Acoustic Energy Reference 1 Speakers With Stands / pr.

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$ 2,599.00

AE Reference 1 With Stands

With the Reference Series we’ve sought to improve upon every aspect of current speaker design to create a true, balanced, dynamic, wide-bandwidth and minimal colouration loudspeaker.

State-of-the-Art Cabinetry: Constrained laminate layer construction for maximum resonance damping. A specially designed 7mm MDF/3mm high density rubber/5mm MDF sandwich material is used throughout the cabinet enclosure for resonance-free and vibration-free performance. Its inert when you knock on it, totally dead, making no sound of its own.  All you hear is the music, not cabinet coloration.

Matching stands are included in price.

Technical Specifications:
Bass/Mid Driver: 110mm underhung magnet, twin voice coil assembly
Crossover: Ultra short signal path 2nd order crossover at 2khz
Frequency response: 45Hz – 40kHz @ +/-3dB
Power handling: Amplifiers rated up to 200 watts into 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 87db for 2.83V at 1m
Nominal impedance: 6 Ohms
Total harmonic distortion: Less than 0.3% 200Hz to 20kHz
Dimensions: 12.2″ (310mm) H x 7.5″ (190mm) W x 11″ (280mm) D 
Weight: 23 lbs; 10.5 kg (single, unpacked)
Finish: Piano ebony, piano black, piano white, white satin

Note: Price includes free shipping in the USA & Canada

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Legendary Acoustic Energy Performance and Aesthetics, British Sensibility at its Best.

The Reference 1 features a custom-designed bass driver with an over-sized and under-hung motor assembly for maximum linear accuracy and control. The motor system comprising twin-wound aluminium voice-coils is thermally-bonded to the hard-anodized aluminium cone for absolute minimum distortion and long-throw pistonic accuracy. This design eliminates thermal dynamic compression, a unique feature of Acoustic Energy speakers since our founding.

Our Best Tweeter Ever! The now well-established Vifa Ring-radiator tweeter is used here in our own custom, upgraded specification. Coupled to our DXT® Lens assembly for improved in-room response and dispersion matching to the bass driver, this is one of the finest tweeters in use today.

These features wrapped into a compact, elegant design and luxuriously finished with real piano ebony lacquer mark the new Reference Series as the pinnacle of current small loudspeaker design.

Specifications for Reference 1 Stands:
Dimensions: 25.6″ H (650mm) x 9.25″ W (235mm)  x  11.8″ D (300mm) maximum dimension of base plate/column stated)
Top plate dimensions: 5.7″ (144mm)  W x  8.2″ D (209mm)
Weight: 33 lbs. pair; 7.5kg (per stand)
Finish: Central insert available in piano ebony, piano black, piano white or piano cherry

Owners Manual

Additional information

Weight 53 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 17 × 13 in

4 reviews for Acoustic Energy Reference 1 Speakers With Stands / pr.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    What Hi Fi, Dec 2011

    “They’re immensely solid in the bass, and deliver transients with the precision and punch.” Authoritative presentation; impressive dynamics, punch and resolution; refined treble. ” What Hi Fi, Dec 2011

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Palmer, Hi Fi Wigmwa, Jan 2017

    “You immediately feel you are listening to a much bigger speaker (this is also true of the Mulidine’s), there’s a wonderful sense of scale as Massive Attack’s Karmacoma starts out. The room is very much full of music, clarity and speed being the over riding initial impressions, but without being overtly dynamic, I wasn’t pinned to my seat by it, more pleasantly immersed than beaten about the head. Listening to Mose Alison there was no doubt that these had real Hi-Fi credentials, the double bass player’s fingers were easy to place and Mose’ voice floated beautifully. More dynamic software in the shape of The Chemical Brothers proved they were no slouches, thundering around the room like an elephant on PCP it amazed me the scale they manage from such a small box.

    “Nirvana’s Lithium was not much short of breathtaking too, the snap of the snare drum had a real impact, the speed of these metal drivers is almost certainly what does the trick here. So stiff, they offer huge clarity and hilarious volumes.” James Palmer,
    Hi Fi Wigwam, Jan 2017

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Fi Choice, Jan 2015

    “… the Reference 1 you see here has some seriously influential DNA in it, and this compact two-way manages the decidedly clever trick of being beautifully finished and as room friendly as any of the competition, but at the same time still exuding some of the professional heritage that the AE1 has in spades.”

    “Acoustic Energy has a long and distinguished history of subverting the laws of physics and the Reference 1 knows all the tricks. These little speakers hit harder, go deeper and sound bigger than they have any right to…” Hi Fi Choice Jan 2015

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Ear, Netherlands Oct 2013

    “The Reference 1 balances silky smooth tones with the bite of a voice or instrument. The speaker never sounds aggressive or over the top, but it also never gets too relaxed. This means that even if you listen for a long time you stay involved with each and every note. I believe this quality is a trademark of the better British brands.”

    “For me the Reference 1 is a fine example of the capabilities of the British loudspeaker industry, an industry that has dominated the audio business in the Netherlands for as long as I can remember. Its stylish looks should be considered in a serious audio system because of what it can do for your music collection.” The Ear, Netherlands Oct 2013

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