What is your ultimate goal when listening to music on the hifi? It’s OK, there isn’t just one. Mine is twofold—to be completely captivated by the music being made, and to be hungry for more.
There seems to be as many ways to approach speaker design as there are speaker designers, but some go to greater lengths to achieve their particular goals. YG Acoustics is one such intrepid explorer.
Did you ever wish for a speaker with the immediacy of a single driver, the physicality of a multi-way, and the low end wallop of a powered sub? The Zu Definition 6 comes strikingly close to delivering just that.
Some of my favorite hifis are the kind of hifis that are as easy to slip into as a well worn pair of 501s.
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.”
Engineering first. When some people look at a speaker from Vivid Audio, they don’t see engineering first, they see design. Which makes sense seeing as Vivid speakers don’t look like other speakers.
There’s a funny trend in the world of hifi reviews that seems to think being dispassionate is a sign of objectivity and that the less experience we have actually listening to a piece of gear the more value our opinions hold.
One of the things about big(ger) speakers is they tend to sound, big(ger).
And then there were three.
Reviewing a piece of hifi gear, especially a loudspeaker, is more complicated than deciding whether or not we like it. But at the end of the day, it sure makes the reviewing more enjoyable when we do—like it. Such was the case with the Sonner […]
Who doesn’t want full-range performance from a loudspeaker?
If you’re looking for a sleek, slender amp-friendly tower speaker that serves whatever music suits your fancy, read on.
Two speakers + two power cords = endless music on tap that sounds as good, or better, than separates. That’s what the Dynaudio Focus 50 have to offer. Interested?
If you have your ear to the ground, you’ll already have heard that the Q Acoustics Concept 50 Floorstanding Speakers are a Barn-storming bargain, offering fit & finish plus performance that’ll leave you wondering—how can they do this for that?
If you like the way the Rethm Aarka look, you should hear how they sound.
You might think that all well designed and well made speakers are easy to like. In my experience, this isn’t always the case. Some speakers can sound downright foreign, as if their musical language isn’t the same as yours.
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” ― Groucho Marx
Loudspeakers convert an electrical signal into acoustic energy, i.e. sound waves. Sounds simple. With such a simple sounding job, I find it more than fascinating that the world of available loudspeakers diverge more than they converge when it comes to the mechanics of approaching this […]
Take one look at the Fern & Roby Raven III floorstanding speakers and a few things should become evident.
The midrange and treble DPC-Array (Directivity Pattern Control) lies at the heart of the speaker in the Perlisten line.
How a loudspeaker releases sound energy into a room can make all of the difference in the world. The last thing I want is a hifi that constantly reminds me how impressive it is, how exceptional it is at this or that area of reproduction.
Engineering an awesome loudspeaker is easy. You simply have to do everything yourself and in a different way than everybody else.
Public Address (PA) systems are used in any public venue that requires an announcer, performer, etc. to be sufficiently audible at a distance or over a large area. In hifi, clarity is also prized but in measured doses. Too little and music sounds like mud, […]
Rooms are funny things. Speakers can be funny, too. Add these together, and you can get funny results.
I can’t imagine anyone looking at the Sonus Faber Olympica Nova III and thinking anything other than, “Damn, those are exceptionally well made.” Because they are exceptionally well made.
At times, writing about hifi makes me search for the right words, and this search can be rather arduous when a product’s performance is very nearly overwhelming. Such was the case with the EgglestonWorks Oso floor standing speakers.