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GRADIENT HELSINKI 1.5



‘ Stereophile Recommended Component 2014 ‘ (Stereophile)



‘ Editors Choice Award 2014 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)



‘ Stereophile Recommended Component 2013 ‘ (Stereophile)



‘ Editors Choice Award 2013 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)



‘ Stereophile Recommended Component 2012 ‘ (Stereophile)



‘ Audio Excellence - award ‘ (HIFICRITIC)



‘  This design is literally outside of the box, yet has a solid theoretical foundation, and an elegant inner tonal balance. A quirky mixture of aesthetic and sonic elegance, it’s maybe not for everyone, but it’s cogently engineered, makes a significant contribution to the art of loudspeaker design and clearly deserves recommendation, especially in view of its decidedly modest price. ‘ - Martin Colloms, HIFICRITIC (7-9.2012)



‘  The Helsinki strikes a nice neutral balance between being either too warm or too clinical. But what takes the cake is the Helsinki offers the best of both worlds – the dynamic sound of moving coil drive units and an unboxy sound quality akin to flat panel speakers, which of course it isn’t. For that, the Helsinki deserves a recommendation for being a fine sounding loudspeaker with jaw dropping aesthetics. ‘ MOD AV, Issue 12


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‘ Several amazing pieces of organ music, live club jazz and female vocals proved to be intoxicating. The sonic imaging placed me in the room where each of the recordings was made, and each projected a different-sized space. Holographic would be the best word to describe this system. Whether sitting in front or standing in back of the speakers, the sound was so extremely visceral and huge that you could easily lose yourself in the illusion of being at a live music event. This was the most realistic and musical sound at the 2012 New York Audio Show. ‘

- Jeremy R. Kipnis,  HomeTheaterReview.com (April 2012)


Read the full report here: http://hometheaterreview.com/the-10-best-sounding-rooms-from-the-new-york-audiophile-show-2012/?page=2



‘ The sound in the Gradient room, with everything running, was quite simply unrivaled at this show. ‘

  1. -Scot Hull, New York Audio & AV Show 2012, Part-Time Audiophile (April 2012)


Read the full report here: http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2012/04/28/nyav12-simplifi-audio-presents-gradient-bladelius/



‘ The best of the best in high-end audio - The Gradient Helsinki 1.5 speaker is a "boxless" design, it sounds as amazing as it looks. ‘ - Steve Guttenberg, New York Audio & AV Show 2012 coverage, CNET (April 2012)


Read the full report here: http://news.cnet.com/2300-13645_3-10011962.html



‘ Gradient Conquers Room Acoustics - The sound was open, clear, and vibrant, with well-defined images placed across a wide stage. I heard no evidence of the bass problems that troubled many other systems. ‘ - John Atkinson & Stephen Mejias, New York Audio & AV Show 2012 coverage, Stereophile (April 2012)


Read the full report here: http://www.stereophile.com/content/gradient-conquers-room-acoustics



‘ Editors Choice Award 2012 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)




’ Vivre avec les Helsinki dans mon salon est une expérience qui m’a plu, je me suis bien amusé, je suis prêt à recommencer n’importe quand. ‘ -Marc Philip, Magazine Audio (Aug 2011)


Read the full report here: http://www.magazine-audio.com/2011/gradient-helsinki/




‘ This unusual design from Gradient’s Jorma Salmi, with wave-guided tweeter, disc-mounted midrange, and side-firing dipole woofer, is intended to erase your listening room from the sound you hear. And it delivers the goods: Few other speakers can give you an equal sense of being transported to the performance venue. With the right setup, its spatial performance is at the top level attainable at any price. ‘ Editors Choice Award 2011 (The Absolute Sound, March 2011)





‘ Gradients Helsinki 1.5 offers basically excellent sound for a not unreasonable price.‘

 -John Atkinson, Stereophile (Nov 2010)



‘ Though I was skeptical at first, I came away thinking that the Helsinki 1.5 is a must-hear for anyone with a taste for hi-fi adventure, and quite possibly a must-own for anyone for whom clarity of presence can tip the scale toward ecstasy. ’

- Art Dudley, Stereophile (Aug 2010)


‘ One of the most exciting and realistic-sounding loudspeakers money can buy. ‘ - Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+ (April 2010)



‘ Best Sound of the SSI Show (Montreal SSI 2010) ‘ -Marc Philip, Audio Magazine (March 2010)




‘ Editors Choice Award 2010 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)








‘ This speaker has things to offer that no other does, especially in putting you in the space of the recording venue. There is literally nothing else like it, and it is an indispensable audition if you care about the proverbial "state of the art”. ‘

-Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound (Jan 2009)



‘ Editors Choice Award 2009 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)






‘ Golden Ear Award 2008 ’  (The Absolute Sound)









‘ Editors Choice Award 2008 ‘ (The Absolute Sound)









‘ The sound was beatifully clean, clear and open, with, always a hallmark of Salmi’s designs, a solid soundstage of very precise imaging. ‘ -Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound (April/May 2008)


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