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Definitive Technology Demand Series D11 Speaker System Review
Mark Fleischmann | Jan 17, 2018
Demand Series D11 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value SuperCube 6000 Subwoofer Performance Features Build Quality PRICE 3,196 AT A GLANCE Plus Appealing neutral voicing Laterally offset tweeter Active 8-inch sub integrated in center speaker Minus D11 top radiators complicate placement of Atmos add-ons THE VERDICT The Demand Series lives up to Definitive Technology’s pedigree with satisfying, well-balanced sound that offers loads of resolution. Nature abhors a vacuum, but wasting cabinet real estate is standard operating procedure among loudspeaker designers. With the notable exception of Atmos-enabled speakers and the occasional tweeter pod, the top panel of most speakers is a blank nothing. But does it have to be that way? Definitive Technology answered no, in effect, with its original Studio Monitor Series of bookshelf/stand-mount speakers (circa 2012) and does so again in this new update, the Demand Series.
Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker System Review
Daniel Kumin | Jan 02, 2018
Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value Cub Evo Subwoofer Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $1,299 AT A GLANCE Plus Excellent sound quality Great subwoofer/satellite integration Plays louder, cleaner than some similarly sized systems Atmos on board Minus Spring-loaded push connectors can be irritating No prepackaged 5.1.4-channel option THE VERDICT A high-performing, moderately compact, one-carton speaker solution for serious home theater—with Atmos. Focal, the French loudspeaker maker—the French loudspeaker maker (there are others, but really, name one)—is best known on these shores for the Utopia series of haute-highend ultra-towers, which, cresting at something like $185,000 for a pair, step well over what I think of as the Che Guevara line. (That’s the line across which, following the revolution, anyone owning a pair can count on a very long vacation at state expense in a re-education camp.)
Klipsch The Sixes Powered Speaker System Review
Bob Ankosko | Dec 26, 2017
Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $799 AT A GLANCE Plus Solid build quality Handsome fit and finish Easy setup Good overall sound quality with bountiful bass Minus No Wi-Fi streaming No tone controls Disappointing phono preamp THE VERDICT Klipsch?s beautifully crafted Sixes deliver fine sound with the bonus of onboard power, but vinyl playback is shortchanged by its pedestrian phono preamp. I?ve been talking about pulling my old turntable out of mothballs since I moved to my current home, oh?20 years ago. Which is why I jumped at the chance when asked if I had any interest in auditioning The Sixes, the latest entry in Klipsch?s Heritage Wireless series and big brother to The Three, the superb all-in-one wireless music system we reviewed in May. I know what you?re thinking: What does reviewing speakers have to do with setting up a turntable? Bear with me.
Emotiva BasX System Review
Mark Fleischmann | Dec 19, 2017
PRICE $2,143 as reviewed THE VERDICT Emotiva’s BasX surround processor, five-channel amp, and speakers offer an affordable and high-performing starter system that puts you into audio separates without breaking the bank. Surround separates are generally regarded as a step up from receivers. If you want the biggest and best, and have to ask their prices, you probably can’t afford them. But ask me the prices of Emotiva’s new BasX surround preamp/processor and multichannel amplifier, along with a set of compact speakers from the same series. The answers are $599, $499, and $1,045, totaling $2,143 for a 5.1-channel system of electronics and speakers. That would buy a midpriced receiver and a decent (but probably smaller) satellite/subwoofer set.
Q Acoustics 3000 5.1 Speaker System Review
Mark Fleischmann | Aug 03, 2017
3000 5.1 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value 3070 Subwoofer Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $900 AT A GLANCE Plus Sweet and smooth sats Dual 6.5-inch sub Minus Deep sub juts out from wall THE VERDICT A sweet-sounding system, with a sub worthy of the satellites, the Q Acoustics 3000 is one of the best under-$1,000 5.1-channel setups I’ve heard. Tube amps. Mono pressings. And now, 5.1? Has bedrock surround sound indeed joined the ranks of retro audio technologies? Surround receivers beyond the most entry level nearly always have more than five channels (though their uses vary), while Dolby Atmos and DTS:X have made seven (5.1.2) the new minimum system configuration. What happens when you go in the other direction? The flood of 5.1 speaker sets that I used to review in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has tapered to a trickle. I see fewer new ones at CES and CEDIA, and plain old stereo is dominant at the rest of the domestic and international audio shows. However, the British manufacturer Q Acoustics has been marketing 5.1-channel speaker sets since the company’s inception about a decade ago and continues to actively develop them. The brand’s latest entry is called the 3000 5.1 Home Theatre System.
Audioengine HD3 Loudspeaker Review
Mark Fleischmann | Jun 20, 2017
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $399 pr AT A GLANCE Plus For desktop or in-room listening PC-friendly USB and line inputs Class A/B analog amp Minus Limited (but adjustable) bass THE VERDICT Audioengine, always a champ in powered compact speakers, sweetens the deal on this one with a PC-friendly USB input and headphone jack. Twelve-year-old Audioengine is best known for active compact speakers, though the company also makes passive compact speakers, a subwoofer, a small amplifier, a USB stick DAC, and a couple of streaming DACs. The HD3 loudspeaker is more or less an amalgamation of most of those products, infusing a sweet little speaker with a Class A/B amp, DAC, Bluetooth streaming, and a couple of less common features that just might make it irresistible to those in the market for a pair of small wireless speakers.
RSL Speakers CG3 5.1 Speaker System Review
Daniel Kumin | Mar 02, 2017
CG3 5.1 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value Speedwoofer 10S Subwoofer Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $1,079 as reviewed AT A GLANCE Plus Rigorously balanced sound Plays surprisingly loud Easy, excellent sub/sat blending Minus Sats can be a bit power-hungry in larger rooms THE VERDICT Given its low cost, solid dynamics, and impressive neutrality, it would be tough to find a better or more honest small speaker system for the price than RSL’s latest. When it comes to loudspeakers, how big is big enough? How small is too small? What size is j-u-u-ust right? Speaker buyers have been asking these questions, and speaker makers have been answering them, ever since a certain Brand B shook the world years ago with micro-sized satellites employing 2.5-inch drivers that struggled to reach down to 200 hertz, mated with similarly challenged Lilliputian subs. Physics notwithstanding, buyers took to them in droves—and since then, the race to the bottom, cubicvolume-wise, has been on.
Focal Dôme Flax 5.1 Speaker System Review
Mark Fleischmann | Feb 02, 2017
Dôme Flax 5.1 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value Sub Air Subwoofer Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $1,999 AT A GLANCE Plus Flax cone woofer Aluminum-magnesium inverted-dome tweeter Wall-hugging sub Minus Limited bass from sats THE VERDICT Unique driver materials, overall quality of construction, and adroit voicing make the Focal Dôme Flax 5.1 one of the best-sounding compact sat/sub systems I’ve heard. As the home theater milieu increasingly divides into Atmos and non-Atmos camps, the satellite/subwoofer category seems destined to remain part of the old guard, usually sold in a set of five little speakers and a sub or two. Is it possible for a satellite speaker to retain its merciful compactness if it’s also to include an Atmos-enabled upfiring driver? I’d love to review such a product, but right now it’s a figment of my imagination and hopes. Focal, the prodigious French speaker manufacturer, does now offer a 5.1.2-channel Atmos-capable sat/sub system that takes a different approach (see below), but you’ll be happy to know that plain ol’ 5.1 is still alive and supported by this and other fine speaker makers. Even now it remains the bedrock configuration of surround sound.
Elac Uni-Fi UB5 Speaker System Review
Mark Fleischmann | Dec 28, 2016
Performance Build Quality Value PRICE $2,047 as reviewed AT A GLANCE Plus Concentric mid/tweeter Pinpoint imaging App-driven, room- correcting sub Minus Extra power required App required for sub control THE VERDICT Speaker designer extraordinaire Andrew Jones continues his work for German manufacturer Elac with some of the best monitor-class speakers we’ve ever heard plus a provocative, app-driven sub. There are a lot of ways to put together a home theater system. Small speakers—or, as I call them, monitors—are among the best foundations for a multipurpose room that isn’t cavernous in size. The audio industry used to pump out so many potentially interesting passive monitors (not to mention towers) that we could barely review a fraction of them. But with the increasing emphasis today on soundbars and powered lifestyle speakers at the lower end of the market, it’s becoming increasingly hard to put together small-speaker configurations for surround sound.
Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-140SA Atmos Elevation Module Review
Mark Fleischmann | Nov 09, 2016
Performance Build Quality Value PRICE $499 pr AT A GLANCE Plus Flexibility of stand or speaker-top use Strongly defined height effects Horn-loaded tweeter Minus Potential timbre-matching issues Footprint too large for some speakers Requires flat or nearly flat speaker top THE VERDICT If you like your Dolby Atmos and DTS:X height effects well defined, the Klipsch RP-140SA and its horn-loaded tweeter do the ceiling bounce with vivid results. Progress is great, except when it’s not. By now, you’ve probably read a lot about Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the nextgeneration object-oriented surround standards, and pondered what they mean for your system. But maybe the news that height-enriched surround sound has finally come of age is bittersweet to you. What if you love your existing speakers and don’t want to let go of them? Which matters more: upgrading to the latest and greatest or holding onto the tried and true? You might prefer to stick with your existing 5.1- to 7.1-channel system and tell progress to take a hike.