Introduction to Surround Sound Speaker System Reviews

Because any conventional speaker can also be used for surround-sound channel, speakers designated as surround sound models are characterized as being design for the role and are often not practical for any other purpose. Most dedicated surround sound speakers distinguish themselves by being multi-pole designs, either di-polar or bi-polar, though some novel tri-pole designs are available. These speakers are elected as good for surround sound channels as they aptly emulate the sound produced by not just one but an array of conventional speakers which is the basis for surround sound in commercial and professional facilities.

Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Paradigm Monitor SE 5.0 Speaker Review

Paradigm has designed the Monitor SE Speaker Series to bring their signature sound quality to the budget-minded audio enthusiast. Much of the technology that goes into their high-end Persona series has trickled down into the Monitor SEs, such as the X-PAL™ Pure-Aluminum Dome Tweeters with exclusive Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens.

Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos® Speaker System

The Focal Sib Evo Dolby Amos Speaker System does the almost impossible - a big speaker room filling sound with small drivers. This is not an easy engineering feat, but for small to medium size rooms the Focal Sib Evo Speaker system offers 5.1.2 sound with a deep low end and those important height channels without cutting up your ceiling.

NAD T 758 V3 AV Surround Sound Receiver Review

If you need a new receiver to support Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos, you might want to check out NAD’s new T 758 V3 AV Surround Sound Receiver. For $1300 you get HDMI 2.0 with Ultra HD, Dolby Atmos, and Dirac Live room correction. Couple that with NAD’s devotion to clean, neutral sound with an honest 60 watts-per-channel times seven, and you might have just found a new anchor for your home theater or media room entertainment system.

ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System Review

The ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System is a stylish and well-designed speaker line whose components can deliver resounding performance when used either individually or as a complete system. Designed by acclaimed speaker engineer Andrew Jones, ELAC’s Uni-Fi line is available in two versions. We are reviewing the “Slim” versions, which were originally designed for the European market and have narrower front baffles with deeper overall cabinets and two satin paint finishes. The “Standard” versions have wider front baffles, are not quite as deep and have a different brushed vinyl finish. Both versions are said to sound identical although the “Slims” command a higher price due to the aesthetics. Be assured though, the price-to-performance ratio of either version is quite exceptional. Thank you ELAC. It’s good to have options!

Emotiva BasX Home Theater Audio System Review

Overall, the Emotiva BasX Home Theater Audio System is a good deal for the price, vastly superior “home-theater-in-a-box” systems and similarly-priced AVRs in sound quality! The system consists of: MC-700 Surround Sound Processor ($599), TA-500 5-Channel Power Amplifier ($499), LCR Loudspeaker ($149/ea.), SAT Loudspeaker ($199/pr.), and S-12 Subwoofer ($399).

Sonus Faber Olympica Speaker System Review

Long known for making products that are as appealing to the eye as they are to the ear, Sonus faber has released their new Olympica line of speakers. I have a full surround system on hand for review, starting with the flagship Olympica III towers for the front mains, the matching Olympica Center for center channel duty, and a pair of the Olympica I bookshelf speakers for use as surrounds.

Revel Performa3 Series 5.1 Speaker System Review

The Revel Performa3 Series speakers offer a terrific blend of performance, quality, and value. In this review, I used the Performa3 Series speakers in a 5.1 configuration. The review system was comprised of a pair of Performa3 F206 floorstanding speakers, a pair of Performa3 M105 bookshelf speakers, a Performa3 C205 center-channel speaker, and a Performa3 B110 subwoofer. The speakers themselves are absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful lacquered finish, pleasing lines, and modest physical sizes that should fit into most listening rooms.

Paradigm Soundtrack (Soundbar and Subwoofer) Speaker System

There is no question that soundbars are a "hot item" for home theater enthusiasts. The soundbar category grew a whopping 68% over all of 2012, with a monumental surge in Q4 2012 alone. Unit sales for Q4 versus Q3 were up 158%, even better, the category of soundbars with a companion subwoofer increased 126% in 2012 versus the prior year. This according a new report from Quixel Research. I can't think of any major speaker manufacturer that does not offer at least one soundbar in their line up.

 

Bowers & Wilkins MT-60D Home Theater Speaker System

I 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.