Acoustic Energy Compact 1
Compact 1 mini monitor speaker will be joined by Compact Centre and Compact Sub later this year

Acoustic Energy says it has spent 12 months of intensive R&D and hundreds of man hours assessing the competition in order to develop its new Compact mini monitor speaker. The price will be "comfortably under £150 a pair", we're told.

Making its debut at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show this weekend, AE boldly claims the design will "shake up the budget loudspeaker market this year". We shall see.

Despite its small dimensions, the Compact has a traditional MDF cabinet with extensive bracing, a "clean signal path crossover" and two all-new drivers.

The soft-dome tweeter combines with a wood fibre mid/bass driver using AE's conical dust cap to deliver "a rhythmic and tuneful sound", the company says.

The Compact 1 shown here will be joined later in 2011 by the Compact Centre and Compact Sub to make up a 5.1 surround system. All will be available in either piano gloss black or real wood veneer finishes.

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