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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 30, 2016 11 comments
Not long ago, a colleague here in the Stereophile Home Tech Group said to me, "Why do you bother reviewing Bluetooth speakers? There's no such thing as a high-end Bluetooth speaker, right?"

Hmm...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 14, 2015 13 comments

A big, black box that makes darn good sound.

That about covers it, but click on through for the whole story.

John Grandberg Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12 comments
Three reasonably affordable compact desktop speakers with built-in USB DAC connectivity. Are any of them worth considering? You bet!
John Grandberg Posted: May 14, 2012 4 comments

Audyssey, best known for their room correction solutions, enters the personal audio market with a pair of powered speakers. Dubbed "Lower East Side", or LES for short, these compact monitors aim to deliver big sound by fusing quality hardware with proprietary Audyssey processing. Do they succeed? Read on to find out.

John Grandberg Posted: Mar 12, 2012 8 comments

The company tagline is: "Engineered Sound Meets Beautiful Design". One glance at the picture above and you might agree on their second point. The question then becomes: is their beauty merely skin deep?

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 05, 2011 17 comments

Relative to the Harbeth HL-P3ES-2 speakers on my main computer rig, these things just don't compare. Well, duh! The Harbeths are powered by 150Watt class-D amps run from a serious pre-amp and DAC. The UCubes get both signal and power from the USB output of my laptop. The question is: what can you compare them to?

Not much, they're pretty unique.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 29, 2014 14 comments

With a wife acceptance factor through the roof, and the ability to fill a room with an extraordinary sense of spacious ease, Apple-centric audiophiles will very likely find the Fidelio SoundSpheres tremendously appealing.

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 03, 2013 12 comments

The $99 computer speaker. Nothing could possibly be very exciting about that, right? Most of the time I'd agree completely. But not this time.

John Grandberg Posted: Dec 16, 2012 13 comments

There was a time, not long ago, when the terms "high-quality" and "computer speakers" were seldom used together. If one desired reasonably good sound from their computer, they spent $100 to $200 on something like a Logitech or Klipsch 2.1 setup and called it good enough. Things have changed since then and the MM-1 from Bowers and Wilkins was among the earliest models to offer serious sound to match their good looks. That was nearly 3 years ago - are they still relevant today?

John Grandberg Posted: Jun 11, 2012 7 comments

Occupying the middle spot in the aimotiv lineup from Emotiva's Pro division, the airmotiv 5 is one of the larger speakers you'll see featured on this site. While it may strain the limits of what could be considered "desktop friendly", it also aims to push the envelope in terms of price to performance ratio.

Let's see how well it does.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5 comments
Steve Guttenberg's search for great desktop near-field listening speakers find him listening to the ADAM ARTist 3 speakers with Heil-like X-ART (eXtended Accelerating Ribbon Technology) tweeters.

Oh boy! I loves me some nice desktop speakers.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Aug 03, 2011 2 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

It's been rumored about for ages, played at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, but sometime in September Magnepan will begin shipping the Mini Maggie System ($1,495). It's a desktop speaker system, albeit one designed to satisfy the most demanding audiophile tastes.

I visited the Magnepan factory in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in late July to spend some quality time with the Mini Maggies.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 01, 2014 14 comments

As a Bluetooth speaker alone the SR20 might be worth the price of entry, but with the shocking array of features ranging from surprisingly useful to borderline absurd, the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is simply a steal.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Jan 26, 2013 0 comments

AktiMate may not be a high profile maker of desktop speakers, but as soon as I heard a pair of their Micros at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver I fell in love with their sound. That rarely happens at shows, I find it hard to get a fix on a hi-fi's sound in cramped hotel rooms, but the lipstick red Micros spoke to me, I had to get them in for review.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Nov 01, 2012 4 comments

This is a really great little speaker, and truth be told I was smitten with the design even before I heard it. The LS50's swept-back, curved baffle, with a single rose gold Uni-Q KEF driver gives the speaker a fresh new look. The LS50 is KEF's 50th Anniversary Commemorative Model, and it's very much a twenty first century speaker.

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