Loudspeakers

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Hi-Fi Choice  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  0 comments
With a configuration first seen on Neat's Ultimatum XL6, the Ekstra is going into production...
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 25, 2019  |  0 comments
For those moments when you want a great-sounding compact loudspeaker that ditches the wires, this tuned by AKG solution from Samsung ticks lots of boxes
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 21, 2019  |  0 comments
The mid-price super-floorstander sector is highly competitive, but the Oberon 7 is bursting with charm
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  0 comments
What distance are your speakers placed from the nearest wall?
Less than 30cm
33% (147 votes)
Between 30 and 50cm
36% (162 votes)
Between 50cm and 1m
21% (96 votes)
More than 1m away
10% (44 votes)
Total votes: 449
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Dynaudio has given its active wireless range a makeover, promising more style and performance. Will the Xeo 20 live up to the promise?
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  0 comments
What type of loudspeaker are you looking to buy next?
Stereo passive
76% (262 votes)
Stereo active
18% (62 votes)
Multi-room wireless
2% (8 votes)
Multi-channel (AV surround)
4% (13 votes)
Total votes: 345
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 20, 2019  |  0 comments
Can this single driver standmount speaker design really deliver full-range qualities?
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 04, 2019  |  First Published: Feb 08, 2019  |  0 comments
As Oscar Wilde once observed, “…but some of us are looking up at the stars. ” Actually, for budget-conscious audiophiles, it’s kind of mandatory. Personally, I fantasise about being able to drop £16. 5k on Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship 802 D3 floorstander – undoubtedly the thing my larger listening room has been missing out on for years.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 04, 2019  |  0 comments
It must be great to be Italian. For all the country’s quirks, it’s one of the richest seams of European culture and so much beauty has come from within its borders. Whereas we Brits can congratulate ourselves for inventing most of the essential tools for modern life – from the steam railway and the jet engine to the worldwide web – Italy has made things of great beauty, in so many forms. The sonnet is one such example – 14 lines of verse in iambic pentameter.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 03, 2019  |  0 comments
As the smaller of a brace of powered speakers, the MusicCast 20 represents the entry point of Yamaha’s wireless speaker range. MusicCast is the company’s ambitious multi-room system and as well as working on its own, the 20 can also be integrated with other MusicCast products as part of a multi-room or multi-speaker setup with products detecting one another for full flexibility and seamless integration around the home.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 03, 2019  |  0 comments
There is a school of thought among some loudspeaker buyers that a standmount design is a bit of a waste of time. The reason being that, as long as you aren’t intending to pop said loudspeakers onto a bookshelf, then by the time you have located them in your room and perched them on some suitable stands they take up roughly the same amount of room as some floorstanders, so why not just opt for them in the first place? While things are more complicated than this, you can see the logic.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 31, 2019  |  0 comments
Before we get to the brand new and rather imposing tower you see before you, a little Brit-fi archaeology. You’ve doubtless heard of Falcon Acoustics, not least for its assertion that among the host of latter-day copies, it makes the most authentic and accurate recreation of the legendary BBC LS3/5a standmount monitor. A decent enough claim to fame. But to fully appreciate the provenance of the company, its specialisations and its aspirations, we must dig deeper.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jan 02, 2019  |  0 comments
Back in 1974, Yamaha released the NS-1000 loudspeaker. A purple period for the company, it seemed to be launching an endless stream of great products. These effectively put Yamaha on the map as a serious hi-fi manufacturer, capable of innovation, superb quality and outperforming its rivals.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  0 comments
As a market, the budget loudspeaker sector is a hectic one at the best of times and most companies realise that to sit back on their laurels after a successful product launch is a bad move. Fortunately, as its press release points out: “ELAC can’t leave well alone”. As a result, barely two years after the game-changing Debut range arrived, we now see the Debut 2. 0, which includes the £299 B6.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Acoustic Energy made a great name for itself back in the late eighties and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Following a recent management buy out, the Gloustershire-based company has a renewed sense of momentum with various new speaker designs – several of which I have sampled – including the AE109 (HFC 425), a highly capable entry-level floorstander from its 100 Series.

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