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  1. Gamut Phi5 review

    Gamut Phi5 review

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    Gamut is one of the smaller and more specialist Danish operations, but no less interesting for that. Founded decades back by Ole Lund Christensen, the original company became known for a classically simple, but powerful amplifier.

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    Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M review

    Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M review

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    Sonus Faber is a bit like a swan: refined and graceful on the outside, these Italian products are subtly different from generation to generation. Yet, underneath, there's a lot of paddling going on, because the changes to the sound are huge. And so it is with the new Cremona Auditor M (for Modified) standmount speaker.

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    iStorm 3.2 Wireless Speakers review

    iStorm 3.2 Wireless Speakers review

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    No one is going to win a design award for these clunky box-like speakers, but don't let that fool you into thinking they are no good. We really enjoyed having these around. For a start, they're powered, so they work standalone with or without a stereo

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    Acoustic Energy Aego 2.1 review

    Acoustic Energy Aego 2.1 review

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    The Aegos are a good choice if you want a superior 2:1 set-up for under a ton. They're loud, and a much better choice than budget 2.1 systems, as the bass is tight and easily controlled - you can choose from three levels

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    Altec Lansing FX5051 review

    Altec Lansing FX5051 review

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    This famous name is differentiating its 5.1 rig from Creative's and Logitech's by giving it a USB as well as analogue input. The advantage of USB is that you don't need a 5.1 sound card for six-channel surround sound

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    Heco Celan 300 review

    Heco Celan 300 review

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    The origins of German hi-fi brand Heco can be traced back to the late 1940s. These days, however, it's owned by another loudspeaker firm - Magnat - which acquired it in 2001

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    Roth Audioblob review

    Roth Audioblob review

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    We've been living with this 2.1 system for a while, and we're still enamored with it. The bass is lively and vibrant, thanks to the wooden sub, but never overpowering. Real headbangers might find the bass a bit muted in the mid-range

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    Kudos Cardea C1 review

    Kudos Cardea C1 review

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    Kudos is best known for making some of the highest quality speaker stands around. Once owned by Neat Acoustics, the brand is now independent again (headed by ex-Neat designer Derek Gilligan) and has added loudspeakers and equipment stands to a growing product portfolio.

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    BK XLS200MKII review

    BK XLS200MKII review

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    BK Electronics' subwoofers are clever bits of kit, and in a function-leads-form way you could be forgiven for confusing their products with a couple of other brands. A veneered cabinet enclosing some air and made of thick MDF, plus a panel with an amplifier and connections on it, are going to breed this sort of look.

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    B&W 683 review

    B&W 683 review

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    Now under Canadian ownership, Bowers & Wilkins (as it now likes to be known) is essentially a British company, with its headquarters and major manufacturing operation in Worthing, plus research and development labs a few miles inland at Steyning.

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    Velodyne Microvee review

    Velodyne Microvee review

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    The Microvee is an aluminium extrusion with holes in the sides - covered with grilles - a black back plate and a neat cloth cover over the front. Remove the cover and you'll find a 6.5in driver, actually no bigger than the paired ones that live in the reference Acoustic Energy Veritas floorstanders which I use for fronts.

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    REL Brittania B1 review

    REL Brittania B1 review

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    The big REL sub bass system in this gang of four is from its Britannia range. Conceived before the Lord of Bass (that’s Richard Lord, to most people – Ed) sold up to Sumiko, and developed right through the process of changing parent companies, the B1 is an important product for the new REL owners.

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    Velodyne SPL-1200R review

    Velodyne SPL-1200R review

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    Allow us to introduce the Velodyne SPL series. These come with moulded front baffles that horn-load the woofers' output and a little window in the front. The Velodyne's neat grille (removed for our photoshoot) has a corresponding hole for infra red light to shine through, as this woofer comes complete with a test microphone and an infrared remote control system.

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    Crystal Audio THX-12SUB review

    Crystal Audio THX-12SUB review

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    The THX Select badge is a revision of the THX programme, and came about in an effort to acknowledge that, in Europe at least, we have smaller viewing rooms than in the US. By engineering power supplies to fill small-capacity rooms, component costs can be reduced.

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    Audio Pro Mondial 5.1 System review

    Audio Pro Mondial 5.1 System review

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    The Mondial range comprises five speaker pairs, ranging from the ultra-compact M.1 to the super-slim floorstanding M.5, with the M.4 centre and two active AceBass subs as multichannel options. But the first thing you’ll notice about the whole range is that they’re completely upholstered in leather. Not an option for strict vegetarians, then.

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    Heco Celan 500 review

    Heco Celan 500 review

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    Part of a larger consumer electronics consortium, Heco is one Germany's most established speaker brands and is primarily known for producing good value-for- money products. A significant force in its home market, it has been a number of years since Heco made an appearance on the UK scene and sixteen years since HFC's last review.

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    MonoPulse 62S review

    MonoPulse 62S review

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    Despite (or because) it has dared to be different, new kid on the block MonoPulse, has succeeded both in terms of presentation and engineering.

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    Crystal Audio TR-100/120W review

    Crystal Audio TR-100/120W review

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    Genuine multi-speaker surround sound can't be beaten if you crave real multichannel audio, but running cable to rears is sometimes a non-starter. So, can a 2.4GHz wireless link provide the answer? High-end speaker brand Crystal Audio thinks it can and has devised a novel wireless solution.

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    Triangle Antal Ex review

    Triangle Antal Ex review

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    Through careful study and analysis of what, in its opinion, was missing in existing speaker design, French company Triangle prided itself on creating a brand with its own unique sonic identity.

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    PMC Wafer 1 review

    PMC Wafer 1 review

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    Founded as recently as 1990, PMC is one of the few speaker companies to enjoy equal success in both domestic hi-fi and professional audio circles. A core strategy has been devised to ensure that there’s plenty of time to develop each model individually, as well as keeping models in the portfolio for many years.

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    Dali Mentor 5 review

    Dali Mentor 5 review

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    Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries (DALI for short) has a number of different speaker ranges and the relatively new Mentors slot neatly into the price gap between the near-budget vinyl-finished Ikons and the more costly Helicon and Euphonia ranges.

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    Ascendo Monitor 5 review

    Ascendo Monitor 5 review

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    A new brand in the UK, Ascendo is a German operation that has been in existence for less than a decade. According to its website, it was only founded in 1999, as a Research and Development Corporation with backing from Germany's Ministry of Education and Research.

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    Amphion Prio 520 review

    Amphion Prio 520 review

    9  

    Amphion is a Finnish brand that has been in existence for about a decade. Its speakers have tended to be relatively upmarket as well as notably stylish affairs.

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    MonoPulse 42A review

    MonoPulse 42A review

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    It's less than five years since we first encountered MonoPulse, as a relatively new brand with a number of interesting and unconventional ideas about loudspeaker design. Patron and hi-fi enthusiast Allan Hendry, worked for many years on pulsed, phased-array radar and after his retirement, applied his appreciation of the importance of phase relationships to loudspeaker design.

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    Wharfedale Opus2-M1 review

    Wharfedale Opus2-M1 review

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    The Opus2 M1is the entry-level model in the range, but still costs £1,000 plus an additional £300 for the (optional) column stands

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