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Monitor Audio Bronze 200 floorstanding loudspeakers

Monitor Audio Bronze 200 floorstanding loudspeakers

Money-no-object, no-holds-barred, uncom­promised and uncompromising loudspeakers are dead easy to build. Just use the most expensive and highest-performing components you can find, commission a hot-shot industrial designer to help with the looks, spend as long as you like in the ideal environment tuning and fettling – and there you go. A high-performance loudspeaker with the price-tag to match. The world is far from short of them. Building a loudspeaker to hit a specific price can be tricky, though – and when that price is so competitive as to make compromises inevitable, it becomes trickier. If the speaker is from a ...

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Audio Enthusiasts Get Together in London – Sunday September 19th

Audio Enthusiasts Get Together in London – Sunday September 19th

German Physiks will be demonstrating their HRS-130 omnidirectional loudspeakers at an audio get-together organised by the Audio Enthusiasts Facebook group. Also participating will be Gekko cables, Funk Firm turntables and our London dealer Ajay Verma of Art+Sound, who will be supporting us with electronics from Pass Labs, Canor Audio and Matrix Audio. The venue is: The Bedford Pub First Floor Private Dining Room 77 Bedford Hill London SW12 9HD Doors open at 3 pm and close at 8 pm. The Bedford Pub is 2 minutes walk from Balham station. If you would like to attend, please register your interest on ...

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Mission QX Mk II series

Mission QX Mk II series

From the Mission press release Cambridgeshire, England – Since its formation in 1977, British speaker manufacturer Mission has been famed for delivering compelling musicality at affordable prices. The company’s QX Series is a perfect example – launching in 2017, it delivered an impressive step-up from the company’s successful entry-level LX Series, earning many accolades including coveted ‘Best Speaker’ Awards from the likes of What Hi-Fi? and AVForums. In terms of both material and sonic value for money, the QX Series hit the sweet spot for those seeking something extra over the best ‘budget’ speaker ranges of the day. Four years ...

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Bowers & Wilkins 800 D4 Series

Bowers & Wilkins 800 D4 Series

From the Bowers & Wilkins press release How do you improve on the world’s most successful and iconic range of high-end loudspeakers? It’s a challenge that has occupied the past six years for the finest minds at SRE, home of the world-renowned Bowers & Wilkins engineering team. Their solution is to combine continuous improvement of every component in each design with innovative and proprietary technology that re-imagines the fundamental basics of a conventional loudspeaker drive unit: the new, unique and revolutionary Biomimetic Suspension. The new 800 Series Diamond range continues to feature seven models, beginning with the two-way 805 D4 ...

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Neat Acoustics Orkestra floorstanding speaker

Neat Acoustics Orkestra floorstanding speaker

The musician who appreciates good audio equipment and the hi-if enthusiast who is also a serious musician are rare breeds. Musicians often don’t seem to be bothered about sound quality. They appear to hear everything they want to with a basic pair of headphones or desk monitors, which explains why the use of the Yamaha NS-10 (one of the fiercest small speakers of its era) in so many studios of the ‘80s and ‘90s; they’re probably still around today. Bob Surgeoner who started Neat Acoustics in 1989 is the exception that proves the rule, he was a professional guitar player ...

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Acoustic Energy AE520 floorstanding loudspeakers

Acoustic Energy AE520 floorstanding loudspeakers

Where do you stand on the notion of ‘quantity’? Do you subscribe to the idea that ‘more is more’? If you like being able to see, as well as hear, an overt indication of the money you’ve spent on your audio system, read on. Acoustic Energy has some floorstanding loudspeakers that might well interest you. For the thick end of 35 years now, Acoustic Energy has quietly been turning out some of the most accomplished loudspeakers the United Kingdom has had to offer. Certainly I find myself returning to the AE1 Reference Series mkIII SE standmounting speaker from 2008 time ...

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Burmester BC150 exclusive first look

Burmester BC150 exclusive first look

We were invited by Burmester to visit Berlin at the time of the launch of the new BC150 floorstanding loudspeaker. This new speaker design is an impressive statement; not only in terms of its physical presence and its £97,500 price tag, but in the sheer amount of research and development engineering that went into the project. This is more of a first look than a full-blown review (for that, you’ll need to check our 200th Issue), to accompany the launch and its first showing at the Hong Kong show this weekend. COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from travelling to that show ...

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Wilson Audio SabrinaX Loudspeaker

I must admit that I didn’t use to be a huge fan of Wilson speakers. I must also admit that saying this is an awkward way to begin a review of a Wilson speaker. But a positive review from a nay-sayer turned aficionado speaks volumes about that product’s performance and capabilities. So, let us, together, go on a journey of discovery and realization. 

David Wilson is rightfully considered one of the fathers of the high-end audio industry. He built a speaker-manufacturing empire and one of the most recognizable brand names in the business. When the world lost David, his son Daryl stepped in to shoulder the weight of what Wilson Audio had become. Daryl took the wheel of the Wilson engine and, while always respecting where he and his company came from, chose to move forward with his own vision of what Wilson Audio should be and where it needed to go next. Part of that new vision is a maturation of the Wilson sonic signature, one that better represents Daryl, rather than David; yet, my intuition tells me that the path Daryl started on was initially paved by David’s WAMM Master Chronosonic. 

Now, with the “from the mind of” Daryl Wilson’s Alexx, Alexia2, Sasha DAW, Chronosonic XVX, SabrinaX, and just-released Alexx-V, it is clear that Wilson Audio is, indisputably, a Daryl Wilson corporation. And without showing any disrespect to David Wilson’s accomplishments or skill as a speaker designer, my tastes definitely lean toward the flavor of Daryl’s designs. 

I bring this up because I speak to seasoned audiophiles every day, who say that they “never liked Wilson speakers,” and subsequently have essentially written the brand off—going so far as skipping Wilson rooms at audio shows, not listening to them at stores, and even speaking poorly of the brand in audiophile circles.…Ummm, ok.

Let me take a moment out of your friendly neighborhood review for an audiophile public service announcement: To audiophiles everywhere, many of the products from more seasoned manufacturers, which previously had reputations of sounding a specific way, no longer do. Forget your preconceived notions based on a demo from a decade or more back, or what a friend once told you about a brand. In fact, try an olive or mango again. You may find you now like them, as well.

OK. I feel better. I hope you do, too. Now, let us talk about the Little Engine that Could.

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German Physiks Borderland MK IV Loudspeaker

Ah, Germany. Home of Bavarian pretzels, Pilsner beer, finely crafted watches, and some of the best stereo equipment to grace an eardrum. Based in Maintal, in the State of Hesse, German Physiks approaches speaker design by rejecting the accepted solutions. GP’s chief designer Holger Mueller’s goal was to recreate live music by utilizing a driver resembling a point source, with the goal of conveying as much of the signal as possible while avoiding multi-driver incoherence, phase and time misalignment, and crossover issues. In other words, to create a wonderfully complex solution by Keeping It Simple, Stupid! 

A little history is in order. In 1978, purely as an academic exercise as he was not involved in the audio industry at the time, a German engineer named Peter Dicks decided to investigate the Walsh speaker (then being manufactured by Ohm Acoustics). He produced a computer model of the Walsh driver, which enabled him to see how it could be improved. After spending several years refining his model, he produced a series of working prototypes, which  he showed to a number of European loudspeaker makers. None of them displayed any interest. 

In the early 1990s, Peter showed the design to Holger Mueller, who was running a company in Frankfurt, Germany, called Mainhattan Acustik, making loudspeaker systems and also drivers for OEM use. Customers for his drivers included one very well-known U.S. high-end loudspeaker manufacturer and also one of the big German car manufacturers. Mueller had been a fan of the Ohm F and its Walsh driver and saw potential in the design that Peter presented. He then spent two years working together with Peter to produce a commercial product, and this became the Dicks Dipole Driver. The DDD used a cone made from 0.001″ (0.025mm) thick titanium foil. Mueller started a new company to produce loudspeakers using this driver, and in 1992 the firm launched its first product, the German Physiks Borderland Mk I. 

The DDD, used in all German Physiks designs, has been considerably refined over the years, and now uses a cone made from carbon fiber. Sonically the titanium DDD driver was extremely good, but the cone was also extremely fragile and difficult to manufacture. The current carbon-fiber DDD will resist a large amount of physical abuse and offers a wider frequency response than the titanium version.

Interestingly, Maintal is only a 13-minute drive from Hanau, Germany, the birthplace of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, creators of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. I’m not sure what they have in the water in this region, but it has clearly resulted in some serious out-of-the-box thinking! 

The DDD resembles a very long pistonic driver mounted vertically. Although it operates pistonically at low frequencies, the majority of its nearly seven-octave range is generated through bending-wave and modal radiation. This is facilitated by the driver’s very low moving mass (less than three grams) and the extreme flexibility of its carbon-fiber cone. The outside of the driver cone is exposed and radiates in 360 degrees, with the magnet (generating around 1.2 Tesla of magnetic induction) housed at the apex, and the cone’s throat playing into a fixed-volume sealed enclosure. This design results in an incredibly wide frequency response of 190Hz to 24kHz from a stunningly small area of radiation, which stays phase-linear throughout its entire operating range. Its engineering complexity belies its simple appearance; the single DDD essentially functions acoustically as a four-driver system. 

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Wilson Audio SabrinaX floorstanding loudspeaker

Wilson Audio SabrinaX floorstanding loudspeaker

Every time I write the word ‘SabrinaX’ it looks funny. I want to pronounce it ‘sab-rine-inks’ even though it is actually ‘Sabrina-X’. I’m getting this out of the way first because it’s the only bit of criticism I can level at the Wilson Audio SabrinaX. Really... that’s it. I’m down to discussing the spelling of the product name in critical terms. I may as well be grumbling about the font in the brochure for all the relevance it has to the product. It should mean I have failed you, dear reader... I have failed in my responsibility to act as ...

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