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Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith

TNT-Audio caught up with noted speaker designer David Smith, ex-JBL, McIntosh, KEF, Snell, and PSB. Join TNT and Speaker Dave on a journey into the heart of speaker design, its history and current trends. read more…

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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From the Pulpit

From the Pulpit

Of Carroll Shelby, phono cartridge loading, and my budget reference system…

Firstly, regarding Carroll Shelby: For those that may not know, Mr. Shelby passed away on May 10 (a day I will always remember as it is my birthday). Rather than try to sum up his life in a single page (which would be impossible to do), I just thought that I would draw attention to this fact and to my own limited exposure to his company and foundation. read more…

Orbit-M Speakers

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Iskynetworks, a Korean Company has announced the launch of its compact Orbit-M Speakers for your MP3 player, PMP and Notebook. Bearing the technology of Altec Lansing, the speakers ooze out high quality sound. read more…

Polk Audio Atrium 45 all-weather speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 45 all-weather speakers

GREAT PAIR OF AFFORDABLE OUTDOOR SPEAKERS

High quality sound for an affordable price is hard to beat and not many similar speakers manage to. The rustproof hardware and the weatherproof interior are good but they could have come with the screws needed for mounting.

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ADAM Audio A3X Active Closefield Monitors

ADAM Audio A3X Active Closefield Monitors

The reality of many modern home/personal studios is that there’s not a lot of room for large speakers. With that in mind, ADAM Audio introduces the A3X closefield powered monitor ($299 each, street). The A3X is ADAM’s smallest speaker ever and the least expensive of their affordably priced product line, the AX Series. read more…

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…

Polk Audio Hitmaster Speakers

The Polk Audio Hitmaster Speakers were meant to cater to the gamers but from the looks of it, it will not be surprising to find this being used for something else. Perfect to enhance the audio requirements of demanding consumers, the Polk Audio Hitmaster is a single-point stereo design that includes two 2. read more…

EMP Tek E5Ti Mini-Floorstanding Speakers

EMP Tek E5Ti Mini-Floorstanding Speakers

Specifications

  • Dual 6½ ” (165mm) Poly-matrix Woofers
  • 5¼” (133mm) Aluminized Poly-matrix Woofer
  • 1″ (25mm) Fabric Dome Tweeter
  • Recommended Power 50-150 Watts
  • Impedance 6 Ohms
  • Frequency Response 50Hz-20kHz ±3dB
  • Crossover Frequency 120 Hz/ 3,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 87dB (2.83V@1m)
  • Dimensions 8½” W x 35½” H x 12¼” D (216mm W x 902mm H x 311mm D)
  • Weight 35 lbs. (15.88 kg.)
  • High-gloss Red Burl or High-gloss Black Ash
  • Price: MSRP $730pr. Currently $500pr

Like all other forms of information during the dawn of the 21st century, the best way to get noticed is to go viral on the Internet. It’s no different in audio, once the forums start buzzing it’s like watching a hurricane develop off the west coast of Africa. Each day the buzz grows and develops a life of its own. This past fall EMP Tek, a new company with roots tied to RBH Sound came out with their Impression Series E5Ti mini-tower at the jaw-dropping introductory bargain amount of just $400 a pair. The price alone virtually guaranteed buzz, but add on the beautiful high gloss red burl veneer and the viral activity began. Of course the initial energy could only last a short time, to get to the next level sales and new owner posts needed to happen. It didn’t take long for the positive comments to be listed online. read more…

Emerald Physics CS3 Speakers

Emerald Physics CS3 Speakers

CS3 Specifications:

  • System Type: Passive 2-way Dynamic Dipole -DSP equalized
  • Frequency Range: 32Hz–22kHz -3dB (In room with equali- zation)
  • Frequency Linearity: +/- 0.50 dB from 100Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal
  • Max Power input: 150W RMS, 300W program
  • Sensitivity: 95dB 1.83V @ 1M @ 1kHz
  • Drivers: High Freq: 1 inch exit compression driver
  • Low Freq: 12 inch paper cone coaxial
  • Crossover: 3rd order acoustic Butterworth filter at 900Hz
  • Frequency Contour: Digital equalization -Behringer DCX2496
  • Standard Finishes: Black Oak
  • Optional Finishes: Mahogany, Cherry and Maple Veneers
  • Dimensions: 41”H x 16W x 8”D Weight: Net: 44 lbs each
  • Shipping: 120 lbs (Pair in single shipping carton)
  • MSRP: $2995 in Black Oak, $3495 in the other optional finishes

I have a confession to make. For one brief period in my audiophile journey, not so long ago, I stopped reading speaker reviews entirely. I decided that they were boring. After all, most speakers are built quite the same way. You take two or three drivers off the shelf from some major manufacturer in Denmark or China, shove them in a ported wooden box, configure the crossover, and you are in business. Boring. For a speaker review to capture my attention, the design had to be different.

Welcome to the land of different. These Emerald Physics CS3’s are so different, I don’t even know where to start. The collective list of words that describe them don’t apply to any other speaker I know of. Open baffle, dipole, coaxial, DSP room correction…. Sure, individual speakers might exhibit one or even two of these design ideas, but all of them? Combined? Madness! read more…

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