Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (217 Reviews)


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Apr 15, 2005

JBL SCS160SI Home Speaker System Reviewed

Our reviewer found that the JBL SCS160SI "uses discrete satellite speakers, a matched center channel and powerful subwoofer to envelop the listener in sonic enjoyment." The system has an "unobtrusive design that will blend well with most décor." When watching movies, "the soundstage seemed much larger than my living room permitted" Continue Reading
JBL SCS160SI Home Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 03, 2005

JBL SCS300.7 Surround Cinema Speakers Reviewed

When the clock in the publishing office strikes 3 p.m., a sense of excitement that's been building all afternoon reaches... Continue Reading
JBL SCS300.7 Surround Cinema Speakers Reviewed

Apr 03, 2005

JBL Northridge E Series 24A WII - Infinity Outrigger - Polk Atrium 65SDI

The 65SDIs have a "very elegant design." Sonically, "at all volumes, they were smooth and easy on the ears and our reviewer was "surprised at the spaciousness these outdoor speakers delivered...and they did a "decent job of trying to keep up with the large models of speakers" despite their smaller size..." Continue Reading
JBL Northridge E Series 24A WII - Infinity Outrigger - Polk Atrium 65SDI

Apr 03, 2005

Energy ACT6 SUB/SAT Speaker System Reviewed

Although it took a little while longer than expected to break theACT6 SUB/SATs in, once they were acclimated, vocals were "smooth and the guitar work came through with surprising clarity." On movies, "the bass you get is wonderfully detailed and never muddy." Overall, the quality of sound "is far beyond what the price tag suggests." Continue Reading
Energy ACT6 SUB/SAT Speaker System Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

Sonance Cinema Ultra II LCR Speaker System Reviewed

This system "really came alive" with movies. The detailed sound kept our reviewer "glued to his seat" and "conveyed the action with a solidity that was nothing short of outstanding." While music wasn't quite as good as movies, "the bass was tight and real never muddy or indistinct..." Continue Reading
Sonance Cinema Ultra II LCR Speaker System Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

Klipsch Synergy Series SLX/SUB-10 System Reviewed

Positional the SLXs for optimal performance was easy. Watching movies the bass texture was "rich, deep, tight and quick." While the music was not quite as good as the movies, it did sound "very good through the SLXs." The Klipsch Synergy Series features a Continue Reading
Klipsch Synergy Series SLX/SUB-10 System Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

KEF XQ Series and psw3500 Loudspeakers Reviewed

When listening to DVDs, "the five main speakers created a seamless sound field." Our reviewer noted that "if I had my eyes closed, I would have believed I was listening to five identical speakers." Special effects got special treatment as "helicopter flyovers sounded utterly realistic and all speakers contributed to the solidarity of the sound field..." Continue Reading
KEF XQ Series and psw3500 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

Polk Audio RM6900 Home Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Designed to go with a simple modern décor yet perform to Polk's level the RM6900 system comes ready to fight with a full 5.1 system. Sleek lines and a host of mounting options allow this system to adapt to almost any room. Continue Reading

Feb 15, 2005

Boston Acoustics P400 Speakers, Bravo II & PV900 Subwoofer Reviewed

Boston Acoustics pays "extreme attention to detail" with each of its products. Our reviewer noted that "musical instruments sounded like they were suspended in a space full of air in front of me and there was good high frequency reproduction extending beyond 20kHz." The subwoofer "presented strong bass with good reverberation at low frequencies..." Continue Reading
Boston Acoustics P400 Speakers, Bravo II & PV900 Subwoofer Reviewed

Apr 15, 2004

JM Labs SIB & CUB 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

The Lab Sib&Cub has a unique appearance with "an obvious European flavor." When playing an audio DVD, it captured "the dynamics of the cymbals" which "very few speakers can capture." For movies, "the Cub becomes a growling, rumbling bear with an incredible output on the bottom end that Continue Reading
JM Labs SIB & CUB 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 15, 2004

Yamaha DVX-S120 Home Cinema Speaker System Reviewed

Any true electronic entertainment enthusiast shudder -- HTIB -- for home theater in a box... those letters usually mean "pre-packaged... Continue Reading
Yamaha DVX-S120 Home Cinema Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 15, 2004

Infinity TSS-750 Home Cinema System Reviewed

A manufacturer is able to maximize the synergy between a system when they design the entire system, and this is just what Infinity did for the TSS-750. A full 5.1 system designed to sing together. Continue Reading
Infinity TSS-750 Home Cinema System Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Mirage Omnisat Micro Loudspeakers Reviewed

Our reviewer found that the Omnisat Mirco system "provided a powerfully pleasing wave of sound that is not indicative of its size...The well balanced frequency range produced a realistic sound that had an airy soundstage." When playing rock, the speakers Continue Reading
Mirage Omnisat Micro Loudspeakers Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Infinity Kappa Series and Intermezzo 1.2s Subwoofer Reviewed

Our reviewer was very impressed with the musical qualities of the Intermezzo, saying it "equals the most well rounded subwoofer I've laid ears on." It also features "bone crushing bass output" which helps create one "heck of a dynamic speaker ensemble." Continue Reading
Infinity Kappa Series and Intermezzo 1.2s Subwoofer Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Definitive Technology Procinema 60 System Reviewed

Our reviewer was "really blown away" listening to DVD 5.1 material, saying, "I never expected such thunder and excitement from this little system." Dialogue was crisp and clear" while bass response was "impressive...and offered "enough impact for just about anybody's tastes." Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Procinema 60 System Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Canton Movie 10-MX II Home Cinema System Reviewed

The Canton Movie 10-MXII did well with music, not just movies. Our reviewer noted that "vocals were well defined and separate from the musical instruments." Overall, the music was "richly articulated and nicely layered." On movies, "the center channel did a good job of reproducing dialogue and the surround speakers played sound effects "quite well" Continue Reading
Canton Movie 10-MX II Home Cinema System Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

RBH CT-7.1 Compact Theater Speaker System Reviewed

When listening to music, the CT-7.1 "validated the strength of the ensemble through seemingly effortless taps of the bass drum." Vocals "flowed fluidly through the room with a close relation between the highs and mids." When watching "Black Hawk Down", Continue Reading
RBH CT-7.1 Compact Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Mirage OMNISAT 6 Speakers Reviewed

The OMNISTAT 6 uses Mirage Omnipolar technology and has a "very laid back and ambient approach" which took a little time to get used to but left us "pleased with the dialogue." The OMNISTAT "will make every room seem huge" and will make arguments over who sits in the "sweet spot" obsolete Continue Reading
Mirage OMNISAT 6 Speakers Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Definitive Technology Powermonitor 900 System Reviewed

Packed in a small cabinet the Power Monitor 900 offers big time sound from a small desktop or bookshelf design. Thanks mainly to it's powered subwoofer built into the cabinet. Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Powermonitor 900 System Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

JM Lab Micron Carat Speakers Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the way the Micron Carat handles mid and upper frequencies, calling them "glare-free" and "full of detail." It was also terrific with vocals, "placing them to the fore and leaving the much-needed life-giving details...relatively intact" Continue Reading
JM Lab Micron Carat Speakers Reviewed

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