(3 customer reviews)

Acoustic Energy AE500 Stand-Mount / Bookshelf Speakers / pr.

Original price was: $ 1,590.00.Current price is: $ 1,499.00.

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The AE500 is a new compact stand-mount loudspeaker from our flagship 500 Series. Following on from the award winning AE100 and AE300, the AE500 offers a significant step up in audio quality, materials, and cabinet finish. The 500 Series features our newly developed carbon fiber tweeter and mid/bass drivers, designed to match the pistonic power and accuracy of our legendary ceramic aluminum drivers but with improved self-damping for a smoother, more transparent sound.

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Offering unparalleled levels of performance, quality and value the result is an audio product with clean, uncluttered lines delivering a thrilling and powerful presentation discerning Acoustic Energy owners have come to expect for over 30 years.

Our flagship 500 Series comprises the AE500 stand-mount and AE509 floor-standing loudspeakers. Both feature our newly developed carbon fibre tweeter and mid/bass driver, designed to match the pistonic power and accuracy of our legendary ceramic aluminum drivers but with improved self-damping for a smoother, more transparent sound. The new 25mm carbon fiber tweeter dome is lighter and more damped than typical hard dome materials, providing a lightning fast and accurate sound with optimum neutrality.

The extremely inert, cast aluminum WDT (Wide Dispersion Technology™) waveguide surrounding the tweeter ensures sweet, clear and natural vocals, whilst positioning close to the mid/bass driver improves dispersion and soundstage. The new 125mm mid/bass drivers have been designed with oversized 35mm voice coils for low thermal compression and a highly dynamic yet controlled bass response. The woofers also have an optimized motor suspension system for maximum linearity and lowest distortion for mid-range definition, whilst the lightweight nature of the cone material increases transient speed and clarity.

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These unique high and low frequency drivers are housed in our new Resonance Suppression Composite (RSC) cabinets evolved from the prestigious Reference Series and feature the same constrained layer composite material to greatly reduce cabinet acoustic radiation. The 500 Series is available in high gloss Piano Black, White, and American Walnut real wood veneer cabinet finishes.

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Specifications AE500:

Drive Unit:  125mm Carbon Fiber Cone
Tweeter:  25mm Carbon Fiber Dome
Frequency Range:  45 Hz to 28 KHz ± 6 dB
Sensitivity:  87 dB
Peak SPL:  113 dB
Power Handling:  120w
Crossover Frequency:  2.8 KHz
Impedance:  6 Ohm
Design:  2-way
Grilles:  Slim, cloth magnetic fit
Dimensions (mm):  12.2″ (310mm)  x 7.3″ (185mm)  x 10.2″ (260mm)  HWD
Weight:  18 lbs, 8 Kg each
Finishes:  Piano Gloss Black, White, and American Walnut wood veneer



Additional information

Weight 44 lbs
Dimensions 10.2 × 7.3 × 12.2 in

3 reviews for Acoustic Energy AE500 Stand-Mount / Bookshelf Speakers / pr.

  1. Trevor Butler, EAR Magazine May 2021

    “Hats off to all at Acoustic Energy for creating such a gem, and to do so at a $1590 price is astonishing. This little box puts many other small speakers to shame: not only is it better made and sounds superior but comes in at a sensible price. There’s now no excuse for poor sounds, even in a modest set-up. While generally ‘uncoloured’, the sound balance is clearly aimed towards entertainment and enjoyment (which it does extremely well) rather than trying to emulate a monitor loudspeaker which dissects the material in order to allow an engineer to balance the mix. That said, the AE500 is able to communicate the nuances of different acoustics at various recording venues and live performance settings. Impressive stuff at this price. The bad news is, now that I’ve finally got round to committing my thoughts I will have to return these beauties. I shall miss them. Trevor Butler, EAR Magazine, May 2021

  2. Ed Selley, AVForums Feb 2020

    “Acoustic Energy has used the ideas it’s been working on for a few years now, refined them, combined them with some ideas the company has made use of since day one and topped them off with some truly ambitious driver technology. The result is a speaker that makes a strong claim to being one of the very best you can buy for $1590 a pair.” Ed Selley, AVForums Feb 2020

  3. David Price, StereoNet UK, Nov 2019

    “At this precise moment, the new Acoustic Energy AE500 is the best all-round standmount loudspeaker that I have heard at this price point. It does so much so well yet is largely free of vices, so it’s really hard to say anything against it. If you’re in the market for a great affordable small speaker, then it’s here right in front of you.” David Price, StereoNet UK Nov 2019

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