• Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic
Our Verdict 
Classics, certainly. But not quite the best around
Substantial build
an open and informative sound
The treble can be provoked
they could sound a touch more organic
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Being consistently successful for more than 20 years isn’t easy, but the Acoustic Energy AE1 Classics have managed it with aplomb.

They’ve evolved in that time, of course; this version features cabinets that are glossier on the outside and thicker on the inside.

But they’re still lined with concrete – not everything changes.

If pampered with high-mass stands, the AE1s summon a coherent, expansive soundstage with the emphasis on integration and focus.

An eloquent midrangeWith the Creation’s Biff Bang Pow, there’s casually efficient timing with tautly expressive low frequencies and an eloquent midrange that’s on the lean side but loaded with information.

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This confidence carries through to the top of the frequency range, although careless system matching will put their hackles up.

This edginess, and a slight lack of fluidity compared with some here, prevents the AE1 Classics receiving an unequivocal recommendation – but they seem set to endure for a while longer yet. 

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