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Ed Selley  |  Jul 20, 2010  |  0 comments
Spendor SA1 - £1,295 The BBC-inspired, relaunched SA1 isn’t cheap, but its loveable presentation won over our blind listening panel Over the years Spendor has introduced a number of small sealed-box sub-miniatures inspired by the BBC LS3/5a. Its first design, christened the SA1 and with a squatter, dumpier shape than a 3/5a, was launched in the mid-1970s. It was highly regarded, even though the company subsequently took out a license to produce the LS3/5a and this new SA1 revives the name, though not the shape of the original. In fact, it’s similar to a 3/5a dimensionally, albeit swapping over width and depth.
Ed Selley  |  Jul 20, 2010  |  0 comments
PMC DB1i - £985 Probably the smallest transmission line speaker in the world. Someone should inform the Guinness Book of Records In PMC parlance, DB is shorthand for Dinky Box. While somewhat deeper than sealed-box miniatures, like the classic BBC LS3/5a, the front view is barely larger than that needed to accommodate two drive units, so this DB1i is certainly a tiny loudspeaker. Especially when you consider that the four-section transmission line squeezed inside this little enclosure to load the back of the small main driver has an amazing effective length of 1.
Ed Selley  |  Jul 20, 2010  |  0 comments
MAD My Clapton - £3,999 Newcomer My Audio Design is no slowhand when it comes to building speakers here in England The names are a giveaway. MAD is an acronym for My Audio Design, while christening this particular speaker My Clapton, is further evidence of designer and principal Tim Jung’s background. The My Clapton loudspeaker is designed and manufactured here in the UK. It’s an unusual speaker in a number of respects, mounting a 200mm coaxial drive unit into a generously proportioned, rather bluff and four-square ported enclosure.
Ed Selley  |  Jul 20, 2010  |  0 comments
Roksan Kandy K2 TR-5 - £895 This petite Kandy pitches above its station, thanks to the credentials of its much larger Caspian FR-5 brother Roksan’s fine reputation has been built largely off the back of its fine turntables and electronics, though several interesting loudspeaker designs have also put in an occasional appearance. The fine floorstanding Caspian FR-5 was very well received when it arrived in 2006 and the obvious question for this review is whether this Kandy K2 TR-5 can repeat the same trick. The K2 Kandys are Roksan’s recently introduced and least costly range of components, and while the official price of this TR-5 varies from £895 (high-gloss black) to £945 (the beautifully finished satin rosewood of our samples), substantial discounts are available if other Kandy K2 electronics are purchased at the same time. Besides those two options, the speaker is available in silver, maple and metallic black.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  1 comments
What distance are your speakers placed from the nearest wall?
Less than 30cm
33% (147 votes)
Between 30 and 50cm
36% (162 votes)
Between 50cm and 1m
21% (96 votes)
More than 1m away
10% (44 votes)
Total votes: 449
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Jun 12, 2019  |  1 comments
Do you talk to your music system?
No, I use the controls on the speaker
12% (19 votes)
No, I use a remote or app
68% (104 votes)
Yes, I talk to it
20% (30 votes)
Total votes: 153
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  0 comments
What type of loudspeaker are you looking to buy next?
Stereo passive
76% (262 votes)
Stereo active
18% (62 votes)
Multi-room wireless
2% (8 votes)
Multi-channel (AV surround)
4% (13 votes)
Total votes: 345
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Nov 09, 2019  |  1 comments
Does adding a subwoofer bring any musical gains to a hi-fi speaker setup?
80% (474 votes)
20% (121 votes)
Total votes: 595