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Jaton Lyra HD-661 DX Monitor Speakers

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The drivers in the HD 661 DX are where the expense lies. Costs are kept down by using plastic enclosures. Resonances are addressed with internal damping as well as the shape. I found that the overall effect is a success as long as the speakers are carefully placed – as it was in my home theater system where the left and right fronts are essentially contained on all sides except the front.

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Daedalus DA-2.1 Home Theater Speakers

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The Daedalus 2.1s seem to transcend the notion of fatigue, moving to the other side of the scale: listener rejuvenation? Call it what you will, I can’t seem to stop listening. My TiVo is full, and my Netflix is backed up because music has jumped to the top of my priorities.

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KEF Reference 205/2 Floor-standing Speakers

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Bigger is still better, period - at least when it comes to two-channel systems. Believe me I've heard many fine sounding monitors (with and without a separate subwoofer) auditioned at shows and in my own listening room. Several reviewed I've purchased or wanted to badly, yet like the preverbal big fish I throw them back to wait for the one that's just too amazing to return. Read our review of the KEF 205/2 floor-standers. They would fit anyone's needs.

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MartinLogan Spire Floor-standing Electrostatic Hybrid Speakers

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MartinLogan has just introduced their latest model of electrostatic hybrid speakers, called the Spire. They are something else! One of the best ESL's I have ever heard, at any price.

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Paradigm Signature Multi-channel Speaker Ensemble

paradigm-signature-teaser.jpgParadigm once again redefines state of the art with their new pint size Signature models.  Can they maintain the performance their larger sibling are now world famous for?  Our Brian Florian finds out.

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Montana EPS2 Floor-standing Speakers

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Montana Loudspeakers, marketed by PBN Audio, is a company whose products I have been very interested in for a long, long time. I have seen them at numerous hi-fi shows, and since I have two massive 1,200 watt monoblock power amplifiers that I like to pair with massive speakers once in awhile, I have been attracted to the Montana's, partly because the line includes some really big models. But more importantly, they have always impressed me with the sound quality at shows - which is not easy to do because the rooms are less than ideal - and they are incredibly beautiful.

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Epik Conquest Subwoofer

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Epik's new Conquest subwoofer is the size of a small refridgerator and has an 18" driver with a 1000 watt power amplifier. Does size make a difference in performance? Read our review to find out.

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Eggleston Works The Nine Floor-standing Speakers

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Sometimes a disappointing start can lead to a glorious finish. Such has been my experience with Eggleston Works' The Nine, a beautiful loudspeaker that more than deserves the copious amounts of praise it is receiving here and abroad. I have spent a long time – far too long, with The Nines. I have done so for purely selfish reasons. I have grown quite fond of these babies, and will be sad to see them go. But other speakers are on their way, and there's only so much room at the Inn.

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Von Schweikert VisiUN Center Channel Speaker

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******** BENCH TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN ADDED 3/17/08 ******** Von Schweikert's new VisiUN center channel speaker is nirvana, with its detailed, powerful sound that does not diminish for off-axis listeners. Expensive? Yes, and worth every penny. For those of you who want the ultra-cool, it's got the same paint finish as the USA Stealth Bomber. Read this exclusive review to find out why.

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JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer

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"Seriously, thanks. I haven't had anything this refreshing from audio equipment since a long, long time. This is the kind of $#^+ that makes me want to believe again. As sincerely as a junkie can get."

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SVSound MTS-01 Floor-standing Speakers

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SVSound's new MTS-01 series of speakers includes these floor-standers that just blew us away in listening tests and bench measurements. For the price, they are very stiff competition.

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