What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Fri, 8 May 2009, 4:00pm

Roksan Kandy K2 TR-5

Tested at £895
100100
5

Stunning speakers that deserve to be labeled as serious contenders for class-leading status

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For

  • Lively, entertaining and hugely enjoyable sound
  • breathtaking detail in the treble
  • tight, punchy bass
  • excellent integration

Against

  • You might want a smidgen more bass

You're probably more accustomed to seeing Roksan's hi-fi electronics, but don't let the K2 TR-5s slip under your radar.

The K2s' black lacquered cabinets look elegant, and the speakers feel solidly built. Unusually the Roksans use ribbon tweeters, a piece of engineering normally reserved for a select few high-end speakers.

Why? Well, not only are ribbon tweeters expensive to use, but they also don't go as far down the frequency range as a traditional domed tweeter.

To get past this problem, the K2s use a smaller mid-bass driver to shake hands with the tweeter higher up the frequency range: in this case a 13cm unit with a custom designed, treated and coated paper cone. The result is a speaker that integrates seamlessly.

That tweeter digs up an unbelievable amount of detail. The climax to the LSO version of Tchaikovsky's Trepak could quite easily sound like a mess of percussion, but the K2s give each and every cymbal crash rock-solid edge definition.

They keep up the pace right to the end and finish with a powerful, dynamic flourish.

True joy in the top end
Switch to Basement Jaxx's Romeo and the treble sparkles with a beauty that most of the speakers in this test struggle to match.

The delivery is so open and revealing that the Roksans have no trouble uncovering the smallest, subtlest of details. They communicate what's on the track with confidence and precision.

This musicality translates across all genres and allows you gain enjoyment without having to focus your attention on any particular area of the music.

The smaller mid-bass driver means bass notes don't quite have the weight or depth of some rivals.

But the bassline to Lady GaGa's Starstruck still sounds taut and punchy, and the quality of each note more than makes up for any minor weight issues.

The solidity of bass and the speed and agility of the K2s ensures notes don't linger.

These are stunning speakers that fully deserve a five-star verdict.

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