Review Types Archives: Floorstanding Speakers

Reviews of floorstanding and tower speakers.

Pioneer Elite Atmos Speakers Review

Atmos was the break-out technology of the 2014 CEDIA Expo. Over a dozen companies were showcasing it in some manner with two distinct approaches. Many companies were using in-ceiling speakers, which being a custom install show should not be a surprise. Yet how many people do you know that are eager to drill and install four more speakers into the ceiling of their AV rooms? Another approach from companies like KEF, Definitive Technology and Pioneer was a reflective approach. Extra drivers on top of the front and surround speakers reflect off the ceiling to create the height channels. This means you can install Atmos into your room without needing any more speakers.

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SVS Prime Tower Review

SVS built their reputation selling subwoofers, like the previously reviewed PB-2000, that are known to offer impressive performance at attractive prices. The company was able accomplish this by moving manufacturing overseas and marketing their equipment directly to consumers over the internet. Several years ago, SVS branched out from subwoofers and began offering speakers with the based on the same principles of competent design, overseas manufacture and direct marketing. The Prime Series represents the companies first foray into a more approachable priced, entry level speaker. Was SVS able to maintain their reputation for terrific bang for the buck? Our take was a resounding yes.

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MartinLogan Motion 60XT Speaker Review

When you think MartinLogan, you probably think of giant electrostatic panels. As wonderful as those speakers sound, many people have neither the room nor the budget for a full sized electrostatic speaker. MartinLogan has addressed this market with their Motion line of speakers. Using an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) for the tweeter instead of a conventional dome, the Motion series looks like what most people think of when they think of a speaker.

The largest model in the Motion series, and the newest, is the four driver, $3,000/pair 60XT tower. It pairs the MartinLogan’s largest AMT driver, the Folded Motion XT Driver, with a 6.5” midrange driver and dual 8” woofers. This lets the 60XT play full-range in a room, with frequency response hitting down to 20Hz. With a couple of considerations, the MartinLogan Motion 60XT is a dynamic loudspeaker that pairs clear treble with room filling bass.

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