Speakers

Thonet & Vander Kugel speakers review

REVIEW – One of the fun aspects of reviewing audio is getting to play with and write about different kinds of speaker gear—from earphones to Bluetooth to “real” speakers. Because there are more choices today than ever, everyone benefits. In 2015, I reviewed one of those “real” speakers from a German audio company new to …

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Logitech Z606 5.1 Surround Speaker System Review

REVIEW – The Z606 is Logitech’s latest entry into the surround sound speaker market. This low-cost system has five wired speakers and a bass unit containing an amplifier, speaker connections, and RCA inputs. AV connections are sparse and while the power won’t rattle your windows, it should prove to be more than enough for most listening …

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Fluance raises the affordable bar with their new Ai40 speakers

NEWS – Here’s a question for you: At what point does the price of a set of speakers matter less and less? In other words, at what price do you stop hearing major differences in audio quality as the cost creeps up? It’s an interesting question that I’ve grappled with for years. Here’s my take: …

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Shinola goes Barefoot and produces a new speaker

NEWS – Shinola as an unapologetic Detroit based lifestyle company. Their American made products are considered some of the highest quality products available and their audio line has garnered praise from the press and customers alike. For the first time, Shinola has partnered with Barefoot Sound to offer the new wireless Shinola Bookshelf Speakers.  Barefoot …

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Audioengine A5+ Wireless speaker review

I’m fortunate to have been able to review each version of Audioengine’s A5 speaker series. The original was (and still is) a powerhouse of a speaker that sounds much better than its cost. Heck, all of Audioengine’s speakers fall into that category. Later, their A5+ speaker improved on a good thing—a larger, more efficient heat …

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Creative Pebble desktop speakers review

At my home office, I’m trying to consolidate my speaker set up. I’ve been into trying to become more minimalist, and although I love my Logitech 2.1 speaker system with subwoofer, it’s big, clunky, and not very necessary at the moment. Lately, I’ve just been using headphones on my computer or a Google Home to …

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Be part of the movie with Edifiers uniquely luxurious e255 5.1 Home Theater System

Product design doesn’t always have to be boring. The Edifier e255 Luna E 5.1 Home theater system is a prime example of this. Its unique shapes and striking red color make it look like it came straight out of a Japanese Anime. But, the e255 is more than just another pretty face. Looks aren’t everything The 385-watt e255 has …

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The Audioengine A5+ speakers are now A5++ with added wireless

Audioengine has a history of making affordable speakers that happen to sound like they cost much more. Their A5+ speakers look good and are solidly crafted. However, up until now, the A5+ speakers lacked any wireless capabilities. Not any more. The new A5+ Wireless speakers are bookshelf speakers that can be placed anywhere in a …

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A Brutalist approach to speakers

When you ask someone what speakers are made of, most younger people would say plastic or metal (portable Bluetooth speakers) while older people might say wood (think your father’s stereo system). I can guarantee you that no one would say concrete. That kind of thinking might change if Brutalist-Lab has anything to do with it. …

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Focal focuses on Dolby Atmos with its newest line of Sib Evo home theater speakers

As I’ve said in my reviews of Focal’s excellent headphones and earphones, French speaker maker Focal is primarily known for their expensive (but also excellent) speaker line. However the audio news coming out of Focal this week is not about their crazily expensive speakers, but a more reasonable line of home theater speakers. Focal’s new …

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Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 gaming speakers review

I’ve been playing games for years, yet I’ve always used a pair of cheap Dell speakers for my PC. I never thought much of PC speakers for gaming, instead always using headsets, but when Creative offered their Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 gaming speakers to be reviewed, it piqued my curiosity, and I had to try them …

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Creative gets creative with gaming speakers

Creative is known mainly for SoundBlaster sound cards and speakers. I’ve reviewed their wonderful Roar wireless speaker series. Creative’s newest speaker is the BlasterX Kratos S5 is a 2.1 gaming speaker system with Aurora Reactive lighting system. It comes with powerful 4” satellite drivers and a 6.5” subwoofer in wooden enclosures, delivering clear highs, detailed …

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Audioengine expands its HD series with the HD3 Wireless Music System

It’s easy to make great speakers—at a cost. And it’s easy to make affordable speakers—at the expense of audio quality. Yet, Audioengine manages to achieve both of these objectives repeatedly. And they’ve done it again with the new HD3 Wireless Music System. “Classic speaker design with no plastic, full stereo sound, whole-house wireless and no …

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Audioengine HD6 Powered speakers review

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Audioengine. Their products—from the small A2+ to the larger A5+ speakers— are solidly built, affordable without being cheap, and sound terrific. What’s not to like? When I reviewed the A5+ speakers, I talked about how massive they were in both weight and sound. I used to think …

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