loudspeakers review

Fritz Grove Loudspeakers

Fritz Grove Loudspeakers

Some trees grow in a jungle, some grow in a forest, and in California, where Fritz lives, the larger more majestic trees (the Giant Sequoia and the Redwood) grow in groves. All speakers in the Fritz lineup are hand-built in the US using high-quality drivers; the prices range from just under a grand per pair up to just over two grand per pair for the REV-5 model. The Grove sits happily in the center of that lineup while still using quality components throughout.

Specifications:

Frequency Response: 42 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 3 db
Sensitivity: 86 dB (at 1 watt, 2.83V, @1 meter)
Bass/Midrange Driver: 6 1/2 inch one piece polypropylene cone, 3 inch under-hung voice coil, butyl rubber surround, die cast frame. Bass reflex loaded-rear port

Tweeter: 1 inch ferrofluid cooled specially treated silk dome with high power hexagonal shaped Aluminum voice coil wire and damped acoustic rear chamber, Aluminum face plate. Crossover: Series crossover without any capacitors in the circuit with the tweeter.

Dimensions/Weight: 16″ High, 9″ Wide, 12″ Deep, 28 lbs.
Recommended Amplifiers: 25 to 150 watts

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Revel Ultima Studio2 Loudspeakers

Revel Ultima Studio2 Loudspeakers

Mama said you only get one chance to make a first impression. That is certainly true by Alan Silverman for a loudspeaker, and I expect I’ll never forget the startling experience of hearing Revel’s Ultima Studio2 loudspeakers in my mastering room for the first time. [For the uninitiated, Revel is a Harman-owned company alongside pro audio industry stalwarts AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, JBL, Lexicon, Soundcraft, Studer, et al. — Ed.]

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Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Two-Way Loudspeaker

Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Two-Way Loudspeaker

The E-V ZXA1-90 is a small (17.88 x 11.12 x 10.38 inches), amplified, two-way loudspeaker built for portable sound reinforcement applications, which utilizes the EV8L 8-inch woofer and the DH2005 1-inch exit compression driver, the latter of which is a titanium diaphragm tweeter coupled with a rotatable 90 x 50 degree waveguide. read more…

KRK Systems R6 Reference Monitor Speaker

KRK Systems R6 Reference Monitor Speaker

While almost driven to the brink of extinction by the overwhelming popularity of modern active (powered) nearfield studio monitors, passive (non-powered) models remain very useful mixing tools and the folks at KRK Systems, among other manufacturers, realize that. Thus KRK’s R6 Reference Monitor Speaker offers impressive performance at what I find is an incredible value — $150 each, street. read more…

Genelec 8260A Triamplified Active DSP Loudspeaker

Genelec 8260A Triamplified Active DSP Loudspeaker

Genelec has been gradually adding models and features to its 8000 series of professional powered studio monitor loudspeakers since the line was introduced in 2004. Until now, each of the models was a two-way device.

The desire for yet higher output volumes in an 8000 series device led to consideration of a three-way loudspeaker. Genelec has ample experience with three-way loudspeakers, but the challenge was to optimally deploy three loudspeakers within a portable housing.
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Turbosound Milan M15 Powered Loudspeaker

Turbosound Milan M15 Powered Loudspeaker

West Sussex, U.K.-based Turbosound is not a company I can easily associate with portable PA products.

The first thing I think of when I see Turbosound’s distinctive logo is Iron Maiden’s World Slavery Tour of 1984/1985 — one of the longest tours in rock ’n’ roll history — and its massive, incredible Turbosound rig. And that’s only the iceberg tip of Turbosound’s impression left on the realm of large-scale touring.

What did such trivia mean to me as I unpacked a pair of Milan M15 self-powered portable PA speakers, Turbosound’s most affordable speaker in the company’s long history? Exceedingly high expectations for performance, power, and build quality. What I found in the M15 was consistently a cut above most common portable PA options, thus worth its cost ($1,082 list, under $1k street). read more…

ACI Emerald XL mini-monitors

ACI Emerald XL mini-monitors

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 70-20kHz ± 3db anechoic,
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms, minimum impedance 7 ohms, low reactance
  • Sensitivity: 86db 1 watt/1 meter Dimensions: 10″ H x 5 7/8″ W x 8 1/4″ D Weight: 11 lbs each
  • Tweeter: 1″ silk dome with ferro-fluid and aperiodic second chamber
  • Bass-Midrange: 4″ cast-frame with paper cone, rubber surround; long throw, low distortion motor system with vented pole piece
  • Recommended RMS Power: 20 to 150 watts per channel
  • Bass-loading: Fourth order, low Q, rear ported system. May also be used as second order sealed system.
  • Cabinet: Full 3/4″” MDF with extensive interlocking bracing structure. Finishes: Satin Black, Piano Black, Inlaid Cherry
  • Price: $700 or $800

Sometimes I just wish that every manufacturer in audio set their design goal to follow the definition of “seductive”. It’s one of the few words that is a part of the goal of every audio fanatic. We crave hearing the sound that transports us away from the realities of such insanity as the panicked herd mentality now driving Wall Street. As a reviewer, it’s a bit easy to become focused on the minutia and forget about finding the bliss in listening. But every once in a while, a product arrives on my doorstep that forces me to let go and just enjoy. The ACI Emerald XL mini monitors are such a package and belong in Webster’s as an example of seductive. read more…

Elemental Designs A6-6T6 Monitors

Elemental Designs A6-6T6 Monitors

Specifications: 

  • Max Power-200w Min Power-15w
  • Nominal Impedance-6 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 89.6db
  • Tweeter: 1.3 inch Silk Dome Midrange Drivers: (2) 6 inch Poly Cabinet type: Dual vented
  • Frequency Response: 50-22Khz =/-3db Measurements: 22.4 in H x 8.65 in W x 9 in D Weight: 42lbs pair
  • Price: $365 pair

Growing up in a small community my parents did all their business with friends to be honest. The local Sears catalogue store maybe had a hundred things on display; everything else took a week or so to come in from the regional distribution center. Our TV’s and even the family console stereo came from the appliance store on Main Street. To this day I passionately avoid big box stores at all costs. I may pay a bit more, but I never have to make a second trip from receiving the wrong item. I mention all this for a reason; I have purposefully avoided buying equipment from any place other than mom and pop shops. I’ve always been able to check out pieces over the weekend; or, if I purchased a unit and didn’t like it, I have been able to exchange for something more pleasing. That may not seem fair to the retailers, but I never buy new, instead I’ve focused on demo pieces just to save a dollar or two. read more…

Usher S520 Monitors

Usher S520 Monitors

The Usher S520 is a nice high quality bookshelf monitor that is manufactured in Taiwan. These speakers were designed by Ushers’s Tsai Lien Shui, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph D’Appolito, who is based in the United States. This modestly priced speaker caught my eye when I was looking for a high quality speaker to audition that is a little out of the ordinary. By that I mean a speaker that is not available everywhere, which will reward the discerning listener for the extra effort required to find a stocking dealer. Fortunately I was able to locate a dealer close to Seattle and was able to secure a pair for an extended visit. read more…

Polk Audio LSi9 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Polk Audio LSi9 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Setup:

The Polk Audio LSi9 Speakers were setup on makeshift (err…redneck) stands that placed the tweeter at ear level. My apologies for the cheesy stands, but I haven’t owned a standmounted bookshelf since 1992. Front baffles were approx 4′ from the rear wall, 5′ from side walls, 7′ apart, and 8′ from the listening position with about ½” of toe-in. The room is approx 23′ x 48′ (14′ vaulted ceiling) great room, the living room/dining room/kitchen are all in a single open space, with the living room (listening area) at the first 1/3 of the space. This means no wall for about 28′ from behind the listening position. Grilles were left off. There were no stock jumpers supplied, so we used 4″ lengths of 14awg copper wire to jump the binding post on the speakers. read more…

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