Enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes. This means that amplifiers, streamers, cables and speakers come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Perfect, because a hobby should be fun for all of us. Acoustic Energy is a brand that also has interesting stuff for ‘the common man’. Today we have the smallest floorstander in front of us: the Acoustic Energy AE109 series 2
Let’s take a look at these interestingly priced floorstanders from the British Acoustic Energy. First of all, Acoustic Energy uses techniques from the more expensive 500 series. Think of a WDT (Wide Dispersion Tweeter) for improved sound dispersion. The set-up of the two woofers (2.5 way configuration) is striking: more upward than you would expect. By the way, the units are completely new. AE paid a lot of attention to phase coherence and load capacity during development. We’re still going to hear if it has paid off!
Now to the enclosure. The bass reflex port (a slot on the back) is not simply round, but more slotted. That should reduce ‘chuffing’ distortion. The cabinet looks pretty standard otherwise, but is solid in design and is made out of 15mm HDF. Of course with the necessary bracing to keep it all together. HDF has the advantage that the panels are less thick which in turn allows for more internal capacity. And that without compromising strength.
Specifications and set-up
|Speaker type||Floorstander, bass reflex|
|Set up||2.5 way|
|Maximum load||175 watts|
|Sensitivity||89dB / watt / meter|
|Impedance||6 Ohm nominal|
|Peak spl||115 dB|
|Units||2,5cm tweeter (soft dome), 2 x 13cm woofer (paper)|
|Dimensions / Weight||86cm x 16,5cm x 25cm / 17 Kg per piece|
|Price||700 Euro per pair|