Epos Epic 1 review

If you are after a punchy and exciting listen the Epos Epic 1 speakers could be just the thing Tested at £325

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A good start for the Epic range, but it can’t deliver all-round ability like some rivals


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    Smart design

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    punch, dynamics and decent bass

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    solid organisation and timing


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    Lacks a little subtlety

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    doesn’t dig up as much as detail as rivals

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Epos, like most of its rivals, has had a varying degree of success with its speakers over the years. With every new range comes the hope of striking gold, and this latest Epic range is no different.

There's plenty of the traditional Epos style in these Epic 1 bookshelf speakers, even if they do feature a 25mm soft-dome (as opposed to metal) tweeter - a first for Epos - with a new 13cm midrange driver.

Smart fit and finish
The front baffle is smart, with no visible screws or holes. You can also push out the front panel using a hole on the back of the speaker and swap it for a different finish, too.

There's choice of a cherry vinyl or a black-ash veneer for the casing itself.

We kick-off our listening with a run through Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, an album with sufficient variation to give your system plenty to think about.

The bass note loop at the start of Hell Of A Life shows the Epics are capable of plenty of depth and power, while the broken beats that drive the track prove they time well and remain organised.

That bass power comes with plenty of punch and impressive dynamics, as a burst of Biffy Clyro's Justboy demonstrates. However, motion the Epics to calm down a touch and they're less comfortable.

Could do with a little more subtlety
The closing track on Adele's 21 album usually has us sobbing on our listening room sofa, but the Epics lack the last word in detail recovery and overall subtlety, and fail to engage us as well as some rivals - even those that are a fair deal cheaper

If it's an punchy and exciting yet organised listen you're after, this set of Epos speakers could be the answer. But for the money, a little more attention to detail can be found elsewhere to make the complete all-rounder.

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