Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (223 Reviews)


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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

Jan 04, 2009

Stirling LS3 V2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The LS3 V2 is forever being compared to the classic LS3/5a. The V2 does go louder and delivers more bass because it has a suspension system that "progressively controls cone excursion at high low frequency level, thus increasing the bass overload point." Continue Reading
 Stirling LS3 V2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Rogers LS3a Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The LS3a "was able to reproduce most of the scale, the weight of the bass and percussion, and a convincing spread of instruments" when playing music. The vocals delivered "all but the throatiest parts," and there was a "trace of edginess with massed strings, mild 'shouty-ness' to close-mic'd vocals." Overall, the LS3a "can deliver the goods most of the time..." Continue Reading

Jan 04, 2009

Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

When a British manufacturer makes a miniature version of an old classic speaker from the 50's, what else could you call it but the mini? These tiny little replicas of the Tannoy Autograph speaker are bookshelf side yet output real sound. A nostalgic piece now they are of historical interest. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

The BLS' sound is "refined and natural from top to bottom, possessing a weight and finesse not usually found with monitors in [its] price class." The soundstage is "incredibly deep and involving...giving it performance levels that come close to rivaling $2,000 monitors." For a compact speaker, it has "startling bass response..." Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The Danish-made Dynaudios cost more than the average speakers, but our reviewer found that for that extra money, you will get "a speaker that performs at a level (or maybe a few levels) above those that you can typically find at your local electronics store." The sound was "refined and detailed with a solid soundstage..." Continue Reading
Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Dec 31, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

The LM1 is Bowers & Wilkins' budget model, but like the luxury brand that it is, B&W shows panache even with their lower priced speakers. They still possess B&W's signature sound which sounds "rich and warm" and "surprisingly robust." It excels in the midrange, "providing ample amounts of detail and texture that are of equal importance for music or movie listening..." Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 31, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

These attractive looking and compact speakers reminded our reviewer why he loves bookshelf speakers: "fantastic midrange presence and definition with a nimble, sweet tweeter, all in a compact package." He also found the 685s "are among the best spatially, "throwing a wide and well-defined soundstage that is anything but vague and/or artificial..." Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Reviewer Andrew Robinson was thoroughly impressed with the M12s, stating that "for late night or ambient music listening, I'm not sure it gets better than the M12 for the money." It possess a "full-bodied, rich sound that has a delectable midrange and a very sweet and detailed high-frequency response that doesn't become harsh or fatiguing..." Continue Reading
Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

As a company, Outlaw is committed to affordable excellence and the LCRs are no exception. It "looks far more impressive than its price" especially "when you consider the level of control and customization packed into such a compact and affordable speaker." While the music playback is excellent, the LCRs "can rock a film soundtrack and/or explosion like nobody's business..." Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

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