Bookshelf Speaker Reviews (211 Reviews)


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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

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

It's not uncommon for a consumer electronics giant to have various product offerings tailored to a variety of different consumers... Continue Reading
Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 29, 2008

JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

The L830s were described as "one dynamic loudspeaker despite its size." Its bass performance was described as "solid and a tad more robust than most bookshelf speakers in its class." Overall, it was deemed a "solid performer, featuring a full-bodied, natural midrange with a smooth, albeit lively, top end." Continue Reading
JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Sonus faber Guarneri Memento Speakers Reviewed

The sound of this model is bigger, but the voices still have "a naturalness...strings still shimmer...It sounds more real and detailed without sacrificing any warmth." This is a step up from the previous highly rated Guarneri model, with "more weight down below, maybe a shade more extension, certainly a lot more control..." Continue Reading
Sonus faber Guarneri Memento Speakers Reviewed

Oct 13, 2008

PSB Imagine B Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The drivers, "are all of the finest quality and far beyond what you're going to find on the competition. The sound is "very even" and is "far from brittle or harsh" even at high volumes while the low end is "surprisingly deep." It has a compact footprint and is well constructed. Read more in the full review Continue Reading
PSB Imagine B Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Apr 18, 2008

Anthony Gallo Due Speaker System Reviewed

The Due system provided "a sense of cohesiveness that really makes movie soundtracks come alive." The system is not bass heavy, but that is easily corrected with a good subwoofer. On music, the "speakers limitations were a little more evident... Continue Reading
Anthony Gallo Due Speaker System Reviewed

Feb 15, 2007

Tannoy Arena 5.1 Loudspeaker System Reviewed

Tannoy "appears to be the sexiest most unique and highest priced" of the systems reviewed. When listening to music, the "air dynamics and imaging were incredible." When watching movies, the Tannoy "handled each performer and epic blockbuster with grace and muscle..." Continue Reading
Tannoy Arena 5.1 Loudspeaker System Reviewed

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

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