Audience ClairAudient The One loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: VPI TNT IV, Rega Planar 3 turntables; Immedia, Syrinx PU-3 tonearms; Koetsu Urushi, Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood cartridges.
Digital Sources: Lector CDP-7T, Creek Destiny CD players.
Integrated Amplifier: Creek Evolution 50A.
Loudspeakers: Epos M5i.
Cables: Interconnect (all MIT): Magnum M3, MI-330SG Terminator, MI-350 CVTwin Terminator. Speaker: Acarian Systems Black Orpheus, Nola Blue Thunder, Audience Ohno. AC: manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Various by ASC, Bright Star, Celestion, Echo Busters, Salamander Designs, Simply Physics, Sound Anchor, VPI.—Robert J. Reina

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dalethorn's picture

I've been watching Audience closely ever since the 2+2 article appeared in Stereophile in July 2011. I've quoted and referenced that article so many times I can't count. I've been primarily on headphones since choosing to live in a small flat for years, and the Audience speakers intrigue me as having the potential to produce the crossoverless clarity of a good quality headphone. I hope this is something I see a lot more of in the future.

corrective_unconscious's picture

What a little, silly, over priced conceit, imo.

JoeinNC's picture

Regarding comparing the One to the AudioEngine A2 you say:

"But comparing the $995/pair One to a $200/pair powered speaker didn't really make sense." 

Why not? They are not dissimilar in size or intended purpose. Just because the One costs five times as much as the A2 doesn't mean it's worth it. I think would have been more informative to compare the speaker to a model currently available and of similar size, even at a far different price, than to compare it to a discontinued model of a different type. 

seikosha's picture

I've recently converted to a single driver system and couldn't be happier.  Right now I'm listening to Omega Super 3XRS speakers and since I've put them in the system, my Kef LS50's and Harbeth P3ESR's have been stored away.  I don't miss them one bit.  There's something very pure and magical about one driver with no crossover delivering the music.

That said, there are of course limitations, but if you have a smaller room and aren't a bass freak, the single driver approach is definitely worth investigating.