Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (212 Reviews)


Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Archives

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

Jan 04, 2009

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

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

Jan 04, 2009

Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

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...." Continue Reading
Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sonus faber Cremona Auditor Speakers Reviewed

The Sonus Faber company is well known in the audiophile industry and for good reason. Smooth detailed sound and stunning aesthetics make them an easy choice. These small bookshelves offer a lot of performance and appearance. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Cremona Auditor Speakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Xhifi xDucer 2.1 Desktop Loudspeaker System

Our reviewer found the hyper-clean sound of this model "sharp, crisp and very detailed." Playing CDs the sound was "simply terrific...with quite exceptional dispersion, sweet, extended highs and 3D imaging." He found this to be the "best-looking, (potentially) best -sounding budget sub-sat mini system around..." Continue Reading

Jan 04, 2009

PMC DB1+ Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

These small monitors from PMC offer incredible performance for the size, and due to their small size can fit into almost any room. Those wih space restrictions who want solid sound might find these to fit the bill nicely. Continue Reading
PMC DB1+ Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Zingali Coliseum Loudspeakers Reviewed

This model "offered such huge, convincing, three-dimensial imaging that you really have to go into Unreconstructed Audiophile Mode to fault them." Playing CDs, our reviewer found the sound "so musical and rich and solid that I kept doing double takes." On DVDs, "Voice was warm and clean with no sibilance, while the music on live DVDs...was open and spacious..." Continue Reading
Zingali Coliseum Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Opera Mini Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Opera Mini "shines in resolving fine details, especially vocal textures." When playing music, it performed as "one smooth and refined little beauty, adding a warm sheen to the guitar work...without sacrificing bit and attack." The overall sound featured "refinement way beyond what's par" for the price... Continue Reading
 Opera Mini Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

KEF KIT100 Speaker System Reviewed

Despite being a budget model, the KER KIT 100 is a "room-friendly, user-friendly, BWFH-friendly system...which is clever in so many ways..." When watching DVDs, the KIT 100 "had no trouble resolving dialogue, left-to-right special effects, and--surprisingly--deep and powerful bass..." Continue Reading
 KEF KIT100 Speaker System Reviewed

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