Category Archives: loudspeakers

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

Townshend Audio Maximum

Supertweeters really work, bringing not only better treble extension but superior midband focus too – especially when you’ve got a good source with an extended top end in the first place, of course. So when the Maximum was launched in the early part

Townshend Audio Maximum

Supertweeters really work, bringing not only better treble extension but superior midband focus too – especially when you’ve got a good source with an extended top end in the first place, of course. So when the Maximum was launched in the early part

German Physiks HRS120 Carbon

This is assuredly not your average assemblage of conventional moving coil drive units in an MDF box, but then again at £16,000 you wouldn’t expect it to be. The German Physiks HRS 120 is a unique omnidirectional designed powered by the exclusive

German Physiks HRS120 Carbon

This is assuredly not your average assemblage of conventional moving coil drive units in an MDF box, but then again at £16,000 you wouldn’t expect it to be. The German Physiks HRS 120 is a unique omnidirectional designed powered by the exclusive

AudioSmile Kensai

  One quiet afternoon some eight or so years ago, I got a call from Simon Ashton. Young, enthusiastic and oblivious to the perils of the audio industry, he told me he’d designed a new pair of loudspeakers. As editor

AudioSmile Kensai

  One quiet afternoon some eight or so years ago, I got a call from Simon Ashton. Young, enthusiastic and oblivious to the perils of the audio industry, he told me he’d designed a new pair of loudspeakers. As editor

JBL Everest DD67000

Horn loudspeakers and I have had a tortuous relationship. My first real contact with the breed came only relatively recently, a decade or so at the Munich High End Show. I remember venturing into one room to see a group of gentlemen

JBL Everest DD67000

Horn loudspeakers and I have had a tortuous relationship. My first real contact with the breed came only relatively recently, a decade or so at the Munich High End Show. I remember venturing into one room to see a group of gentlemen

Vivid B1

Vivid design supremo Laurence Dickie is a loudspeaker engineer with the enthusiasm of a child in sweet shop, happy to romp through the wonderland of speakers old and new in search of the best solution. He’s not your average ‘on-message’ corporate

Vivid B1

Vivid design supremo Laurence Dickie is a loudspeaker engineer with the enthusiasm of a child in sweet shop, happy to romp through the wonderland of speakers old and new in search of the best solution. He’s not your average ‘on-message’ corporate

STAX SRS-4040 Signature

STAX only makes headphones, and they’re all supremely comfortable – these weigh just 295g plus cable, which is a brilliant ‘wearability’ enhancer. The SRS-4040 Signature package comprises SR-404 headphones (“earspeakers” in STAX speak) and the SRM-006t Driver Unit (amplifier). The latter’s champagne

STAX SRS-4040 Signature

STAX only makes headphones, and they’re all supremely comfortable – these weigh just 295g plus cable, which is a brilliant ‘wearability’ enhancer. The SRS-4040 Signature package comprises SR-404 headphones (“earspeakers” in STAX speak) and the SRM-006t Driver Unit (amplifier). The latter’s champagne

Wharfedale Linton 3XP

It was in his humble Yorkshire home in Ilkley that Gilbert Arthur Briggs built his first ever loudspeaker in 1932. Located in the valley of the river Wharfe, in an area known as Wharfedale, he was to make the name famous

Wharfedale Linton 3XP

It was in his humble Yorkshire home in Ilkley that Gilbert Arthur Briggs built his first ever loudspeaker in 1932. Located in the valley of the river Wharfe, in an area known as Wharfedale, he was to make the name famous

ATC SCM40

There’s something odd about £3,295 ATC’s SCM40 – it doesn’t look or feel like almost any other loudspeaker in its price class. It’s almost as if someone has forgotten to style it, like they’ve taken three (rather unusual looking) drivers

ATC SCM40

There’s something odd about £3,295 ATC’s SCM40 – it doesn’t look or feel like almost any other loudspeaker in its price class. It’s almost as if someone has forgotten to style it, like they’ve taken three (rather unusual looking) drivers

Mordaunt Short Performance 6

Founded in Fulham in 1967, Mordaunt Short fast became a solidly middle class loudspeaker brand selling to people looking for strong performance in a conservatively styled package. The 1977 Pageant, for example, was a staple of suburban respectability, a sort of Volvo of hi-fi. But the

Mordaunt Short Performance 6

Founded in Fulham in 1967, Mordaunt Short fast became a solidly middle class loudspeaker brand selling to people looking for strong performance in a conservatively styled package. The 1977 Pageant, for example, was a staple of suburban respectability, a sort of Volvo of hi-fi. But the

BBC LS3/5a

The BBC ‘monitoring loudspeaker type LS3/5a’ has become the stuff of legend. Some think it has unique qualities which have never been seen in any subsequent speaker, others believe it to be overrated and unjustly worshipped. Whatever your take on

BBC LS3/5a

The BBC ‘monitoring loudspeaker type LS3/5a’ has become the stuff of legend. Some think it has unique qualities which have never been seen in any subsequent speaker, others believe it to be overrated and unjustly worshipped. Whatever your take on

B&W 801

Its brief was simple; “to be the first commercial effort to design and produce a loudspeaker that would reflect the highest standards attainable without regard to any of the so-called ‘practical considerations’ that inevitably compromise conventional designs”. B&W said that

B&W 801

Its brief was simple; “to be the first commercial effort to design and produce a loudspeaker that would reflect the highest standards attainable without regard to any of the so-called ‘practical considerations’ that inevitably compromise conventional designs”. B&W said that

Usher BE-10

There’s a lot to be said for Beryllium. The lightest (stable) metal in the Periodic Table, only Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium are less heavy. That makes for an exceptionally strong structure for any given weight, just right for loudspeakers! It

Usher BE-10

There’s a lot to be said for Beryllium. The lightest (stable) metal in the Periodic Table, only Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium are less heavy. That makes for an exceptionally strong structure for any given weight, just right for loudspeakers! It

Raidho C1.1

It’s hard to be a small standmounter at the best of times, but when you cost £10,900 it is trickier still. Who would be Raidho’s C1.1, a compact speaker that costs more than almost every large one? The only way it can

Raidho C1.1

It’s hard to be a small standmounter at the best of times, but when you cost £10,900 it is trickier still. Who would be Raidho’s C1.1, a compact speaker that costs more than almost every large one? The only way it can

Mission 760

Farad Azima launched Mission Electronics in 1977, and in 1978 the 770 loudspeaker debuted – the first ever to use a polypropylene mid/bass driver. It garnered much praise, and gave an image of a bold, innovative, modern company in a traditionally very conservative

Mission 760

Farad Azima launched Mission Electronics in 1977, and in 1978 the 770 loudspeaker debuted – the first ever to use a polypropylene mid/bass driver. It garnered much praise, and gave an image of a bold, innovative, modern company in a traditionally very conservative

Q Acoustics 2050

An interesting story, this. The two key protagonists are Karl Heinz Fink from Fink Audio Consulting in Essen, Germany, and Steve Reichert from Armour Group in Cambridge, England. The former is one of the best speaker designers of his generation, and

Q Acoustics 2050

An interesting story, this. The two key protagonists are Karl Heinz Fink from Fink Audio Consulting in Essen, Germany, and Steve Reichert from Armour Group in Cambridge, England. The former is one of the best speaker designers of his generation, and

NEAT IOTA

North East Audio Traders has long since stopped its retail operations; NEAT Acoustics has been a fully fledged loudspeaker manufacturer for several decades now. Founder Bob Surgeoner is an interesting and highly affable sort of fellow, and a passionate and

NEAT IOTA

North East Audio Traders has long since stopped its retail operations; NEAT Acoustics has been a fully fledged loudspeaker manufacturer for several decades now. Founder Bob Surgeoner is an interesting and highly affable sort of fellow, and a passionate and

Linn Nexus LS250

Warp back to Glasgow, 1987. Linn Products, which had made its fortune manufacturing the Sondek LP12 turntable, was aware that the new-fangled Compact Disc format was beginning to encroach on its sales. The company’s response was to beef up its

Linn Nexus LS250

Warp back to Glasgow, 1987. Linn Products, which had made its fortune manufacturing the Sondek LP12 turntable, was aware that the new-fangled Compact Disc format was beginning to encroach on its sales. The company’s response was to beef up its

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6

For real-world audiophiles, this is surely the best new product of 2014, and one of the most interesting loudspeakers I have heard in a very long time. It’s so special because it is highly affordable (it costs just £900) yet delivers a sonic performance way higher than

Cambridge Audio Aeromax 6

For real-world audiophiles, this is surely the best new product of 2014, and one of the most interesting loudspeakers I have heard in a very long time. It’s so special because it is highly affordable (it costs just £900) yet delivers a sonic performance way higher than