Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (212 Reviews)


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Sep 25, 2009

Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The silk-dome tweeter is "smooth as you-know-what." The fit and finish of this attractive model is "first-rate" and its compact size helps it fit into almost any room. The Excite X12 delivers "excellent sound quality with a smooth midrange and treble and superior imaging and soundstaging as its particular sonic strengths." Continue Reading
Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 04, 2009

Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

The first thing you'll notice about the Cascade is its unique look. They have a "completely distinctive, slim and narrow appearance and they utilize Maximum Radiating Surface (MRS) flat-panel drivers. The sonic signature is "quick, clean and agile" and the overall sound impression is one of "outstanding clarity and resolution, with virtually no sonic blurring or "smear." Continue Reading
Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

Aug 20, 2009

Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Reviewer Jim Swantko was impressed by the 5B, indicating "their sound is as powerful as any monitor I have ever heard and delivers bass much deeper than expected...The 5Bs image beautifully and have an extended frequency range thanks to titanium tweeters, which are open and responsive but never fatiguing..." Continue Reading
Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 12, 2009

Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

The sound quality of the Focal XS 2.1 "was better than I had heard from other similarly-sized systems." The mid-range was "clean and smooth" while bass was "articulate and full, but ran out of steam with bass-heavy tracks." Overall, the XS 2.1 "is a clean and efficient way to add both powered speakers and an iPod dock to your computer system." Continue Reading
Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

May 11, 2009

JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

The JBL On Air Control 2.4TG eliminates the need to run wires between the signal source and the speakers and has a transmission range of up to 70 feet. This model "are a sonic cut above other wireless models" and "sound as good as comparable wired models Continue Reading
JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

May 08, 2009

JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

The JBL WEM-1 are easy to place and easy to install. The system "eliminates the need to run speaker wires from the main audio system to the surround speakers." Despite its relatively small size, the built-in amplifier is "surprisingly powerful." "The sound leans more toward the cool and analytical...yet isn't harsh or strident" Continue Reading
JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion Module

May 05, 2009

JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the sound quality of the Control NOW's. The bass response was "surprisingly robust...and not overly colored or boomy" while the midrange and treble are "clear and open, and the transition from bass to treble is smooth." Furthermore, the elbow macaroni shaped design allows it to be located in many places within a room. Continue Reading
JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

Apr 27, 2009

Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

This small system impressed on first listen with its "lush deep bass at low and even to fairly loud levels while keeping the vocals and subtle background details in check." The soundstage was wide and deep with "solid dynamics." On a variety of musical tests, "the Aux system kept it all together..." Continue Reading
Aux Classic 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The sound of the 301 Bookshelf Speakers sounds big and the "seemingly good sensitivity" does a good job with background music and casual listening." Overall, they have "big sound and wide dispersion" despite having a "relatively small footprint." It fits well into many, space conscious homes... Continue Reading
Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Klipsch Synergy B-3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Like many Klipsch products, the Synergy B-3 is "easy to drive, has a forward and aggressive top end, tight bass with moderate extension and a good but not particularly wide soundstage. Appearance wise, the B-3s "offer an excellent fit and finish, with some unique cosmetic accents" that won't be found in more traditional speakers in a similar price range Continue Reading
Klipsch Synergy B-3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Infinity Primus P162 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Don't let the modest price of the Primus P162 fool you, it delivers "true high-performance sound quality with excellent clarity and resolution and outstanding imaging and transient response." Overall, its performance is "good enough to satisfy even demanding audiophiles Continue Reading
Infinity Primus P162 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Let there be no doubt, the Z-2300 plays loud and "will do your movies and games justice." The subwoofer is "surprisingly good" especially considering its size and low cost. The appearance of the Z-2300 is "pretty sexy" and the adaptor allows you to connect them with many different gaming consoles Continue Reading
Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Desktop Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 23, 2009

Bose SoundDock II Reviewed

You thought Bose was going to sit on the sidelines through the iPod boom? Not a chance. The loudspeaker giant has jumped right in the game with the Bose SoundDock II which is powered front and center by an Apple iPod. Continue Reading
Bose SoundDock II Reviewed

Apr 20, 2009

Boston Acoustics Classic CS 2310 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Reviewer Sean Killibrew found the CS2310s to sound "both detailed and engaging...The vocals were "clear and highly articulate" while the guitar play was "detailed and the overall feeling of being in the concert hall was convincing." The bass was "taut and palpable, even when driven to high volume Continue Reading
Boston Acoustics Classic CS 2310 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Apr 06, 2009

Xhifi XDC-1 Desktop Audio System Reviewed

The Xhifi XDC-1 "utilizes advanced driver and enclosure technology designed for near-field listening, beefed-up amplification and elegant finishing to bring genuine high-end performance to everyday applications." Our reviewer was impressed by the bass, noting it "is better than anything I have heard in a desktop system Continue Reading
Xhifi XDC-1 Desktop Audio System Reviewed

Jan 28, 2009

Paradigm Atom Monitor V.5 Speaker Reviewed

Reviewer Andrew Robinson was really taken with the Atom Monitor, calling it "so much fun and musically enjoyable that...it reminds him "how simple his love of music used to be." The upper frequencies are "composed, smooth and non-fatiguing and the midrange and upper bass frequencies are warm, nimble and natural..." Continue Reading
Paradigm Atom Monitor V.5 Speaker Reviewed

Jan 28, 2009

Paradigm Mini Monitor V.5 Loudspeaker Reviewed

This model is a "complete and insane value for the money." The two-channel performance is "terrific" and they do home theater "very nicely," if you use them for fronts and rears, "they will provide you with one of the richest, dynamic and most tonally right multi-channel packages on a budget you're likely to find..." Continue Reading
Paradigm Mini Monitor V.5 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Rogers db101 Speakers Reviewed

The Rogers db101 is designed to be "headbanging equipment wreckers" and to play loudly. As our reviewer said, "keep this in mind if you're an apartment dweller. The db101s do not assume the proximity of complaisant neighbors." Performance wise, the speaker has "suck finesse in midband, such impressive Continue Reading
Rogers db101 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

NuForce is one of the newest high end players in the audiophile game with a line up of Class-D "switching" amps that run cool and are small in size. This book-sized amp can put out a small amount of power but is perfect for desktop and other small audio applications. Read more here. Continue Reading
NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Concerto GP Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Concerto GP's "bass is so much more extended, so much deeper and rounder...that the liveliness doesn't suffer that uncontrolled feel associated with small speakers as they struggle to cope with the bottom octaves." It combines "a small speaker's energy and vim with a large speaker's sense of authority..." Continue Reading
Sonus faber Concerto GP Loudspeakers Reviewed

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