A perfect 5 out of 5 globes in Hi-Fi World for the Reference 3s...
The Reference 3 is a completely new model from 2013 incorporating all Acoustic Energy's technological expertise in loudspeaker design.
With the Reference Series Acoustic Energy sought to improve upon every aspect of 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.
Mid 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 floorstanding design and luxuriously finished mark the new Reference Series as the pinnacle of current loudspeaker design.
Warranty: 3 years
"This new Reference 3 loudspeaker offers an immaculately balanced, highly captivating and effortlessly musical performance in a very stylish and beautifully made package. Factor in their captivating sense of uniformity and the ease with which they slip sonically into the listening environment and you have not only a very worthy company flagship, but a loudspeaker that seriously deserves auditioning."
"…convey the power, passion and excitement of the piece without any negative connotation."
Power Handling: Up to 300 Watts (8 Ohms)
Frequency Response: 33Hz - 40kHz (+/- 3dB)
Sensitivity: 90dB for 2.83V at 1m
Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohm
Maximum SPL: 116dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:
Less than 0.3% 200Hz to 20kHz
Dimensions (HxWxD): 900 x 260 x 360mm
Weight: 32kg (Single, Unpacked)