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RBH T-30LSE Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 July 2007
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RBH T-30LSE Loudspeakers
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The Downside
Size. The T-30LSEs are quite large and they require a large room to function properly. With moderate room treatments, you could probably get away with a room 15 feet across and 20 feet deep, but another five feet in each direction would come in handy. The aesthetic design of the speakers is a bit traditional, at least with the grilles on. While the construction is of high quality and many wood veneers are available, the speakers are basically big, rectangular boxes. In comparison to the Wilson, Revel and B&W speakers mentioned earlier, the RBHs are like beautiful women in frumpy dresses. Note that the Valentino or Armani couture dresses the others are wearing come at quite an additional price and don’t affect the sonic comparison one bit. As always, I urge our readers to trust their ears first.

Sonically, I have no complaints with the T-30LSEs, as they don’t get in the way of the music whatsoever. However, in order to achieve this level of performance, everything upstream of the speakers must be of the highest quality and your amplifier must be up to the task. While these speakers may sound very good with a wide variety of amplifiers, it is going to take a very powerful and well-controlled amplifier to get the most out of the T-30LSEs. Simply put, these are large-format loudspeakers that, despite their 91 dB efficiency, will do best with large-format monster amplifiers. Think Classe’, Krell, Mark Levinson, Bel Canto and Linn, for starters.

I am not sure exclusivity can be considered a downside, but it is an important point to make. There will be 100 pairs of these speakers made for worldwide consumption. While speakers this large aren’t for everyone (especially those looking to match them with a 42-inch plasma in a sleek little installation), they might be hard to get if you don’t act quickly. And much like the time your neighbor’s house came on the market and you dragged your feet in buying it, you will not want to be left out, because I don’t think RBH will make any more when the 100 are sold.

If you have a large listening room and like dynamic music, these speakers require you to get out to a dealer for an audition. Without question, the RBH T-30LSEs compete favorably with many other excellent speakers across many genres of music. The category where they pull ahead is dynamic range, as they are perfectly suited for the client who already owns the Le Corbusier chair and has Jeeves ready to pour him another Scotch as he is blown away by music. For the home theater enthusiast with a big room and/or who is planning on putting speakers behind a fabric wall of some sort, the T-30LSE system has your name all over it. They have the dynamic power, the ability to resolve detail and the clarity you will look for from the soundtracks of your movies on HD DVD and Blu-ray.

With the time constraints of only 100 pairs of these speakers being made, I encourage you to find an RBH dealer and make the trip armed with your best-sounding, most demanding music and movies in tow. For $15,000, the RBH T-30LSEs are truly special loudspeakers.

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