Just take a look at this super dooper speaker package from Edwards Audio. We are really impressed by these stunning little floorstanders, they just look so cute! With space being a premium for most home owners these new floorstanders from Edwards Audio are just the ticket because the foot print of the speakers are tiny, it's a case of "Honey, I shrunk the speakers" That's not the only little trick these speakers manage to conjour up, they also sound remarkable for the very minature price, these speakers really are a bargain
Over the last few years there has been a move towards making budget floor standing speakers larger and larger - presumably with the aim of offering greater perceived value. This can not only have sonic downsides (as larger panels will be more prone to resonance), but also makes them dominate smaller rooms.
Against this competition the Apprentice speaker is a breath of fresh air, it is truly diminutive, enough to even justify the term ‘cute’. They stand just 75cm tall (without plinth), are very nicely proportioned,and are finished in real wood veneer.
Under the skin is a well braced cabinet, with a soft dome tweeter and two paper bass/mid drivers working together in unison. The crossover is an ultra simple first order design, which slowly blends the high and low frequencies together at the crossover point and helps reduce the often obvious transition you get with more complex circuits.
Whilst designed to be used close to walls they are actually remarkable placement tolerant, and can be pulled into the room without losing much bass output thanks to the front mounted slot port.
Sonically they do not really match their appearance, this isn’t a small sounding speaker. It has image scale, especially height, that is very impressive, with the result that they disappear into a wall of sound remarkably effectively. The fact the bass weight is well judged, whilst being nicely extended and remarkably effortless for such small drive units is the icing on the cake. We’ve thrown all sorts of music at them and the speakers do a remarkable job, they have the timing and speed to get your foot tapping and draw you into the performance like few others manage. As you’d expect with paper cone drive units the mid band is airy and naturally, with voices and stringed instruments sounding particularly well portrayed.
If you’re after a budget floor standing loudspeaker then the Apprentice SP should really be on your list, I can’t think of any other current design that offers this blend of strengths What’s more this speaker is actually being built in Britain!
The Edwards Audio Apprentice SP is an all new design, unusual in that the 13 litre cabinet has been made as a small floor standing design which makes for a very acceptable cosmetic appearance with very little domestic intrusion and with out the need for an ugly metal stand. It has an optional plinth for improved stability. Finished in either a real wood, natural Cherry veneer or a satin Black or white finish means that it will blend in with almost any style of décor.
Performance is right up there with a big open stereo stage and a fast musical bass performance that belies its diminutive scale. Due to the front port design to allows for very easy room positioning without the common bass delay problems that mess up the timing of performance. All in all this is a very high quality performer in all areas and will no doubt become a long term favourite in the industry.
At the recent Hi-Fi News show in Windsor on its first outing we received many comments with one awarding it best affordable system at the show.
Rear panel connections are single wire 4mm binding posts.
Edwards Audio Apprentice SP
Size WxDxH 145mm x 165mm x 750mm
Construction 12mm MDF (18mm front baffle) Front ported 2 way bass reflex with 3.5kHz X-over via a 3 element single Pole filter
Nominal impedance 4 Ohms – with a minimum of 3.9 Ohms
Frequency range 60Hz-20kHz +/- 6dB in room on axis at 1M
Recommended amplifiers 25-75W on unclipped program into 8 Ohms.
Sensitivity 88dB – 1W (2.83V RMS) at 1 metre
Finishes Natural - Cherry , Light Oak , Satin Black , Red & White
TALK Electronics is a UK based designer and manufacturer of award winning hi-fi equipment. We have designed and manufactured some of the world’s finest, value-for-money, high-fidelity equipment for over 15 years.
The Edwards Audio series from TALK Electronics is a competitive range of unrivaled high performance products. Do not be deceived by the size of this range, as it has been designed to set new standards in this area. It can compete with many ‘fully grown’ products which are out in the market and if reviews are anything to go by, then TALK Electronics have achieved its goal with many awards and reviews from around the world. HAND MADE IN THE UK