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Acoustic Energy AE2
19 Reviews
rating  4.53 of 5
MSRP  2795.00
Description: (2) 5" Woofers, 2" Tweeter


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chan Kong Wa a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2009

Bottom Line:   
My speaker AE 2 rosewood had been broken all around because volt amp was too hot and continual playing are burn it up, and i need to replace the speaker, please advice.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JCsix a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have heard many speakers and monitors in the 1000-3000 US$ range. I ended up buying these...

The AE1 series from acoustic energy is a legend in the audiophile world and the AE2 product is really built on top of this and one notch up in performance.

I use it with a Bryston 4b driving it and the sound is great - very neutral, revealing, somewhat warm compared to other speakers I tried and incredibly rich for a monitor. I did a blind test at the store with other speakers - i.e - the B&W 804s and I could not believe I chose this monitor for richness across the board from bass to highs vs a full sized speaker!! it can sure fill a room no doubt, the bass is rich and strong and most importantly fast!!

I recommend these hands down to anyone who is seaking a speaker in the 2000 dollar price range - new.

the odd thing is that noone will sit down in your living room and go WOW the minute they hear them - but after a while of listening - everyone who heard these thought the sound was just incredible after spending some time listening to high quality material on them.

but I have to say this! i have the reference series of the AE 2 - I went to audition the signature series (exact same looking speaker aside from finish and of course electrical components used to build it) they sell for twice the price, but man..... incredible!!!! seriously the best sounding speaker I ever heard. if you can be patient - save and buy the signatures if you can ever find them.... far superior to an already great speaker....

hope this helps :)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   new at a dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tubes a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Phil Jones monitors are legendary,from his incredible details to acoustic designs to the manufacturing aspects his monitors are amazing.From his classic AE1..AE2 to his Solo's his designs are second to none.Having recently purchases the AE2 I can fully support other audiophiles claims this is a terrific monitor.It takes the AE1 imaging and details and widens its soundstaging with more depth and spread,Ae1 may have a little advantage in its transparency but the AE2 goes deeper and tighter.Instrument have a sence of bloom and vocals are fleshed out perfectly.The weakness is that there is a tendency to roll off a little too quickly on some material(pianos) but it does not distract the listener.AE2 luvs tubes or neutral solidstate amps.These speakers are very reveiling so equipment matching is a must.If your listening is not too large these speakers are a must have classic, good stands are critical for theses monitors.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ...........



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

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've lived with these speakers for about 3 monts now, and I can truely say that they keep getting better and better for each day that passes.

The bass response is equal to no other speaker - it's fast, tight, articulated and dry, BUT with body.

These speakers love playing loud live music, since they are so fast, you'll soon be playing air guitar and singing along for hours.

As I mentioned above they need quality equipment, or they will sound worse than the cheapest BOSE sattelite/sub system (currently the worst sounding speakers on the market, and proberbly the worst speakers ever!). These are studio monitors and will reveal the slightest fault in your system, thus making it unlistenable.

But if you hook the up with tubes (preferably high power push-pull amps) and Nordost cables combined with a musical and high resolution cd player, these speakers will blow you away.

If you are planning to buy this speaker, please take some time ajusting your system, or you will not hear the full potential of these speakers.

I highly recommend the AE2 mk2!

Regards

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $730.00

Purchased At:   used



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

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Bottom Line:   
A very refined mini-monitor that exhibits large speaker characteristics with regards to dynamics and bass. As a mini-monitor, it has world class imaging, soundstage and has the ability to portray the musical presentation as "full-size" opposed to some monitors that shrink the presentation and make it seem as if the performers are all 3 feet tall! They really benefit from a solidly built stand which is filled with sand or shot! Also, make sure the stand puts the tweeter at ear-level. The tweeter is located half-way up the baffle - not at the top like most monitors and is mirror-imaged (tweeter is inset for awesome imaging) so the speaker needs to be up a little higher so the tweeter is at ear-level - thus I have them on 27" stands, however, this height will vary depending on how high/low your listening chair is.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Earphoria




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