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Finally I own some AE1 Classics

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Ive been into HiFi for years, slowly upgrading over the years

My current system consists of:

Inspire Eclipse SE TT

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Morgan Audio Deva 500 Valve Pre

Morgan Audio Deva 500 Dual Mono Power Amp

Ive had AE speakers for years, starting with the AE100s which must be nearing 20 years old now but I wont part with them.

Ever since buying the AE100s I wanted a pair of AE1s but there always seem to be something else I needed to spend my pennies on

Since 2009 I have been using AE Linear 3s but given my room dims 2.5m x 7m and the speakers having to live close to the back wall in the corners I was suffering uncontrolled bass so I thought  it was time to audition some new speakers...hmmm

A audition was booked and the speakers on my list were AE Reference 1s, AE1 Classics, Kef LS50 and PMC Twenty 22 

I used my Madona LP "Ray of Light"  for the demo , if theres an album for showing boomy bass thus is it.

 

The PMCs were fantastic with vocals but no slam, punch

The Kefs not good at all

The Reference 1s Im sorry to say were disapointing

The AE1 Classics....well....fantastic..just what I wanted

The next week I was the proud owner of a set of Gloss Cherry AE1s

They have been running in for 2 weeks now and these just keep getting better and better, the only downside is they need to warm up before serious listening but thats a small price to pay for the sound is stunning.

Was it worth the 19 year wait...hmm yes...

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Congratulations Fatcat! Great to hear you're happy with your new speakers.

Goes to show that it's all down to personal taste, preference and finding something right for you. A good 25 year old speaker is still a good speaker - the basics haven't changed! I hope you enjoy them for many years to come.

 

Jim.

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They look like great little speakers. I've always wanted to hear the AE1's but have never had the chance yet.

All of the Acoustic Energy small two way speakers have always seemed to sound just 'right' to my ears.

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AEJim wrote:

 

A good 25 year old speaker is still a good speaker - the basics haven't changed!

Jim.

 

 

Couldn't agree more Jim - welcome back by the way.  Good to see you here again.

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AEJim wrote:

 

Congratulations Fatcat! Great to hear you're happy with your new speakers.

Goes to show that it's all down to personal taste, preference and finding something right for you. A good 25 year old speaker is still a good speaker - the basics haven't changed! I hope you enjoy them for many years to come.

 

Jim.

 

Here here!!  The risks of buying used HiFi are imo somewhat overstated on this forum sometimes. I can appreciate those views to a certain extent, especially seeing that WHF by the very nature of its existence relies on people buying new gear.  Nonetheless, nice to see a bit of balance.

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Nice, would love to hear some AE1's (old or modern) someday after having had the AE2's previously. They look a lot nicer in the Cherry Veneer over the 'studio' textured black finish!

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My amps were custom built by Robin Stephens the designer at Morgan Audio and when he brought round the completed power amp we listened to a few LPs, he was very impressed with the AE Linear 3s. I put on a Katie Melua LP just before getting some brews and biscuits and when I came back I found him spralled on the floor in musical nivana, to say he was very impressed with them is a slight understatement.

If you like your music clean, dynamic punchy and full of life listen to some AE1's just give them an hour to warm up first.. Smile imo a similar sound to the Linears but better and without the boom because of the rear bass ports

The more I use these the better they get, Im amazed how much bass they produce, when I first tried them I was using a Rel Strata to reinforce the bass but now Im finding I dont need it.

As a side note Ive been playing arround and by using blu tack on the speaker stands (didnt want spikes ruining that mirror finish) and filling the stands with cat litter ,the sound quality is even better,

Jim, are AE attending the show at Manchester Airport in March?? 

 

John

 

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Great setup - those AEs look right at home! party time!

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I auditioned AE1with depeche mode around 1993 in Brighton or Poole, what a bite in the sound. The alu speakers made them special, I guess.

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Nice one fatcat. 

I ran a pair of AE100s for 5 years, the best £200 I ever spent on speakers and nothing really came close when I was auditioning. I wished I hadn't been so hasty selling them on but I do love my Neat Petites.

I have always hankered after some AE1s.......well you never know. Smile

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fatcat40s wrote:

Jim, are AE attending the show at Manchester Airport in March?? 

 

John

 

I'm afraid not John, it's been a busy last year (and is continuing that way!) with new ranges in the works, we're looking to do Munich as our only show this year - it's the best International show for us where all our distributors come for meetings. We decided with all we have going on and staff including myself overseas so often that it would make more sense to do one big show rather than trying to organise many smaller ones. Hopefully next year will be quieter and we'll be able to attend more of the smaller events!

 

Cheers for all the other comments guys!

The AE1's were a long time in development (the basic design was around as early as 1984!) and it's still a very good standmount indeed because of that.

I find the original AE1 and Classics sound better when placed as John has done - near to boundaries, it evens out a mild leanness in the lower midrange that was addressed with crossover changes in the mid-nineties mkII - a speaker I prefer in free space but is not as likely as many to be used that way! This is why auditions are crucial, while reviews are great guides you should always listen for yourself if you can, in a room and on gear as similar to yours as possible. What might work brilliantly in a purpose-designed listening room with the life damped out of it might not work as well in a livllier living room with hard surfaces, or nearer wall boundaries, next to furniture etc etc. Try before you buy! Smile

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I love the AE sound, I heard the 109s many years ago in a fairly modest set up but the upper bass was some of the best I've ever heard, just so tight. I listened to the Riverboat Song by Ocean Colour Scene and the bass guitar has stayed with me ever since. How do the higher end models such as this compare  and differ to the likes of the 109?

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I still run a pair of AE1s at home - fabulous little speakers.

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fatcat40s wrote:
If you like your music clean, dynamic punchy and full of life listen to some AE1's just give them an hour to warm up first.. Smile

Do they really need to warmed up for an hour first? That sounds very odd to me, I've never noticed it make a difference with any other speakers before.

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steve_1979 wrote:

fatcat40s wrote:
If you like your music clean, dynamic punchy and full of life listen to some AE1's just give them an hour to warm up first.. Smile

Do they really need to warmed up for an hour first? That sounds very odd to me, I've never noticed it make a difference with any other speakers before.

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My mate used to have a pair of AE1s - I never forget how astonished I was at how good they were when I first heard them.  Lovely pair of speakers.

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