Audio Physic Step Floorstanding Speakers

4.57/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $1795.00


Product Description

Precision molded tweeter diffuser to give extremely even dispersion Direct coupled bass without crossover (three years of development) to give perfect phase response and total control of the cone movement by the amplifier Pairs matched to +-0.5dB Stereophile "Class B Restricted LF" loudspeaker


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

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Hi, am adding a short note as there seems to be a lot of mis-information posted on this site RE the Audio Physics Steps. I have Step SLEs (the signature version) and they are superb. There is NOT a second version with a Seas woofer: the woofer took Joachim Gerhard - the designer - 3 years to design, and there is only one version of this highly specialized driver; also, it is run full range, a very tricky task indeed. 35-50 watts of high quality tube power is the ideal match for them, not more (they should not be pushed!), as they have limited power handling capabilities. Gerhard has long since left Audio Physics (now makes speakers under the "Sonics" moniker), so all of these comments apply to the original Steps - I have heard the newer ones and they have nothing in common, in any way, with the originals. The originals are hard to find, and MUST be used with the original tripod stands; but if you do find them you will not be disappointed in their sound, so long as the rig, and set-up, are up to snuff.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Terrific! Transcription of voice is wonderful, treble is fair, rythm is excellent, and bass is more dipe and wide that you would expect for a speaker of this size.
Be careful though, this speaker has its own personality: it's not neutral. It's very sweet, like silk, but it's never dark or too soft.
It seems that I have the mk2 version of these, with SEAS woofer. I've been listening it with Bryston pre-amp and DIY pure class A power amp, with WM8741 DAC.
I would recommand it warmly! Never heard any other speaker with so charming voices.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tim ward a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have Step SLEs in yew. they are truly exceptional little speakers. their size belies the room-filling sound (my listening room is at least 7m by 5m). they have a wonderfully broad soundstage and pinpoint imaging. Clarity is a real strength, treble is excellent, midrange veers towards the lean but is nevertheless entirely satisfactory, and bass is condiderably better than one has a right to expect (though I do also use an audio physic Luna subwoofer). The set-up is crucial, and putting them along the long wall of a room works much better. mine are about 3.5m apart, closer ruins the effect. they really do disappear. they are very revealing of source inadeqaucies and probably do need more current than my 35wpc valve amp can provide, especially with pink floyd and the like. Beautifully finished, they are even quite domestically acceptable.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1399.00

Purchased At:   The Right Note, Bath



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Jones a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2000

Bottom Line:   
(I have the Step SLE's in a beautiful dark Mahogany finish.) When you get them positioned correctly (which does take a bit of fiddling), they produce a remarkable sound for their tiny dimensions. They sound super sweet with vocal music and when cranked up a bit they really rock too, producing a remarkably good amount of nicely controlled bass. The depth of bass extension is, compared to their big brothers slightly lacking, but in a smallish room and positioned not too far from the listener, they produce a very satisfying result. I'd rather trade off extension against accuracy and tightness any day...

The revelation for me was adding the Audio Physic Luna subwoofer to the mix... the deep bass was there but not "in your face", the soundstage opened up in a remarkably 3 dimensional way, and each instrument and performer, particularly in classical recordings, became pinpointable.

Partnered with at least 50 watt amp (they aren't very sensitive), a good musical subwoofer and in a normal sized room, you will not be dissapointed.

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Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Thomas Schafbauer a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I listened to the Steps with a Krell KAV500i and Krell CD player. The boxes have good bass for their size, but overemphasized. Highs were OK. Imaging was not good at all in that setup, very blurry.
I would not buy them, there are better ones for the money.

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