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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

Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series 2 Debut and Demo Report

Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series 2 Debut and Demo Report

With the success of the CM Series since its debut in 2014, Bowers & Wilkins is aiming to take performance and value to the next level by borrowing technologies from their venerable 800 D3 series and giving birth to their new 700 Series 2. B&W's design objective of "not just beating their rivals but blowing them away", is quite ambitious for this series. From carbon tweeters to Continuum midrange and Aerofoil cone woofers, to their painstaking control of resonance and breakup modes, and premium part usage in the crossover designs, they may just be able to pull it off. Read on to find out our initial impressions.

Bowers & Wilkins aims to raise the performance/value ratio by borrowing technologies from their 800 D3 series to giving birth to their new 700 Series 2. Read on for design details and our impressions.

— September 06, 2017 00:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 Loudspeaker Preview

Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 Loudspeaker Preview

Recently, Nola introduced us to the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeaker - which was on exhibit for the first time ever at the Los Angeles Audio Show (LAAS). The Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 is a high-end compact 3-1/2-way floorstanding loudspeaker designed for medium-sized rooms. With many upgrades from the previous model, the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 might be right for you, but with a $40,000/pair price tag, it's not for everyone.

Nola released their upgraded Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 speaker system. This high-end compact 3-1/2-way floorstanding loudspeaker designed for medium-sized rooms doesn't come cheap at $40k/pair.

— July 27, 2017 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti T Tower Loudspeaker Review

MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti T Tower Loudspeaker Review

MarkAudio-SOTA has recently launched their brand to the North American market, and we had a chance to give their Cesti T tower speakers a run around our testing grounds to gauge their performance. MarkAudio-SOTA is a new speaker manufacturer that uses a team of highly-respected industry vets to assemble a line-up of finished speakers based around full-range drivers. The Cesti T uses three full-range drivers placed into a very slick, modern cabinet with a crossover designed to get the most out of this driver array. Read our review to see how well this idea translated into practice.

MarkAudio-SOTA recently launched their Cesti T tower speakers and we gave them a run around our testing grounds to see how they performed. Read our review to see if they're right for you.

— July 10, 2017 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF Q 2017 Loudspeaker Preview

KEF Q 2017 Loudspeaker Preview

KEF has redesigned it's affordable (by their standards) Q series lineup of speakers. All the Q 2017 speakers include a revamped Uni-Q driver array with a newly engineered damped tweeter loading tube and a new low-distortion inductor in the crossovers to help provide a cleaner and more accurate bass. The bookshelves start at a reasonable $550/pr. Are they right for you? Read on.

KEF has redesigned their affordable line of Q series speakers- The Q 2017. With 6 sizes to choose from and numerous modifications, these might be the right speakers for you. Read on to find out.

— May 24, 2017 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Exotic Speaker Roundup AXPONA 2017

Exotic Speaker Roundup AXPONA 2017

In this final segment of our coverage of the AXPONA audio show, we turned our attention to the more exotic and extravagant speakers. These are the speakers that will turn heads and are only a dream (sometimes a very surreal one) for most people to own. These speakers push the boundaries of loudspeaker design and employ new and unconventional approaches to solve old problems. They are not for everyone, but the few who end up with a pair of any of these speakers will have quite a conversation piece along with a terrific room filling fullrange sound.

In this final segment of our coverage of the AXPONA audio show, we turned our attention to the more exotic and extravagant fullrange speakers. Though not for everyone, they're cool nonetheless.

— May 09, 2017 06:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews