loudspeakers

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…

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…

Emotiva ERM-1 and ERD-1 Loudspeakers

Emotiva ERM-1 and ERD-1 Loudspeakers

Specifications:

ERM-1

  • Speaker type: Sealed MTM Bookshelf Frequency Range: 80-20Khz +/-2db Sensitivity: 89dB
  • Dimensions: 13.5”h X 7.75”w X 9.5”d
  • Woofer: 2 – 5¼”
  • Tweeter: 1 – 1” Silk Dome
  • Weight 21 lbs Each (Boxed in felt bag) Enclosure: MDF -Braced and highly damped
  • Non-reflective black satin lacquer finish
  • Price: $199.00 (Each 3 Reviewed)

ERD-1

  • Speaker type: Sealed Bipole/Dipole Switching
  • Frequency Range: Frequency response: 80-20Khz +/-2db
  • Sensitivity: 89dB
  • Dimensions: 9.5”h X 13”w X 4.25” d
  • Woofer: 1- 5¼”
  • Tweeter: 1 – 1” Silk Dome
  • Weight: 11 Pounds Each (Unboxed)
  • Enclosure: MDF – Braced and highly damped
  • Non-reflective black satin lacquer finish
  • Price: $249.00 (Per Pair)
  • Package total price: $846.00 (3 ERM-1 and 1 pair ERD-1)

Everyone you meet changes your life in some way. Some people make small changes that last only moments and others make changes that last a lifetime. I never guessed that the pretty blonde I met in a small coffee house would someday be my wife, just like I never guessed that friendly coworker would suck me into a hobby that could take over my life. Well the coworker has passed now but this crazy hobby lives on. I came to this hobby sort of through the back door. Starting with a nice pair of speakers that grew in to a spectacular home theater. My first lesson in audio (taught by said coworker) was that there isn’t another piece of equipment that the listener actually hears other then the loudspeakers. With that in mind I’ve always been picky about loudspeakers. read more…

SVSound SBS-01 Loudspeakers

SVSound SBS-01 Loudspeakers

Specifications:

  • Speaker type: Sealed Bookshelf
  • Frequency Range: 68Hz – 20kHz ± 3dB Sensitivity: 85dB
  • Dimensions: 12” X 7” X 9.5” Woofer: 1 – 5¼”
  • Tweeter: 1 – 1” Silk Dome
  • Weight 11 lbs (Each)
  • Enclosure: MDF laminated with textured vinyl
  • Price: $225.00

I am not a frequent poster to the large assortment message boards available to people these days. I do read them while I don’t have enough free time be a particularly active participant. While reading the A$$A Circle on AudioCircle.com one night I stumbled across the “What you would like to see reviewed” section. I thought it was pretty cool that I already had the DIY Paradise Monica DAC that had been requested, but I scanned the rest to see if anything else caught my eye. During this time I was also looking for a loudspeaker company whose products were in the ultra-affordable category for another project that never really materialized, so the request for an SVS review struck my fancy. I’m sure a complete home theater review would have made the manufacturer happier. I was looking for an inexpensive pair of sealed 2-way bookshelf speakers. Being the frugal audiophile I really wanted to know what a couple hundred bucks could get me. read more…

Paradigm Monitor 7 v6 Floor Standing Speakers

Paradigm Monitor 7 v6 Floor Standing Speakers

Specifications:

  • Design MagneShieldTM optional for Black Ash only, 4-driver, 2-1/2-way bass reflex, quasi-3rd-order resistive port
  • Crossover 3rd-order electro-acoustic at 2.0 kHz, 2nd-order electro-acoustic at 700 Hz (lower bass drivers)
  • High-Frequency Driver 25-mm (1 in) H-PTDTM dome, ferrofluid cooled
  • Bass / Midrange Driver(s) 140-mm (5-1/2 in) M-ICPTM cone, 25-mm (1 in) voice coil, GRIPTM chassis
  • Bass Driver Two 140-mm (5-1/2 in) carbon-infused polypropylene cones, 25-mm (1 in) voice coils, GRIPTM chassis Low Frequency Extension 41 Hz (DIN) Frequency Response:
  • On-Axis ±2 dB from 54 Hz -20 kHz
  • 30° Off-Axis ±2 dB from 54 Hz – 15 kHz Sensitivity – Room / Anechoic 94 dB / 91 dB Suitable Amplifier Power Range 15 – 180 watts Maximum Input Power 130 watts
  • Impedance Compatible with 8 ohms
  • Internal Volume 25.7 L / 0.90 cu ft
  • Height, Width, Depth 93.8 cm x 16.5 cm x 29.8 cm
  • 36-15/16 in x 6-1/2 in x 11-3/4 in
  • Weight (Unpacked) 33.6 kg / 74 lb per pair Finishes Wengé, Cherry, Rosenut, Black Ash Price: $750

Many years ago, I owned a pair of Paradigm Export Monitors that I bought from a college student. He had done a bit too much partying and discovered that you can’t pay rent with deposit money from beer cans. I remember being very pleased with my purchase and I enjoyed them right up to the day they went into storage. I never saw them again, as my locker, along with a few others, was broken into while I was on a 6 month job site out of state. Wanting to start fresh, I went with another brand of speakers and equipment when I got the insurance money. Since then, much has happened with both Paradigm and myself.

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DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” A Full Frequency, OB/Subwoofer Inspired By Siegfried Linkwitz’s Orion Loudspeakers. Part I

DIY Hell: The “Spirit of Orion” A Full Frequency, OB/Subwoofer Inspired By Siegfried Linkwitz’s Orion Loudspeakers. Part I

Well as promised (finally), I’m nearing completion of the the “Spirit of Orion” loudspeaker project . For those that don’t know, the Orions are Siegfried Linkwitz’s DIY “challenge” to the world of loudspeakers. Dr Linkwitz (of Linkwitz-Riley crossover fame and the designer of some seriously expensive , but reportedly excellent Audio Artistry “Beethoven” loudspeakers). When not having audio “fun”, he spent his career at HP. See his biography at Linkwitz Labs.

The Orions have what I think is a very attractive look to them. They also are reportedly excellent, but a little on the pricey side (turnkey starting from $8200 including all electronics, and amplification). I don’t think pricey for what you get: A world class speaker that is relatively affordable, designed and built by one of the audio greats alive today. But building a pair is well beyond my means at this time, and beyond the means of many who read us here at A$$A. So what is a poor man to do? Well, how about building a pair of loudspeakers that look similar, and use some similar concepts … but do it on a budget of just 12.5% of the originals? That was the task. These are not clones at all, and represent a completely different methodology, topology (mostly), and outcome. Remember Linkwitz’s contribution to audio is quite profound, and I do not propose that I am in any way, shape or form the equal of Dr. Linkwitz. Please note that this is not a treatise on Linkwitz’s work (I am simply not qualified to do such) but rather a different interpretation of some of his ideas. 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…

Emerald Physics CS2 Loudspeakers

Emerald Physics CS2 Loudspeakers

Specifications:

  • Type: 2 way active design. Dipole below 1kHz, Monopole above 1kHz
  • Impedence: minimum 4 Ohms, Maximum 9 Ohms Woofer Drivers: 4 Ohms composite nominal Tweeter Diver: 8 Ohms nominal
  • Driver compliment: Mid-Tweeter (1) 1inch compression driver, (1) 12inch acoustic wave guide
  • Mid-Woofer Drivers: (2) 15 inch pulp fiber cones
  • Sensitivity: 100db 2.83v @ 1M @ 1kHz
  • Crossover: DSP based, active network at 1kHz, Linkwitz-Riley 48db/octave symmetrical
  • Amp Configuration: Bi-Amp (not included)
  • Signal Processing: Outboard 4 channel DSP configuration, factory setting installed
  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz -3db down points with dsp correction
  • Finish: Body-Black cloth, optional cloth available. Base-Silver or black painted aluminum billet
  • Dimentions: 48in (1220mm) H x 18.5in (470mm) W x 2.5in (64mm) Baffle depth x 6in (152mm) overall depth
  • Weight: 62 pounds each, Shipping weight: 80 pounds each

When I started two and a half years ago I made my wife a promise, no large speakers in the house. Until May of this year I had kept my word. Then, one day I got an email from Walter Liederman of Underwood HiFi. The main part of the message was simple, “call me”. If you’ve never spoken with Walter, be prepared, he can go 45 minutes without repeating himself and give quite an education in the process. “Mark, I’ve got a set of speakers that you MUST hear……”. Then began my schooling into what Walter believes is a paradigm shift in speaker quality. read more…

Eficion Ficion F200 Loudspeaker System

Eficion Ficion F200 Loudspeaker System

Specification:

  • Design: 2-way vented-box. Frequency Response: 38Hz-40kHz. Sensitivity: 88dB/2.83V/1m.
  • Impedance: 8 ohms (minimum 6.4 ohms).
  • Tweeter: Purified aluminum ribbon tweeter with innovative honeycomb structure.* Woofer: 6.5″, non-woven carbon fiber sandwich cone, massive 2″ voice coil has an innovative copper shorting ring and a damping coil. **
  • Crossover: 2kHz.
  • Dimensions (HWD): 17″ X 10″ X 13.6″ .
  • Price: $3400 pr.

The Eficion F200 two way monitor is a high end, high quality speaker system I heard for the first time at the VSAC 2008 show in Vancouver Washington. The speakers were driven by high quality Balance Audio Technology electronics and impressed me with their smooth sound and beautiful build quality. The Eficion room was always so full at the Vancouver Hilton I owing to the great sound that I had to ask for a review sample to get a better listen. Fortunately Eficion is located in Samamish Washington just a short 20 mile drive from my home and Peigen Jiang the owner and designer of Eficion loudspeakers was able to meet with me and supply a set speakers for evaluation. read more…

Spendor SP2/3e speakers

Spendor SP2/3e speakers

Specifications:

  • Mid Size 2 Way Monitor
  • Drive Units HF 19 mm soft dome, ferrofluid cooled
  • Drive Units LF 200 mm polypropylene cone, 40 mm coil
  • Frequency Response 60 Hz to 20 kHz ± 3 dB Pair Matching Within 1 dB
  • Impedance nominal 8 ohms
  • Crossover point 3 kHz
  • Power handling 100 Watts
  • Dimensions H x W x D 545 mm x 275 mm x 325 mm
  • Cabinet weight 14.3 kg
  • Price: $3800

In my search for tube friendly speakers for my Leben CS-600, I reviewed the Vandersteen 1C last month. The Vandersteen was the fifth pair of speakers I’d tried over the last year to date since purchasing the CS-600. While the Vandersteen 1C were the best pair thus far, they ultimately had one fatal flaw. They were consistently unable to involve me in the music. In hindsight, I think the Vandersteen really prefer more power than 30 tube watts, and higher damping factor solid state ones at that. Consequently, I continued my search by purchasing a used pair of Spendor SP2/3e. read more…

Audio Nirvana Super 8 DIY Loudspeaker System

Audio Nirvana Super 8 DIY Loudspeaker System

The Audio Nirvana Super Eight is a nice, high quality driver that is manufactured in China to Audio Nirvana Specs. These high efficency drivers were designed with the do-it-yourself crowd in mind. This modestly priced $148.00 per pair driver caught my eye when my son was looking for a DIY speaker project to build for his high school senior project. After reading John Hoffman’s review in A$$A, he decided to use the Audio Nirvana Super Eight driver.

Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 37hz-20khz
  • Efficiency: 98db
  • Nominal Impedence; 8ohms Maximum wattage: 50 wpc Driver weight: 7.8lbs
  • Price: $148

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