Finally I own some AE1 Classics
Ive been into HiFi for years, slowly upgrading over the years
My current system consists of:
Inspire Eclipse SE TT
MF XLPSv3 Phono
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...