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Final Sound Model 500 Electrostatic Speakers

Final 500 SpeakersThe Final 500 electrostatic loudspeaker can be an excellent performer when used correctly. This is a special use speaker that requires a compatible system to work optimally.

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Five Balanced Interconnect Cables

I was just sitting there listening to music. I was enjoying the apparent sound stage created between the loudspeakers and wondered how my system would sound without the equipment rack sitting between the speakers and then the trouble began. My “rack” is 750 pounds of sandstone from a local quarry. There are four shelves, each 48” x 18” x 1.25” and weighing about 90 pounds each.

Fritzspeakers Carrera BE Loudspeakers

The Fritzspeakers Carrera BE is a stand mounted 2-way speaker. The Scanspeak Revelator mid-woofer has a 7 inch diameter paper cone. The tweeter is made in the US by Transducer Labs and has a beryllium dome. Overall response is listed as 36 Hz to 40 kHz +/- 3 dB.

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Fritzspeakers REV5 Loudspeakers

Why do loudspeakers cost so damn much money? After all, you take a wood box, cut holes for the woofer and tweeter, add a few common resistors and capacitors and inductors, and you are done! This 2-way speaker can be found for $100 or $1,000 or $10,000 or even more than $40,000 per pair.

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Fritzspeakers REV7 Loudspeakers

Fritz Rev 7 Speaker

Now this was worth waiting for! Two and a half years ago, I reviewed the Fritzspeakers REV 5 speakers and found they "are not only good for the money, they are truly outstanding". I noted that they would benefit from a "little more sparkle and better resolution". Other than that, the REV 5 offered not only excellent overall sound quality, but are an amazing value.

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Gallo Reference 3.1 Loudspeaker

Loudspeakers are not natural. Go outside and listen to a bird, or hear a piano, a French horn, a guitar, or even a drum. This is natural sound. Now listen to those same sounds on a typical loudspeaker where they are broken down into bass, midrange, and treble. The operative word here is “broken”. By the way, were you sitting in the sweet spot? Does a piano have a sweet spot?

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Gallo Reference Strada Speakers and TR-3 Subwoofers

Anthony Gallo Acoustics has been developing and improving their spherical loudspeakers for more than 20 years. The new $1,998 per pair Reference Strada is the next generation, following the company’s very well received Reference 3.1 . The CDT3 tweeter is the exact same unit which is used in the new $5,995 Reference 3.5, and the dual 5” drivers with neodymium magnets are also found in the 3.5.

Grado Sonata and Benz-Micro Glider Phono Cartridges

First, understand that these are two very good, but very different sounding cartridges. They are perhaps a peerless pair of the best performers in the crowded sub-$1,000 realm. Secondly, let me say that most people will not like both of these devices. In most ways that matter, the sound of the Grado Sonata and Benz-Micro Glider cartridges are so distinct that we're talking a tale of two cartridges here.

Graham IC70 vs. Hovland MG2 Phono Cables

Ladies and Gentlemen! In this corner, the world renowned Graham IC-70 tonearm cable. And in the other corner, the equally famous Hovland Music Groove 2 tonearm cable. Yes, folks, here are the two best tonearm cables in the world, fighting DIN and RCA to win your hearts as the new World Champion! This is a fight to the death; winner takes all. The bell is about to ring, so take your seats and get ready for… The Fight of the Titans!

Halcro MC20 Power Amplifier

It is summer and Denver often sees temperatures in the high 90s. It is summer and gasoline is $4 a gallon, which hopefully is a situation that we will look back on in amazement that it ever cost so much, and not that it ever cost so little. Food costs are up, too. The house air conditioner is running almost 24/7 taking money out of my wallet in direct proportion to the cold air blowing into my house.

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