Category Archives: loudspeakers

Realistic Optimus Pro LX5

  From time to time we see interesting new variations on the loudspeaker theme; sometimes manufacturers come up with better cone materials for their mid/bass units, and occasionally interesting tweeters pop up. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in

Realistic Optimus Pro LX5

  From time to time we see interesting new variations on the loudspeaker theme; sometimes manufacturers come up with better cone materials for their mid/bass units, and occasionally interesting tweeters pop up. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in

Sony SS-5050 Carbocon

  The nineteen seventies was a fascinating time for loudspeakers. Most designs from that decade were invariably pretty crude, but there were still some breathtaking boxes on sale, using state-of-the-art technology. Indeed, there was a far larger gap between run-of-the-mill

Sony SS-5050 Carbocon

  The nineteen seventies was a fascinating time for loudspeakers. Most designs from that decade were invariably pretty crude, but there were still some breathtaking boxes on sale, using state-of-the-art technology. Indeed, there was a far larger gap between run-of-the-mill

Spendor S3/5se

By the early part of the new millennium, ‘retro’ was all the rage and in hi-fi the revival of the BBC LS3/5a loudspeaker spearheaded the movement. The guilty truth was however that – even back then – this iconic little

Spendor S3/5se

By the early part of the new millennium, ‘retro’ was all the rage and in hi-fi the revival of the BBC LS3/5a loudspeaker spearheaded the movement. The guilty truth was however that – even back then – this iconic little

Quad ESL-989

Quad’s Peter Walker was absolutely right to seek a better way to make a loudspeaker. He was inspired by the failings of his flagship loudspeaker – the Quad CR Corner Ribbon – which was a bold hybrid design that used a ribbon

Quad ESL-989

Quad’s Peter Walker was absolutely right to seek a better way to make a loudspeaker. He was inspired by the failings of his flagship loudspeaker – the Quad CR Corner Ribbon – which was a bold hybrid design that used a ribbon

Monitor Audio Silver 1

  A BMW 1-series in speaker terms? There’s absolutely no sign whatsoever that this £500 British-designed standmounter is a budget product, or indeed a mid-price one. The quality of the finish is so good that those who know nothing about hi-fi

Monitor Audio Silver 1

  A BMW 1-series in speaker terms? There’s absolutely no sign whatsoever that this £500 British-designed standmounter is a budget product, or indeed a mid-price one. The quality of the finish is so good that those who know nothing about hi-fi

Podium One

Launched in the UK in 2006, this was the brainchild of Shelley Katz – an accomplished classical musician who began his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal, and went on to the Julliard School in New York. As a soloist, chamber musician

Podium One

Launched in the UK in 2006, this was the brainchild of Shelley Katz – an accomplished classical musician who began his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal, and went on to the Julliard School in New York. As a soloist, chamber musician

Heybrook HB2

“I started Heybrook with my friend Stuart Mee because we both realised we would love to own a small loudspeaker with a very wide bandwidth, and such a thing didn’t seem to appear at the time”, says Peter Comeau. It

Heybrook HB2

“I started Heybrook with my friend Stuart Mee because we both realised we would love to own a small loudspeaker with a very wide bandwidth, and such a thing didn’t seem to appear at the time”, says Peter Comeau. It