Weatherproof and wireless the Outcast provides party-level music to your patio with an absolute minimum of fuss.
So far no-one has yet developed the perfect electrostatic loudspeaker but the company that’s come the closest is undoubtedly US-based MartinLogan which started building superior electrostatic speakers more than two decades ago and has been improving them ever since.
The tiny ProAc Response One SC has some big shoes to fill: the Response 1S was lauded as ‘redefining the state-of-the-art’ and was one of my favourite small loudspeakers. Despite its stature it is still in the words of its British designer ‘reassuringly expensive’…
The Kama 5 uses two identical bass/midrange drivers and a dome tweeter in a layout that’s very familiar for designer Dr Rod Crawford who pioneered it when he was Senior Acoustics Engineer for Linn Products in Scotland using this very layout when designing the famous Kaber for Linn in 1987…
One of the most interesting aspects of the evolution of the Kantu is that because Crawford is constantly evaluating new drivers he has changed the ones used in the Kantu at least twice to my knowledge
Bose has been playing its ‘let’s hide the bass box during the demo’ trick on journalists for so long that when I first heard the amount of bass coming from the company’s new Computer MusicMonitor computer speakers I automatically looked under the table for the bass bin. When it wasn’t there I looked behind the flatscreen monitor. I looked in vain. This time around Bose really has delivered speakers that deliver amazing levels of bass from incredibly tiny enclosures.
No longer does surround sound always mean the lossy compression of Dolby Digital or DTS. No longer is it limited to the relatively sparse offerings on DVD-Audio or SACD. The Blu-ray format delivers the highest of high-fidelity sound at ocean-deep bit depths and stratospheric sampling frequencies with multiple channels and no loss of data thanks to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
This well-regarded Focal JM Lab model started life in St Etienne France as the Cobalt 806 and was highly popular for several years before being re-invented in a slightly more expensive ‘Signature’ version. Now it seems JMLab has decided to retire the entire Cobalt series which means it’s the end of the line for the Cobalt 806S.
For many years one of the finest sets of loudspeakers in the world has been the Signature I-93 from Adelaide-based manufacturer VAF Research. Over time these have been subtly enhanced but now the company has launched a Mark II version.
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