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2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

High Resolution Technologies Stage IV Loudspeaker/Amplifier System $7000 (as reviewed) And now for something else entirely different from ordinary speakers. The modular HRT Stage IV review system consisted of twelve mid/bass drivers (each channel!) arranged in a rectangle with a four tweeter sub-array running vertically down the approximate middle. (Four mid/basses in two columns to one side, eight to the other side in two columns of four. The system is modular, allowing you to choose the number of speaker modules.) This arrangement projects sound forward in a big way: Walk behind and the output almost vanishes over most of the ...

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Sonus faber Olympica Nova III Loudspeaker

Sonus faber Olympica Nova III Loudspeaker

It’s a ritual that plays out every time loudspeakers arrive here for review. After they’ve been unboxed, roughly positioned, and are breaking in with Flim & the BB’s set to infinite repeat, I’ll ask my wife for an opinion regarding their appearance. For 40 years, she’s been the arbiter of what’s attractive and what isn’t in all save one room of our home—the one with the audio system. Though there have been a few exceptions—the JWM Alyson AML IIs, fashioned from mango hardwood and reviewed back in Issue 282, or the sleek granite SRC-1s from Acora Acoustics covered more recently—mostly, ...

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Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

An important part of every magazine editor’s job is to choose the writers who appear in the magazine, and to decide which articles to publish and which to reject. The collective result of these judgment calls over many years is an implicit statement of the magazine’s fundamental view of the subject it covers—the magazine’s heart and soul, if you will. For example, Consumer Reports evaluates automobiles from the viewpoint that cars are nothing more than transportation appliances, while Automobile reflects a passion for fine automobiles and the joy of driving. The respective editors of each magazine would surely decline to ...

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DALI Introduces New OPTICON MK2 Series

DALI Introduces New OPTICON MK2 Series

The following is a press release issued by DALI. November 2020 - Introducing OPTICON MK2 – DALI does not leave the legacy in the lurch but strengthens its roots and sustains its DNA. Its predecessor has been at the core of the DALI range for half a decade. Yet, time now calls for respectfully updating and improving the well-respected high performance OPTICON series with new ideas, new technologies, and a fresh, modern aesthetic. BETTER SOUND, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY The OPTICON MK2 series comprises six family members, all fully Danish manufactured in-house at the DALI factory. All built and tested sequentially in ...

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Mellow Acoustics FrontRo hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker

Mellow Acoustics FrontRo hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker

Mellow Acoustics FrontRo is a very unusual looking — make that ‘unique’ looking — loudspeaker. That’s partly because it’s a hybrid electrostatic, but that is only one contributing factor. Designed by Josh Ford, the FrontRo actually looks a little like an inverted exclamation mark and leans backwards slightly to keep the electrostatic panel pointing towards listeners. I knew nothing of Mellow Acoustics, so I thought I ought to find out a little. The company was founded quite recently, in 2011, by Tim Mellow who had accumulated some 30 years of experience in the sound industries. He wrote numerous JAES papers, ...

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PMC fact.12 Signature floorstanding loudspeaker

PMC fact.12 Signature floorstanding loudspeaker

The three-strong fact range from PMC covers a lot of ground. Originally launched in the ‘teens’, the first fact-trio consisted of a fact.3 stand-mount, the fact.8 floorstander and the flagship fact.12 tower. Times have changed, though; the fact.3 is no more, the fact.8 and fact.12 are now both heavily revised in their Signature version and the fact.12 signature (tested here) relinquishes its top slot to the ‘built with awesome in mind’ Fenestria. As ever with successive PMC generations; a quick visual inspection of old and new reveals little. And, with a name with the suffix ‘Signature’, one might be forgiven ...

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2020 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

2020 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

Avantgarde Acoustic Loudspeakers I have not been a fan of horn loudspeakers over the years, although I recognize they could have exceptional life and dynamics. Too many colorations and too many problems integrating the horn with the woofer and subwoofers. I also have never had an Avantgarde speaker in for review and have to make this recommendation on the basis of listening at shows and dealers. I do, however, think that Avantgarde has made major progress in blending horns into fully integrated speaker systems that are truly competitive in their price range. If you. too. have not been impressed with ...

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Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

I, like everyone else, have had my moments of revelation, what Kenneth Clark calls in art “moments of vision,” where some experience imprints an indelible memory that somehow redefines one’s whole relationship to audio. No doubt a mental list springs to mind for each of us. For me, a surprising number of these moments involved speakers that avoided early reflections but also offered a smooth total room sound. I have written often about the RFZ (reflection free zone) room of Focus Recordings in Copenhagen, designed by Ole Lund Christensen and Poul Ladegaard—once heard, never forgotten. The rather prosaic description given ...

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Yamaha C-5000 Preamplifier, M-5000 Power Amp, NS-5000 Loudspeaker, GT-5000 Turntable

Yamaha C-5000 Preamplifier, M-5000 Power Amp, NS-5000 Loudspeaker, GT-5000 Turntable

I have a dream for audio. It’s the dream that a brand already embedded in the greater culture will pick up the torch of “better sound matters” and expand the universe of participants, creating a momentum that sweeps our little specialty audio world into a bigger, brighter, and more prosperous future. Like I said, a dream. Imagine my enthusiasm then when I was approached to review a full system from a company that is the largest manufacturer of musical instruments on this planet, a review of highly ambitious products from a company whose corporate logo appears under the hands of ...

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Introducing The II Cremonese Ex3me

Introducing The II Cremonese Ex3me

The following is a press release issued by Sonus faber. September 22nd, 2020 – Sonus faber is proud to introduce the new special edition Il Cremonese ex3me. Introduced in 2015 with the intention of completing the Sonus faber Homage Collection, the speaker was named after a traditional Italian violin, the Il Cremonese. This violin is the most famous among the master Antonio Stradivari’s creations. Due to its superb sound capability, the new Il Cremonese speaker immediately placed among the ranks of Sonus faber’s Reference Collection catalogue, becoming a favorite among the Sonus faber R&D team members. This predilection turned the ...

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