Boston Acoustics A-25 review

The A-25s deliver an impeccably judged and likeable performance Tested at £200

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Safe, but not too safe, the A-25s deliver an impeccably judged and likeable performance


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    Spacious, engaging and grown-up sound, with midrange resolution a particular highlight


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    Bass isn’t the most assertive

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    built from a curious mixture of materials

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The A-25s are the first of a new three-strong range of Boston Acoustics standmounters to arrive in our listening rooms. It’s safe to say the smaller A-23s and the larger A-26s have a high standard to maintain when their time in the spotlight comes.

Compact and slightly curvy, the Bostons are fitted with magnetic grilles and are expertly finished in a curious mixture of modern (high-gloss black) and old-school (leather-effect vinyl) materials – the effect is a bit like seeing you Granny in a pair of Air Jordans.

The A-25s feature a 25mm soft-dome tweeter and 13cm mid/bass driver at the front, with a reflex port at the back along with a multi-directional eye to facilitate wall-hanging.

Unfussy about room position
They’re fairly relaxed about room position, and can (at a push) be considered realistic wall-hanging candidates, but sound their best in a little free space and, inevitably, on some dedicated speaker stands.

And their best is impressive. Peppy but not overenthusiastic, open but nicely focused, the A-25s sing with a poised, uncluttered voice that does full justice to the likes of First Aid Kit’s When I Grow Up.

There’s well-judged bite at the top end, balance and confidence in the midrange, and enough tonal variation at the bottom end to compensate for a slight lack of out-and-out substance.

A compelling option
The entire frequency range is well integrated, and there’s a fine sense of performance from the Bostons – even the most complex recordings enjoy a unity of tonality and presentation that’s by no means a given at this price point.

Rapid transients present no problems, dynamic upheavals are dispatched without alarms and timing is more-than acceptable too.

Sensibly, the A-25s never sacrifice their self-possession in a quest for excitement – we can think of only one comparably priced rival that does a better job of combining vigour and smooth listenability – and as a result they’re a pretty compelling option.

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