Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: Acoustic Energy

Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)

High-fidelity compact bookshelf speakers
$499.00
$499.00

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Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)

Discover the Acoustic Mastery of AE100² Bookshelf Speakers

Experience the joy of true acoustic brilliance with the Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speakers. Crafted for the audiophile's soul, these speakers are a testament to the marriage of form and function, enveloping your space in a soundscape that is as rich as it is pure.

Audio Performance That Sings to Your Senses

Immerse yourself in the depth of sound that these speakers offer. With a frequency response ranging from 45Hz to 30kHz, the AE100² ensures that every note is heard, from the deepest bass to the highest treble. The sensitivity of 87dB, paired with a peak SPL of 112dB, allows these speakers to articulate audio with precision and vigor. The 2-way speaker configuration integrates a 5.2" paper cone for the bass/mid driver and a 1" fabric dome tweeter. This combination not only promises durability but also produces a sound that is warm and lifelike. The Wide Dispersion Technology of the tweeter ensures that your music and movies are unfettered by the constraints of your room, offering an open and detailed soundstage.

Design and Construction: A Testament to Acoustic Purity

Every aspect of the AE100² has been meticulously designed to enhance your listening experience. The High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) cabinet, with its 0.6" thickness, is both aesthetically pleasing and acoustically tuned. The rear-ported enclosure and slim magnetic fit grilles not only add to the visual appeal but also contribute to the exceptional sound quality. The AE100² speakers are available in Satin Black, Satin White, and Walnut vinyl veneer finishes, ensuring that they complement any room décor.

Technical Specifications at a Glance

  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf
  • Speaker Configuration: 2-way
  • Power Handling: 120W
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Dimensions: 300mm x 185mm x 250mm
  • Weight: 6.5kg per speaker
  • Finishes: Satin Black, Satin White, Walnut vinyl veneer

In-Depth Audio Analysis

The AE100² speakers have undergone rigorous testing in Munich, Germany, providing you with far field and near field SPL measurements, as well as THD and impedance phase analysis. The crossover frequency has been meticulously measured at 1.8-1.9 kHz, ensuring the seamless blending of highs and lows.

Compatibility and Versatility

Whether you are looking to enhance your home theater setup or enjoy a two-channel stereo system, the AE100² speakers are the perfect choice. Their compact size makes them ideal for small spaces without compromising on power or quality.

Additional Features That Elevate Your Audio Experience

  • Bass Extension: Rear slot porting for improved low-frequency response.
  • Stability and Damping: Inert mass-loading for reduced resonance and clearer sound.
  • Design Inspiration: Takes cues from the award-winning 500 Series.

Pros That Make a Difference

  • Flat Response Curve: Enjoy accurate sound reproduction that stays true to the original recording.
  • Bass Performance: Good low-frequency response for bookshelf speakers, reaching down to 60 Hz.
  • Low THD: Ensures clarity by staying below 2% from 50 Hz to 150 Hz and below 1% from 150 Hz onward.
  • Non-fatiguing Sound: Listen for hours without discomfort, thanks to the speaker's smooth sound signature.
  • Enhanced Bandwidth and Power: A noticeable improvement over the previous model, offering you more of everything you love about great audio.
  • High-Quality Materials: HDF construction enhances the acoustic performance, creating a pure and undistorted sound.
  • Sleek Design: Compact and stylish, these speakers are designed to be heard and seen.
  • Wide Dispersion Technology: For a detailed and open sound that fills the room.
  • Imaging and Soundstage: Exceptional at this price point, offering a live-concert-like experience.
  • Midrange and Bass: Resolution and punchiness that bring your music to life.
  • Loud Playability: Ability to handle high volumes without distortion, perfect for parties or immersive movie nights.
  • Build Quality: A testament to Acoustic Energy's commitment to durability and excellence.

Embrace the Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speakers

For just 350 EUR, the AE100² speakers are not just an audio solution—they are an investment in your passion for sound. Dreamedia is here to help you integrate these marvels into your home theater system, ensuring that your listening experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

Elevate Your Home Audio Today

Don't let another day pass without the audio quality you deserve. Transform your living space into an auditorium of pure, unadulterated sound with the Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speakers. Perfect for music aficionados and movie buffs alike, these speakers promise to be the centerpiece of your auditory world. Join the ranks of those who know that when it comes to sound, there is no compromise. Order your pair of AE100² Bookshelf Speakers now and take the first step into a world where every note is a discovery, and every beat is an emotion.

Our Review

Acoustic Energy AE100² Bookshelf Speaker Review

I. Introduction

The Acoustic Energy AE100² is a compelling addition to the crowded bookshelf speaker segment. Known for their commitment to high-quality audio reproduction, Acoustic Energy's latest offering aims to blend affordability with acoustic excellence. As a successor to the well-regarded AE100 series, the AE100² carries with it the expectations of both audiophiles and casual listeners looking for a compact yet powerful audio solution.

II. Design and Build Quality

The AE100² boasts a minimalist yet modern design that should complement any room aesthetic. Available in finishes like Satin Black, Satin White, and Walnut vinyl veneer, these speakers offer a degree of personalization to match various interiors. The use of high-density fiberboard (HDF) for the enclosure and slim magnetic fit grilles not only enhances the visual appeal but also contributes to the speaker's acoustic integrity. Weighing in at 9.2kg for the pair, these bookshelf speakers are robust enough to promise longevity while maintaining a footprint conducive to smaller spaces. However, for optimal audio performance, proper placement on speaker stands is recommended.

III. Technical Specifications

Delving into its technical prowess, the AE100² features a 130mm paper cone for its mid-bass driver and a 25mm fabric dome tweeter, engineered to provide a balanced sound. With a frequency range of 51Hz – 26kHz, these speakers promise to deliver a full spectrum of sound. Sensitivity is rated at 87dB, making them reasonably easy to drive, though pairing with the right amplifier, like the used NAD 3020i, is crucial for achieving the best sound. The nominal impedance of 6 ohms indicates good compatibility with a wide range of amplifiers.

IV. Sound Quality

The AE100²'s sound profile is characterized by a relatively flat response curve from 2 kHz to 20 kHz, indicating a well-balanced output with minimal coloration in this range. The bass is commendable for a bookshelf speaker of this size, reaching down to 60 Hz, though it understandably lacks the depth of larger floor-standing models. The midrange is punchy and clear, contributing to an engaging listening experience, while the treble is crisp without being harsh. Soundstage and imaging are surprisingly expansive for speakers at this price point, offering an immersive experience. Distortion levels remain low, with Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) staying below 2% at lower frequencies and below 1% from 150 Hz onwards, ensuring a clean and clear sound even at higher volumes.

V. Performance Measurements

Objective measurements such as SPL, THD, and impedance provide a scientific basis for evaluating speaker performance. The AE100²'s SPL capability peaks at a robust 112dB, while maintaining clarity. The waterfall and step response charts suggest a quick transient response and controlled resonance, contributing to the speaker's precise audio reproduction. However, there is a notable discrepancy with the crossover frequency, measured at 1.8-1.9 kHz, which is lower than the manufacturer's stated 2.9 kHz. This may affect the integration between the drivers, but it does not seem to detract significantly from the overall sound quality.

VI. User Experience

Setting up the AE100² is a straightforward affair, and their compatibility with both home theater setups and two-channel stereo systems makes them versatile. The Wide Dispersion Technology ensures a broad soundstage, allowing for a flexible listening position. Their ability to maintain a comfortable listening volume without inducing fatigue is a testament to the speaker's well-thought-out design and tuning. However, listeners with a preference for deep, thumping bass may find the AE100²'s low-end lacking, and those sensitive to treble might perceive the higher frequencies as overly pronounced on certain tracks.

VII. Pros and Cons

The AE100²'s strengths lie in its excellent build quality, detailed and open sound, and impressive resolution and midrange. They manage to produce a tube-like quality sound that is both engaging and enjoyable over long listening sessions. Conversely, the limitations of the compact size become evident in the constrained bass extension and occasional mid-bass congestion. The lower than advertised crossover frequency may also be a concern for audio purists.

VIII. Comparison with Competitors

In the sub-400 EUR bracket, the AE100² stands out for its solid build and sound quality. While there are competitors within this price range, few offer the same combination of clarity, soundstage, and build quality. However, when comparing with more expensive models, the limitations in bass response and the potential for treble sensitivity become more apparent.

IX. Final Thoughts

The Acoustic Energy AE100² bookshelf speakers offer a compelling value proposition. They blend design, build quality, and audio performance in a package that is both accessible and appealing. While they may not satisfy those seeking room-shaking bass, they excel in delivering a balanced and immersive sound that belies their size. For potential buyers, these speakers represent a smart choice for small to medium-sized rooms and varied listening tastes, delivering a quality audio experience without breaking the bank.

Specifications

General Specifications

  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf
  • Speaker Configuration: 2-way
  • Quantity: Pair
  • Model: AE100²

Audio Performance

  • Frequency Response: 45Hz - 30kHz
  • Sensitivity: 87dB
  • Peak SPL: 112dB
  • Power Handling: 120W
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.9kHz
  • Impedance: 6 ohms

Drivers

  • Bass/Mid Driver Size: 5.2"
  • Bass/Mid Driver Material: Paper cone
  • Tweeter Size: 1"
  • Tweeter Material: Fabric dome
  • Tweeter Technology: Wide Dispersion Technology

Design and Build

  • Cabinet Material: High-Density Fiberboard (HDF)
  • Cabinet Thickness: 0.6"
  • Enclosure Type: Rear-ported
  • Grilles: Slim Magnetic Fit
  • Finishes: Satin Black, Satin White, Walnut vinyl veneer

Dimensions and Weight

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 300mm x 185mm x 250mm
  • Weight: 6.5kg per speaker

Additional Features

  • Bass Extension: Rear slot porting