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Sunday, 01 July 2001 ,  Written by Tim Hart
Monitor Audio Gold Reference 5.1 Theater System
Introduction Monitor Audio has had a presence in the development and manufacture of high-quality speakers since 1972. Monitor has also been an early pioneer in metal driver technology that started some 16 years ago. Other notable speaker manufacturers have recently migrated to metal driver configurations, for good reason. The benefits of using metal are pretty significant, including the ability to control speaker driver distortion. The new Gold Reference Series utilizes the latest advancements from Monitor Audio in metal driver technology. The Details The speakers involved in the Monitor Audio 5.1 system I received are the Gold Reference GR 20. I used these for the main channels. The Gold Reference GR 20 is a floor-standing loudspeaker system ($2,995 a pair). Each speaker sits 37.5 inches tall, is eight-and-seven-eighths inches wide and 12.5 inches deep. They weigh 44 pounds each. The GR 20 is second from the top in the Gold Series and benefits from many of the advanced technologies ...
Friday, 01 June 2001 ,  Written by Bryan Southard
Klipsch Synergy SA-3 All–Weather Loudspeakers
Introduction With summer approaching and the weather getting warmer, many music enthusiasts including myself are looking forward to barbecuing on the patio and some outdoor relaxation. Fine wine, gourmet food and great friends, and of course let’s not forget the ingredient that no party is complete without – fantastic tunes. The SA-3 is the largest in Klipsch’s All-Weather speaker line, measuring 16 inches wide, 11 inches tall, 10 inches deep and weighing 15 pounds per speaker. The cost of ownership is $699 per pair in either black or white finish. Having just re-landscaped my backyard, I’ve been looking for some serious outdoor speakers to provide the much- needed finishing touch. I looked at many speaker systems, including some that resembled rocks. The opportunity to review an outdoor speaker could not have come at a better time. When asked which model I wanted to review, I said, "Give me the biggest ones." Ask and you shall receive – ...
Monday, 01 January 2001 ,  Written by Tony Kaklamanos
Edge Audio 502D Home Theater System
Introduction At $1,399, the 502D home theater system may prove to have the guts not only to break into the crowded market of bookshelf style speakers, but the technology to bust it wide open. The 502D system includes four 502D-LR satellite speakers, which house a five-inch magnetically-shielded woofer/midrange and a one-inch magnetically-shielded soft dome tweeter. The 502D-C center channel enclosure has basically the same configuration as the 502D-LRs, but its spade lug connectors are mounted to facilitate center channel horizontal placement. Each speaker component has been designed by Vifa, a Denmark-based company that has the reputation for producing high-quality and well-crafted components. To reduce resonance, these enclosures are constructed of solid plank hardwood, as opposed to veneer wrapped MDG particle board. These speakers also contain internal bracing and acoustic damping material to eliminate high-frequency reflection. They measure 11 inches high by six inches wide by six inches deep. For the bottom end, the 502D system includes the SW-12/320 long-throw ...
Wednesday, 01 November 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
NHT VT 2.4 Multi-channel Speaker System
Introduction The NHT VT2.4 Towers ($2,000 a pair) are deceptive in their slim appearance. The eight-inch cabinet width is a result of a side-firing woofer configuration, offering a small footprint speaker with a bass response rated down to 25Hz. The upper-range drivers are housed in a separately sealed enclosure, isolated from the 10-inch woofer driver, which is sealed in its portion of the cabinet. The VT-2.4 Tower is a three-way vented design speaker system. The upper portion of the tower is video-shielded and contains two five-and-a-quarter-inch midranges and one one-inch aluminum dome tweeter. A separate pair of five-way binding posts is included for biamplification of the subwoofer. (NHT does have two amplifier models specifically designed for bi-amping its speakers.) The towers are shipped with straps connecting the binding post terminals of the upper section drivers to those of the lower section subwoofer. Like other NHT video towers, the VT 2.4’s incorporate the Audio/Video mode toggle switch, ...
Friday, 01 September 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Yamaha Multimedia Speaker System
Introduction With true convergence as the objective, Yamaha’s RP-U100 ($499) Personal Receiver is the first audio component to accept the audio signal directly from a computer (Mac or PC). It provides switching capability between the PC, a built-in AM/FM tuner and two other outboard components, such as a CD or MD player. I used the two-way acoustic suspension NS-U50 speakers ($129 per pair) that Yamaha designed specifically for the RP-U100. The YST-SW45 ($149) powered subwoofer rounded out the system. Regardless of what happens to Napster or MP3.com, it is abundantly clear that our computers will be a primary gateway for distributing, receiving, collecting and storing music files. So it stands to reason that the audio systems that reproduce these files must be of a higher quality than they have been in the past. While many computers are outfitted with speakers, performance levels vary radically. Moreover, even decent speakers are limited by the computer’s internal soundcard. The ...
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