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Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

Among budget audiophiles the Micca MB42X and PB42X are pretty much the only speakers around their budget that come recommended. The Micca MB42X is simply a MB42 with a crossover while the PB42X is a powered version of the MB42X with a built in amplifier.  The PB42X appears to hit a sweet spot. For less …

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Edifier R1850DB Active Speakers Review

Edifier is a Chiniese audio manufacturer who dominate the Chinese market and are rapidly gaining recognition worldwide. The name might not possess the prestige associated with popular consumer brands like Bowers and Wilkins or Bose, but its products offer good value for money. Think Xiaomi, but in the HiFi space.  In this review I’ll be …

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ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speaker Review

ELAC are a German audio company that needs no introduction, and the new Debut 2.0 lineup is supposed to offer audiophile grade sound at an earthly price. Redesigned by the legendary ex-Pioneer sound engineer Andrew Jones, a lot of interesting decisions have been made to improve upon the highly successful Debut B6 that preceded them. …

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Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $300 in 2023

Thanks to their compact size and versatility, bookshelf speakers are still the bestselling type of speaker for home listening. They can be used as desktop speakers, as part of a home theater setup or of course simply placed on either end of a bookshelf as the name would imply.  With a budget of $300, you’ll …

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Best DAC 2023: Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

The average person doesn’t know what a DAC is. And yet, it’s almost certain that they’ve used not one, but dozens, of DACs throughout their lifetime. Audio went digital and now pretty much everything we listen to is stored as a bunch of 0s and 1s. CDs, MP3s, WAV, FLAC and almost every audio format …

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Audio Technica AT-LP120X Turntable Review

For a long time, the Audio Technica AT-LP120 has been one of the most highly praised entry-level turntables. While there are plenty of budget turntables that cost under $200, the AT-LP120 offered a big step up for just a few extra dollars. Notably, an elliptical (vs spherical) stylus and the very nice AT95E cartridge, a …

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The 10 Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $200

Bookshelf speakers are the bestselling type of loudspeaker, largely owing to their size and versatility. They can be placed just about anywhere and be used within almost any audio setup. While soundbars are all the rage these days, a good pair of bookshelf speakers has the potential to sound a lot better and offer much …

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Polk S15 Bookshelf Speakers Review

Polk have a somewhat crowded selection of bookshelf speaker options around the ~$200 price point: TSi200, RTi A1 and Signature S15. Despite having the most power, the sound quality on the TSi200 is fairly mediocre. Meanwhile the RTi A1 (full review here) is less powerful than the TSi200, but sounds great and has a beautiful …

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House Of Marley Stir It Up Turntable Review

House of Marley is an audio manufacturer that was founded in 2012 in collaboration with the Marley family. The company’s eco-conscious identity means they use mindfully sourced materials, such as bamboo, FSC™ certified wood and recyclable aluminum to manufacture their products. Their whole line of products look beautiful, and the ‘Stir It Up’ turntable is …

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Fluance Ai40 Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

The biggest draw for active speakers has always been their ease of use. You don’t need to worry about how the amp and speakers wire together, nor do you have to worry about fine tuning them to sound good together. The Fluance Ai40 is one of the very few active speakers in its price bracket …

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