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Review - KEF Ci5160REF-THX

KEF Ci5160REF-THX

KEF launches Ci5160REF-THX – a new standard for in-wall loudspeaker design
K EF has announced a new in-wall architectural loudspeaker, the Ci5160REF-THX, setting a new standard for custom installation speaker design.



Review - Klipsch Forte III

Klipsch Forte III

Klipsch Forte III Speakers Now Available In The UK
T he £4,000 Klipsch new Forte III Heritage Line speaker is now available across the UK. The Forte III is a relatively compact yet hugely powerful three-way loudspeaker with a massive 15” passive radiator woofer for room-filling acoustics. The ultra-sensitive horn-loaded design begs to be partnered with an appropriate valve amplifier, and when you find the right match the audio performance is out of this world.



Review - Wharfedale DS-2

Wharfedale DS-2

Wharfedale launch the DS-2 - dinky desktop divas
W harfedale’s new DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system is based on the now-discontinued DS-1, a similarly diminutive pair of Bluetooth speakers widely acknowledged as the best available under £200 – “petite little desktop speakers that sound fantastic for the money,” said What Hi-Fi? whilst presenting them with an Award in 2015. The DS-2 reconstructs the original DS-1 concept with an all-new design, delivering even better sound per pound performance. In contrast to most Bluetooth speakers, the DS-2 is a pair of proper two-way hi-fi speakers shrunk to desktop size, standing just 190mm high, 120mm wide and 140mm deep.



Review - Magico A3

Magico A3

Magico's first "Affordable" Speaker The A3
W hen it comes to ultra-high-end speakers, no manufacturer has made a bigger splash this millennium than California’s Magico. In the 14 years since the launch of its first commercial product, the company has continually harnessed exemplary science and engineering to deliver some of the best-sounding loudspeakers on the planet, right up to the Magico Ultimate – an astounding made-to-order transducer that costs not far shy of three-quarters of a million pounds per pair.



Review - Kef LS50

Kef LS50

The legendary KEF LS50 – now in a special black edition
F ive years since the launch of the anniversary model LS50, KEF has just launched a special LS50 Black Edition.



Review - Neat iota Xplorer

Neat iota Xplorer

Neat launch the iota Xplorer speaker
T he Neat iota Xplorer speaker at £3,500 is a larger and more expensive version of the Neat iota Alpha speaker. Like the iota Alpha both drive units fire upwards.



Review - McIntosh XRT2.1K

McIntosh XRT2.1K

McIntosh announces Nanocarbon-driver tech loudspeaker, the £137,500 XRT2.1K
M cIntosh has announced the XRT2.1K, a speaker 45 years in the making. The new XRT2.1K at £137,500 is a seven-foot-tall full-range design 81-driver, 7-foot which uses brand new Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drive units which have been specifically created for this speaker.



Review - KEF R Series

KEF R Series

KEF Launches R700 loudspeaker in stunning new Black Edition
K EF has launched its renowned R700 loudspeaker in a new limited to 500 pairs ‘Black Edition’. The £2,200 ‘Black Edition’ of the R700 has a deep and lustrous new finish that uses meticulously created new black components to adorn the deep gloss black finish of the cabinet.



Review - KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF introduces LS50 Wireless Nocturne by Marcel Wanders
T oday, in the inspiring setting of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, KEF has launched an exciting Special Edition of its highly-renowned LS50 Wireless Digital Music System – the LS50 Wireless ‘Nocturne’ by Marcel Wanders.



Review - B&W 700 series S2

B&W 700 series S2

B&W launch the 700 S2 speaker range
B &W have recently upgraded the 600 series of speakers to produce the 600 S2 series and their top of the range 800 series resulting in the 800 D3 series. It comes as little surprise to see them now improve the CM Series with this new 700 Series of speakers, the 700 S2 speaker range. The 700 S2 speaker range, as might be expected, sits between the 600 S2 range and the 800 D3 range and consists of 3 floorstanders, the 702 S2, 703 S2 and 704 S2. The floorstanders are joined by three stand mounters the 705 S2, 706 S2 and 707 S2. Finally there are two centre channel speakers, the HTM7 1 S2 and the HTM72 S2 and an active sub woofer. This is a total of 9 speakers in the new 700 S2 range.



Review - Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series

Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series

Wharfedale Diamond 11 series - more info via a new microsite
T he new Wharfedale Diamond 11 series of speakers have a new just-launched microsite. The Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series is a range of speakers that sets new standards at modest price points with elegantly curved cabinets and advanced drive unit technologies.



Review - Monitor Audio MASS

Monitor Audio MASS

Monitor Audio launch MASS - A 5.1 speaker system
T he Monitor Audio Experience MASS Home Cinema System is a 5.1 surround sound system offering four satellite speakers, a centre speaker and a subwoofer.



Review - Arcam Muso 2017

Arcam Muso 2017

Arcam launch a New Muso Speaker and Subwoofer
A rcam have relaunched the £199 Arcam Muso speaker and added a brand new subwoofer. The all metal new, Arcam Solo Muso speaker & the Solo Sub have been designed to complement Solo Movie & Music systems, with the same audiophile sound quality and unobtrusive but stylish aesthetic as the rest of the Solo range. Ease of placement and effortless high quality sound are the signature of Solo speakers.



Review - KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF announces TIDAL functionality on LS50 Wireless
K EF today announces its partnership with TIDAL, the global music and entertainment streaming platform. The new partnership integrates TIDAL into the app of the KEF LS50 Wireless, the ground-breaking new wireless streaming music system from the world-renowned speaker brand.



Review - Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series

Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series

Wharfedale launch the Diamond 11 Speaker Series
I t’s all speakers at the moment and third to the pass amongst the speaker companies is Wharfedale with the Diamond 11 series, the 11th iteration of the Wharfedale Diamonds. Sporting extensive improvements both inside and out, Diamond 11 represents the most significantly enhanced Diamond series in years. The range comprises eight models: three stand mounting speakers (Diamond 11.0, 11.1 and 11.2), three floor standers (Diamond 11.3, 11.4 and 11.5) and two centre speakers for home cinema systems (Diamond 11.CC and 11.CS).



Review - KEF Q Series 2017

KEF Q Series 2017

KEF announces new iteration of the popular Q Series speakers
K EF has announced the launch of the 8th version of the Q Series of speakers. The Q Series has won accolades in the past for offering consumers a highly sophisticated and accomplished sound performance for a ‘mid-price’ outlay. The 2017 Q Series boasts a raft of new features and improvements that will enhance the Q Series’ reputation still further. The new Q Series consists of six models all pictured - two bookshelf speakers (Q150 and Q350), three floorstanding speakers (Q550, Q750 and Q950), and a centre speaker (Q650c).



Review - Monitor Audio Silver Series 2017

Monitor Audio Silver Series 2017

Monitor Audio launch the New Silver Series
M onitor Audio have launched the New Silver Series of speakers at High End Munich 2017. The New Silver Series is the 6th generation of the Silver series so is known as silver 6G. Using ground breaking technology developed for the flagship Platinum Series II, the new Silver Series features completely redesigned Gold Dome tweeters for smooth, sweet treble paired with their RST driver technology for performance.



Review - Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics Launch The Concept 500 Floorstanders
T he Q Acoustic Concept 500 floor standing speakers were officially launched at the Bristol HiFi Show 2017 and will cost £3,600 making them Q Acoustics top of the range floor stander and significantly more costly than their other floor standers. The Q Acoustics Concept 500 features high quality drive units, a well-designed crossover and an accurately constructed inert cabinet.



Review - Ruark Audio MR1 MK2

Ruark Audio MR1 MK2

Ruark Audio launch the MR1 MK2 - Bluetooth speakers
T he Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 Bluetooth speaker system, at £329 is an updated version of the original MR1 Bluetooth stereo speakers. Size wise the MK2 is identical but the aesthetics have been improved with a classic Rich Walnut (pictured) or a new Soft Grey finish. There are also significant improvements to sound quality and functionality.



Review - Tannoy Legacy Speaker Range

Tannoy Legacy Speaker Range

Tannoy launch the Legacy speaker range
T here are three speakers in the Tannoy Legacy series: The ARDEN, CHEVIOT and EATON. They all employ a Dual Concentric Driver based on the famous Tannoy HPD 1974 pedigree technology. The Legacy speaker range will be hand crafted by Tannoys’ workers in Coatbridge, Scotland. Every speaker will include an ‘owner’s care package’ as well as a certificate of authenticity, signed by the experts who made them. All three speakers use extensive cabinet bracing incorporating DMT (Differential Materials Technology) to couple drivers to cabinets and a high density cabinet that provides extreme rigidity to control low frequency performance.



Review - Dali Spektor Range

Dali Spektor Range

Dali launch the Spektor - speaker range
T he Dali Spektor range of speakers consists of four models – the stand mounted Spektor 1 (£159) and 2 (£199), the floor standing Spektor 6 (£499) and the centre speaker the Spektor Vokal(£169). Spektor 1 is ultra compact and built around a 4 ½ inch wood fibre woofer, Spektor 2 is larger and built around a 5 ¼ inch woofer. The floor standing Spektor 6 is a two way design with two 6 ½ inch woofers to deliver the bass / mid-range. Spektor Vokal is a two 4½” woofers and 25 mm soft dome tweeter design.



Review - Sonus Faber Homage Tradition

Sonus Faber Homage Tradition

Sonus faber launch the Homage Tradition speaker range
S onus faber wishes to evoke Italian design and creativity at their best by restyling the Homage collection, the company’s most iconic line. It has been completely revamped in keeping with its rich past and precious legacy. Welcome Homage Tradition!



Review - Tannoy GRF 90

Tannoy GRF 90

TANNOY Announces a new GRF speaker range
T ANNOY has announced that they will be launching a new Gold Reference GRF range to be ready for delivery in February 2017. This decision was made to meet unprecedented demand from dealers and customers to continue the GRF-90 range which sold out in record time. The new speaker will be skilfully hand-crafted in the U.K, with the same exceptional components found in the GRF-90, but this time as a permanent addition to the TANNOY offering.



Review - Wilson Audio Yvette

Wilson Audio Yvette

Wilson Audio launch the Yvette - floor standing speaker
T he Wilson Audio Yvette speaker is a three way floor stander that combines technologies derived from Wilson’s top-end models in a more compact and affordable form. Technologies have been trickled down (in some cases with identical drivers) from Sasha Series 2, the Alexia, and the leading-edge Alexx. Wilson Audio states that - Yvette is the most advanced and musically refined single-enclosure loudspeaker in Wilson’s history.



Review - Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics To Launch The Concept 500 Floorstanders
T he Q Acoustics Concept 500 Floor standing speakers will come in at £3,600 making them by far Q Acoustics top of the range speaker and will be officially launched at the Bristol HiFi Show 2017. Until the unveiling, there's a scant bit more ..



Review - Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics Concept 500

Q Acoustics reveal a top tier floor stander - the Concept 500
T he Concept 500’s low-resonance dual-layer Gelcore™ cabinet construction, d’Appolito driver arrangement and innovative decoupled driver mounting all add up to one thing: the finest sound yet from any Q Acoustics speaker.



Review - Paradigm Persona Range

Paradigm Persona Range

Paradigm Launch The Persona Speaker Range
T he Paradigm Persona speaker range consists of four floor standers, the Persona 9H, Persona 7F, Persona 5F, and Persona 3F. There’s one stand mounted speaker the Persona B, a centre channel speaker the Persona C and a sub-woofer the Persona SUB.



Review - KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF LS50 Wireless

KEF Launch The LS50 Wireless Speakers
K EF has announced the LS50 Wireless. The LS50 Wireless is based on the passive KEF LS50 but sees a price increase to £2,000. For the extra money you get a hi-res audio DAC, amplification (2 x 230-watt, in a bi-amp dual mono configuration), Bluetooth, dual W-Fi connectivity and even analogue inputs should you so desire. Designed in honour of the 55th anniversary of KEF, the LS50 Wireless is closely based on the design of the world-renowned LS50 speakers – winners of multiple awards and five-star reviews around the world.



Review - Wharfedale Diamond Active A1

Wharfedale Diamond Active A1

Wharfedale Launch The Diamond Active A1 Speakers
T he Wharfedale Diamond Active A1 at £599.95 offers Bluetooth, digital and analogue inputs into an integrated amp and speaker package. Wharfedale’s True Wireless technology enables the great connection flexibility found in the A1s. The Diamond A1 is a classic ‘bookshelf’-size speaker (31.5cm high) that include a 50 Watt amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100 Watts.



Review - Wharfedale Diamond A2

Wharfedale Diamond A2

Wharfedale Launch The Diamond Active A2 Floor Standing Speakers
T he Wharfedale Diamond Active A2 at £999.95 is a larger floor standing design (91.2cm high). Like the A1 the A2 includes a 50 Watt amplifier in each speaker to deliver a combined ‘system power’ of 100 Watts. The A2 also uses the H1 wired and wireless hub (pictured on top of the left hand speaker) which can in turn communicate wirelessly with the A2 speakers.




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