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Wilson Audio Sophia 3 Floor-standing Speakers

Wilson Audio Sophia 3 LoudspeakersFor For many audiophiles, there comes a time in our lives when we say, in so many words, enough is enough. We've worked hard enough, long enough, and with enough dedication and sacrifice to no longer have to suffer with a system that fails to satisfy. We deserve a setup that makes us happy: a system that allows us to sit back and listen for as long as we want to the music we love and want to explore and without ever feeling fatigued or short-changed. This review explores the possibility that the Wilson Audio Sophia speakers might be part of such a system.

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Bowers & Wilkins MT-60D Home Theater Speaker System

Bowers And Wilkins MT-60D Speaker SystemI think it's best in reviewing a modular-style 5.1 sub/sat speaker system to get the obvious of out of the way. These systems will not rival large boxes for scale, dynamic range, or efficiency no matter how much power you feed them. Nevertheless, they will do one thing that the big 5.1 speaker systems can't: they will fit in any room. Such is the case for the B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) MT-60D.

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Newform Research Ribbon Tower Speakers

Newform Research Ribbon TowersMade in Canada, Newform Research manufactures unique ribbon loudspeakers and sells them factory direct worldwide. Their ribbon designs offer the transparency, detail and sound staging of the classic large panel electrostatic and ribbon loudspeakers, but because of their narrow compact footprint, are easier to drive and setup, even in smaller rooms. Here, we review a pair of their ribbon towers, which are a hybrid design, with a 15" ribbon as the tweeter, and six conventional cone drivers for the mid/bass.

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Emotiva Airmotiv5 Powered Studio Monitor Speakers

Emotiva Airmotiv5 Powered Studio MonitorsEmotiva continues to expand on their already impressive and most-impressively priced product line. Reviewed here are a set of self-powered (built-in amplifiers) monitor speakers that have a number of adjustment features not found in typical powered speakers.

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KEN KREISEL DXD-12012 Dual 12" Push-Pull Subwoofer

Kreisel SubKen Kreisel of M&K sold his company years ago, and it continues to thrive. Now he is back, selling subwoofers and speakers mainly to the pro market, under the company name KEN KREISEL. The DXD-12012 is the foundation for a subwoofer system that, when combined as two subs, one on top of the other (called the DUO) or more (sixteen subs, called the QUATTRO-QUATTRO), produces the kind of SPL that movie and music studios need when they are in post-production. However, what differentiates the DXD-12012 from other subs is its accuracy.

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Toshiba SBX4250 Sound Bar

Toshiba SBX4250 Sound Bar

Since the living room TV was now sitting on its own, the speakers put away to keep a curious toddler from hurting them or himself, it seemed like a good chance to see how a sound bar could improve the integrated speakers on my plasma. Toshiba sent over their new SBX4250 sound bar that also includes a wireless subwoofer...

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MartinLogan Motion Vision Soundbar

Motion Vision Soundbar

I have always wanted to experience the MartinLogan planar speaker systems, but I lack the room size that is needed to really allow them to breathe. ML’s new Motion® series allows for a planar speaker that is designed to resemble a more conventional box speaker, and is designed for placement under a flat panel HDTV.

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Vanatoo Transparent One Active (Powered) Bookshelf Speakers

Vanatoo Transparent One SpeakersThe last several years have seen an explosion in digital and streamed audio - never before has it been cheaper or easier to distribute audio around ones house or apartment. From the advent of protocols like Apple’s Airplay or Pandora . . . to Squeeze Box and Sonos, making our digital music accessible anywhere is almost an obsession with everyone. To help satisfy that obsession, Vanatoo offers the Transparent One Active Bookshelf Speakers, that have a digital input.

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Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speakers

Def Tech AW 6500 SpeakerToday's consumers have lots of choices to fill their home with music inside and out. I, for one, have a rapidly growing digital music library and I've been on a quest to find better ways to enjoy this music while in the great outdoors ("My Backyard"). Definitive Technology's AW 6500 might just be the answer.

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Crystal Cable Arabesque Stand-Mounted Monitor Speakers

Crystal Cable Arabesque Mini LoudspeakersI first found out about Crystal Cable's Arabesque speaker line from hifi show reports. Their Glass Master speaker cabinet is actually made from glass panels bonded together. At first this struck me as a gimmick, but then...

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Legacy Classic HD Tower Speakers and Metro Subwoofer

Legacy Classic HDThe e-mail came in one afternoon – "Mr. Clements, would you be interested in reviewing Legacy's newest towers." Are you kidding? Of course I would be interested in reviewing a pair of Legacy's speakers. So, here they are, the Classic HD tower speakers, with a subwoofer tossed in for good measure.

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