Gershman Acoustics X-1 Floorstanding Speakers

5/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $1600.00


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bookshelf speaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George Clarke a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I was able to obtain a set of X-1's in mint condition for $250, which, taking performance into account, is an absolute bargain. These speakers have the uncanny ability of rendering and layering instruments and voices with absolute precision. Staging is startling in its realism. Some sounds emanating from these speakers have an etherial quality, allowing them to float out into the room away from the speakers. Treble performance is smooth, yet detailed. Bass performance is amazingly good for a small woofer. Mid range performance is wonderful. I can't think of a single weakness in the X-1's overall performance. To my ears, they surpass the Totem Model 1 in overall sound.

Highly recommended!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



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

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2003

Bottom Line:   
My first impression is that, this speaker is very juicy. First of all, i want to tell you that i love Totem, and i were planning to buy Totem. However, after i audited the Gershman... Comparing with Totem's Model 1, the X-1 is alot sweeter. Totem might sound more edgy in comparison. I'm not saying the X-1 is not accurate as the Totem, but i don't like that Totem is too balanced and perhaps a bit dry. And comparing the bass, x-1 is awsome! The soundstage is good, very detail by not edgy. Full Bodied Sound! very musical and comfortable to listen it. You won't feel tire of listen to it for hours, because you will slowly went into the soundstage, it's very living compare other competitors. Totem is famous in making small speakers. Thus, i will buy the smallest one. I must buy Totem Arro, if it goes to my bedroom.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Local Hi-Fi Store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Bliss a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a pair of book shelf size speakers for the rear channel in movies, as well as DVD audio. I had just about decided to go with the Sonus Faber Concerto's, when my dealer recommended taking a look at these. I already had a pair of Gershman Acoustics Avant Guarde's in front, which were fantastic. I hadn't given their smaller speaker a chance because, the only the thing I had to go by was the photo above, or on Gershman home page. Unfortunately, Gershman is such a small company that they don't do much marketing, and the quality of the pictures on their site etc. just don't do the product justice.

After seeing them in person I was quite impressed, first by their looks, but most importantly, the quality and accuracy of the music they reproduced. I don't have an audiophile ear or vocabulary so , I can't do a great job of describing the sound. What I can say is that they just seem clearer, smoother, and more tonally balanced than other similar sized speakers I listened to. They also felt as if they had more low end punch, which I felt would defintely help out with movies. I attribute this to their large rear port.

Mine are mounted on Sanus ultimate foundation stands (each filled with 20 pounds of #8 lead shot). Gershman custom did a set for me in gloss black laquer. Many visitors to my home have remarked at how cool they looked, or that they wouldn't mind having them as front channel speakers, based on how wonderfully musical they sounded.

If you are in the market for a smaller speaker, that is an excellent value, give these a try.

My speakers were purchased from Steve at Sound Video. For anyone interested in purchasing these, or others from a very knowledgeable person, with an honest straight forward approach, I suggest you send him an e-mail (herra001@tc.umn.edu)






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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Sound Video



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T Nolan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Very good speaker with most music. Never sounds bright or edgy. Never had any listening fatique after hours of listening. Better than average speaker when considering X-1 and SW-1. SW-1 does help with high quality bass extension (20hz).

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark bryston a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is a truely outstanding speaker. It is extremely well built. Solid thud with the knuckle rap test. gold plated binding posts allowing for biwireing or biamping.
The sound of this speaker will have you firmly in the high end!! Holographic imaging not seen since the celestion 600si but without that speakers flaws(colored mid bass). Pure toneality through the entire bandwidth of the speakers measured performance(40 to 20k+). But even at 40hz though this speaker will perform better with a good sub. I have used a couple different ones and with each the speakers seemed to improve by about 3db in its senistivety except when paired with its own matching Subs(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).
With its matching stereo subs these speaker are top of the line audiophile speakers(although it doubles its price) one minor flaw is that the speakers don't like distorted heavy metal. The woofers pop when too much of it(limp biskits intro cut on Starfish cd)is present. If loud distorted/synthized heavy metal bass is your cup of tea then this speaker may not be for you. I just turn it down a bit when playing this kind of music but everything else from classical/jazz/rock and 90%of metal its damned near perfect. BUY THEM. And if possible BUY THE MATCHING SUBS!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000




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