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  1. PMC DB1i review

    PMC DB1i review

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    One of the younger speaker manufacturers around, PMC (Professional Monitor Company) was founded by ex-BBC engineers in 1990. Unusually, and partly due to its re-invention of transmission line bass loading, it has had success in both ProAudio and hi-fi sectors.

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    KEF XQ10 review

    KEF XQ10 review

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    The mid-price XQs are the latest range from KEF and this £700 XQ10 is the smaller of two standmounts and sister model to the £1,000 XQ20 (reviewed in HFC 307). Key features include KEF’s Uni-Q driver, cunningly curved cabinetwork and beautifully lacquered real wood veneer finish.

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    Monitor Audio PL100 speakers review

    Monitor Audio PL100 speakers review

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    The Platinum series from British loudspeaker expert Monitor Audio, represents the finest engineering in the company’s comprehensive portfolio. Amongst other luxuries, Platinum is known for its high-quality ribbon tweeter units, which as we discovered, are excellent at delivering fidelity.

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    Kudos Cardea C30 loudspeaker review

    Kudos Cardea C30 loudspeaker review

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    The Kudos brand has been active since 1991, when its radical high- performance S100 speaker stand was first introduced. Said S100 has provided stalwart and highly effective support for most of the standmounts in our speaker group tests, although the Kudos brand itself has had a rather more chequered history.

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    Amphion Xenon loudspeaker review

    Amphion Xenon loudspeaker review

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    A Finnish brand that has been around for about a decade, Amphion is more successful than most at distinguishing its speakers from the market stereotypes, through a variety of interesting techniques. This Xenon is the second Amphion to come our way in recent months and is an altogether more substantial package than the Prio 520. Indeed, at £2,599 or £2,899 per pair, the Xenon was the top model in the Amphion line-up until recently.

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    Epos M5i / M16i Loudspeakers review

    Epos M5i / M16i Loudspeakers review

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    This bumper review covers two of the five new stereo pairs in Epos’ M-series. Distinguished from their predecessors by an ‘i’ (for ‘improved’) suffix, the overall outline of each model looks very similar to its predecessor, even though a considerable number of detail changes have been implemented to improve both the appearance and the performance

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    Mordaunt-Short Performance 6 (Limited Edition) review

    Mordaunt-Short Performance 6 (Limited Edition) review

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    Mordaunt-Short has long been known, first and foremost, for its high-value budget loudspeakers, a tradition that current owners Audio Partnership has rigorously maintained. However, developing an upmarket ‘flagship’ range makes good sense, as it provides a technology test bed for new ideas that can subsequently ‘trickle down’ into more affordable models.

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    Vienna Acoustics Schönberg review

    Vienna Acoustics Schönberg review

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    Vienna Acoustics have been making loudspeakers since 1989, and have produced a variety of often striking designs. None, though, have been as aesthetically jaw-dropping as the Schönberg range.

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    Focal Chorus 816WSE Loudspeaker review

    Focal Chorus 816WSE Loudspeaker review

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    Those of you familiar with German car marques will know the respectable, even sensible Audi A4 and you probably know about the wolf in sheep’s clothing that is the Audi RS4, a car with similar looks but a rather more powerful engine. Its this variation on a theme that seems to have inspired the WSE version of Focal’s Chorus 816 V.

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    Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 review

    Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 review

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    Having celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2007, Wharfedale is the quintessential traditional name in British hi-fi speakers, with a history that extends back to the very birth of the product.

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    Triangle Titus EX review

    Triangle Titus EX review

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    Triangle is very individualistic – some would say somewhat idiosyncratic – in its approach to hi-fi loudspeaker design.

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    Focal 706V review

    Focal 706V review

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    As France’s leading speaker manufacturer until 2004, Focal used to market its complete loudspeaker systems under the JMLab brand. It has since reverted to its original name (which used to be reserved for raw drive unit and in-car sales).

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    Aurousal A1 MK2 review

    Aurousal A1 MK2 review

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    At the end of last year we reviewed the Aurousal A1 loudspeaker. What distinguished the A1 from most (if not all) of its immediate competition was that it was a based on a single full-range drive unit, an approach that has certain unique advantages as well as unavoidable limitations.

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    Advance Acoustic UM20 review

    Advance Acoustic UM20 review

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    A relatively new name on the hi-fi scene, Advance Acoustics was founded in Toulouse, France in 1995, to design, develop and out source manufacturing of high-quality stereo hi-fi components.

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    Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6 review

    Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6 review

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    Although it’s currently owned by Danish ProAudio operation TC Electronic, Tannoy remains one of the Grand Old Names of British hi-fi (and ProAudio) loudspeakers, retaining its own entirely individual and unique approach to product design and development.

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    KEF XQ20 review

    KEF XQ20 review

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    Founded back in the 1960s, KEF (an acronym for Kent Engineering Foundries) has long operated at the leading edge of hi-fi loudspeaker design. Even though the company has undergone numerous changes, its approach to design and technology has remained remarkably consistent throughout.

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    VIBE Alpha II review

    VIBE Alpha II review

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    Vibe has been the recipient of several recommendations for its home cinema subs, and has cultivated an enviable reputation for making ported boxes that rock, having already carved a similar niche in the automotive market.

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    PMC GB1i review

    PMC GB1i review

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    It’s less than four years since we first encountered the PMC GB1. Certainly our first and overwhelming impression was of an open, engaging and communicative sound quality, notably free from boxy effects and with fine focus and spacious imaging.

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    Spendor S3/5R review

    Spendor S3/5R review

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    Surprisingly, Spendor’s ‘Classic’ S3/5 loudspeaker has been around for more than a decade, quietly filling the gap made when the evergreen BBC-designed LS3/5a speaker became hard to pin down. Why ‘surprisingly’? Because the UK company hardly sold any of these small standmount monitors in the home country.

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    Mordaunt-Short Mezzo 2 review

    Mordaunt-Short Mezzo 2 review

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    Since Audio Partnership (AP) bought Mordaunt-Short a decade ago, most of its efforts have concentrated on developing and refining the budget price Avant models, but it also found time to create the hi-tech Performance models with several advanced features. Now some Performance initiatives have ‘trickled down’ in rather more affordable form in a new Mezzo range.

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    Audica CX System 3 review

    Audica CX System 3 review

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    Audica's CX Series loudspeakers are gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that I've been suffering palpitations. There are compromises in terms of sonic welly, but these should be balanced by the A-grade aesthetics. Ideal, then, for those with limited space, and/or close proximity to neighbours.

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    Logic3 Soundstage 5.1 review

    Logic3 Soundstage 5.1 review

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    The concept is now familiar. Soundstage 5.1 is designed to hang on the wall below your TV, reducing your speaker system to a single unit and delivering pseudo-surround, using fifteen drivers and some tricksy audio processing. The styling is slick, with a piano black finish and smooth corners, and it weighs a bracket-testing 18kg, so it feels like you're getting a lot for your money

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    Boston TVEE Model Two review

    Boston TVEE Model Two review

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    If you thought all soundbars offered pseudo-surround, then you’re in for a shock. Boston Acoustics’ refreshingly simple and effective take on the soundbar genre, its TVee Model Two, sticks with bona-fide stereo audio.

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    Edifier M3200 review

    Edifier M3200 review

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    When it comes to speakers at least, the words "boxy" or "squat" usually shamble into view, even though the actual sound that's produced is more than adequate. Edifier's M3200 speaker set falls between two stools, at least on the design front. The two satellites that'll be on permanent view resemble elegant flower vases and would stand out from the majority of speaker models at this price point.

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