System Audio SA-1730 Floorstanding Speakers

System Audio SA-1730 Floorstanding Speakers 


  • Power handling: 175 Watts
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Frequency response (+/- 3 dB): 45 - 40.000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (1W, 1m): 89 dB
  • Crossover (24 dB/oct.): 700 / 3000 Hz
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) cm: 13 x 95 x 2,9


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[Aug 12, 2009]
Audio Enthusiast

I tested this speaker agaist several others, some at home and others at some dealers(Quad, triangel heliad, Dali, focal, MS), at its price it was above all others.
Quite forgiving with relatively low cost amplification, but shines with good one.

Natural sound
Very detailed but not bright
Exellent tight and accurate bass even without relating to its slim design and relatively small elements
High WAF (wife acceptence factor) due to its slim and clean design

Stability as my former due to high center of gravity. Filling the sand chamber certenly helps.

I rate it 4 overall because when money doesn't matter (twice or more) you definitely can find better.

[Oct 25, 2006]
Audio Enthusiast


Beautifully balanced sound
Wonderfully articulate midrange
Tuneful base
Treble is crisp and clean without sizzle and harshness
Imaging is very focused and the soundstage has good depth
Great dynamics
Compact, attractive and neatly finished cabinet


Because the footprint is very slim this speaker is not the most sturdy on its feet. The plastic feet and spikes are only adequate; ideally they would be more substantial to compensate for the narrow base. There is a sand chamber at the bottom - I haven't filled this yet, but presumably doing so would aid stability.

There is really nothing about the sound that is obviously lacking. Perhaps a tad more body, weight and authority would sometimes be ideal, but then I assume that is what the SA1750, big brother to the 1730 adds. This is an inexpensive, compact floorstander, so it can't do everything and it hasn't served me tea in bed yet, but for what it is it is great.

The price above is British pounds. I am very happy indeed with these speakers.

I bought them after an extensive search for a compact floorstander that was affordable (not high-end silly money) and yet still natural, musical and involving. Nothing at all that I had heard under £800 fitted the bill until I heard these.

They have replaced a pair of Monitor Audio RS6's which have received any number of rave reviews. The SA1730's are only very slightly more expensive, but almost every aspect of their performance is better. They are exceptionally detailed and dynamic and yet so natural and refined as well. Most importantly, they draw me into the music with a wonderful sense of emotional involvement, rather than relentlessly throwing the music at me. However, these are not soft or placid sounding - there is no lack of excitment and dynamic expression when needed.

I had heard a pair of Spendor S5e's and I really liked them for their equisitely expressive midrange, but they were out of my price range. The SA1730's have a similarly natural midrange that draws you into the music. I would say they are just a bit behind the Spendors in terms of solidity of sound and build, but not by much, and they are obviously a lot cheaper.

At last I have found an affordable speaker that allows me to forget about the sound reproduction and enjoy the music. A friend of mine said 'the music is just there', by which she meant that it was right there with us in the room, rather than sounding like the speakers were reproducing the music. That sense of the speakers disappearing is only possible if there is both a high level of transparency and a believable tone and timbre. I don't think there are many speakers at this price that can do it.

Customer Service

Audio Salon have been very informative and helpful. They are at the high-end of the market but without the snobbery that often goes with that. System Audio would be their 'budget' loudspeaker choice, and so I suppose the fact that they choose to stock it says something for the quality of the brand.

When buying a relatively unknown foreign brand like System Audio I want to be buyng from a shop I feel I can trust, and I have been very impressed with Audio Salon's service so far.

Similar Products Used:

Monitor Audio RS6

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