Blast from the past: November 2003 Enjoy the Music.com Von Schweikert Audio VR-1 Reference Studio Monitors Mighty Minis Review by Wayne Donnelly

I first encountered the VR-1, along with the floorstanding VR-2 and the VR-S/1 compact subwoofer, at the 2003 CES. They comprise the entry-level offerings from VSA, and they exemplify the company’s new approach to marketing high-value loudspeakers in the very competitive $1,000 to $3,000 price range.  These speakers are manufactured in China to Albert Von […]

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KEF: R500 Loudspeakers – review by Doug Schneider

KEF’s R loudspeakers comprise an affordably priced line of nine models: three floorstanders (R500, R700, R900), two stand-mounts (R100, R300), two center-channels (R200c, R600c), one surround (R800ds), and one subwoofer (R400b). The R series followed the release of the Blade, launched in 2011 for $29,999 USD per pair. The Blade is a unique loudspeaker that […]

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QUAD: Reference ESL-2805 loudspeaker test review

  John Atkinson writes ….. When I was discussing the qualities of this speaker with Stephen Mejias before committing my thoughts to paper, he perceptively asked what music I’d been playing. Even as I answered—”Chamber music, soft rock, classical orchestral, acoustic jazz”—I got the point. All audio products push you toward music that plays to […]

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KEF LS50 test review

The drive unit complement is the latest evolution of KEF’s trademark Uni-Q array. The Uni-Q may look like a single unit, but it’s really a 25mm aluminium dome tweeter in the centre of a 13cm magnesium/aluminium–coned mid/bass. The idea is to improve the way the speaker disperses sound and help integration. MORE  

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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Best portable music players?

Of course you can listen to music on your phone – but if you want optimum sound quality, only a dedicated music player will do. In which case… …one of these fine items will fit the bill. Whether you want to save memory and battery on your phone, investing in a high-end PMP to double as a DAC or just […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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SME: Model 30/2 turntable test review

  Stereophile write …. Dense, compact, and built to run O-rings around the competition, SME’s flagship turntable makes every other design I’ve encountered—with the possible exception of Rockport’s System III Sirius—look almost homemade. I don’t mean to insult the many fine, well-engineered designs out there, but I’ve seen nothing else to compare with SME’s tank-like approach to […]

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LINN: Ekos SE tonearm, Keel LP12 subchassis, & Trampolin turntable base – test review

Visit www.stereophile.com and look at the Vote Results for June 17, 2007: You’ll see that when we asked our readers to name the one audio product that’s spent the greatest amount of time in their systems, the most common answer by far was the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable (footnote 1). Little wonder that Scotland’s most famous record player […]

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SPENDOR: D7 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write ….. Hi-fi firms have begun in garages. The English Spendor company was started in a bathtub. Or was it a kitchen sink? By days in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Spencer Hughes worked as part of the BBC’s loudspeaker research team. Among other accomplishments, he helped develop the 5″ midrange/woofer for the […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

  Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were […]

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