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Stereo Speaker Reviews and Profiles

Stereo Speaker and Subwoofer Reviews and Profiles

Review: Mordaunt-Short Aviano 6 Floorstanding Speakers
Speakers are the foundation of a good music system and it pays to shop around and check out many speakers before making a choice. Check out the Mordaunt-Short Aviano 6 floorstanding speakers for audiophile sound at a surprisingly reasonable price.

Aperion Audio Intimus 5B Bookshelf Speakers & Bravus 8A Subwoofer
The Intimus 5Bs are great speakers for a modest, yet robust stereo system. That is, a modest price and a robust sound. Pair them with a receiver or integrated amp with 75-100 watts per channel and the Bravus 8A for a classy and affordable stereo system, or wall-mount the 5Bs as surround speakers in a home theater system.

CoNEXTion Systems z100c and z200c Series In-Ceiling Speakers
In-ceiling speakers are becoming increasing popular as front, center channel and surround sound speakers in home theater and multiroom audio systems. CoNEXTion Systems, distributed by Triad Speakers, Inc. offers a line of six ZC Series in-ceiling speaker models that offer good sound quality, easy 'tool-free' installation and very useful performance features.

CoNEXTion Systems r2L-250i Series Distributed Audio In-wall Speakers
CoNEXTion Systems, distributed by Triad Speakers, Inc., has introduced a full line of speakers for whole house audio, stereo and home theater systems. The r2L-250i is a rectangular speaker designed for in-ceiling or in-wall installation and has a separate frame and baffle to make it easy and quick to install. Priced at $360/pair, the CoNEXTion Systems r2L-250i is one of the most affordable in-wall or in-ceiling speakers I've come across.

Monitor Audio R90HD Mini Monitors & R360HD Subwoofer Review
The Monitor Audio R90HD Mini Monitors and R360HD subwoofer will deceive the eyes, but not the ears. The Monitor Audio Mini Monitor system is truly mini, perhaps even micro-sized, yet they have a sound quality that matches or exceeds many bookshelf speakers I've tested and are a great value.

Review: Mordaunt-Short Carnival 2 Bookshelf Speakers
Mordaunt-Short is a British loudspeaker maker with a reputation for making high-end products. The company started in 1967 and offers a wide range of stereo and home theater speaker systems and the Carnival 2 is one of their more affordable bookshelf models.

Review: KEF iQ30 Bookshelf Speakers
Whether you're a casual or critical listener, rock or classical music aficionado, there is something for everyone to like in the moderately priced KEF iQ30 bookshelf speakers.

Review: Focal Chorus 807V Bookshelf Loudspeakers
The Focal Chorus 807V is a new two-way bookshelf speaker with a 7-inch Polyglass mid-bass driver and a 1-inch Magnesium/Aluminum inverted dome tweeter. They have a very natural, uncolored sound quality and a midrange openness that sets them apart from many speakers I've reviewed. For casual or critical listening, they're easy on the ears and enjoyable for long periods of time.

Monitor Audio Vector Series V10 Speakers & VW8 Subwoofer
Monitor Audio offers the Vector V10 speakers and VW8 subwoofer designed for smaller stereo systems or as part of a home theater speaker system. The system is very reasonably priced and a great complement to a wall-mounted flat-screen television.

Review: Phase Technology Teatro V3.0 Sound Bar
The Teatro V3.0 Sound Bar is a two-way speaker with three 5.25" woofers and three 1" soft dome tweeters in a single enclosure. Each side of the sound bar has a midrange driver facing outward and angled slightly backwards towards the wall to produce a wider soundstage and increase channel separation. Phase Technology calls it SFE (Spatial Field Expander).

Pioneer S-4EX Speaker System: Sound Coherency Makes the Difference
The Pioneer S-4EX Series speakers are an off-shoot of the highly acclaimed Pioneer TAD Reference loudspeakers, designed with many of the same features to retain the sonic signature of the TADs.

Pioneer S-4EX Speaker System: Profile
The Pioneer S-4EX speakers are an off-shoot of the highly acclaimed Pioneer TAD Reference loudspeakers, designed with many of the same features to retain the sonic signature of the TADs.

Infinity Classia C336 Tower Speakers
TThe Infinity Classia Series is a line of uniquely designed loudspeakers well-suited for a contemporary room decor. They offer good sound for stereo or home theater systems at an affordable price.

Best Budget Bookshelf Speakers Under $400 per pair
Bookshelf speakers are ideal for good sound quality in smaller spaces. They can be placed on a shelf or on speaker stands and offer excellent performance. Here are my suggestions for bookshelf speakers with links to full reviews.

Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $700 per pair
It's not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on speakers to get good sound quality. These bookshelf speakers offer excellent performance at an affordable price. They can be placed on a shelf but for the best sound they should be set on speakers stands.

Infinity Classia C205 Bookshelf Speaker Review
The Infinity C205 is a stereo bookshelf speaker with performance that belies its size.

Paradigm Titan Monitor V.6 Bookshelf Speakers
The Paradigm Titan Monitors were easy on the ears and overall were very well balanced - a real pleasure to listen to for long periods of time.

Best Budget Stereo Speakers Under $500 Per Pair
Stereo speakers don't have to cost a fortune to sound good. Here is a list of the best floorstanding and bookshelf stereo speakers under $500 per pair with price comparisons

Best Floorstanding Tower Speakers
Floorstanding or tower speakers are the largest type of speaker, and are available in a wide range of styles and prices. Their advantages include placement flexibility in your room and you can take them with you when moving. Another advantage is that the cabinet or enclosure is optimized or tuned to provide the best performance.

Top Speaker Picks
My list of Top Speakers is based on personal experience. I have listened to and reviewed each of these speakers in my system. The best way to choose speakers is to listen to several models with familiar music before making a decision. Use your personal listening tastes to make your decision.

Profile: Radiient Technologies' Roomcaster Wireless Speaker System
CES 2008 New Product: Radiient Technologies has introduced Roomcaster, a wireless network system that uses UWB (Ultra Wideband technology) to enable fully wireless speakers for stereo or surround sound systems.

Profile: Triad InWall Silver/4 Omni Sconce Speakers
The Triad InWall Silver/4 Sconce speakers combine a two-way speaker with a sconce-like appearance and function.

Top Stereo Speakers and In-wall Speakers
After reviewing a lot of stereo speakers and in-wall speakers, I've picked these speakers as my favorites. My list of top picks is presented in alphabetical order.

Review: BG Corp. Z-92 Tower Speakers
BG Corp. has introduced the Z-92 tower stereo speakers with planar ribbon drivers, which offer outstanding clarity, accuracy and detail.

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