Athena Technologies Audition AS-B2 Floorstanding Speakers

Audition AS-B2

User Reviews (7)

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shoes   AudioPhile [May 17, 2011]

paid 120 used for too sets and was going to sell them but before i did i changed my ht fronts from my paradigm titans and they sound just as good they sound better than my il30s infintys mirage three in home th i have over 16 sets of speakers wright now im going to get the camera
im a mess .no really

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5
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5
sgnewman   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 12, 2004]
Strength:

Overall transparency and tight bass, given the limits of the woofer size and cabinet dimensions.

Weakness:

None really, just don't expect bass you can feel. The laws of physics don't allow for that type of bass in a small cabinet. A bi-wiring option would have been nice.

Great value for the money. Tight, solid bass to about 60hz, transparent and sweet mids and highs. Same tweeter and same construction woofer as the top of line ASF2's. They really respond to being used with a high quality amp. I use mine in a stereo system with an older Crown DC300A power amplifier with super high damping factor. I use a separate subwoofer but it's set for only 50hz and below. 99% of my sound comes from the Athena speakers. When I added the Crown amp, the sound quality from the Athena's became incredible. That's when I realized just how good these speakers are. By the way, I hadn't intended to use the Athena speakers in my stereo system...they were intended for a separate surround sound system...but they sound too good. The owner's manual says to not judge these speakers until 50 to 100 operating hours. That's the break-in period. I absolutely agree. Out of the box, the rubber woofer surround is too tight and the highs are too harsh. Everything sweetens up about about 50 hours.

Similar Products Used: Infinity Primus 160's (nice speakers), Older B&W 630 floor-standers (not really comparable).
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5
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5
Tim   Casual Listener [Dec 25, 2003]
Strength:

Vocals are clear. Acoustics sound crisp. Bass is more than adequate, especially if you don't like the bass drowning out the rest of the music.

Weakness:

Need more colour choices maybe?

Picked up the ASB2's because of numerous good reviews on audiophile websites/forums. I am extremely pleased with the balanced sound these speakers exhibit. I've listened to a lot of speakers in the past and these beat out most of the competition even up to the $500 range.

Similar Products Used: Bose, Polk, CV.
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4
VALUE
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5
Steve   Casual Listener [May 17, 2003]
Strength:

Price. Hardly any distortion, on highest volume.

Weakness:

I heard Tannoy was the way to go, but I kept the extra $200 in my pocket for a sub-woofer.

Best value! Beat the JBL's. Beat the Polk's. Bose were twice the price for similar sound.

Similar Products Used: Polk, JBL, Bose.
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5
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5
ymanningham   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 23, 2003]
Strength:

Detail of sound Detailed but not too present bass sound Nice look Cheap price

Weakness:

A little bit itchy on a Denon receiver but not on a Kenwood 1070VR

I was looking for new front speakers to replace my existing ones. I was also looking to add a new center channel. I wanted speakers mainly to listen to my DVD movies. I wanted also speakers good enough to listen to my favorite musics. I was looking for speakers not too punchy (too much bass) nor too itchy (too much trebble). I also listened to Mission and Energy bookshelfs on Denon amp. I found that the Mission were too punchy and that the Athena a little bit too itchy. But at the same time, details were there. When I connected at home I was totally satisfied of my new AS-B2 and of my new AS-C1 center channel.

Similar Products Used: Mission MS-71B Energy Technics SB-LX10
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
perridog   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 18, 2002]
Strength:

Deep bass and pleasing for my wife to look at and price.

Weakness:

Big and heavy

I,m using the two,s as rear surrounds and the bass coming from the rear is incredible.When listing to music or movies there is always deep extended bass and placement of the surround effects are dead on.I measured the bass around 50 hz.I''''''''m driving them with the Deon 3801 Marantz 3000 cd player and a Pioneer 414 dvd player.

Similar Products Used: Energy,polk and def tech
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5
VALUE
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5
Fred Garvin   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 23, 2002]
Strength:

- Medium Density Fiberboard construction - MDF Baffles - Magnetically Shielded - Gold-plated five-way binding posts - 50 Hz - 20 khz +/- 3 db - 150 watts per channel - sensitivity: 91 db

Weakness:

You don''t have a pair yet?

The AS-B2''s offer excellent quality in audio reproduction and construction for the audiophile on a tight budget. From classical to rock these puppies will deliver. The AS-B2''s are my main speakers, they are replacing an old set of speakers that should have been used as firewood long ago. Demo''d the following: Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon Alan Parsons Project - I Robot Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms Boston Miles Davis - Kind of Blue The Verve Story Johann Strauss - The Blue Danube Ludwig Van Beethoven - Sym. No. 9 "Choral" Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Hollander etc, etc. DVD''s - 5.1 Dolby Digital Apocalyse Now - Redux Aliens Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense Trinty and Beyond - The Atomic Bomb Movie Equipment Pioneer DV-300 DVD Player Teac D2700 Cd Player with digital out Teac AG-D9100 A/V Receiver Dolby Digital I was blown away by the output of the speakers, and the clarity. The intro to Time on PF:DSOTM was a cornucopia of joy to hear, Alan Parsons: I Robot was equally exciting. Separation is excellent. Horns and brass seem to ''jump out'' to the listener. Any Classical audiophile and/or Jazz Fan would love the AS-B2''s. Home Theatre fans won''t be left out because explosions and ear candy are equally fantastic. Napalm drops, atomic explosions, gunfire and the lot are equally reproduced to perfection. I am very pleased with this product, they deliver crisp highs and impressive bottom end in a small and compact package. Outstanding value! A double thumbs up to designers; Gord Van Kessel and Carmin Gitto, good work.

Similar Products Used: Demo''d different products elsewhere. The AS-B2''s won me over.
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5
VALUE
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5
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