Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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EgglestonWorks Nine SignaturePrice: $18,900 per pair

Website: www.egglestonworks.com

Aron said: The Nine Signature is an aurally and visually inviting loudspeaker that, by pretty much any measure, has a lot to offer. Typically, “try before you buy” is invoked as a warning. With the Nine Signature, I recommend you read the phrase more literally: Listen to these before you buy anything else -- you just might find the perfect balance you’re looking for on your very first try.

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The gist: Unfatiguing, full-bodied floorstander that Aron really liked.

Grimm Audio LS1 and LS1sPrices: LS1, $29,900 per pair; LS1s, $9995/pair; $39,895 total

Website: www.grimmaudio.com

Robert said: I found the Grimm LS1-LS1s system the most neutral and, overall, highest-performing speaker system I have ever tested. It was with more than a little regret I that I watched them depart.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Pro company successfully enters the audiophile speaker market.

Magico S3Price: $22,600 per pair

Website: www.magico.net

Ryan said: The Magico S3’s uncolored sound and virtually nonexistent sins of commission have made it one of the easiest products to review in my experience.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Magico’s least-expensive three-way is a resolution monster.

Polymer Audio Research MKSPrice: $42,000 per pair

Website: www.polymeraudio.com

Doug said: I can recommend the Polymer MKS to anyone who can afford to spend $42,000 for a pair of speakers, is willing to take a chance on a lesser-known brand, and is searching for its unique type of construction, appearance, and, of course, sound. The MKS is the kind of speaker that can make a little-known company very well known. Very quickly.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Those diamond drivers make this speaker sound pretty special.

Rockport AtriaPrice: $21,500 per pair

Website: www.rockporttechnologies.com

Jeff said: All in all, the Rockport Technologies Atria is the best speaker I’ve auditioned at its price. It flat-out slays some very competent, high-profile contenders costing thousands more. And you can revel in the fact that when you take a pair home, you’re getting something fine-tuned and micro-inspected by Mr. Rockport himself. What a great price for a loudspeaker that easily transcends mere competence and enters the realm of the special.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Rockport’s entry-level speaker is superb in every respect.

Sonus Faber Olympica IIIPrice: $13,500 per pair

Website: www.sonusfaber.com

Doug said: I believe that the Olympica III is an example of exactly what Sonus Faber stands for today: Italian-flavored build quality and styling combined with a signature sound that audiophiles the world over can appreciate. For those who want a speaker that thrills the eyes as much as the ears, Sonus Faber’s Olympica III gets my highest recommendation.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: When sound and looks matter equally.

Triangle Magellan CelloPrice: $12,000 per pair

Website: www.triangle-fr.com

Jeff said: The Triangle Magellan Cello is a well-built, beautifully finished speaker that made music come alive in my room. It can play loud with very little power, and can provide a visceral listening experience for those who prefer a close perspective on the music. The Cello can easily do double duty in your home theater -- it has wide dynamic range, and can instantly provide that elusive jump factor that some audiophile speakers just can’t.

Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

The gist: Very competitive floorstander with highish efficiency and lively sound.

Vivid Audio Giya G4Price: $30,000 per pair

Website: www.vividaudio.com

Hans said: This looker of a loudspeaker promises to deliver only the music in your collection -- nothing more, nothing less. Given their size, what they can do is nothing short of extraordinary.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Even the smallest Giya plays with the big boys.

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