Acoustic Energy's new 100 Series.

Acoustic Energy introduced the new 100 Series.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2017/04/28

The original AE109 was launched in 1996 and achieved worldwide acclaim from dealers and press alike due to its performance, high build quality and value, setting industry standards in the entry-level hi-fi speaker category. Now 20 years on, AE aims to reclaim the mantle with their new and improved version of this audio icon.
According to the press release, the new AE100 Series introduces a number of improvements and evolutionary changes, all focused on refining the listening experience at the same time as providing a more room friendly loudspeaker. Mat Spandl, Director quotes “We’ve introduced our new WDT waveguide technology, an evolution of the DXT lens developed for the Reference Series and now found in our recently launched AE1 Active. This reshapes the high frequency sound wave to give better room integration, improved imaging and a wider listening zone”.
Developed entirely at AE’s Cirencester HQ, the new AE109 slim-line floor-standing speaker heads up the new 100 Series, the first range launched under the company’s newly re-taken British ownership and during its 30th Anniversary year. Two 110mm drivers utilizing an ultra-high force motor system are used in partnership with a 28mm Wide Dispersion Technology soft dome tweeter. A bespoke design 2.5 way crossover system marries the drivers perfectly by featuring a unique topology allowing integration and power handling previously unachievable from a speaker of this type and cost, Acoustic Energy states. Particular attention has been paid to the phase and time alignment for the most cohesive performance possible with the driver and crossover mounted inside a substantial ready mass loaded 18mm MDF cabinet. The external design has also been enhanced for a more elegant slim-line appearance with a smaller footprint for easy room integration. New premium cabinet finish options include attractive Walnut Vinyl veneer and Satin Black with full length magnetic grilles to complete their visual appeal.
The AE100 is a new compact bookshelf/stand-mount loudspeaker designed to achieve high sound pressure levels from an extremely small enclosure. This is obtained principally through using a 110m driver built around an ultra-high force motor system allowing for an extremely long throw under complete control, the company says. This is augmented by a slot shaped bass duct port which provides a considerable cross sectional area for negating the issues of air becoming audible as it moves through the duct. A 28mm soft dome tweeter featuring the WDT waveguide, completes the driver compliment.
The new AE100 and AE109 are already available from authorized retailers, while two more products, the AE107 center speaker and AE108 subwoofer are following in the summer, to complete the 5.1 line up for multi-channel applications.

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