New from British company Epos is a range of three speakers featuring an innovative design, giving the user a choice of using them without grilles or with flush-mounted grille panels.
The company says its Epic speakers, which start from £325/pr for the Epic 1, 'bear little similarity to earlier Epos models', and that the range 'redefines the benchmark for what can be achieved with modern materials and computer aided design.'
New drive units are used throughout, and the crossovers have been voiced for what the company calls 'a more sensitive and bolder sounding speaker range'.
The speakers have a removable front panel, covering all the fixings for the drivers, and can be used with this panel in place, or with it removed and a simple flush-fit 'audiophile' grille attached. In addition conventional cloth-covered grilles are provided.
The Epic 1 speaker stands just 31cm tall, uses a 25mm soft dome tweeter and a 15cm mid/bass driver with a polypropylene cone, and delivers 88dB/W/m sensitivity and 4ohm nominal impedance.
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Its frequency response is 51Hz-25kHz, and its power handling is 100W, with the minimum amplifier power requirement 20W. Epos says that its ability to be used close to a rear wall – the minimum recommended distance is just 10cm – makes it suitable for bookshelf or stand-mounted use.
The Epic 2 (£425/pr) is a larger standmounter, using the same tweeter and a 17.9cm mid/bass driver. Power handling is 120W, the sensitivity rises to 90dB/W/m, the frequency response 48Hz-25kHz, and the speaker is 41.5cm tall.
The floortstander in the range is the £750/pr Epic 5, which is 91.5cm tall, or 98cm when fitted with its plinth – designed to increase its footprint for greater stability – and spikes. It uses the same 25mm tweeter, but with a 17.9cm mid/bass unit and a bass driver of the same size.
It's suitable for use with amps of up to 200W, offers 92dB/W/m sensitivity and has a frequency response of 45Hz-25kHz.
All the speakers are built from 18mm MDF, are rear-ported and biwirable, and come in a choice of cherry or black ash vinyl wrap.