Any thoughts or takers?
The 103 floorstanders look nice.
Snippets from reviews
The 1 series is pretty much brand new, and I didn't go to the Bristol show this year so haven't heard them. In my books they have a good pedigree as AE speakers always sound good to excellent (for the money) to my ears. I go back to the original AE1 which was magic in its day and is still pretty stunning.
Worth seeking out an audition rather than worrying about reviews.
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The 101 has just enjoyed a very positive review in the current issue of HiFi World. For a similar price, check out JBL's Studio 230 also just out.
Thank you for your comments on the 1-Series. I think What Hi-Fi? will have a review of the 103's out sometime soon, they've had a pair for a while now.
The 1-Series were a bit of a "soft" launch in January as they arrived around the time we handed over UK distribution to Henley Designs which meant there was a gap as we got things up and running and they started to handle the UK Marketing. Reviews are starting to come in from around the world now and have fortunately all been very favourable so far! Hopefully more UK ones to follow!
If you need any info please feel free to ask.
Thanks very much for your response.
I have to say, I am extremely interested in the 103s, which are very aesthetically pleasing. I've also read the glowing review on HiFi Wigwam, and look forward to WHF's review.
I've just moved house (today, in fact!) and am about to buy my first separates system. The lounge where the hi-fi will go would, I feel, benefit from floorstanders and your 103s have the requisite Wife-Acceptance Factor. I am keen to demo them, but am thinking of pairing them with an Exposure 1010 amp (50w per channel). Have you tried this combination? The specs suggest they are quite an easy drive at 89db.
My only other query relates to the warranty and how long it is.
Thanks for your help.
Hi again Throppers,
Well the 103's should work well in most systems and rooms, it was an important part of the design process to make them an easy speaker to live with.
You can place them very close to walls with little detriment to the sound because of the front ports, which should help the "wife acceptance factor" (I've had a pair in my office for a few months about 6" from the back wall and they sound great there).
They're easy to drive, the 89dB figure on these is pretty accurate and the impedance is very easy going - the lowest they dip is 6 Ohms which should be no problem for any mainstream amp to deal with. I've not tried them with the Exposure but have ran them on 25 Watt class D amps with no issues. They're predominantly designed on Naim amps and I know traditionally the sound signature of Exposure has been likened to a "beefier" Naim sound so I wouldn't envisage any acoustic matching issues.
The warranty is 3 years and so far we've had no returns on any 1-Series so they should prove reliable, long term high volume isn't a problem with the 103's as long as the amp isn't distorting, I often test at 90-100db from about 10 feet away and I haven't had any problems (aside from any damage it's doing to my ears!).
As with all big Hi-Fi purchases I'd definitely suggest getting a demo at a local dealer if possible, especially for your first system to make sure you're happy that you're getting what you expect!
I would imagine these to be the equivilents of the 109's in their day, how do they compare ?
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Once again, let me thank you for your lengthy and detailed response, which has answered all my queries. I am now extremely eager to get a demo lined up and will arrange one pronto in my locality.
I'll report back when I do.
A very grateful Throppers
peterpiper wrote:AEjimI would imagine these to be the equivilents of the 109's in their day, how do they compare ?
That's right, I used the 109's as a comparison in the later stages of the design as well!
There are many variables and the two models share no common components but I did aim to recreate the "meaty" sound of the 109's as well as retaining clarity throughout the upper mid and treble. There are tonal differences but overall I think the two models do share that common sound signature. I try to avoid harshness where possible and that easy-going sound was also a trait of the 109's.
Played next to each other they actually sound quite similar - I'd say that which you'd prefer would depend on personal taste more than one being better than the other. The 103's do edge it in terms of detail and clarity which is most likely down to the sealed mid-chamber, I've not seen this mixture of part sealed/part vented cabinet used often but in my opinion it worked very well and is something I'll likely introduce on future models.
Thropplenoggin wrote:Hello JimOnce again, let me thank you for your lengthy and detailed response, which has answered all my queries. I am now extremely eager to get a demo lined up and will arrange one pronto in my locality.I'll report back when I do.A very grateful Throppers
No problem at all! Please do let us know how you get on, I always appreciate feedback - good or bad! It helps us in developing new product and is most welcome!
Good luck with the demo!
Just read the HFW review. Very impressive, AND the 301s get a mention in the NAD D3020 review as a suitable partner.
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So are AEs similar to Tannoy?
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plastic penguin wrote:So are AEs similar to Tannoy?
Kef are more similar to Tannoy IMO due to them both using dual concentrics in most of their designs
The record department at work uses a pair of AE Aegis Evo Ones and I'm always extremely impressed with their musicality. It is a nicely balanced sound with plenty of detail but a lovely sense of everything hanging together.
My only ownership experience of AE speakers was Compact 1s. These shared a similar quality but were just too limited for lower strings, but if these two experiences of AE speakers are anything to go by, I'd say they should be on anyone's list to hear.
plastic penguin wrote:So are AEs similar to Tannoy? Kef are more similar to Tannoy IMO due to them both using dual concentrics in most of their designs
I'd agree with this; the integration of the tweeter unit in the main driver is impressively done in the DC4s. Much bigger sound than you'd expect from a box this size, so I can only assume much of this is thanks to the driver arrangement.
matthewpiano wrote:The record department at work uses a pair of AE Aegis Evo Ones and I'm always extremely impressed with their musicality. It is a nicely balanced sound with plenty of detail but a lovely sense of everything hanging together. My only ownership experience of AE speakers was Compact 1s. These shared a similar quality but were just too limited for lower strings, but if these two experiences of AE speakers are anything to go by, I'd say they should be on anyone's list to hear.
I have heard the evo3 floorstander a few times, it was the replacment for the 109 i think, very similar sound
Had a few speakers in my house over the years... MA BR5 then the BX6, KEFCoda9 , TannoyV4 Tannoy 605, Whafedale10.2, but its the AE109 that I keep going back to for musical enjoyment, classical and jazz sound good on these, no screechy strings with those tweeters, they may be too polite at low levels for some tastes, but they come alive at higher volumes