeaker Review

Paradigm Persona 5F Tower Loudspeaker Review

The Paradigm Persona 5F tower speaker is a three-way tower speaker featuring beryllium midwoofer and tweeter, and three 7" bass drivers. This highly-regarded Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer has launched themselves into the high-end speaker market with their Persona product line; their first foray into speakers with five-figure price tags. While no one doubts that Paradigm has the resources and expertise to make a high-end super-speaker, the question is how well have they accomplished that task, and how will the market respond? In our review, we attempt to answer the former question, and we are very interested in learning the answer to the latter question, which is yet to be determined.

The Paradigm Persona 5F is a three-way tower speaker featuring a beryllium midwoofer & tweeter, and (3) 7" bass drivers. Read our review to see if Paradigm's engineering excellence is worth the price.

— October 19, 2017 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

ELAC Adante Loudspeaker Series Aims to Raise Bar on Performance/Value

ELAC Adante Loudspeaker Series Aims to Raise Bar on Performance/Value

ELAC announced the general availability of its new Adante Series of loudspeakers that includes the AF-61 Floorstanding Tower Speaker, AS-61 Stand Mount Speaker, AC-61 Center Channel Speaker, and the ASW-121 Powered Subwoofer. Designed and built with precision engineering and superior craftsmanship, the series is said to set a new value-to-performance benchmark for affordable loudspeakers. Be sure to check out our YouTube interview with loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones to get the full details.

ELAC's new Adante Series of loudspeakers includes the AF-61 Floorstanding, AS-61 Bookshelf, AC-61 Center Channel and the ASW-121 subwoofer. Read how they intend to raise the bar on performance/value.

— September 24, 2017 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

MartinLogan Expands Motion Series with New Bookshelf & Floorstanding Speakers

MartinLogan Expands Motion Series with New Bookshelf & Floorstanding Speakers

MartinLogan released 5 new models from their Motion series of loudspeakers this week at CEDIA in San Diego, California. The newest products include two new bookshelf models, two small floor standing models, and a passive soundbar. All models feature their Folded Motion Transducer and other technologies unique to the brand. With prices starting at $180 each for the Motion 2i bookshelf, these newest round of Motion speakers look to be a great deal for a quality speaker.

MartinLogan released 5 new models from their Motion series this week at CEDIA. With prices starting at $180/ea you get their Folded Motion tweeter and other technologies unique to their speakers.

— September 08, 2017 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews