Gershman Acoustics Grand Studio II Review

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Upstairs downstairs Unusual, if not unique – does this Canadian company’s idea of stacking two speakers for each channel pay sonic dividends? Novel though it undoubtedly is, the idea of stacked speakers is nothing new. SME founder Alastair Robertson-Aikman was once famed for using double-decker Quad ELS57 electrostatics and the concept was even endorsed by the company which provided instructions to achieve the same … Read more

Pro AV and home cinema collide

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, ISE is the show where AV gets very serious indeed. Steve May reports from a bustling Barcelona INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE, or ISE, celebrated its 20th anniversary in style this year, at its (relatively) new home of the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via. The exhibition, co-managed by the AVIXA and CEDIA trade bodies … Read more

American beauties

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New speakers from the USA AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: WILSONAUDIO.COM ABSOLUTESOUNDS.COM UTAH’S WILSON AUDIO has just released a couple of new products. The Alida CSC multi-channel speaker is a wall-mount with a claimed frequency response reaching below 40Hz, which uses a 25mm Convergent Synergy Carbon (CSC) tweeter, custom in-house-built crossovers and a mounting bracket employing a proprietary V-Material. The mid/bass driver is 146mm and … Read more

French connections

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New speaker range from across the channel AVAILABLE: NOW WEB: FOCAL.COM FRENCH BRAND FOCAL has refreshed its Aria series with the launch of Aria Evo X, a line of loudspeakers to follow the Aria 900 range. There are five new speakers: one compact bookshelf model (Aria Evo X N°1); three floorstanders (N°2, N°3, N°4) and a centre for home cinema setups (Aria Evo … Read more

PMC Prodigy 5 review: Special one

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Nick Tate auditions this interesting compact British floorstanding speaker that has nothing to do with fire starters… Read our PMC Prodigy 5 review. DETAILS Feature Specification Product PMC Prodigy5 Origin UK Type 2-way floorstanding loudspeaker Weight 10 kg each Dimensions (WxHxD) 165 x 905 x 237 mm Features – 27mm soft dome tweeter – 133mm mid/bass driver … Read more

Rega Aya Review: Concrete plays jungle

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The latest speaker from Rega isn’t simply all-new, it could be the template for future models too. Ed Selley listens in. Read our Rega Aya Review. DETAILS Feature Specification Product Rega Aya Origin UK Type 2.5-way floorstanding loudspeaker Weight 14.1 kg each Dimensions (WxHxD) 258 x 871 x 215 mm Features – 25mm ZRR soft … Read more

ELAC Debut ConneX DCB41 Review: X appeal

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ELAC’s take on the powered speaker segment may be small, but Ed Selley reckons it’s packed with the right stuff. Read our ELAC Debut ConneX DCB41 Review. As a product category, powered speakers have been around for years but the decline in physical media usage has really kick started it into becoming a significant part of the affordable … Read more

Living Voice R80 Review: Vocal prowess

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Famed for its Vox Olympian model, Living Voice’s new R80 is built to give you a taste of the pleasures provided by the flagship. Read our Living Voice R80 Review. DETAILS Product Living Voice R80 Origin UK Type 2-way floorstanding loudspeaker Weight 45 kg each Dimensions (WxHxD) 310 x 1,090 x 423 mm Features – 34mm … Read more

Sonus faber Guarneri G5 Review

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Artistic impression The latest generation of the Guarneri is as beautiful as ever, but Ed Selley thinks that it’s so much more than just a pretty face. Read our Sonus faber Guarneri G5 Review. DETAILS PRODUCT Sonus faber Guarneri G5 ORIGIN Italy TYPE 2-way standmount loudspeaker WEIGHT 14.6kg each DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 239 x 377 x 375mm … Read more

Cyrus Audio TTP Review: Dark star

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You might not have been expecting Cyrus to join the vinyl party, but Ed Selley thinks it makes a convincing argument for itself. Read our Cyrus Audio TTP Review. Vinyl’s ongoing second wind has resulted in some unexpected developments in the last few years; the dramatic upswing in devices fitted with phono stages being perhaps the most notable. … Read more

PMC Prodigy 1 review: Fire starter

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PMC’s most affordable home speaker is a condensed version of everything it feels is important. Ed Selley rather likes it. Read our PMC Prodigy 1 review. DETAILS PRODUCT PMC prodigy1 ORIGIN UK TYPE 2-way standmount loudspeaker WEIGHT 4.5kg each DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 165 x320 x237mm FEATURES DISTRIBUTOR PMC Speakers WEBSITE pmc-speakers.com You hardly need reminding that … Read more