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Acoustic Energy Reference 1 - Awards and Reviews
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Speaker Cables
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QED Reference XT40 (single-wire) speaker cable, with fitted Airlock plugs
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Acoustic Energy Reference 1
Bass/Mid Driver: 110mm underhung magnet, twin voice coil
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
Weight: 10.50kg each
Height: 310mm  |  Width: 190mm  |  Depth: 280mm
Ebony or Gloss Black
Acoustic Energy Reference 1
Tiny cabinet marks save you £850 on these outstanding audiophile bookshelf speakers!

The trouble with making an exquisitely finished speaker like these high gloss piano lacquer Reference Ones is that even the slightest slip during production will result in a cabinet that has to be rejected by the manufacturer's in - house Quality Control. In the past, cosmetic reject speakers were stripped back down to their component parts and the cabinets were literally thrown away. However, in these more environmentally responsible times, speakers with minor blemishes are now designated as cosmetic 'B Grade' and are sold on to dealers like us, where they are snapped up by eager customers, due to the big discounts involved.

The photographs in the 'Images & Videos' tab above are taken from a couple of typical pairs of cosmetic B Grade Black Reference Ones and show not only the type of tiny blemishes involved, but also the astonishingly high standards that the Acoustic Energy Quality Control department works to - it actually took us quite a while to work out what was supposed to be 'wrong' with these speakers! Most of the blemishes only show up if you can get the reflected light absolutely right for a photograph and even then, the marks disappear once you get more than a foot or so away from the speakers. We have deliberately tried to show them up looking their very worst in the photos, but the truth of the matter is that they are virtually invisible to the naked eye, unless you get very close to the speaker. Even then, some of the blemishes are on the base of the speaker (see two of the photos above) or behind a grille, where they won't show at all in normal use.

They are the sort of marks you could put on a brand new 1650 pair of perfect Ref 1s by accidentally allowing the cabinets to rub against a wristwatch clasp, in the excitement of unpacking the speakers for the very first time.

And that's it - those tiny imperfections (which might be missed by other manufacturers) have been picked up by Acoustic Energy's strict QC and as a result, you have the chance to get your hands on one of the highest reviewed, best sounding, best looking bookshelf monitors ever produced, at under half price - a saving of 850!

From a performance standpoint, the Reference 1s are exceptional, producing a totally uncoloured presentation that allows you to 'see' right into the musical mix. You hear every word of the lyrics, every subtle inflection of an instrument, every layer of the original recording - and they all seem to emerge from an inky black silence that makes other speakers sound horribly 'smeared' and 'dirty' in comparison. The three dimensional accuracy of the Ref Ones is unnerving, too - close your eyes and you feel like you can reach out and touch the musicians in front of you.

They sound just like a professional studio monitor, except that they also capture the musicality of every piece perfectly, whereas some monitors are so 'dry' that they 'strangle' the music. The Ref 1s can 'rock and roll' in a way that other monitor designs can only dream of, thanks to a combination excellent engineering and clever design. Their cabinets are constructed out of a thick MDF / rubber sandwich that makes them sonically completely inert: their ring radiator tweeter is arguably one of the finest around and was derived from the highly popular AE Radiance range: their crossovers are ultra simple, whereas most monitor crossovers are so complex they kill the 'verve' of the music; and finally, the Reference One's amazing, ultra rigid aluminium bass / midrange cones with twin wound aluminium voice coils are so light that they recover incredibly quickly, resulting in a very 'fast', exciting sound.

We have listened to many speakers in our time and we can honestly say that these are one of the most accurate, realistic designs we have ever heard. Which is exactly what you would expect from a speaker with an SRP of 1650 - except, of course, you won't be paying that much, because (if you're quick) you can snap up a pair of these beauties for just 799, including next working day delivery and a 2 year Acoustic Energy warranty. That's under half price - a saving of 850 off the SRP!!

Get a pair now while you can - these are already selling fast!

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Acoustic Energy Reference 1
(very slight cosmetic seconds)
Ebony or Gloss Black
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Cyrus
82 DAC
+ Acoustic Energy Reference 1
(very slight cosmetic seconds)
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Cyrus
Lyric
+ Acoustic Energy Reference 1
(very slight cosmetic seconds)
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2549
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Cyrus
Pre2 DAC Qx
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Stereo 200
+ Acoustic Energy Reference 1
(very slight cosmetic seconds)
SRP 5090
 
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Cyrus ONE HD amplifier
+ Acoustic Energy Reference 1
(very slight cosmetic seconds)
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