Acoustic Energy AE505 Floorstanding Speakers

4.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $1795.00

Product Description

A powerful, slimline 2-way floor-standing loudspeaker designed to integrate seamlessly within a smaller listening environment. This entry-level speaker in the series features a single AE-design anodised alloy cone bass/mid drive-unit, with the 25mm silk-coated fabric dome, high frequency unit. The bass/mid range driver has a damped alignment within a single chamber, bass reflex enclosure using a high power flared port on the rear baffle. In addition to conventional passive driving, the AE505 can also be bi-wired or bi-amped for optimum sound quality. Derived from the renowned AE1 loudspeaker, the AE505 is a floor-stander designed with sonic advantages in bass extension, neutrality and speed, whilst providing a fine balance of subtlety and power.

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

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

Bottom Line:   
With as eclectic a mix of both music tastes and hi-fi as mine, choosing a new speaker to upgrade from my TDL RTL3s was always going to be difficult. My tastes range from Megadeth to Bach so it's a tough act to ask any speaker to manage. I demo'd the 505s at my local store and then borrowed them for 24 hours at home, after which I rang and said "bank the cheque, they're staying here!" The speakers take a good degree of driving to get them going but if you have a clean enough source and some decent low distortion amplification they can really sing. You must also make sure you place them correctly - I found they need an equal distance from each other and the listener, angling in to cross just in front of you.

Tracks like Pink Floyd's "wish you were here" offer an excuse to suspend reality for a little while as the guitar sounds wash over you like a fresh breeze and Gilmour takes you away to another land, yet Shostakovich's "leningrad symphony" builds to a power level that is almost unbearably intense. There have been times I have wanted a little more bass but, having owned some Kef Reference over the years, I prefer tight bass to too much without the control.

Whatever your tastes you should find a pair of these speakers. Make sure the source and the interconnects are up to the job or the speakers will find all the holes in the signal quality. However, given quality equipment to supply them, the 505s will sing.

For your info, I use a set of Mission Pre and Power amps built in the late 70's at enormous cost (I sold my Quad 44/ 606 combo cos these are so much more realistic - "spooky", my wife calls them), a Marantz cd63KI, Rega Planar 2 with Goldring, plus mainly Chord Company interconnects and 12 core silver QED Profile speaker cables.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   sevenoaks hifi, oxfo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Audy Barr a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Quick, stellar performance. Crisp but not overly bright, soft smooth bass...incredible music speaker but with enough umph for DVD....articulate midrange and the high range is so sweet and accurate you would swear the instrument was in the room. These have the absolutly the most awsome three dimensional sound I have yet to hear.....if you have any of Mozarts work the sound surrounds you...sound effects fly across the sound stage which is wide and deep.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Loyallity Sound

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