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ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The 2M is ALR's least expensive system. It will "satisfy a craving for clean, extended treble with a trace of sweetness and an absence of nasties." Its sound is "more considered and natural." The midband is "also affected, the richer, more extended bottom somehow warming up vocals and acoustic instruments..." Read More

 
B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The 602 S2 is the closest B&W comes to a budget model. Soundwise, "special mention goes to the stage depth, which is slightly greater than the width." The sound has "top-to-bottom coherence" and "long term listenability" that did not cause our reviewer to feel fatigued even after listening for six hours... Read More

 
Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The S-3/5 "shine in cramped quarters." This model would "hardly be the choice for bass fetishists" but the midband "simply cossets female vocals." Overall, our reviewer found these speakers "beautifully assembled, sensibly priced [and] almost universal in its unfussiness..." Read More

 
Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Stage One "delivered just the sort of open, airy sound stage I expect...and the mid-band possessed the requisite warmth." The "dynamic contrasts widened" and the "upper registers seemed faster and more precise." Overall, this is a "refined performer which marries BBC-like composure with an ability to provide the bass and levels required of listeners who rock..." Read More

 
Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer noted that "This speaker is (sonically) so close to perfect as to be upsetting." He was "struck by a solid-central image which I had ever experienced before." Image height was "superlative, if not quite the best I've experienced" and he noted "the speakers did the best disappearing act I've EVER heard from a box-type speaker..." Read More

 
Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Krell's KAV-280 CD player has a level of build quality that makes you think it will still be around in 100 years. With its mechanically isolated transport mechanism and state-of-the -art analog circuits the KAV-280 still does wonders for Redbook CDs. Read More

 
LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The BS1 "sounds bigger than it has any right to, its soundstage is eerily deep and wide, and--best of all--it has a mid-band oozing warmth, with a natural flow which favours unplugged material." These speakers may be among the easiest loads going...and you get fine-tuning potential..." Read More

 
Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

OK - so we promised that October's coverage of the Cicable crossover and the Stirling would be the last LS3/5A-related piece for some time, but we hadn't reckoned on Spendor. Philip Swift, formerly of the late, lamented Audiolab, bought... Read More

 
Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) 602 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) 602 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer found that the 602 Series "delivers so much back for the buck that it's almost freakish." When setting the system up, if you pay attention to the usual tweaks, "you will be rewarded with such exceptional performance that you'll hug your retailer. The bass is "deep and well-extended" Read More

 
Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The Ion Amaze featured a "punchy forwardness...accompanied by a rich upper-bass to lower-treble region." The sound quality suggests that "five of these would make a helluva surround sound system for not a whole lot of money." The shape of the soundstage was "ultra-wide" but it had only "medium front-to-back depth...." Read More