Revival Audio Atalante 3 loudspeaker

Revival Audio Atalante 3 loudspeaker Life as an audio reviewer is always more satisfying when a product like the Atalante 3 sounds at least as good if not better in one’s own system as it did at a hi-fi show. Such it was with this two-way standmount from a relative newcomer to market. Revival Audio […]

Node Audio Hylixa Signature review

Node Audio Hylixa Signature loudspeakers Before the Node Hylixa Signature was a glimmer in its designer’s eye we made a factory visit to Node Audio in Cambridge. A review of  the original Hylixa was published the following month and they were awarded our coveted Innovation Award. So why, you may ask, are we revisiting the […]

3 Square Audio Ayal review

3 Square Audio Ayal loudspeakers These 3 Square Audio Ayal loudspeakers should not do what they do. There. I’ve said it. I first heard and saw these diminutive Darth Vader-esque speakers at a recent audio show. I kept looking for… a larger speaker, a subwoofer, anything, but all I could find was this small, beautifully-finished, slightly unconventional-looking […]

B&W 705 S3 review

Bowers & Wilkins 705 S3 loudspeaker The 705 S3 is the least expensive tweeter-on-top loudspeaker in Bowers & Wilkins 700 series which was relaunched in series 3 form last September. It replaced the CM series and added trickle down tech from the mighty 800 series Diamond with Continuum cones, Aerofoil bass drivers and Carbon dome tweeters. […]

Eclipse TD307MK3 review

Eclipse TD307MK3 compact loudspeaker If you are going to enjoy your music while you work there are plenty of good reasons to use a speaker like the Eclipse TD307MK3. Eclipse makes single drive unit speakers, it always has and always will. The Japanese company likes this approach because you get a genuine point source, that […]

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Totem Element Fire V2 loudspeaker The Element Fire V2 marks the beginning of Totem’s top-tier Element range. The V2 badge denotes improvements, most notably to the crossover and both drive units, and is said to have made the speakers easier to drive and position compared to the previous model. Canadian company Totem is a brand […]


Triangle Magellan Duetto 40th anniversary loudspeakers The Triangle Magellan Duetto is an example of how different countries around the globe tend, on the whole, to produce loudspeakers of a certain characteristic. And one generally either loves them or loathes them en masse. Usually, the manufacturers will create a sound which appeals to their home audience; […]

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Proac Response DB3 loudspeakers Up until the DB3s arrived it had been several decades since I used a Proac loudspeaker; in fact, it would have been around 1997 when I began freelance work at a radio station which used the highly-respected Proac Studio to make promotions and commercials. Having lived only with BBC designs until […]

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The best of the best that we have reviewed on the Ear over the last 12 months


We are in the high end territory that is Sonus faber, a brand whose products I have drooled over at countless hi-fi shows and, yet, have never had the pleasure of trying in my own system. Excitingly, that was about to change with the Olympica Nova 1 standmount two-way. History and ethos Sonus faber is […]

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A landmark speaker to mark British brand Neat’s 30th birthday is something to celebrate as they launch a new version of the popular Petite compact. I like celebratory products and was excited when Neat announced a special-edition of its shoebox-sized Petite two-way to mark the company’s anniversary. The product has special memories for me because […]

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Seeing that Monitor Audio is celebrating its 50th birthday, it seems an ideal opportunity to look at one of the brand’s most popular models which has just has just been updated and relaunched. First launched back in 1999, the 7th generation Silver 100 remains a compact, two-way bass reflex design for stand-mount use, or bookshelf […]