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Speakers 2010 Holiday Gift Guide  Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Ward   
Sunday, 05 December 2010
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Speakers 2010 Holiday Gift Guide 
Mid-Range
High End

 

Mid-Range

We're looking at prices between $1,000 and $3,000 for our midrange speaker setups, which range from incredibly unique floorstanding speakers to full surround setups.  It's here that quality really starts to pick up and we start to see more of a focus on aesthetics.

MArtinLoganMartinLogan ESL Source

MartinLogan speakers succeed hugely in two categories.  First and foremost, they're quality speakers that excel at sound reproduction.  That's important, obviously.  They're also unique in the use of an electrostatic panel which makes them some of the most interesting speakers around.

The ESL Source is currently the least expensive ($2,195 pair) way to get into MartinLogan, though the upcoming ElectroMotion series will change that.  The Source utilizes an 8 inch woofer that allows for a frequency response down to 44Hz, and can handle up to 400 watts of power.  It's adjustable too, and can be aimed at different vertical angles to satisfy your specific seating arrangement.

atlantic techAtlantic Technology AT-1

The AT-1 loudspeaker from Atlantic Technology is one that has to be heard to be understood.  The components – a pair of 5.25 inch woofers and a single 1.175 inch dome tweeter – aren't particularly impressive on their own.  Thanks to innovative new tech from Atlantic, the AT-1 is able to leverage those speakers to produce incredibly impressive bass reproduction.

How low can it go?  The AT-1 has a frequency response from 29Hz up to 20kHz thanks the H-Pas technology developed by Atlantic.  If you're in a situation where a subwoofer isn't practical, you could potentially get away with just using the AT-1s.    You can pick them up for just $2,499 a pair.

definitive mythosDefinitive Technology Mythos XTR-50

You've got a beautiful slim television mounted against your wall, reasons Definitive Technology, so why shouldn't you have speakers to match?  The Mythos XTR-50 is an on-wall speaker designed to replace your floorstanding left and right speakers as well as your center channel.
 
You're not going to get AT-1 style bass out of the XTR-50, which has a frequency response from 92Hz to 30kHz, but you'll find surprising quality out of otherwise incredibly unconventional speakers.  You can get three XTR-50s now along with a SuperCube III subwoofer to pick up the bass and a pair of Mythos Gem surround speakers for $2,796 from Definitive Technology.

boston acousticsBoston Acoustics RS 326

The RS326 is the flagship speaker of the Reflection Series from Boston Acoustics and it has certainly earned the title.  It's a 3-way loudspeaker that boasts a one inch EWB tweeter, a 3.5 inch midrange driver and a pair of 6.5 inch FCCM woofers that's at the top of the mid-range from Boston Acoustics.

Boston Acoustics boasts that the Super Linear Plane baffles significantly reduce diffraction and create a sound that's just as good with the grilles on as they are off.  You'll get a frequency response from 38Hz up to 26kHz with 3dB of variation.  They run around $999 each, which brings them to $1,998 for a pair.



 

 
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