Reviews and Problems with Acoustic Energy Radiance 1
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Acoustic Energy Radiance 1 Speaker System
Sound & Vision Magazine
3 August 2009
Excerpt: Sometimes a single moment of greatness defines a person or a company, even if other moments of greatness follow. For Judy Garland, it was “Over the Rainbow” in The Wizard of Oz. For Acoustic Energy, a British loudspeaker brand, it was the AE1. The monitor took recording studios by storm when it made its debut in 1988, and it soon became a favorite among consumer-level audiophiles as well.
Excerpt: We wanted to include a standmount in this month's reviews, to contrast with the floorstanders and having reviewed AE's larger three-way Radiance 3, we elected to include the much smaller two-way Radiance 1.
Pros: Excellent mid-to-treble voicing
Cons: Limited dynamic expression and power handling
Excerpt: It's been a while since we've had a whole new speaker range from Acoustic Energy , a manufacturer which in the past has scooped Awards and Group Test wins. It's been a little while, though, since it reached quite those heights.
Pros: Dynamic, punchy and entertaining sound, fast and agilepresentation, impressive build and finish
Cons: Lacks refinement through the midrange and treble, lacks some scale and authority in comparison with the best rivals
Excerpt: Acoustic Energy has been a little quiet on the speaker front over the last year or so. But not without reason. The Cirencester-based manufacturer has been hard at work designing a new range of speakers – Radiance.
Pros: Awesome power handling, capable of impressive bass weight considering cabinet size, detailed treble, rhythmic sound
Cons: Midrange lacks finesse and emotion, upper midrange sounds coarse