"Meet a new Reference point for small-speaker quality", "If you want a taste of the future, the Reference speakers are where it's at." - What Hifi
The Reference 1 was launched in 2011 incorporating all Acoustic Energy's technological expertise in speaker design.
With the Reference Series Acoustic Energy sought to improve upon every aspect of current speaker design to create a true, balanced, dynamic, wide-bandwidth and minimal colouration loudspeaker.
Cabinet: Constrained laminate layer construction for maximum resonance damping. A specially designed 7mm MDF/3mm high density rubber/5mm MDF sandwich material is used throughout the cabinet enclosure to minimise resonance and external cabinet noise.
Bass Driver: Huge underhung motor assembly for maximum linear accuracy and control. The motor system comprising twin-wound aluminium voice-coils is thermally bonded to the aluminium cone for absolute minimum distortion and long-throw pistonic accuracy.
Tweeter: The now well-established Vifa Ring-radiator tweeter is used here in our own custom, upgraded specification. Coupled to our DXT® Lens assembly for improved in-room response and dispersion matching to the bass driver, this is one of the finest tweeters in use today.
These features wrapped into a compact, elegant design and luxuriously finished mark the new Reference Series as the pinnacle of current small loudspeaker design.
Want some small speakers that (almost) do it all? Try these, they're terrific all-rounders They’re immensely solid in the bass, and deliver transients with precision and punch. Your sofa won’t shake, but the 1s deliver satisfying musical punch.They’re also unforced and refined through the higher frequencies; feed them an edgy recording and they’ll make the most of things rather than sounding hard.Add a good sense of timing, a nicely judged tonal balance and the ability to work well at low levels, and you have a terrific pair of small speakers. What Hifi
Taking both sound quality and presentation into account, the AE Reference 1 looks a very attractive and effective proposition. The alloy baffle and superior crossover ingredients probably give the AE1 MkIII SE a modest performance advantage, but the Reference 1 looks a tempting prospect at £1,500, with its fine neutrality, low coloration and wide dynamic range. Superb presentation and notably wide dynamic range - Hifi Choice
Acoustic Energy is amongst the few companies that can get a big, genuinely high resolution sound from a small loudspeaker. Maybe because its roots can be traced to the recording and mastering studios where AE once started. The luxury appeal of the Reference 1 is a bonus. This system could easily be mistaken for a beauty without brains with the way it looks, but that would be so wrong, the Reference 1 is able to reproduce music in such a way that you forget you’re listening to a compact monitor. The Ear
Supplied with matching Reference Series Stands worth £ 325.00
Acoustic Energy's first own-design loudspeaker stand in fifteen years, the Reference Stand has been a long time in the making.
Rather than just an aesthetic match to the Reference Series loudspeakers, the Reference Stand is a true performance product in its own right. Most stands fall into one of two camps - stiff and light, giving a speaker life and "bounce" while sometimes losing out a little in outright bass weight - or mass-heavy, giving solid and powerful bass while sometimes robbing a speaker of some life in the higher frequencies.
The Reference Stand is different, and better. It offers the best of both worlds - relatively mass-light to ensure speakers retain an upbeat and lively nature, but incorporating the MDF/Rubber constrained laminate layer technology of the Reference loudspeakers in its construction. This ensures minimal vibration transmission much like a mass-heavy design - and with a bass performance to match. Included with the stand are our new isolating speaker support pads, offering a perfect performance coupling between speaker and top-plate without need for cabinet-damaging spikes.
Warranty: 3 years
Cross Over: Ultra Short Signal Path 2nd Order Crossover at 2kHz
Power Handling: Up to 200 Watts (8 Ohms)
Frequency Response: 45Hz - 40kHz (+/- 3dB)
Sensitivity: 87dB for 2.83V at 1m
Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohm
Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.3% 200Hz to 20kHz
Dimensions (HxWxD): 310 x 190 x 280mm
Weight: 10.5kg (Single, Unpacked)
Reference Stands Specifications:
Colour: Ebony Piano Glass
Top Plate Dimensions (WxD): 170 x 250mm
Dimensions (HxWxD): 650 x 280 x 320mm
Weight: 7.5kg (Each)