Duet Loudspeakers League City TX

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MODIA
(281) 480-5600
1520 West Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
5692 Fairmont Pkwy
Pasadena, TX
 
High Tech Auto Sound
(713) 910-4085
3329 Lafferty
Pasadena, TX
 
Earmark Car Audio
(972) 458-7927
4021 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX
 
Sound Systems, Ltd.
(806) 353-9527
2502 Paramount
Amarillo, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Yamaha-Pioneer Elite-Sony-B&W-Martin Logan- Lexicon-Paradigm-SharpVision-Runco-Classe -Boston Acoustics-Cinema Tech-Crestron-SpeakerCraft-McIntosh-NuVo-Niles-NuVision-Samsung-Mitsubishi Diamond-Panasonic-Salamander Designs-McIntosh
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Zack Bland, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- Chad Leonard, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

SCW Media Systems, Inc.
(281) 345-8866
PO Box 934
Seabrook, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Elan, Xantech, Pioneer, Samsung, RTI, Universal Remote, Proficient, Onkyo, Panasonic, NEVO, HAI, NUVO, Energy, ADCOM, Emphasys, Rockustics, JBL
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Penny Trump, PMP

High-Tech Auto Sound Inc
(713) 910-2642
11033 Fuqua St.
Houston, TX
 
Home Entertainment Inc.
(281) 296-6600
25507 I-45 NorthSuite D
The Woodlands, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Don's Theater Arts
(806) 353-3234
1619 S. Kentucky Ste E540
Amarillo, TX
 
Audio Video Systems
(888) 224-9179
7205 S Cooper St #101
Arlington, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Satellite
Brands
Phillips, Pioneer, Toshiba, Sony, Sharp,& Most Major Brands. Directv, DishNetwork, Clear
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Shawn Eldred, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Duet loudspeakers

 

jm reynaud

Duet loudspeakers

as reviewed by Tom Campbell

 

 

TOM CAMPBELL'S SYSTEM

LOUDSPEAKERS
Harbeth Compact 7-ES, Spendor SP 3/1P (secondary).

ELECTRONICS
Coda/Continuum Unison integrated amplifier, EAR 834P tube phone preamplifier.

SOURCES
Nottingham Spacedeck turntable and tonearm; Grado Reference Sonata cartridge, Sony DVP-NS999ES SACD/CD player, vintage Luxman AM/FM tuner.

CABLES
MAC interconnects, speaker cables and power cords; River Cable FLEXYGY speaker cables (secondary); Element Cable interconnects (secondary).

ACCESSORIES
Boston Audio Design TuneBlocks; QS&D 4-shelf component rack; Sonex acoustic panels in listening room.

The month I spent with JM Reynaud's Duet monitors represented my second encounter with the wares of this well-regarded French loudspeaker manufacturer. In May of 2006, I reviewed both the stand-mount Twin Signatures and the floor-standing Cantabile Signatures for Positive Feedback Online. While my experience with those two speakers was slightly variable—I really liked the Twins, and found the Cantabiles also impressive but very sensitive to partnering amplification—what I said about Reynaud speakers in general three years ago still holds true today.

Specifically, my thoughts then and now are: why the heck aren't these speakers better known in the USA? Or at least better known among American audiophiles? Bob Neill, the U.S. distributor for Reynaud speakers (and classical music reviewer for PFO) has advocated tirelessly and persuasively on behalf of the brand, but by his own account it's been an uphill battle.

Though the audiophile market is super-saturated with more companies and products than any person could totally keep up with, the relative neglect of Reynaud's speakers still puzzles me. Why? Because the Reynaud line would seem, to me at least, to offer the total 'loudspeaker' package to music listeners. They're exceptionally good-looking. They are, among high-performance speakers, quite reasonably priced. And many of their models offer big sound in a relatively small package—that is to say, impressive bass response with a small footprint, something which a lot of speakers these days try to do but don't do nearly so well.

Above all, however, is the sound. Reynaud speakers, at their best and with sympathetic associated equipment, are at once highly truthful to the source and totally unique. Put another way, while they deliver many of the standard ideals of high-fidelity design, they do so in a way I've not heard any other speakers quite manage. As I stressed in my first review, they are the most "live"-sounding speakers in my experience, offering an up-close perspective with the kind of presence and immediacy that are among the chief pleasures of in-person performance. In audiophile terms, they are fast, and when listening to them, you'll often want to move your feet. But their speed an...

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