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Emerald Physics 4.7 Loudspeakers

The new Emerald Physics EP4.7 loudspeakers will rock your world. Although open baffle technology has been in the public domain for decades, only recently have commercial products become available that use this concept effectively. Open baffle speakers have no enclosure, only a mounting board to which the drivers are attached.

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Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

The Emerald Physics EP100.2SE digital stereo power amplifier, in its latest silver enclosure is a beautiful looking and powerful component. It weighs 16.5 pounds with its large toroidal power transformer and has a rated power output of 100 Watts per channel stereo and 270 Watts mono. It has a retail price of $2,200 and is regularly discounted to around $1,500.

Exogal Comet Digital-to-Analog Converter

The Exogal Comet digital to analog converter is a modern DAC that can process up to 32 bit 384 kHz, and DSD64 and DSD128 digital signals from the USB input. Using the AES-EBU XLR or S/PDIF BNC connections, processing is limited to 24 bit 192 kHz datastreams. TOSlink can do 24 bit 96 kHz. The compact chassis $2995 Comet can be controlled by the Exogal remote control (included) or a Bluetooth smart phone app.

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.

Focal Sopra No1 Loudspeaker

Focal of France has been in the loudspeaker business for many years. They are a well-regarded supplier of raw drivers for speaker builders. Many of their drivers are used in commercial products from other loudspeaker manufacturers.

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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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