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Acoustic Energy 3-Series speakers mark "beginning of a new era"

Acoustic Energy has launched its new 3-Series range of loudspeakers, a complete speaker range including floorstanding and standmount speakers, a centre and subwoofer.

The new AE 3-Series aims to mix the company's "engineering roots and pro studio heritage" with a fresh, contemporary design.

Aiming to mark "the beginning of a new era for AE", the new 3-Series will be joined by a new AE 1-Series and 5-Series.

Acoustic Energy AE1 monitor

Acoustic Energy claims the new range majors on accuracy, detail and dynamics, with many 3-Series technologies borrowing from the famous AE1 monitor, which launched nearly 25 years ago and remains one of the best-selling monitors of all time.

The company, which is in its 25th year, has brought back its spun aluminium cones, hard anodised on both sides for extra rigidity.

The 3-Series also has a new soft dome tweeter, claims high power handling and "exceptional motor cooling" (to keep the tweeter cool).

AE 3-Series

The speakers have newly designed cabinets with front ports tuned to deliver deep bass and adding placement flexibility should you need to place your speakers near a wall.

Constructed with braced heavyweight fibreboard, the larger models feature a slope on the rear of the cabinet in an effort to better integrate treble and bass frequencies.

There are new finishes, too. The AE 3-Series speakers are finished in high-gloss lacquered paint with both piano black and gloss white finishes.

3-Series prices and models

The Acoustic Energy 301 standmount speaker will be £425 a pair and the AE 305 floorstander will be £999/pr.

Also on sale will be an AE 307 centre, £349, and an AE 308 subwoofer, £799.

The new Acoustic Energy 3-Series stereo speakers are due in the new year, with the full system set to be on sale by February 2013.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.