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ATC

"SCM150A" - Retail $45,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Solid studio grade reference,tight and cohesive presentation. 

Negatives: Lacking a little delicacy and detail, deepest octave could use more definition.

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AUDIONOTE

"AN-E" - Retail $65,000

Rating : B-

Positives: natural,smooth,relaxed and highly efficient 

Negatives: Boring appearance,restricted low end,can only play so loud.

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AVALON

"Sentinel" - Retail $85,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Good bass power, nice looking cabinets. Some areas of great clarity and transparency, but not uniform in presentation. 

Negatives: The ceramic midrange and diamond tweeter are somewhat harsh when used with solid state. Since the tweeter is 2ft above your ears, the image height is too high.

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AVALON

"Eidolon Diamond" - Retail $32,000

Rating : C

Positives: Nice looking cosmetics. Some areas of clarity

Negatives: No bass power, sounds thin.

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AVALON 

"Opus Ceramique" - Retail $15,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Attractive cabinet design

Negatives: Poor value, no bass power, harsh mids.

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AVALON 

"Eclipse" - Retail $9,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Attractive cabinet design

Negatives: Poor value, lack of midrange

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AVANTGARDE 

"TRIO" - Retail $40,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Modern design,the most explosive dynamics ever,high efficiency

Negatives: Very big,weak bass integration better with Basshorns, honkiness in midrange

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AVANTGARDE 

"DUO" - Retail $20,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Modern design,good dynamics,high efficiency

Negatives: Weak bass integration, honkiness in midrange


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BOSE - All Models

Rating D-

Positives: Compact small size, aesthetically neutral

Negatives: While thought of as high quality by non-audiophiles these are NOT quality speakers.

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B&W "Nautilus" - Retail $70,000

Rating : B

Positives: Well integrated, dynamic and faily smooth.

Negatives:Needs 4 stereo amps,bass extension could be better.

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B&W "800D" - Retail $20,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Fairly balanced performance overall, good sounding tweeter.

Negatives: Kevlar "quack" coloration, slight bass-reflexboom.

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B&W " 802D" - Retail $12,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Fair overall performance with good tweeter.

Negatives: Kevlar "quack" coloration, lack of driver integration

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B&W "703" - Retail $20,000

Rating : C

Positives: Fair overall performance

Negatives: Bass "dies" at 38Hz, Kevlar "quack" coloration.

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Bang & Olufsen "All Models" - Retail $4,000

Rating : D

Positives: Typically great styling and modern design.

Negatives: Usually rolled off top end, no deep bass and compressed midrange.

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Bolzano Villetri "Torre BVHF3005" - Retail $12,000

Rating : D

Positives: Great cosmetics and styling, omni directional even sound field

Negatives: Weak low end, rolled off high end, restricted dynamics.

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Bolzano Villetri "Piazetta BVHF3003" - Retail $7,000

Rating : D

Positives: Great cosmetics and styling, omni directional even sound field

Negatives: Weak low end, rolled off high end, restricted dynamics.

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CABASSE
"Atlantis" - Retail $85,000
Rating : C+
Positives: Good bass power, balanced, good power handling, dynamic 
Negatives:Lowest octaves could use more definition, top end slightly rolled off.

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CAT 
"All Models" - Retail up to and over $100,000
Rating : D
Positives: Loud, big sound,dynamic 
Negatives:Not very delicate, weak soundstage, overpriced.

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CIAMARA 
"DS4" - Retail $150,000
Rating : B-
Positives: Attractive cabinet design,quality drivers,efficient
Negatives: Can lean a little toward Pro Audio sound with slightly harsh top end.

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CYGNUS 
"Quasar" - Retail $60,000
Rating : B
Positives: ASmall size, modern looking monitors
Negatives: Deepest bass extension lacking,limited power handling


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DALI "Megaline" - Retail $50,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Fair overall performance, great midrange clarity.

Negatives: Lack of deep bass, overpriced for a two-way system lacking midrange drivers.

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DALI " Euphonia MS 5" - Retail $11,500

Rating : C+

Positives: Decent sound, good looks.

Negatives: Midrange driver lacks high resolution and is somewhat "foggy"

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DALI " Euphonia MS 4" - Retail $8,500

Rating : C

Positives: Decent sound, good looks.

Negatives: Lacks resolution in the critical midrange, veiled sounding.

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DALI " Helicon 800" - Retail $6,000

Rating : C

Positives: Nice looking cabinet, well made drive units, very punchy sound overall.

Negatives: Reviews indicate boomy bass.

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Duntech "Sovereign" - Retail $20,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Fairly balanced presentation, likes power, big presentation.

Negatives: Slightly rolled off top, deep bass a little mushy.

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DYNAUDIO " Evidence" - Retail $85,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Decent sound, good looks.

Negatives: High coloration, poor driver integration, out-of-phase driver wiring

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DYNAUDIO " Temptation" - Retail $30,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Nice looking cabinet, well made drive units. Punchy midbass.

Negatives: High coloration, poor driver integration, "foggy" sound.

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DYNAUDIO " Confidence 4 or 5" - Retail $16,00 - $10,000

Rating : C

Positives: Nice looking cabinet, well made drive units. Punchy midbass.

Negatives: Colored sound, poor driver integration, drivers wired "out of phase"

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EGGLESTONWORKS
"Ivy" - Retail $97,000

Rating : D

Positives: Looks good and will play very, very loud.

Negatives: Lack of crossover results in high distortion and coloration, poor value.

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EGGLESTONWORKS
"Savoy and Andra II" - Retail $35,000 / $19,000

Rating : C+

Positives: High quality sound, nice looks.

Negatives: Midrange driver could be better, poly cone loses resolution.

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EGGLESTONWORKS
"Rosa" - Retail $10,000

Rating : D

Positives: Looks nice, sounds OK.

Negatives: Poor driver integration, high coloration.

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Evolution Acoustics
"MM3" - Retail $60,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Good build quality, attractive styling.

Negatives: Poor driver integration,edgy and bright sounding, high fatigue factor.

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Feastrex
"Field Coil Drivers" - Retail $5,000-50,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Very high build quality and parts,natural, organic and involving.

Negatives: Extreme high cost, limited low end and dynamics.

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GENESIS
"Model 1.1" - Retail $240,000

Rating : B

Positives: Good appearance with great midrange and deep solid bass.

Negatives: Extremely large system, big space needed, "out of phase" driver wiring.

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GENESIS
"Model 300 / 450" - Retail $30,00 / $20,000

Rating : D

Positives: Nice cabinets. Good midrange clarity.

Negatives: High distortion tweeter.

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GOLDMUND
"All Models" - Retail $10,000 -$200,000

Rating : D

Positives: Nice cabinets,solid build.

Negatives: Uninvolving presentation, weak bass integration, lacking sparkle, overpriced.

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HANSEN
"King V2" - Retail $85,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Good build quality,extended range speaker with no glaring faults.

Negatives: This speaker just doesnt engage the listener,a bit flat and boring.

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HANSEN
"Prince V2" - Retail $40,00

Rating : C

Positives: Well made, generally linear sound, solid sounding.

Negatives: No glaring faults yet not very engaging,boring.

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JBL
"K2 S9800" - Retail $25,000

Rating : D

Positives: Exciting dynamic range, a lot of bass power, very forward high frequencies for those who like this effect.

Negatives: Horn coloration, high distortion from paper 15" woofer. NOT an audiophile unit.

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JBL
"K2 S5800" - Retail $18,000

Rating : D

Positives: High efficiency, dynamic. Fabulous "punch" in the midbass.

Negatives: Horn coloration, sounds like a 1950s design.

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JBL
"Synthesis Systems" - Retail $40,000-$100,000

Rating : D

Positives: High efficiency, dynamic. Fabulous "punch" in the midbass.

Negatives: More of a Pro audio sound, less detail and soundstage, horn coloration.

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JM LABS
"Grand Utopia EM" - Retail $185,000

Rating : C+

Positives: World class build quality,high quality parts, generally well balanced sound.

Negatives: Bass can be tricky to get right in a room,a little forward sounding.

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JM LABS
"Grand Utopia Be" - Retail $85,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Great looking speaker! Crisp highs for those who favor "detail" over musicality.

Negatives: Wide baffle destroys image focus, veiled midrange, total lack of driver integration.

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JM LABS
"Utopia Nova Be" - Retail $35,000

Rating : C

Positives: Very nice cosmetics. Very clean highs, perhaps too detailed?

Negatives: Veiled midrange, lack of driver integration, sounds "boxy."

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JM LABS
"907 Be" - Retail $3,500

Rating : C

Positives: Very good cosmetics.

Negatives: High price, low value, veiled mids.

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JOSEPH AUDIO
"Pearl" - Retail $20,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Good overall performance, good bass power.

Negatives: Metallic midrange signature, low-end tweeter.

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JOSEPH AUDIO
"RM 33 SI" - Retail $9,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Decent performance, deep bass.

Negatives: Metallic midrange signature, mid-fi tweeter.

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JOSEPH AUDIO
"Pulsar" - Retail $7,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Great sounding mini monitor with natural well balanced presentation.

Negatives: limitedlow end extension and dynamics given its size.

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KHARMA
"Exquisite 1a" - Retail $77,000

Rating : C

Positives: Very nice cosmetics! Good clarity in certain restricted areas.

Negatives: Excessive bass reflex coloration in the midbass, ceramic harshness in mid and treble ranges.

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KHARMA
"Midi 1a DE Ref" - Retail $75,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Good clarity in some areas, nice looking cosmetics

Negatives: Ceramic harshness in mids and highs

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KHARMA "Grand Ceramique" -

Retail $48,000

Rating : C

Positives: Good looking speaker. Very transparent in certain frequency ranges.

Negatives: Very high degree of bass reflex midbass boom, ceramic hardness in mid and treble range

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KHARMA
"Ceramique 1.1" - Retail $17,000

Rating : C

Positives: Good clarity in certain restricted frequencies.

Negatives: Thin sounding, lack of bass.

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KHARMA "Matrix Series" - Retail $11,000 - $5,000

Rating : D

Positives: Reasonably good home theater speakers

Negatives: Not a hi-fi design, not for critical listening.

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KLIPSCH
- All Models

Rating D-

Positives: Nice styling, well constructed

Negatives: While thought of as high quality by non-audiophiles these are NOT quality speakers. Painful to listen to.

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KRELL
"LAT-1 and LAT-1000" - Retail $38,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Nice looking aluminum cabinet, very modern

Negatives: According to Stereophile, the drivers are not integrated well, nor do the measurements look good.

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KRELL "LAT-2" - Retail $10,000

Rating : D

Positives: Nice looking aluminum cabinet, very modern

Negatives: Poor driver integration

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KRELL
"Resolutuion Series" - Retail $11,000 - $8,000

Rating : D

Positives: According to Stereophile, the drivers are not integrated well, nor do the measurements look good.

Negatives: Low quality sound due to lack of gppd speaker engineering

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Lansche
3.1 - Retail $55,000

Rating : B

Positives: Well made,great plasma tweeter, best highs and mids of any speaker

Negatives: Low end integration is room sensitive, drivers "wear out" then need factory rebuild, 

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Linn Audio of NH
- Retail $65,000

Rating : C

Positives: Generally good balance,big presentation, efficient 

Negatives: Lack of definition in lower end, slight horn honkiness

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LSA
"All Models" - Retail $1,000-$7,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Natural sounding, well balanced, great value for the money

Negatives: Despite great bass, it could be deeper, styling is a little plain

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MAGICO
Q3 - Retail $40,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Great dynamics, good bass and midrange, rigid quality cabinet

Negatives: No factory support at all, impossible to sell used

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MAGICO
Model 6 - Retail $80,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Great dynamics, good bass and midrange, rigid quality cabinet

Negatives: No factory support at all, impossible to sell used

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MAGICO
MINI II - Retail $27,000

Rating : D

Positives: Good midrange, ultra high quality cabinet

Negatives: No factory support at all, poor bass performance, overpriced

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MAGNEPAN
"MG 20.1" - Retail $12,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Fast and coherent

Negatives: No bass, lack of dynamic range

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MAGNEPAN
"MG 3.6R" - Retail $3,800

Rating : C

Positives: Fast and coherent, good value for the money.

Negatives: No bass, lack of dynamics, restricted volume

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MARTIN LOGAN
"Statement e2" - Retail $70,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Well engineered, good cosmetics and build quality.

Negatives: Lack of integration between woofers and panel mids

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MARTIN LOGAN
"Summit" - Retail $10,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Well engineered, good cosmetics and build quality.

Negatives: Limited dynamics and lack of integration between woofers and panel mids

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MOON AUDIO
"ALL" - Retail $1,000-$5,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Well engineered, good balance and bass,very high value.

Negatives: Lower priced models have average styling and looks

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NTT AUDIOLAB
"101 Mk II" - Retail $200,000

Rating : B+

Positives: To date the best weve heard, liquid mids, holographic imaging, totally musical and organic.

Negatives: Massive weight can be dangerous to move.

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NTT AUDIOLAB
"103" - Retail $150,000

Rating : B+

Positives: The best weve heard 2nd. only to the 101s, liquid mids, holographic imaging, totally musical and organic.

Negatives: Massive weight can be dangerous to move.

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NTT AUDIOLAB
"104" - Retail $26,000

Rating : B

Positives: Ultra high resolution, liquid mids, holographic imaging, very musical..

Negatives: Heavy for its size and lacks all the dynamics of its bigger brothers.

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Nearfield Acoustics
"Pipedreams" - Retail $75,000

Rating : C

Positives: Huge sound stage, dynamic, easily integrates into room.

Negatives: Could have better integration between the woofers and midranges.

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NHT
"T6" - Retail $4,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Well engineered, nice looking system.

Negatives: Lack of integration between woofers and panel mids

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NHT
"Xd" - Retail $6,000 w/ 2 subs

Rating : B-

Positives: Ground-breaking digital active system, flat response.

Negatives: Low power handling, forces the user to accept digital amps and crossover.

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NOVA
"Titan" - Retail $20,000

Rating : C

Positives: Big speaker sound with strong powerful bass.

Negatives: Not as "musical" as some other speakers, slightly forward in sound.

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PARADIGM
"Signature S-8" - Retail $6,000

Rating : C

Positives: Good overall performance.

Negatives: Metallic tweeter, boomy bass.

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PARADIGM
"Reference Series" - Retail >$5,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Decent overall performance, good value if "perfect" sound is not important.

Negatives: Mid-fi sound in general for the entire series of Paradigm speakers

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PROCLAIM
"DMT 1000" - Retail$40,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Decent overall performance, generally good balance, no glaring faults.

Negatives: lacks deepest bass extension and dynamics

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QUAD
"ESL - 989" - Retail $8,000

Rating : B

Positives: Extremely coherent and "fast," reference quality, good value.

Negatives: Very low power handling, weak dynamics, marginal deep bass

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QUAD
"ESL - 988" - Retail $6,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Extremely coherent and "fast," reference quality, good value.

Negatives: Very low power handling, rattles on loud bass

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QUAD
"ESL - 63" - Retail $6,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Fast and coherent 

Negatives: Somewhat veiled, low power handling, easy to overload

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REVEL
"Ultima Salon 1 and II" - Retail $22,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Good sounding speaker that are well balanced

Negatives: Slightly metallic midrange and tweeter

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REVEL
"Ultima Studio" - Retail $10,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Coherent and and clean.

Negatives: Metallic sounding midrange.

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REVEL
"Performa F-32" - Retail $4,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Good build quality, fair sound.

Negatives: Average mid-fi sonics, low quality drivers used.

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ROCKPORT
"Altair" - Retail $90,000

Rating : B+

Positives: Good build quality, well balanced, solid low end, very good speaker.

Negatives: High cost,needs breathing room when placed in room.

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ROCKPORT
"Arakis" - Retail $150,000

Rating : B+

Positives: Worldclass speaker, high quality, one of the 5 best speakers made.

Negatives: Expensive, big, heavy, needs a large room and space around it.

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SCAENA
"All Models" - Retail $40,000-$90,000

Rating : C

Positives: Elegant contemporary design, high quality,no glaring faults,pleasant.

Negatives: Bass can be tricky to balance,limited low end extension, mellower sounding

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SILTECH
"Pantheon XXV" - Retail $125,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Extremely beautiful cabinet, lively fast sound, easy to listen to.

Negatives: Can be a little agressive or forward sounding

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SONUS FABER
"Stradavari Homage" - Retail $40,000

Rating : C

Positives: Extremely beautiful cabinet, mellow sound, easy to listen to.

Negatives: Bass heavy, dark, mid-fi sound quality

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SONUS FABER
"Amati Homage" - Retail $20,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Extremely beautiful cabinet, mellow sound, easy to listen to.

Negatives: Bass heavy, dark, mid-fi sound quality

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SONUS FABER
"Guarnieri" - Retail $10,000

Rating : D+

Positives: Extremely beautiful cabinet, mellow sound, easy to listen to.

Negatives: Bass heavy, dark, mid-fi sound quality

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STUDIO ELECTRIC
"All Models" - Retail $3,000-$17,000

Rating : C

Positives: Extremely beautiful and modern cabinet, relaxed organic and mellow sound.

Negatives: Limited power handling, dont play loud, limited dynamics

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SWAN
"All Models" - Retail $2,000-$40,000

Rating : C-

Positives: High quality gloss cabinets, attractive styling, big sound.

Negatives: Lean towards a brighter slightly edgy sound, lack of deep bass detail

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SYMPOSIUM ACOUSTICS
"Panorama" - Retail $110,000

Rating : C

Positives: Love it or hate it looks,large scale presentation.

Negatives:Needs a large room well treated, can be somewhat forward sounding

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THEIL
"CS 7.2" - Retail $13,500

Rating : C+

Positives: Coherent sound and clean sounding.

Negatives: Somewhat metallic and thin.

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THEIL
"CS 2.4" - Retail $4,000

Rating : C

Positives: Coherent sound and clean sounding.

Negatives: Thin and metallic with weak bass.

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VON SCHWEIKERT
"VR-11" - Retail $150,000

Rating : B

Positives: Realistic sound levels, good bottom end, large scale presentation, great dispersion, high power handling.

Negatives: Expensive, sounds best only with tubes, slight congestion in midrange and lower bass.

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VON SCHWEIKERT
"VR-10 Mk II" - Retail $85,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Great value, very "live" sound quality, big sound presentation.

Negatives: Large and heavy, best only with tubes, some congestion in mids and lower bass.

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VON SCHWEIKERT
"VR-9 SE" - Retail $75,000

Rating :B

Positives: Fairly well balanced, quite adjustable in room sound, better bass than most, great dispersion

Negatives: Slight congestion in midrange, only best with tubes, somewhat colored, deep bass lacking detail.

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VON SCHWEIKERT
"VR-7 SE"- Retail $65,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Generally better balance than most, big speaker sound, great dispersion.

Negatives: Somewhat midrange forward in balance, requires a tube amp, lacking in deep bass, can blow its tweeters too easily.

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VIVID
"Giya"- Retail $55,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Well balanced, easy to listen to, organic presentation.

Negatives: Can be a little overly polite sounding and could use better low end definition and extension.

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WESTLAKE
"SM-1" - Retail $260,000

Rating : C

Positives: Dynamic, big presentation,punchy sound.

Negatives: Very tricky to setup and tune, needs well treated room or they sound very hard and edgy

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WILSON AUDIO
"WAMM 7A" - Retail $225,000

Rating : C-

Positives: Best midrange of any Wilson speaker.

Negatives: Outdated design, weak upper bass drivers easy to blow, cheap quality crossover

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WILSON AUDIO
"Alexandria I and II" - Retail $150,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Attractive appearance, solid build quality, can play reasonably loud, dynamic 

Negatives: Very sterile sound, drivers wired out-of phase, weak deep low end, needs frequent resistor replacements

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WILSON AUDIO
"Maxx II" - Retail $45,000

Rating : C+

Positives: Good appearance, high quality construction, quite dynamic

Negatives: Dry and analytical, boomy bass, recessed mids, drivers wired out-of-phase.

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WILSON AUDIO
"Sophia" - Retail $12,000

Rating : B-

Positives: Best Wilson speaker made, high quality construction, attractive

Negatives: Drivers not quite integrated, lacks ultimate transparency, dry sound

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WILSON AUDIO
"Cub II" - Retail $7,000

Rating : C

Positives: Good construction, decent sound quality for its size

Negatives: Lacks midrange clarity, lumpy bass

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YG Acoustics
Anat Ref II Professional

Rating B-

Positives: Fast, fairly uncolored sound, relatively flat response, good build quality

Negatives:Somewhat analytical, lacking deep bass and dynamics, lean towards the unemotional.

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YG Acoustics
Anat Ref II Studio

Rating B

Positives: Fast, fairly uncolored sound, relatively flat response, good build quality

Negatives:Somewhat analytical and thin, lacking deep bass and dyanamics, lean towards the unemotional.

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YG Acoustics
Kipod

Rating B-

Positives: Good for their size but overpriced, large soundstage, good build quality

Negatives:They retain the unemotional somewhat leaner sound, lack of deep bass response, somewhat analytical, prefers warmer amps

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