Acoustic Energy Reference 2
Reference 1 and 2 speakers will go on sale in a couple of months for £1500 and £2000 respectively

Acoustic Energy's new Reference speakers have broken cover here at the Bristol Show.

Due on sale in about two months, there will be two models: the £1500 Reference 1 and £2000 Reference 2 shown here.

Both are standmount designs, finished in lacquered ebony veneer.

The composite layer cabinet, made from an inert rubber layer/MDF sandwich, is said to be less resonant than one made from conventional MDF.

The mid/bass driver has a long-throw, oversized magnet assembly for lower distortion and greater power handling. And the DXT lens matches the tweeter dispersion to that of the mid/bass driver to give a more natural sound, says Acoustic Energy.

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Impedance is 6ohms for both models, while sensitivity is 86.5db/W/m (Reference 1) and 89.5dB/W/m (Reference 2).

Cabinet dimensions (HxWxD) are 31.5x19x28cm for the Reference 1, and 39.5x24x31.5cm for the much larger Reference 2.

The optional stands with matching wood veneer finish cost £250.

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