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Recent Floorstanding 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

High Efficient Floorstanding Loudspeaker Roundup 2017 AXPONA

High Efficient Floorstanding Loudspeaker Roundup 2017 AXPONA

In this segment of our coverage of the AXPONA audio show, we demoed larger, high-sensitivity horn loaded speakers that were really capitivating. The size of these speakers precludes them from finding a home in the living rooms of quite a few folks out there, but those who do find a place for them will be rewarded with effortless dynamics and a very detailed sound. These speakers can be powered to great effect with very modest amplifiers as well. Check out our continued coverage of AXPONA 2017 as we give a listen to speakers with a bit more brawn.

At 2017 AXPONA, we demoed some of the larger, high-sensitivity horn loaded speakers. Sure they cost a pretty penny, but they sounded great and made a statement any audiophile could appreciate.

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

Tower Speaker Roundup of 2017 AXPONA

Tower Speaker Roundup of 2017 AXPONA

In part 2 of our AXPONA coverage, we look at some of the more modest tower speakers. However, at a show filled with high-end audio gear, 'modest' becomes a relative term, and most of these speakers are way beyond anything sold at your local department store. With pricing ranging from $5k to $20k/pair, these are not speakers most of us buy on a whim, but their sound was impressive, as was their appearance. If you are looking for a high-end loudspeaker but not an outrageously priced one, read on to learn about some of the tower speakers that impressed us at the 2017 AXPONA audio show.

In part 2 of our AXPONA coverage, we look at some of the more modest tower speakers at the show. With pricing ranging from $5k-$20k/pair, these are not speakers most of us buy on a whim but can dream.

— May 03, 2017 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Genesis Maestro Floorstanding Speakers Preview

Genesis Maestro Floorstanding Speakers Preview

Genesis Advanced Technologies has updated their V series speaker, now dubbed the "Maestro", for those who want a state-of the-art speaker system and have the money to pay for it. This 5-way design packs nine drivers in a modestly-sized tower speaker and projects sound in a full dipole dispersion pattern. Each driver segment has its own enclosure compartment, and the four 8" bass drivers are amplified with an onboard 500 watt amp. With Servo-controlled bass drivers, ring-radiator ribbon tweeters, open-baffle mid-range driver, there is a lot going on in the Maestro, but those who meet the price of admission will likely demand a product that pushes the edges of conventional loudspeaker design.

Genesis Advanced Technologies has updated their V series speaker, now dubbed the "Maestro", for those who want a state-of the-art speaker system and have the money to pay for it. Read on for more.

— April 03, 2017 23:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Signature Series Speakers Preview

Polk Signature Series Speakers Preview

We got a glimpse of Polk's Signature Speakers series at the CEDIA last fall, but our second viewing at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada really wowed us. The whole line of Signature Speakers from Polk Audio looks like it will make a fantastic setup for any audiophiles listening needs from two-channel to a full DTS:X immersive surround sound home theater room. With 8 styles to choose from, this reasonably priced but high quality speaker line might be for you. Read on to find out more.

Polk Audio released a great line of speakers this year; 8 in all. Dubbed the Signature Series, we got a closer look at their bookshelf (S20), Slim Center Channel (S35), and their tower speaker (S60).

— January 10, 2017 17:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar Triton Reference Series Tower Speaker Preview

GoldenEar Triton Reference Series Tower Speaker Preview

Speaker company Goldenear has made some big impacts in the audio world in the last three years with their line of Triton speakers. Their Triton One came out in 2014 with the goal of making a great speaker for the fiscally responsible. In fact, the company slogan “We make high end affordable” describes this speaker line to a T. Goldenear introduced their Triton Reference edition speaker at the CES 2017 last week. Read our preview and demo results of this fantastic new product from Goldenear and our little comparison to their Triton 1 to see what you’re getting when stepping up to their new flagship speaker system.

Looking for a high end tower speaker without the high end price? Speaker company Goldenear might have the set for you with their new Triton Reference Series. Check out our preview and demo results.

— January 09, 2017 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel Performa3 Be Concept Loudspeakers Preview

Revel Performa3 Be Concept Loudspeakers Preview

Revel by Harman today previewed the Performa3 Be concept loudspeakers, based on the award-winning Performa3 Series product range, at CES 2017. Based on Revel’s Performa3 F208 and M106 models, the Performa3 Be concepts include two new models: the F208Be 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker and M106Be 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker. The concepts feature the latest waveguide geometry, Beryllium and Deep Ceramic Composite (DCC) transducer technology and premium crossover network designs. While we were already big fans of the Performa3 series, the addition of these upgrades in this concept series just makes our audio taste buds salivate.

Revel previewed the Performa3 Be concept loudspeakers featuring the latest waveguide geometry, Beryllium and (DC) transducer technology and premium crossover network designs. Read the juicy details.

— January 06, 2017 18:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Fluance Signature Series 3-Way Floorstanding Speakers Review

Fluance Signature Series 3-Way Floorstanding Speakers Review

The Fluance Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-Way Floorstanding speakers were recently relaunched after significant improvements were made to its crossover. This large tower speaker uses two 8" woofers, a fiber-woven 5.25" midwoofer, and a silk-dome tweeter in a wave-guide, and it promises serious bass extension well below 40 Hz. This impressive driver array is set in a gloss black front baffle with some stylish touches that belie the very affordable speaker cost. Initial enthusiasm about the earlier version of the Signature Floorstanding speakers gave way to mixed reactions due to a problematic crossover, but we have the redesigned version in our hands. So, let's see how it performs in our listening tests and subjective measurements to determine if this is the best $700 deal for tower speakers today.

Fluance recently relaunched its Signature Series Three-Way Floorstanding speakers after improvements were made to its crossover. Are they now the awesome speaker they should be? Read on to find out.

— December 28, 2016 11:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

MartinLogan Neolith ESL Loudspeaker Review

MartinLogan Neolith ESL Loudspeaker Review

Take the legendary name of MartinLogan and marry it with a cost-no-object loudspeaker and you've got the Neolith. This is largest and most expensive loudspeaker that MartinLogan has ever produced. Do the 6ft, nearly 400lb Electrostatic Neoliths deserved to be mentioned in the ranks of the best-of-the-best or did we uncover some chinks in the loudspeaker's armor? Watch our recently added YouTube Video Overview and read our review to find out.

The MartinLogan Neolith loudspeaker features the largest electrostatic panel they've ever produced. Exceptional bass, superb soundstage, tremendous dynamics results in a mesmerizing experience.

— November 23, 2016 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

$500/pair Tower Speaker Round-up for Two-Channel and Home Theater Listening

$500/pair Tower Speaker Round-up for Two-Channel and Home Theater Listening

Looking for some floorstanding speakers to listen to your CD collection, Internet radio, LP’s, or just looking for some quality front/all channel speakers for your home theater for around $500 a pair? We have compiled a short list for your consideration. Some are available at your local big box retailer and some are only available online. Take a look at this list and feel free to post your suggestions in the related forum thread.

If you're in the market for a pair of $500 tower speakers this is the article for you. We go over some of the best buys your two-channel and home theater listening needs. Read on for more info.

— October 26, 2016 18:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Signature Reference Speakers Enhanced with New AMT Tweeter

RBH Signature Reference Speakers Enhanced with New AMT Tweeter

RBH Sound is further refining its Signature Reference line-up with the announcement of a new Air Motion Transducer (AMT) for the series. The proprietary design, co-developed by RBH and Aurum Cantus® engineers, promises extended high frequencies and increased fidelity and is destined for the company's flagship Signature Reference speaker models. RBH Signature Reference speakers were already among the best we've reviewed. Can a good thing get even better? Read on to find out.

RBH Sound is further refining its Signature Reference line-up with the announcement of a new Air Motion Transducer (AMT) for the series to take performance to the next level.

— September 25, 2016 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews