Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (220 Reviews)


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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

Jan 11, 2009

B&W Solid Sub/Sat Speaker System Reviewed

This model's appearance is "as attractive as a cube can get" but what will truly impress you is the sound. Our reviewer found that listeners will get "pleasant, musical, never-aggravating delivery, with exceptional sound spread and ridiculously accurate pin-point imaging" and the unit's "odd touches of greatness make you take notice..." Continue Reading
B&W Solid Sub/Sat Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

ATC A7 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The sound on the A7s was so "highly tuned that it lets you hear the differences in stand...yet it never seems too pushy." As for the bass, its "smooth and bump-free, fading down to its lower limits rather than cutting off abruptly...At the other end, the treble is equally smooth and almost unbelievably free of sibilance..." Continue Reading
ATC A7 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

B&W Nautilus 805 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 805 produces a "seamless, wall-to-wall sonic stage, with a texture that can only be described as 'silky.'" Better still, it delivers "the kind of bass you only dream about from such a small speaker...the 805 never sounds like it's struggling to convey mass, weight or extension." It also "manages to provide the detail and precision" listeners will crave. Continue Reading
B&W Nautilus 805 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Karis has a "fetching midband" and it "adores" vocals which "came through clear, detailed and untrammelled. What lifts the Karis above the pack of most small speakers is that "size-related compromises are only evident if you choose the wrong amplifier..." Continue Reading
Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

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... Continue Reading
B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

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

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

Jan 10, 2009

LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

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..." Continue Reading
LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

OK - so we promised that October's coverage of the Cicable crossover and the Stirling would be the last... Continue Reading
Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

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