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Athena Technologies Audition AS-B1
21 Reviews
rating  4.57 of 5
MSRP  179.00
Description: Audition AS-B1 Speakers <LI> Frequency response: 60 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 3 dB <LI> Power handling: 125 watts per channel <LI> Sensitivity: 90 dB <LI> Impedence: 8 ohms <LI> Dimensions: 13.75" tall, 7" wide, 9.5" deep <LI> Weight: 14 lbs. each <LI> Total carton weight (packed in pairs): 30 lbs.


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

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2011

Bottom Line:   
i was going to sell both sets i have but before i did i switch my ht fronts from my paradigm titan and they sound just as good as my par i am into music more than anybody i have over sixteen sets of house speakers im going to get a picture to show everyone my system 2 sets of par micro and one set titan psb alpha mite and alpha b, sound dynamics rts -1 sony ss mb 150 h and ss 957,bose 901 v1 and 802 with yourkville audiopro 508 mixer ,501 need woofers, 2.2 and bose cubes,mirage frx three wow for music the athenas sound better in home th than the mirage that are 500 a set infinity il 30 wow for music ahenas sound better in ht and the infinity are 800, sm 62 wow when paired to my sub mirage 150 i piano fin sub and ref one i orderd a set of tweeters on ebay for 50 dollars and when i hooked them up one of the woofers foam done anybody have one or the refoam i think it still good, enerygy2.1 e listen to these and they shoot air at youfrom the ports in diff dererent directions i thouth the ghost were back my home theater pioneer vsxd810s the par titan fronts ,b and w 500 center mirage 150 sub enery vcss ser 4 wat dy pi and my 901 have the pioneer vsx 9300 i though i could hook up eveything at once to find i need a lot of amps to run everything but i found a quest qls 8.1 speaker switch so i had to buy to of them 80 dollars at futureshop my one pioneer vsx 810s can run all sixteen sets at once i didnt think it would work but i hooked up my mirage and psb alpa b and a set of the athenas worked great good for 100 wpc of all the speakers the 901 are the best of them all for there power 450 whats they others there that are good sounding frx il30 sound good but the 901can go to sond levels that cant be done by anything i have

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



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

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I'm guessing at the year the AS-B1's were purchased. I have a pair and my daughter, a rock musician, also owns a pair. The reason I am writing this review is that I want to take exception to the reviews that describes the tweeter as harsh. I also owned the Athena towers using the same tweeter for several years and neither product ever exhibited harshness. They are lively, very efficient speakers but neither product ever caused listener fatigue. Both speakers, the bookshelf model and the tower, were used with highly rated electronics, including CD player, integrated amp, and stereo receiver. I suspect the harshness heard resulted from the associated electronics. My impression is the tweeter is smooth, lively, and clear, but not harsh.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Poultrygeist a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I have lived with the AS-B1's and their big brother F2's now for a few years. Tried them in a 2 channel arrangement powered by a Chinese tube hybrid amp and a vintage Marantz integrated amp and sourced with a SACD player. I have also used them as rears in a panny xr55 based 5.1 HT system in which they complimented the large Athena F2's up front.

Since they are rear ported placing them too near a back wall is problematic. Unfortunately I found them somewhat fatiguing and sharp edged after listening to them for extended periods. I would have given them a higher rating except for the fact that they do not compare so well with the Cambridge Soundworks Model Six which cost even less.

I now use the B1's in a small bedroom system powered by a t-amp and sourced with a Xmod wireless. Their 90 dB sensitivity rating means that they can play quite loud with a t-amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stliong a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The perfect budget HT bookshelf pairs but when used for music while attention grabbing initially, I get tired of the very wide treble with no real focus. But it's designed for HT and that's what you want so I shouldn't be complaining.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   online



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

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

Bottom Line:   
i am an audiophile with a small budget! i have listened to more expensive bookshelf speakers such as the epos m-5 & an nht model bookshelf and considering i payed $89/pr on close out!!! such a soundstage & great construction!!! i moved here from out of town and sold my old onkyo/polk system.. & i would never go back...i can't wait till i make more money to afford to spend $$$ on high end type of audio!!! the athenas are highend type sound without the high $$$$$$

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   best buy




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