Select speaker systems for dynamic audio excellence
Five superior new speaker systems for aficionados who like their music to be seen as well as heard
For those who like their music to be visible and components to be separate and standalone, nothing can match a dedicated set of speakers. These five fabulous new speaker systems include updates for old favourites as well as brand new models, all incorporating fresh innovation, high-quality components and every kind of aesthetic option, for all-round audio excellence.
Five new speaker systems for audio excellence
PSB Synchrony B600
PSB Speakers is a Canadian brand with nearly half a century of experience. Led by the acoustic designer Paul Barton, the company specialises in handmade, high-quality audiophile equipment. The newest product is also its flagship, the Synchrony series, available in two sizes, bookcase size and a freestanding tower. Available only in North America (for the time being), the compact B600 Bookshelf Speaker is perfect for relatively compact rooms, while the T600 Tower incorporates three 6in woofers, along with a midrange speaker and tweeter. Both are available in either satin walnut veneer or high gloss black, with the T600 Tower incorporating specially designed isolating feet from IsoAcoustics.
PSB Synchrony T600 Tower Speakers, $7,999; B600 Bookshelf Speakers, $2,499
Mission QX MkII
Build your own monument to high fidelity with Mission’s towering QX MkII series. Mission is a British brand with almost as long a heritage in speaker systems as PSB. The mainstay of Mission’s product line-up, the QX range, has now been substantially revised, with a new white finish in addition to traditional black and walnut. The QX family includes stand-mounted, home cinema and floor-standing speakers, as well as a new active subwoofer module.
Mission QX MkII, from £299
Q Acoustic Concept Stereo Series
Q Acoustics’ new Concept stereo series is aimed at home cinema aficionados. The range includes the Concept 30, Concept 50 and Concept 90, all of which serve up a well-balanced audio picture. Available in black, silver and white, the metal stands for the Concept 30 contrast with the Concept 50’s slender form, while the Concept 90 is a dedicated centre channel speaker that can be paired with the Q B12 subwoofer for theatre-quality 5.1 surround sound.
Q Acoustics Concept 30, £899
Monitor Audio Silver Series 7G
Monitor Audio has launched its Silver Series 7G range, lead by the Silver 300 7G floorstanding model. Beautifully made, with lightweight metal and ceramic tweeters, real wood veneers and a minimal appearance, the 7G range incorporates Dolby Atmos surround sound. Finishes include natural walnut, ash, black oak, satin white and high gloss black, and the full ten-speaker cinema set-up is designed for complete audio immersion.
Monitor Audio Silver 300 7G, from £1,449; full Monitor Audio Silver 300 7G Dolby Atmos Cinema 7.1.2 set, £4,499
Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond range
Bowers & Wilkins is hanging the launch of the latest generation of its venerable 800 Series off the back of its long-running role as a component in some of the world’s best-known recording studios, including Abbey Road Studios in London. The D4 range of Diamond loudspeakers is led by the flagship 801 model, the quickest and most direct way of experiencing music exactly as the original artist intended. As well as the 801 D4 there are three further floor standing models, the 802 D4, 803 D4 and 804 D4, with HTM81 D4 and HTM82 D4 centre-channel speakers for home theatres.
Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4, £30,000
Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.
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