Epicure 4 Floorstanding Speakers

4.56/5 (27 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Raymond in DC a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2012

Bottom Line:   
While working in a mid-fi shop back in '77, I purchased a used set of Epicure 400s from one of our reps. (They replaced my Epicure 100s.) I had them for a year or so, until I sold them and purchased a new set of Allison Two's. In the right room, 400's provided a big soundstage with remarkably flat power response (I measured it!). But it was sensitive to placement (distance from nearby walls) and orientation (parallel to walls vs. canting at 45 degrees), and the sound character could vary wildly.

But though smaller than the 1000 towers, these were still rather large. The smaller Allison Two was both a superior and a more forgiving design. They *demanded* to be placed against the wall, so took up less space, and sounded more natural. (Sadly, they were stolen in transit to my new home. I replaced them with a used set of Allison One's, which I still have.)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Epicure 400+
$400 direct from EPI in 1978 through their dealer incentive program.
Used continuously since.
Replaced the foam surrounds twice, about 1992, and again in 2007.
These are solid performing speakers, with clear uncolored response from close to the bottom to as high as I can currently hear. Used now in a spare 5.1 system.
Last year I moved these to the bonus room and replaced them with Klipsh RF83s.
Why? The 83's rock. But I should have saved the money. The 31 year old 400's sound smoother than the RF83's and the base is tighter, more solid in the 400s.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Art S a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Picked up a pair of Model 3s at the Goodwill for only 40 dollars! What a steal! These speakers are getting better and better as I listen to them. The highs are really nice but what really blew me away was the mid and bass response... Theres so much sound from these speakers! Listening to all kinds of music and still have yet to find a genre where they are lacking... Rock, rap, electroclash you name it, these speakers kick ass! The only issue I can see right now is the foams on bass elements... Why aren't companies switching to butyl or other rubber yet?

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Goodwill



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
My first Epicure purchase was in '88, they were the model 1's and they replaced a pair of polk 2b's. I loved em, However I was in a trade up phase and swapped themfor some ADS speakers which i then traded for KEF 105/3's, bear with me. While I had the epicure's a friend came over listened, fell in love, (with the speakers) and went out and bought the model 3's new. He called me last week and offered me those speakers if I would help him move, warning me the foam surrounds were rotted. I moved him, ordered replacement surrounds from speakerworks.com and now sit in stunned disbelief! These things listed for$700.00 in '88, They have no right sounding this good.
My electronics are considerably better than they were when I had the model 1's so that must be how I missed the majic. The soundstage is precise extending beyond the cabinets and there is excellent seperation between vocals and instruments. Deep bass is missing, but you don't miss it,It's fun & involving. I listen to male & female vocals to get a flavour of the midrange, Once again these speakers have no right sounding this good, My KEF 105s have greater resolution and go louder at almost 5 times the price, but not anything like you'd expect. The tweeter is the only obvious flaw in this speaker, and then only when I'm really crankin em. I can live with the siblance that comes with their detail because these are sweet sounding speakers overall, some will be bothered though.
Steve at
scwlw@comcast.net

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Purchased At:   friend



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pangl a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I purchased my pair of Model 3 from a super irresponsible eBay seller who just didn't care less about packing. Those speakers are nightmarish to ship. I would strongly discourage anybody buying a pair unless you could pick them up locally.

The speakers were state of the art back then, but considerably aged like many vintage Infinity speakers. What I meant is the Epicure speakers don't age as well as, say, Altec 604 series. The drivers are just prone to rotting and cracks etc. The most notable issue is the "eyeball" tweeters in which the paper cone tend to crack. What's even worst is that there is a site called HUMAN SPEAKERS which would happily charge you $60, make you wait 3 months, only to have some homebrew tweeter replacement that looks nothing like the original, nor blend in with the rest. What a ripoff. I said so because I am a victim of this, so if you get a pair with damaged tweeters (like mine's), don't buy the speakers!

Anyway, due to the age of this, sound is muddy and rough, nothing like what you'd read from the reviews here. The placement of the binding posts are very awkward (at the bottom) too. In retrospect, this is the kind of speakers that you wished to sound well but it sounds badly and you could only comfort yourself by saying you got a pair that is not maintained well (this is how I got my sleep after doping out $500 plus $200 shipping cross-country, what an idiot)

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   eBay




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