Loudspeakers

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David Vivian  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  0 comments
If you’re going to drop the best part of £7,500 on a 5.1 speaker system, you’ve every right to expect – as Doc Brown put it in 
the expletive over-dubbed print of Back to The Future – some serious ‘stuff’. And few speaker makers do stuff more seriously than Bowers & Wilkins. With its new 700 Series lineup, it appears the UK company didn't think holding back was an option...
David Vivian  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  0 comments
As if guided by some mystic force, Q Acoustics, founded a mere decade ago, seems incapable of putting a foot wrong. Be it in its M series soundbars and soundbases or traditional speakers, when it comes to close but no cigar – heroically missing the mark by just a hair – the company is utterly useless. Does this new 5.1 system continue that trend?
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 06, 2018  |  0 comments
For the ultimate home cinema install, an in-ceiling speaker is appealing. And if you thought such models were all about convenience and looking pretty rather than performance, you should hunt down Focal's 300 ICW 8 and have a listen...
Ed Selley  |  Oct 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Having arrived in the affordable speaker market and issued a swift kicking to the established order, things have calmed down a little at Q Acoustics. Its ranges of speakers are now seeing upgrades rather than wholesale changes – a reflection that they ain’t broke and don’t really need fixing. The latest member of the family to receive some attention is the curvaceous 7000i Series, here released in a new bundle referred to as the ‘Slim.’
Ed Selley  |  Sep 28, 2018  |  0 comments
It wasn’t too long ago that an entry-level AVR partnered with a sub/sat speaker package was the default starting position for home cinema thrills. As such, any self-respecting speaker brand had one in its inventory. Yet times change – soundbars have left the compact home cinema option looking a bit less compact. Not everybody has abandoned the old ways, though...
Mark Craven  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  0 comments
LG teams up with Meridian Audio and Google to create a punchy, chatty smart speaker
Steve Withers  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  0 comments
If you browse your dictionary for the word iconic, you’ll probably see a picture of the M&K Sound S150 next to the definition. The company has had its up and downs – co-founder Ken Kreisel has departed – but the S150 has been a professional studio monitor of choice for decades.

Since its introduction in 1995, the speaker has been installed in film and music recording studios the world over, and it may well have been involved in the mixing of some of your favourite movies and songs.

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.

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