Radiance 1 user reviews

Acoustic Energy Radiance 1

Tested at £600
80100
4

The Radiance 1s sound entertaining enough but they’re too rough around the edges to land the full five stars

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Hello! I was initially after neutral speakers like Monitor Audio BX2 or Boston A26, both reviewed here.I have the legendary HK 6550 amplifier that tends to be warm ( I bought it for this, as I hate bright sound ), and the Arcam rPac, using my PC as a FLAC player.Now I can buy the BX2, the A26, or the ex-demoed Radiance 1 for roughly the same price, and use them 10cm from the rear wall at my desk ( no chance for stands in my small room).Which speakers would you recommend? The ex-demoed Radiance1 should be better, as their MSRP is quite higher than the other two and in a different league...

The Radiance 1s would certainly deliver the most detailed and exciting sound of the three speakers you've mentioned. 

Do you think this would be a good match for Marantz M-CR 603?

Yes, although you don't necessarily need to spend that much. For example, the Dali Zensor 1s at £180 are a good match.

Hi there, 

I am at the same boat as you. I have been using 601s for almost 20 years now with MF e10 amp. And they work really well together for me, I am planning to buy the MF M3i as an upgrade and lot of people are recommending AE R1.

Could you tell me a little more about them. If they need a lot of room at the back and also how do individual instruments sounds in an orchestra if all the instruments get thier respective space

Thnks

These speakers are fantastic.  They have a warm, lively sound, punchy bass, and clear and precise treble.

I bought these as an upgrade to my much-loved B&W601s, which have a nice tone and fast, punchy bass, but perhaps lack a bit of sparkle at the top end.

The Radiance 1s are a worthy upgrade and I am very pleased with them.

They look fantastic too, with magnetic grills, gentle curved sides and a high quality finish that makes them look like they are made of wood (unlike B&W 601s, which now look very dated).

[Naim Nait amplifier and Naim CD 5i CD player]

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