Category Archives: loudspeakers

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

Eclipse TD712z/2

Fujitsu Ten is a huge manufacturer of automotive audio with over four thousand employees and a vast wealth of electronic and mechanical engineering resources. It’s an ideal parent company for Eclipse TD, one of the world’s most quirky yet accomplished loudspeaker

Eclipse TD712z/2

Fujitsu Ten is a huge manufacturer of automotive audio with over four thousand employees and a vast wealth of electronic and mechanical engineering resources. It’s an ideal parent company for Eclipse TD, one of the world’s most quirky yet accomplished loudspeaker

KEF LS50

One of the universal laws of hi-fi is that a loudspeaker’s sonic ability is in inverse proportion to its aesthetic beauty. True, the Holy hi-fi provider has granted several high end panel speakers a special exemption to this rule, but

KEF LS50

One of the universal laws of hi-fi is that a loudspeaker’s sonic ability is in inverse proportion to its aesthetic beauty. True, the Holy hi-fi provider has granted several high end panel speakers a special exemption to this rule, but

Wharfedale Diamond

The first Wharfedale Diamond was famously said to be derived from research undertaken for the company’s high end TSR102 project, but in truth it was simply its treble and midrange unit in a tiny, bespoke bass reflex box. The result

Wharfedale Diamond

The first Wharfedale Diamond was famously said to be derived from research undertaken for the company’s high end TSR102 project, but in truth it was simply its treble and midrange unit in a tiny, bespoke bass reflex box. The result

Onkyo D-TK10

Fascinating. This little box breaks all the rules about loudspeaker cabinet design, the ones that say that boxes should be seen and not heard. Put ten speaker designers in the same room and while they’ll disagree on everything from the merits

Onkyo D-TK10

Fascinating. This little box breaks all the rules about loudspeaker cabinet design, the ones that say that boxes should be seen and not heard. Put ten speaker designers in the same room and while they’ll disagree on everything from the merits

Usher S-520

One of the best affordable small speakers of recent times is this. Predictably perhaps It’s a two-way reflex ported bookshelf design, although there the routine ends. It has an Usher UA25-10 25mm silk dome tweeter and KSW2-5029B 125mm mid/bass unit

Usher S-520

One of the best affordable small speakers of recent times is this. Predictably perhaps It’s a two-way reflex ported bookshelf design, although there the routine ends. It has an Usher UA25-10 25mm silk dome tweeter and KSW2-5029B 125mm mid/bass unit

Spendor SA1

The original Spendor SA1 was launched just before the BBC LS3/5a surfaced back in the early nineteen seventies, and many thought it was a better sounding loudspeaker than its more popular rival. But the SA1 you see here is a distant cousin, and

Spendor SA1

The original Spendor SA1 was launched just before the BBC LS3/5a surfaced back in the early nineteen seventies, and many thought it was a better sounding loudspeaker than its more popular rival. But the SA1 you see here is a distant cousin, and

Bose 901

The story of this decidedly peculiar product started when Armar G Bose decided that contemporary loudspeakers simply didn’t deliver. Fascinated by sound propagation, and an avowed fan of spatiality in sound, he thought the majority of designs on sale were too directional. He believed

Bose 901

The story of this decidedly peculiar product started when Armar G Bose decided that contemporary loudspeakers simply didn’t deliver. Fascinated by sound propagation, and an avowed fan of spatiality in sound, he thought the majority of designs on sale were too directional. He believed