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NHT Absolute Tower Loudspeaker Review

NHT Absolute Tower Loudspeaker Review

The NHT Absolute Tower loudspeaker is small in stature but capable of playing loud and clear when coupled with a subwoofer. The Absolute Tower is built like a tank but is still slim and sexy with an extravagant piano black finish. Is this absolutely the best loudspeaker on the planet? Well, quite frankly no. Is it absolutely the best loudspeaker in this price range? We will let you decide. One thing is for sure, at $1,100 per pair you should definitely know what you are getting. With NHT, you're getting the real deal. Check out our new Youtube Video Review to get Gene and Hugo's listening impressions.

The NHT Absolute Towers are among the best measuring loudspeakers we have tested. At $1100 per pair, the 3-way acoustic suspension loudspeaker is a great value. Slim footprint, great looks and sound.

— May 14, 2014 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Meridian 25th Anniversary Special Edition Speakers Preview

Meridian 25th Anniversary Special Edition Speakers Preview

The Meridian Audio Special Edition line celebrates 25 years of Meridian creating digital speakers. The DSP8000 SE, DSP7200 SE, and DSP5200 SE have improved electronics and a semi-horn-loaded beryllium tweeter along with other improvements. The cost? $20k a pair for the DSP5200 SE, $46k a pair for the DSP7200 SE, and $80k a pair for the DSP8000 SE. Meridian offers a perfectly matching center channel in either horizontal or vertical orientation for half price of the pair. Meridian says these are the best sounding speakers they've ever made. At these prices, we certainly hope so.

The Meridian Audio Special Edition line (DSP8000 SE, DSP7200 SE, and DSP5200 SE) have improved electronics and a semi-horn-loaded beryllium tweeter along with other improvements at $20-$80k a pair.

— May 01, 2014 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Avantgarde Zero 1 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

Avantgarde Zero 1 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

At $14.5k, the Avantegard Zero 1 speakers are some of the least expensive speakers offered by the company. That said, they are packing a lot of technology. With a frequency response spec'ed to 30Hz, a three way design with independent amplifiers for each driver, and a wireless connection between the speakers, these are not your average self-powered speakers. With high quality 24-bit Burr Brown DACs, a focus on phase and time alignment, and all the digital inputs you'll likely need, they aren't just a pretty box. Check these out at a local high-end store near you soon.

Preview: At $14.5k, the Avantegard Zero 1 speakers has a frequency response spec'ed to 30Hz, a three way design with independent amplifiers for each driver, and a wireless connection between them.

— April 03, 2014 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF Q900 Floorstanding Speaker Video Review

KEF Q900 Floorstanding Speaker Video Review

The KEF Q900 floorstanding speakers are the flagship of the Q line, but they won't empty your wallet. At $900 each and deals to be found online, these speakers are in the perfect price point for those that want to step to speakers that, at the very least, look high end without having to mortgage their homes. Playing down into the 30Hz range, these are speakers for those interested in full range speakers on a budget. Highly recommended!

Review: The KEF Q900 floorstanding speakers look georgous, sound great, and have top-notch technology behind them. At $900 each and deals to be had, we highly recommend them.

— March 24, 2014 12:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Loudspeakers Preview

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Loudspeakers Preview

Bowers & Wilkins is at it again with a refresh of their bread and butter 600 series of loudspeakers. The new lineup naturally offers several technical advancements over their predecessors, as well as a slimmed down appearance to improve spousal acceptance. With prices ranging from $1,650/pair to $550/pair, B&W is hoping the improved aesthetics and sonic qualities will draw buyers in a hotly contested market. Keep on reading to see what the new line brings to the table.

Bowers & Wilkins has released the refresh of their entry level 600 series loudspeakers. Priced from $550/pair to $1650/pair, read on to see what the Audioholics think after talking a glance.

— February 19, 2014 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

NHT Classic Four and Absolute Tower Loudspeaker Preview

NHT Classic Four and Absolute Tower Loudspeaker Preview

NHT's Classic Four and Absolute Tower loudspeakers aim to challenge the notion that an attractive loudspeaker offering excellent build and sound quality must come with a premium price. With MSRPs of $2,700/pr and $1,260/pr respectively, their price points are firmly in the "affordable by normal people" category. Still, the market is flooded with companies claiming great sound for little cash. What sets the NHT's apart from the competition? Keep reading to find out.

Preview: NHT has two towers to choose from in their lineup: the Classic Four and the Absolute Tower. Read on as Audioholics takes a peek at what they have to offer.

— February 12, 2014 10:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Ocean Way Audio Montecito High-Resolution Reference Loudspeaker Preview

Ocean Way Audio Montecito High-Resolution Reference Loudspeaker Preview

With the performance Ocean Way Audio are promising of the Montecito speakers (24kHz to 30Hz +/- 1.5dB and matched pairs measuring within .5dB of each other), you can see why someone with a lot of money that wants the absolute best performance they can get out of a two channel system would consider these speakers. If all it took to make a great looking speaker was the best quality materials and phenomenal performance, the Montecito speakers would be the best looking speakers on the market. Our suggestion is to invest in some high quality outriggers to dress these plain-Jane, $48,000 a pair, speakers up a bit.

Ocean Way Audio Montecito speakers promise a a frequency response from 24kHz to 30Hz at +/- 1.5dB and matched pairs measuring within .5dB of each other for $48,000 a pair.

— January 09, 2014 07:25 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Yamaha Soavo NS-F901 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

Yamaha Soavo NS-F901 Floorstanding Speaker Preview

Meet Yamaha's latest and greatest loudspeaker, the Soavo NS-F901. This three-way 4-driver tower stands at a 41" tall weighing a hefy 67lbs. Priced at $5,000/pair, and finished using the same process seen on Yamaha's grand pianos, inquiring minds want to know: how do these beauties hold up to a first glance by the Audioholics? Keep reading to find out.

Preview: The Soavo NS-F901 is Yamaha's latest and greatest floorstanding loudspeaker. Priced at $5,000/pair and boasting a fine piano black finish, do they hold up examination by the Audioholics?

— December 13, 2013 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Monitor Audio Silver Series Speakers Preview

Monitor Audio Silver Series Speakers Preview

Fresh for CEDIA 2013, Monitor Audio released their new Silver series loudspeaker lineup. Consisting of 8 different models, the Silver range is priced from the Silver 1 at $875/pair to the flagship Silver 10 Tower at $2,500/pair ($2,800 with premium finishes). What do you get for your hard earned cash? Keep reading to find out and check out our video preview of this very impressive bookshelf, towers, center and subwoofer lineup of speakers.

Monitor Audio has released their new Silver series loudspeaker lineup at CEDIA 2013. Consisting of 8 different models, has Monitor Audio hit one out of the park? Keep reading to find out.

— December 12, 2013 01:05 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Triad DS700se Two-Way Invisible Loudspeaker Preview

Triad DS700se Two-Way Invisible Loudspeaker Preview

Invisibility and speakers don't often go together. Triad is challenging that notion with their DS700se invisible speaker. Mounted in the wall and mudded in and painted, this speaker is about as invisible as you can get. Now featuring two panels per channel, the DS700se improves upon the previous Triad models by extending the bass down to 50Hz. At $2250, you may not see the speaker, but you will see your bank account take a hit to install a full system. But with the other option being "destroying a marriage over a set of speakers", the DS700se Invisible Speaker may be a deal.

Mounted in the wall and mudded in and painted, the Triad DS700se speaker is virtually invisible. Featuring two panels per channel, the DS700se extends down to 50Hz, improving on previous models.

— November 11, 2013 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy Audio Theater Towers Speaker Preview

Legacy Audio Theater Towers Speaker Preview

The Legacy Audio Theater Towers aren't exactly your average floorstanding speakers: at less than a foot deep and made to be placed against a wall, they're designed to take up minimal floorspace. Priced at $12,000 in a standard black finish, how do we think the Theater Towers stack up? Keep reading to find out if they could be the ultimate audiophile lifestyle type speaker system.

Preview: The Legacy Audio Theater Towers ($12k/pair) aren't the average tower speakers; at under a foot deep, they're made to consume minimal floorspace. The ultimate lifestyle product?

— November 08, 2013 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Induction Dynamics ID1 Series Tower Speakers

Induction Dynamics ID1 Series Tower Speakers

Induction Dynamics demoed their new ID1 tower speaker. This is a speaker that has been completely revamped from its former iteration. The ID1 was first introduced in the 90s, but the updated version, which was finally released several months ago, has a new front-ported cabinet design. They placed the second woofer on the top and make it a more imposing product. There is a 3” soft dome mid-range driver and a 1-1/8” inverted titanium dome tweeter. The mid-bass is handled by a 6.5” Kevlar woofer, and the two 10” mica-graphite poly cone subs round it out.

Induction Dynamics demoed their new ID1 tower speaker which has been completely revamped from its former iteration. The ID1 was first introduced in the 90s, but the updated version is a 4-way design.

— October 02, 2013 21:22 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Preview

Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Preview

Although Definitive Technology rolled out a number of new products at CEDIA 2013 this year, the one we were most interested is the Mythos ST-L SuperTower. Their new flagship SuperTower, with an MSRP of $5k/pr, the Mythos ST-L is a complete redesign of their original Mythos ST SuperTowers. The new ST-L keeps the same tall, slim profile of its predecessor but everything else has been redesigned from the ground up, literally.

The Mythos ST-L is a complete redesign of Definitive Technology's original Mythos ST SuperTowers. Read on for our take on the new design.

— October 02, 2013 18:35 in Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL Studio 2 Loudspeaker Lineup Preview

JBL Studio 2 Loudspeaker Lineup Preview

The Studio 2 series acts as a replacement for JBL's current Studio 1 series. The overall look is traditional with a little touch of modern, a nice balance for a lineup costing between $249 and $599 per speaker. Although there are 10 different speakers in the lineup, some general are themes found in every one of them, like a new waveguide for the tweeter. We are pretty excited to see the Studio 2 series hit the market and to get them in for review. Read on for more information.

JBL showed off the new Studio 2 speaker lineup, the replacement for the Studio 1 series, at CEDIA 2013. We took a close look and came away impressed. Read on for our thoughts.

— September 28, 2013 21:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews