"outstanding" 5/5 Hifi World - Reference 2s are superb all-round speakers that really come into their own with analogue sources such as vinyl. Hi-Fi World praised their build quality and musicality, saying that their transparency and clarity really helped push subtle details in the music forward and that the bass was tight, punchy and well defined.
The Reference 2 is a completely new model for 2011 incorporating all Acoustic Energy's technological expertise in loudspeaker design.
With the Reference Series Acoustic Energy sought to improve upon every aspect their 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 Drivers: Twin, long-throw motor assembly drivers 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.
"they'll go dangerously loud with little sign of stress, and their bass delivery is fast, punchy and amazingly full-bodied for such a compact monitor."
"What impressed most here was that the speaker was so able to communicate the subtle rhythmic structures and dynamic shifts in O'Hearn's bass playing."
"This is a classy compact monitor, beautifully finished, capable of delivering driving bass lines that can fill a large listening space with ease." HIFI News
"…convey the power, passion and excitement of the piece without any negative connotation."
Warranty: 3 years
Cross Over: Ultra Short Signal Path 2nd Order Crossover at 2kHz
Power Handling: Up to 250 Watts (8 Ohms)
Frequency Response: 40Hz - 40kHz (+/- 3dB)
Sensitivity: 88dB for 2.83V at 1m
Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohm
Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.3% 200Hz to 20kHz
Dimensions (HxWxD): 395 x 255 x 310mm
Weight: 14kg (Single, Unpacked)
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.