Loudspeakers

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Martin Dew  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Denmark-based Dynaudio has a legacy of making loudspeakers for recording studios and homes, but last year created a stir by announcing the imminent arrival of four new ‘intelligent’ wireless music systems, known simply as Music. Included in the now-available family are four pieces ascending the scale in price, performance and size (namely the Music 1, 3, 5 and 7), with the most versatile and feature-rich, the Music 7, reviewed here.
Ed Selley  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments
There has long been considerable variation in what constitutes a ‘home cinema’ package of speakers. For some companies, the addition of a centre speaker into a range means that they are all set to contest for your hard-earned cash (and some of those ‘centres’ can look very like a standmount tipped on its side). Others will develop their own subwoofers. A select few will go the extra mile – like Monitor Audio.
Ed Selley  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments

The Q Series remains KEF's entry point for tower speakers, below the R Series and Reference lines, and the super-stylish and super-expensive Blade and Muon models. If you're looking for the KEF sound writ large, this is where you'll probably start.

Mark Craven  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Focal’s latest speaker pack is such an obvious idea I’m surprised I haven’t come across something like it sooner. Take a 5.1 sub/sat system, build in some Dolby-certified upfiring drivers into the L/R speakers, and – as Focal’s French design team no doubt said – voila!

Danny Phillips  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  0 comments
In the four decades since it was founded, American audio-meister Polk, based in Baltimore, Maryland, has, as it puts it, been dedicated to 'researching, engineering and innovating toward new sonic revelations'. Its Signature series, although its new entry-level, carries some of these refinements.
Steve May  |  Apr 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Dolby-Enabled speakers are proving surprisingly effective at delivering the height channel within a Dolby Atmos sound system. Designed to reflect sound off flat ceilings, they’re not only easier to install than in-ceiling architectural speakers but create an authentic ambiance in a smaller room that’s difficult to replicate with direct alternatives.
Ed Selley  |  Dec 27, 2016  |  0 comments
For many years, it's been fashionable for brands to point to their heritage in studio and professional work to bolster their credibility when selling you speakers for the home. What you see here from Spendor, in the shape of its S3/5R2, is one of the ultimate expressions of that as a concept.
Danny Phillips  |  Oct 02, 2016  |  0 comments
Dynaudio is a speaker brand doing most of its business at the high-end. The company has been consistently pushing the audio envelope since the late 1970s with pioneering speakers like the Consequence, Evidence and Contour. Its speakers are innovative, distinctive and accomplished. One thing they’re usually not, however, is affordable.
Danny Phillips  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  0 comments
With its Opticon series, DALI aims to deliver a speaker range accessible to a wide audience, yet without compromising its high-end values. Easier said than done perhaps, but by taking matters into its own hands the Danish brand might have found a winning formula.
Ed Selley  |  Apr 12, 2016  |  0 comments
From a late start (2006), Q Acoustics has become one of the major players in affordable loudspeakers. Its policy of using relatively conventional materials in well thought-out speaker designs has earned a lorry-load of awards and a large fanbase. But it's not content to focus only on the budget category...
Adam Rayner  |  Apr 11, 2016  |  0 comments
In 1961, Raymond Cooke took over the Nissen hut used by wartime company Kent Engineering & Foundry in Maidstone and started to produce loudspeakers that were branded KEF. And the rest, as they say, is history – the company has become an industry stalwart and the visionary speaker designer’s awesome body of work has been imitated by others.
Danny Phillips  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  0 comments

Pico is a scaled-down version of DALI’s impressive Zensor 1 standmount, cramming the same driver technology into a box that’s around 30 per cent smaller. With its dinky dimensions and attractive design, it could be a good bet if you want to squeeze a full 5.1 system into a small or medium-sized living room.

Adam Rayner  |  Oct 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Monitor Audio’s new Gold series is both big and clever. With voluminous cabinets showcasing ten years of evolution, it continues to uphold the brand's reputation as one of the true greats in British loudspeaker manufacturing.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 30, 2015  |  0 comments

British speaker marque Acoustic Energy may be famed for the potent AE1 standmount stereo speaker that put it on the map, but it is keen on multichannel audio too, consistently producing subwoofers and centre channels for its various ranges. The 1-Series is its newest – and most affordable – arrival.

Danny Phillips  |  Aug 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Some speaker brands start by creating expensive high-end models and then work their way down, but Q Acoustics ploughs its resources into the affordable end of the market. This approach has proved successful, with models offering great design and performance for the money.

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