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NEW Focal Chora Series – Review!

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GoldenEar Soundbar & Subwoofer Review

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Acoustic Energy 300 Series 5.1 speaker system Review

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The sensitivity levels shouldn’t present any problems for all but the most under-powered of AVRs, and the frequency response of these speakers is good, even if the lower-end numbers seem optimistic. Not that bass is an issue, because you have the subwoofer to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to cinematic mayhem.

The system sound is free of discolouration, and there’s a welcome sense of refinement to the performance. AE’s aluminium drivers showcase a neutrality that produces wonderful clarity and high-frequency detailing. There’s also a cohesion to the overall sonic signature, resulting in a thrilling and powerful delivery with a sense of scale.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 Speaker System Review

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“I didn’t request a subwoofer with the Novus speakers. I reviewed Aperion’s Bravus II 12D sub for Sound & Vision two years ago, together with Aperion’s flagship Verus Grand III surround speaker system (review available at soundandvision.com). The Bravus II 12D was a solid performer at a good price, but a single sub isn’t quite up to the challenges of my new, very large, open-concept room, and since I already had a pair of SVS SB-3000 subs on hand for another project. I used the two SVS subs for this review, except when I listened to stereo music on the Novus towers alone.

Aperion also sent us its A5 immersive audio modules. Although a bit pricey at $500/pair, these are nonetheless beautifully built, sealed-box designs featuring a slick- looking, coincident driver (5.25-inch aluminum-coned woofer and 1-inch silk dome tweeter). While they’re sized to fit atop the Novus towers and bookshelf models and sloped to reflect overhead audio information off the ceiling, they also include threaded inserts for on-wall or even on-ceiling use as well.”

 

 

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Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 Speaker System $2,995 Review

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“I didn’t request a subwoofer with the Novus speakers. I reviewed Aperion’s Bravus II 12D sub for Sound & Vision two years ago, together with Aperion’s flagship Verus Grand III surround speaker system (review available at soundandvision.com). The Bravus II 12D was a solid performer at a good price, but a single sub isn’t quite up to the challenges of my new, very large, open-concept room, and since I already had a pair of SVS SB-3000 subs on hand for another project. I used the two SVS subs for this review, except when I listened to stereo music on the Novus towers alone.

Aperion also sent us its A5 immersive audio modules. Although a bit pricey at $500/pair, these are nonetheless beautifully built, sealed-box designs featuring a slick- looking, coincident driver (5.25-inch aluminum-coned woofer and 1-inch silk dome tweeter). While they’re sized to fit atop the Novus towers and bookshelf models and sloped to reflect overhead audio information off the ceiling, they also include threaded inserts for on-wall or even on-ceiling use as well.”

 

 

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Polk Signature E 5.1 Speaker Package Review

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“I started the test with the Elton John biopic Rocketman, and it would seem the Polk Signature E’s signature quality is an exciting delivery, so I guess that’s what the E stands for. The two floorstanders produce a solid front soundstage that perfectly captures Elton’s breakthrough gig at The Troubadour with a driving intensity. They are capable of a decent bass performance on their own, but the subwoofer adds some well-timed low-end impact to the drums.

Keeping the musical theme going, I then popped on Bohemian Rhapsody and watched Queen’s triumphant Live Aid set at the climax of the film. The system does a great job of building a big enough soundstage to make you think you’re in the crowd at Wembley. As Freddie breaks into the anthemic We Will Rock You, the sound of 70,000 people stamping and clapping in unison creates a sonic wave that crashes over you.”

 

 

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Monitor Audio Gold 5.1 Review

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“Deeper bass duties fall to the Gold W12 subwoofer which, with its front-firing 12in long-throw driver, pair of 8in (side-mounted) passive radiators and 600W Class D Hypex power plant, should have the minerals to hit low and hard – all the way down to a carpet-warping 20Hz, suggests MA.

Finally, the Gold FX speakers aren’t just dedicated surrounds but can switch between bi- and dipole operation at the flick of a switch. On the two angled baffles are a 4in C-CAM midbass and MPD tweeter. The speaker looks neat, and thanks to the recessed binding posts, flush wall-mounting is an option. Neater still.”

 

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