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Apogee Acoustics Duetta Signature
14 Reviews
rating  4.43 of 5
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Description: Two-way ribbon loudspeaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flintstone a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have owned many speakers in the last 30 years..none have made me more happy than my Duetta Sig's. While no speaker I have owned (or heard) could do it all for me as a picture of what the real-thing sounds like...the Duetta Signatures are by far the most fun I've had in audio.

My room (dedicated) is large enough to place these large speaker were they can really open-up into a fantastic soundstage. Mid-range quality is second to nothing I've ever heard at any price.

Bass, well with my trusty old Krell Ksa-250 (2,000 watts at 1 ohm)...stunning would be an understatment. I have 3 large Vmps sub's that I use in this large multichannel system...don't even bother to fire them up for music as there is no need.

That said and IMHO, these are not a good rock speaker unless the rock is very well recorded. Why?...because they will pick apart any poorly recorded (most old rock) cd. Now if you have a turntable for your old rock albums things change and you will enjoy the older stuff much more as the albums were no way near as bright as early CD's were.

Are these the last speakers I will ever own? Nope...I will upgrade to the Apogee Scintilla on day.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephan Fiege a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
These speakers are a wonderful investment for those that have the opprotunity and money to pair them up with the proper components (strong Amps!).

The soundstage and imaging is fantastic. In instrumental music, you can clearly identify each instrument and its location. And how clear and natural sounding the Apogee is with female vocalists - breathless!
And the bass? It is very fast and for me it is deep enough.

They make me to stay at home and look and listen.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Purchased At:   Germany



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hemant a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Bottom Line:   
In the right room with the right equipment, these speakers make you forget that you are listening to a stereo and put the performers on a stage in front of you.

The musicians are IN THE ROOM!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   the stereo shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Allen a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
BUY THESE SPEAKERS (if you can find them)!!!

There is nothing else close to them, even at 5 times the price!!!

The power, grand scale, transparency, sound staging, speed, and accuracy are just GLORIOUS!!! There is not a speaker I've heard that isn't a generation behind these! At their current used price of +- $1600 they should get a value and overall rating of 20 stars (********************)

Associated equipment:

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 3D CD player
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 amp
Wilson Benesch Full Circle turntable
Wilson Benesch Act Two tonearm
Wilson Benesch Triptych turntable stand
Ortofon Jubilee cartridge
BAT VK-P10 phono stage
Nordost blue heaven interconnects
Aureos vibration control

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1625.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geddie a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is the best speaker I've ever owned. Music reproduction, whether rock, jazz, vocal, or full orchestra, is almost spookily realistic and natural-sounding. A very responsive, detailed speaker which also has great dynamics and deep, strong bass.

This speaker is a 58 inch tall x 30 inch wide line source panel which delivers a full size soundstage. Image height is realistic, vocalists are life sized, instruments are well placed on the soundstage, and the soundstage has great depth. Instrumental harmonics are outstanding.

The Duetta Signature is a "full range ribbon speaker" -- it's not a hybrid speaker, and ribbons are the only transducers used to produce the sound. The 47 inch midrange/tweeter ribbon is mated with a large, trapezoidal bass panel made of the same material (aluminum signal traces bonded to a clear Kapton backing). Because of this, the Duetta Sig is a very "fast," coherent, sweet and pure-sounding speaker from top to bottom.

One cautionary note: This speaker requires an amplifier which is capable of delivering a lot of current into a low impedance load. However, the impedance curve is very flat (3 to 4 ohms across the board from approximately 30 Hz to 20 kHz) and it's frequency response is very smooth. Well worth the expense of purchasing a good amp. Highly recommended if you can find a used one in good condition.

REPLACEMENT RIBBONS AVAILABLE:

Replacement ribbons for all Apogee speakers are now available from two sources:

-- graz@graz.com.au

-- apogeeribbons@yahoo.com

For additional information on the Duetta Signature and other Apogee ribbon speakers, see:

http://www.apogeespeakers.totalserve.co.uk

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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