Quality Speakers at Goldm Sound
FOCAL SPEAKER SALE, 5 YEAR WARRANTY
all made in France, 8 ohm, have 1" aluminum-magnesium dome tweeters, very limited quantities, no shipping
705 BOOKSHELF, list $550, demo $469/pair.
ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED, Focal's most affordable speaker, 25-100W/ch, 5.25" polyglass woofer, 12x7.6x10", 57-28k, 89db
905 BOOKSHELF, list $1230, demo $849/pair with a free Yamaha 215 subwoofer. 5.25" flax woofer, 25-100W/ch, 12x7.6x10", 52-28k, 89db
906 BOOKSHELF, list $1500, new $1249/pair.
6.5" flax woofer, 25-120W/ch, 15x9x10", 47-28k, 89db.5
Our newest speakers are the ELAC ADANTE AF-61 floor standing & the AS-61 stand-mount models. Both are real game changers. The smaller speakers have better bass, 3-D imaging, dynamics & overall sound than many far larger speakers. The larger speaker is easily the best tower we've heard. If you have a larger, more open room & would like room-filling volume, these are the speakers for you. Unlike many higher end speakers, Adantes are easily powered by more affordable electronics. Both STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND have repeatedly called the Adantes the best speaker dollar value.
Elac speakers have earned the praise of STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND for their outstanding sound & tremendous value. "Some recent stars include the $500/pr Elac UB5, the $249/pr Elac B5.2 & the $299/pr Elac B6.2 - brilliant contenders that own their class." ABSOLUTE SOUND One of the world's foremost speaker engineers, Andrew Jones, designs Elac speakers. He has designed many speakers for KEF, Infinity, Pioneer & TAD for up to $100,000. Elac's $499/pr UB5 bookshelf is our smallest 3-way system. The UB5 & the $1000/pr UF5 both feature Elac's Uni-fi driver with a dome tweeter that is time-aligned in the center of a 4" midrange. The UB5 & UF5 both have exceptional clarity & bass response for their price.
Dali is one of Europe's leading speaker manufacturers. Their products have earned the praise of STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND, WHAT HI-FI & more for their Quality construction, outstanding sound & tremendous value. Some engineering features include wood pulp midrange & woofer cones; ribbon tweeters for extended, smooth treble & soft dome tweeters that have a sweeter sound than the common metal tweeters; precision -engineered crossovers & well-braced, Danish furniture quality cabinetry.
STEREOPHILE calls the $349/pair Zensor 1 "a new benchmark in its class." A home theater system with the Zensor 1 is rated, "The most stunningly entertaining sound this money can buy." WHAT HI-FI The same magazine rates the $215/pr Opticon 6 as "Bold, expressive, great balance, lots of low end." The Opticons, all made in Denmark, excel in sound, value & appearance.
FOCAL 700 SPEAKERS
"Focal replaced the popular 700 Chorus speakers with entirely new versions. Focal developed a new tweeter with a suspension system previously found exclusively in the Utopia series. The drivers are all made in France. We were big fans of the original Chorus series & expect great sound at affordable prices from the new models." ABSOLUTE SOUND
The new Focal speakers have higher efficiency, plus deeper bass than many competitors. Almost every Focal speaker are 90+db efficient. Some new B&W speakers are only 84db efficient. Most Focals are 4 to 5 times more efficient. A similar-sized $2200 B&W has less than half the efficiency & only 69hz bass response.
NEW ELAC S10EQ SUB
Andrew Jones, world-famous speaker designer for ELAC, KEF, Pioneer, Infinity & more, has set a new standard in subwoofers.
Here's the first sub controlled by your Bluetooth Smartphone. The sub's built-in digital signal processor measures room acoustic & automatically equalizes the response, phase, crossover & more for best sound. The sub's frequency response is 28-150hz. The crossover is 50-150hz. The sub's BASH amplifier is 200 watts RMS & 400 watts peak. The sub's 10" driver is augmented by a 10" passive radiator. There's an RCA input; size is 13.5 x 13.5 x 13.5" & weight is 31 pounds. $499 each.
HOW TO EVALUATE SPEAKERS
Speakers are by far the most important part of any system. Since there are far more speaker brands than all other components combined [amps, receivers, etc.] choosing the right speakers can seem daunting. First, bring well recorded LP, CD, etc. recordings that you know well to test speakers. Ideally the recording should have voice, piano or other acoustic instruments. I do not recommend using an action DVD with many explosions or other noise. We know what a voice or acoustic instruments should sound like. Often the movie soundtrack was created in the recording studio; it never actually existed in real life.
Listen for each instrument, both individually & together. An accurate speaker lets you hear every performer in a band or orchestra. Each instrument or voice should sound natural without being over emphasized. The tonal balance should be natural without sounding boomy or shrill. With a good recording on good speakers, the performers will seem to be left, center & right, plus three dimensionally place in front or back of each other. A speaker should not sound like the music is trapped in the box, but have three-dimensional imaging.
Some speakers that sound bright on first listening can be annoying or fatiguing after a longer time. Most less expensive amps, receivers & CD players tend to sound bright, so it would be better not to use them with a bright speaker. A tube amp can help tame bright speakers.
Unfortunately, some stores deliberately make the selection process more difficult. The rest of the system should be in the same price range as the speakers. Ideally, the speakers will cost about half of the entire system price. We use $300-$500 receivers to demonstrate speakers of the same cost. Some stores use amps or receivers that cost ten times more than the speakers. The super fancy amps with plain speakers are the equivalent of putting real maple syrup & blueberries on sawdust. The sweetness can disguise the performance of speakers that most people find not acceptable with the electronics that most would use.
A store had an A-B test, the first time playing at moderate volume without any EQ. The equipment that they were pushing hard had the bass & treble boosted with 10db more volume, or with ten times more watts from the amplifier. Sure, this can make the second demo seem to sound better, but is very deceptive.
Some stores have an expensive subwoofer playing with budget bookshelf or tower speakers, making speakers sound far more impressive than they really are. Unfortunately, these same stores won't tell you about the super-expensive amps or subwoofer that is on.
Sometimes, despite repeated requests, they won't let you hear their speakers without the sub or mega amps.
FOCAL ARIA SALE
All made in Europe, 5 year warranty; very limited quantities.
List price NOW
905 Bookshelf $1000 $849/
We stock Focal's 905 & 906 bookshelf speakers. ABSOLUTE SOUND calls the 906, "Terrific". list $1500; now $1249/pair
Aria speakers feature better sounding drivers with flax-cone woofers & midranges, plus new aluminum-magnesium tweeters, reducing distortion by 50%. Arias are 8 ohms & about 92db efficiency, or four times as efficient as many competitors. You can use solid state amps or tube amps, like our 35W/ch Prima Luna amps. The Arias have sleek, attractive styling with black or white lacquer or walnut finishes. The new Focal speakers have higher efficiency, plus deeper bass than many competitors. Almost every Focal speaker is 90db or more efficient. Some new B&W speakers are only 84db efficient. Most Focals are 4 to 5 times more efficient. The $1500 Focal 906 bookshelf has higher efficiency, 10hz deeper bass & is under half the height of a B&W for $400 more. The Focal 906 has 35hz deeper bass response & is smaller than a Klipsch for $1,000 more.
All Focal 700 & 900 models have 5 year parts & labor warranty with in-store service, 1" aluminum magnesium tweeters, 8 ohm & are high efficiency, two to four times many speakers' efficiency. This is like doubling or quadrupling your amp's power, plus lowering the amp's & speaker's distortion.
People have traded in many B&W bookshelves & tower speakers, plus Klipsch, NHT & Paradigm, for Focal. Focal has higher efficiency & deeper bass in the same size or smaller cabinets.
We have had many speakers traded in, including five different B&W models, Klipsch & Paradigm towers.
Elac speakers earn the praise of STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND for their outstanding sound & tremendous value. "Some recent stars include the $499 Elac UB5, $249 Elac B5.2 & $299 Elac B6.2 - brilliant contenders that own their class." ABSOLUTE SOUND One of the world's foremost speaker engineers, Andrew Jones, designs Elac speakers. He has designed many speakers for KEF, Pioneer & TAD for up to $100,000.
We stock the Yamaha YAS107 soundbar, their most affordable model. This $199 model includes Bluetooth wireless streaming, HDMI inputs & a built-in amplifier. This is our least expensive soundbar.
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*Asterisk means highly recommended by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND, etc. More reviews on "RECOMMENDED" pages.
CAMBRIDGE 10 bookshelfs
DALI Bookshelfs: OBERON 1, OBERON 3, ZENSOR 1, ZENSOR 3 Bookshelfs*
DALI Towers: OBERON 7
OPTICON 6 &8 Towers
DARED SP0-2 Bookshelf Speakers
ELAC Bookshelfs: UB5, B5.2, B6.2
TOWERS: F5, UF5
ELAC ANDANTE: AS61, AF61
ARIA 905 & 906*
YAMAHA Outdoor Speakers: Nsaw190,
194, 294 & 592
YAMAHA Subs: YSTSW215PN, 216PN &
YAMAHA Powered Speakers: Nx50
Most speaker companies buy their parts from a few generic manufacturers & put these in a cabinet. All our speaker companies design, engineer & manufacture every component in their own factory. You get better sounding, more durable speakers of higher value, since you're not paying for multiple companies' markups. We choose our speakers for superior sound quality & best value, not for the biggest ad budget. We've tried over a dozen U.S. & European speaker brands that didn't pass our high standards. Most are now available at local competing stores.
"Some recent stars include the $499 Elac UB5, the $249 Elac B5.2 & the $299 Elac B6.2 - brilliant contenders that own their class." ABSOLUTE SOUND
ELAC DEBUT B5.2 $249/pair, "Sounds terrific, exquisitely balanced & musical; exceptional," ABSOLUTE SOUND
ELAC UNI-FI UB5 $499/pair, "Compared to the B5, greater focus, much more controlled bass, competitive with speakers much beyond its price. It might be the best $500 you'll ever spend." ABSOLUTE SOUND
ELAC DEBUT F5.2 $599/pair, "Builds on the strengths of the B5. More volume, rock level dynamics; a veritable gift to budget conscious audiophiles & the younger audience." ABSOLUTE SOUND
FOCAL 705 $549; now $469/pair, Similar to 706, below "with a little less bass extension & output," ABSOLUTE SOUND
905 Bookshelf, list $1000; now $849/pair with Yamaha 215 sub "The midrange was rich & accurate. Music's tones characterized by richness & precision. Unbeatable ratio between musical sound &quality & price." STEREO TIMES
906 Bookshelf, list $1500; now $1249/pair "The sonic character is vivid, fast, vibrant & dynamically engaging. Imaging well focused & soundstage broad & unbroken. Commanding prescence; bass was rich & extended; ideal combination of warmth & articulation. The explosive textures & tonal colors were exhilirating. Aria 906 gets music right & does so for a song. ABSOLUTE SOUND
"The 906 is capable of resolving detail that other speakers simply cannot find & manages to do this without losing sight of the performance as a whole." AV FORUMS
HI-FI CHOICE chose the top hi-fi of all time. Quad is the highest ranked speaker. "The British Gold Standard; first practical full-range electrostatic; wide dynamics & delicate transparency weaves an unmatched spell."
ESL988, A rated, $6499/pr, black in same class as $39,000 models.
"World class resolution, superb soundstaging, spectacular transient response" STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"It will play at natural levels with a purity & accuracy will spoil you." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
YAMAHA SPEAKER REVIEWS
WX-030 "TOP PICK; better sound than Polk, Monster, etc. more power than most wireless speakers." SOUND & VISION
YAS206, $199, "MOST AFFORDABLE TOP PICK"
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