Reviews of Current YG Acoustics™ Speakers
Carmel™ in Ultra High End Review
Factory Tour in Ultra High End Review
In the detailed review which can be found here, Ultra High End Review's Frank Berryman determines:
"I am gobsmacked by the YG Acoustics Carmels. Having attended nearly every audio trade show over the past four years, I can honestly say that I know of no other similarly sized loudspeaker at anywhere near the price that can hold a candle to them."
Anat™ III Signature in Positive Feedback Online
In Issue 64 (Nov/Dec 2012) of Positive Feedback Online, Editor-in-chief David Robinson dissects the YG Acoustics™ Anat™ III Signature's performance and concludes with a coveted PFO Brutus award:
"...the YG ForgeCore™ tweeter... was very quick, added air and ting without zing, and sounded well balanced with the other drivers." "The dual BilletCore™ mids were very coherent and direct, delivering this zone of the music with convincing tonality and precision... the mids were (like everything else with the Anat III's) quick... The music was round and right here, and had a truly convincing sense of immediately that I really enjoyed." "the bass... excelled in tight control and laser-like speed... exceptionally tight, fast bass... the bass is simply there" "The clarity and transparency, fused with the power and control... provided a sense of naturalness" "one of the very few systems on the planet that is in the exalted category of 'first rank' in my listening room... my highest recommendation, with great enthusiasm!"
In this engaging article which can be found here, Ultra High End Review's Frank Berryman concludes:
"Know that each pair of YG Acoustics speakers is fabricated with the highest degree of precision in the industry, and fanatical attention to detail. You need to arrange a visit to your local dealer or attend a trade show to hear how special these speakers are for yourself."
Factory Tour in The Audio Beat, by Marc Mickelson
Please enjoy The Audio Beat's comprehensive factory tour here. Marc Mickelson's comments when listening to the Anat™ III Signature:
"YG speakers have always been high-rez, wide-bandwidth designs, and so it was with the Anat III Signature, which revealed tons of musically important information and had a special way with hall ambience. But more significant was the effect of the BilletCore drivers, which, for all their technical advantages, made for a more natural-sounding presentation, one whose first and best trick was not merely sounding detailed. The palette of tonal colors was immense, which helped to differentiate voices especially well. I could name cut after cut here, but it's easier to say that they all sounded realistic and, moreover, human."
Kipod™ II Signature in Ultra Audio, by Howard Kneller
In addition to the wonderful review which can be found here, Ultra Audio's Howard Kneller gave YG Acoustics™ the highest compliment possible: he purchased the review pair for his reference system.
Anat™ III Signature in The Absolute Sound, by Peter Breuninger
The February 2012 issue of The Absolute Sound features the Anat™ III Signature on the cover. Peter Breuninger puts the speaker to the test, and emerges a huge fan. Some of Peter’s detailed comments:
“The YG’s microscopic, but super-realistic reproduction draws you in with a crystal-clear view of each instrument within the mix. It’s like an autofocus on a $5000 camera; you get to “see” the individual image objects “pop” within the viewfinder as you scan the subject.” “… it does “midrange clarity” like no other loudspeaker I’ve heard. It’s simply magnificent.” “When the music appears, poof! There’re gone. Harry Houdini couldn’t have done it better. I’ve never heard pop music sound this believable.” This speaker system gives that JV audio term “jump” real credibility.” “… pace, rhythm, and timing. …the YG has, since my goshdarn legs never seem to stop bouncing. Well done, Yoav, but you are wearing a hole in my carpet.” “…it reproduces white-hot recordings with a finesse and flare that keeps you in the chair, listening. No other large, super-resolution loudspeaker I know of can do this.” “This is where the YG’s work their magic. They unravel each musical line without blur or haze. Your mind doesn’t realize you are listening to loudspeakers; it’s as if the music is emanating from within your soul.” “The YGs will bring you to tears here with their unadulterated emotional involvement.” “The YG Anat III Signature loudspeaker is thus the best loudspeaker in the world if you value musical involvement and you-are-there-at-the-recording-session reality. I was so impressed that I asked for a three-month listening extension following the review.” “The YG Anat III Signature will be a treasured possession to those who demand nothing but the very best. It’s an outstanding achievement.”
Carmel™ in Enjoy the Music, by Phil Gold
Check out the in-depth review here. Some wonderful comments from Phil Gold:
“…I am surprised at each listening session just how freely music flows from it. This is not just a result of its superb linearity, but also a direct result of the way it reproduces bass.” “Bass has amazing speed and articulation. It's as clean as a whistle with not a trace of the boominess that afflicts so many large speakers. A bass line is as focused and well pitched as anything in the midrange.” “It is quite the best treble I have ever heard in my house, and as with the bass, it's superbly integrated with the midrange.” “…its immediacy, tonal accuracy, resolution, speed and imaging are simply astonishing, even by the highest standards. There is no way this pair of speakers is going back to the State of Colorado where it was born. I'm addicted.” “This magic is repeated whatever disc you play. The dynamics are so great, the string tones so realistic, the sound so full of detail and harmonic accuracy, the listener is immediately transported.” “…the closest I have ever heard to Rubinstein's sound as I remember it from the half dozen times I heard him in the concert hall. Everything is here, power, grandeur, sparkling treble, deep bass runs, the Carmel reveals it all.” “That the Carmel belongs in the reference class is unquestionable. More than that, I have selected it to be my new reference.”
Anat™ III Studio in Positive Feedback, by Marshall Nack
Read the full review here. Marshall comments:
“Start-N-Stop Action: This was singularly impressive. All of a sudden the obfuscations—resonances, smearing, noise and artifact—were all wiped aside. I got the impression the drivers were engaging the signal with minimal frictional loss; rise time was instantaneous; recovery had no lag. The jump in fidelity was huge.” “The Anat's soundstage deserves special mention. With good source material, ...virtually nothing is at the plane of the speakers. The stage begins behind them and recedes in layers from there. The spread is wide and incredibly well delineated. The speakers disappear as a sound source.” “I'm having a ball with the YG Acoustics Anat III Studio speakers. I knew they were in the top tier, but I wasn't quite ready for a game changer. YG has thought of everything—in no single parameter does the Anat come in less than SOTA (State Of The Art).” “What YG has achieved in fidelity to the signal is remarkable.”
Carmel™ in Ultra Audio, by Uday Reddy
Read the full review here. Some comments from Uday:
“…but when he heard the opening notes of this recording, his jaw dropped. This was due not only to the Carmel’s ability to handle wide dynamic swings and the sense of ease that they displayed, but also to the illusion of immense physical spaces the pair of them could convey.” “...one impressive accomplishment.”
Carmel™ in The Absolute Sound, by Chris Martens
A fantastic review of the Carmel™ is the cover story for the magazine. Read the full review here. Chris Martens comments in his review:
“Let me just come right out and say it: the YG Carmel is hands down the most accomplished loudspeaker I’ve ever had in my home…” “The sense of place, of actually being present at the moment of the performance, is so convincingly rendered through the Carmels that you may feel almost as though you’ve stepped into a musical time machine…” “I found the Carmels produced much wider and deeper soundstages than any speaker I’ve yet had in my listening room…” “…that’s the most amazing thing I ever heard from any hi-fi system.”
Reviews of Discontinued YG Acoustics™ Speakers
Anat Reference™ II Studio in Stereo Times, by Bill Wells
The full review can be found here. Some insight from Bill Wells:
“Instruments such as piano, trumpet, saxophone and especially vocals were reproduced in an absolutely stunning manner. The sound was clear, transparent, open, and pristine, yet with lifelike realism and palpable body along with harmonics galore. Additionally, the sonic picture was full of color with a naturalness that was well beyond anything I’ve ever heard throughout my many years in high-end audio.” “…the hall ambiance and holographic effect were truly stunning…” “These speakers are special…”
Kipod™ Main Module in 10 Audio, by Jerry Seigel
Read the full review here. Jerry Seigel comments:
“For more than a year, over many hundreds of listening hours, I have found no fault. None.” “The Kipods are the highest resolution speakers I have heard in my room…” “The YG Acoustics crossover technology, where both the phase and amplitude are optimized, is – audibly – perfect.” “This is the ideal marriage of art and science.” “The sound stage, that illusion of a discernable and realistic performance space, is as solid, stable, deep, wide, tall and huge as from any speaker made today.” “There is no ambiguity at the start of notes, which are often startling in both their realism and clarity.” “This is a step above "reference-grade", which is simply the current state-of-the-art.”
Anat Reference™ II Studio in Tone Audio, by Jeff Dorgay
The full issue containing the review can be found here. Editor Jeff Dorgay comments:
“Geva and company definitely achieved their goal in terms of midrange clarity and an immersive soundstage. “ “…they seemed to reproduce more fine detail than anything I’ve ever experienced.” “…the three dimensionality and the clarity of these speakers was what kept me so intrigued.” “everything I played…offered up some new sonic treats.” “…the YG Anats are a must-listen.”
Kipod™ Studio in The Absolute Sound, by Robert Harley
“Transient information had a coherence that was world-class.” “The loudspeaker’s tremendous midrange and treble transparency helped in creating the impression of a “see-through” quality that allowed very low-level sounds at the back of the hall (including spatial cues) to be rendered with great resolution.” “… the Kipod Studio was utterly magical.”
Anat Reference™ II Studio in Positive Feedback, by Adam Goldfine
Read the full review here. Adam Goldfine comments:
"goose bump inducing realism" and "sounds seemed to materialize out of thin air to startling effect". "Their ability to resolve fine nuances of low level detail and ambience gave them the ability to recreate acoustic space like nothing I've heard and was nothing short of astounding." "Freedom from strain and compression...I found the Anats to be transcendent in this aspect of performance." "More than any speaker I've heard, I felt I could rely on them to tell the truth with no editorializing, almost a Zen sense of bringing nothing to the music." "Am I gushing? Yes. Is there reason to? Yes."
Anat Reference™ II Professional in Stereophile, by Wes Phillips
In this cover story which can be found here, Wes Phillips was impressed by:
"how completely effortless music sounded-all music...," "...the soundstage so huge I could have walked into it and wandered around for an hour or so," "...when I want to hear what a recording really sounds like, I'll want to hear it through the Anat Reference II Professionals." His overall conclusion: "Like my pappy used to say, it ain't braggin' if you can actually do it."
Kipod™ Studio in Ultra Audio, by Jeff Fritz
Jeff Fritz was highly impressed by the sound and production quality. The full review can be found here. Excerpts:
“Depth of soundstage was extraordinary… a scary-real image… might as well have been performed right in my room… reach-out-and-touch you real”, “One of the most-thoroughly well-designed loudspeakers available”.
Anat Reference™ Main Module in SoundStage, by Doug Schneider
Read the full review here. Doug Schneider declares:
“They’re relentlessly neutral and make other relatively neutral-sounding speakers seem quite colored in comparison”. Other superlatives included “All other speakers I’ve reviewed seem diffuse, even confused, in comparison”, “Its way of… laying out the soundstage with painstaking precision is the best I’ve heard from any speaker” and “The... stage was so well laid out, holographic and razor-sharp that I found it hard to believe I was getting such sound from stereo”, among others. Production quality was also praised: “By far, the most solid speaker I’ve ever reviewed”.
Anat Reference™ Studio in HiFi Review (Hong Kong), by Sam Ho
Chief editor Sam Ho purchased the speaker for the publication’s reference system after a glowing review.
Anat Reference™ Main Module in Stereo Sound (Japan)
A “showdown” of cost-no-object speakers is conducted – all 14 market leaders are compared head-to-head using objective third-party measurements. Anat Reference™ Main Module emerges as the clear technological superior in all five categories tested: anechoic frequency response (flattest), response at normal listening distance (flattest), lateral dispersion (tied for most uniform), vertical dispersion (most uniform) and distortion (tied for lowest 3rd harmonic). Thus, YG Acoustics™’ technological leadership is confirmed by an independent source.
Anat Reference™ Main Module in Stereo Sound (Japan)
Audio critic and professional bass player Hiromi Wada purchases the speaker for his reference system after a glowing review.
Anat Reference™ Studio in Stereo Sound (Japan)
Audio critic Takahito Miura praises the speaker, and sets the stage for YG Acoustics™’ first major award: the Stereo Sound Grand Prix, which was granted later that year.
Anat Reference™ Studio in Audio Accessory (Japan)
Audio-guru Makoto Fujioka concludes:
“An absolute masterpiece… I wondered how this level of performance was possible... Listening to it will change the future course of your audio life”