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Review Final model 5 hybrid – transparency at its best

Electrostatic speakers have always captured the imagination. A transparent panel with crystal clear sound coming out of it; that’s just crazy when you hear and see it for the first time. Also, the presentation is completely different because it is a dipole speaker. In other words, it radiates forwards and backwards. In short: everything is […]

Review Driade Model 3S – The ‘S’ of Serious

We’ve experienced the Driade Mode 2 before. In our live test of floorstanders to be exact. And there the two-way speaker made a deep impression in terms of coherence and rhythm. Now that we’re looking for a new reference speaker, Driade suggested we take a listen to the Driade Model 3S…. Which should offer even […]

Review Wharfedale Evo 4.3 floor stand – budget-friendly Musical Masterclass

What do you do when you go from a medium sizes, 25m2 living room to a pretty large, 60m2 one? Right! You get some new speakers. The trusty Bowers & Wilkins 686s1 bookshelf speakers are not enough to fill the new space and will have to make way, but for what? The most important criteria […]

Review ATC SCM40 floorstanding speaker – Magic Midrange

ATC actually needs no introduction. The British company has been making studio speakers at a very high level for decades. Of course with the famous ATC midrange dome. A unit that has more than earned its spurs. First of all in studios worldwide, but now also in the living room. This time we have the […]

Polk Audio Reserve R700 floor stand – Big is Beautiful

Did we not request the R200 monitor? That’s the first thing that pops into our heads when we see the gigantic floorstanders coming out of the truck. Let’s check our mail traffic: “If the R200 is not available, you can also send in the R700.” Be careful what you wish for they say. The Polk […]

Review Technics SB-G90 floorstanding speaker

Technics we all know from the iconic SL-1200 record player. A model that was introduced in 1972 and is still being manufactured today. Although, of course, there have been design changes. But did you know that the Japanese Technics – part of Panasonic – also has speakers in its product range? Perhaps you did, but […]

Review Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand Reference

It’s quite a mouthful: Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand Reference. But then again: we are talking about a serious speaker here. Now Austria – yes, Vienna Acoustics comes from Vienna, of course – is also a very serious country. And Vienna is a city with a lot of musical history. So not entirely surprisingly, the […]

Acoustic Energy AE509

Review Acoustic Energy AE509 floorstanders

After testing countless bookshelves, we had a couple of floorstanders come over to our Belgium editor. And we’re not sad about that. The Dutch importor of Acoustic Energy, Viertron, wanted to send us a pair of Acoustic Energy AE509. Within two weeks a couple of satin white floorstanders landed directly from the factory in Cirencester. […]

Elac FS407

The best floor standing speaker for 4000 euros

On December 13th and 20th, we tested a total of eight floorstanding speakers at Alpha. Live on Youtube. With live music. It was a great experience to do that. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the participants, the band, the entire team behind the streams and you as the viewer! For […]

Gauder Akustik Arcona 100 MK2

Review Gauder Akustik Arcona 100 loudspeaker

Gauder Akustik is a German speaker manufacturer. We visited the factory at the end of last year to take a look at the production and development of these special loudspeakers. Now we have one of the floorstanders in our listening room: the Gauder Akustik Arcona 100 MK2