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Acoustic Energy AE1 Active Speakers


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Acoustic Energy AE1 Active is a two-way bookshelf speaker system with a built-in 100-watt analogue amplifier, balanced inputs and controls. The speakers have been optimized for a perfect match between the amplifier, drivers and fully active filter network.


AE1 active speakers have all the refinement and impact you expect from the original award-winning AE1. The speakers also feature the proprietary Acoustic Energy aluminum dome tweeter and unique WDT waveguide for improved coverage and room integration. Balanced inputs and optional matching high-quality stands finish out this stunning system.


The design is fully bi-amped with 2 x 50watt class A/B amplifiers per speaker; the design offers unrivalled amplifier speaker integration and class-leading dynamics. The new Active model offers all the musical insight and detail that has made the AE1 the audiophile’s small speaker of choice for 30 years.

Electronically, the AE1 is proudly an all-analogue design focused on performance without compromise. This includes wired analogue inputs, balanced XLR and standard RCA, the highest quality linear power supplies and two pair-matched, high-performance 50Watt Class A/B amplifiers per speaker. While the design team experimented with wireless inputs, switch-mode power supplies, Class D amplification and DSP, none delivered the audio performance befitting a loudspeaker wearing the legendary AE1 badge.


Drive Unit: 125mm ceramic aluminium sandwich cone
Tweeter: 25mm aluminium dome
Frequency Range: 42Hz – 28kHz (+/-6dB)
Input Sensitivity: 104dB for 1VRMS @ 1kHz
Peak SPL: 115dB
Maximum SPL: 105dB
Amplifier: Class A/B with linear power supply
Power: 100 watts
Crossover Frequency: 3.5kHz 4th Order Linkwitz-Riley
Inputs: RCA and Balanced XLR
Volume adjust 0dB to -inf
HF shelf +/-2dBLF shelf +/-2dB
Power Connection: IEC C13
Voltage: Switchable 110 / 240v 
Design: 2 way active
Cabinet: 18mm MDF with bracing and damping panels
Grills: Slim, cloth magnetic fit
Dimensions: (mm): 300 x 185 x 250 (HxWxD)
Weight: 18kg (pair)
Finishes: Piano Black, Piano White and Piano Walnut real wood veneer

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