AE1 Active Speakers
The Acoustic Energy AE1 active monitors are two way bookshelf speakers with an integrated class A/B amplification that has been optimized to work with the drivers and fully active filter network. Featuring Acoustic Energy’s legendary pure piston ceramic aluminium cone technology, the AE1 Active has all the refinement and impact you would expect from the original AE1 housed within a self powered, fully active package. The speakers also feature Acoustic Energy’s proprietary aluminium dome tweeter with the unique WDT waveguide for improved coverage and room integration. Balanced inputs and matching high quality stands finish out this stunning system.
John Darko says:
"the AE1 Active separate themselves for two clear and distinct reasons: 1) the in-speaker amplification is Class A/B throughout with 50 Watts applied to each driver; and 2) the signal path is entirely analogue – no ADC greets the analogue signal entering the speaker via its RCA or XLR socket to turn the signal into ones and zeroes.
The all-new AE1 are actives for purists who, rightly or wrongly, turn their nose up at Class D amplification and who, rightly or wrongly, insist that an all-analogue signal path is the only way they’ll hear their existing DAC’s full capabilities."
Key to the success of the AE1 Active design is its unique pure piston ceramic aluminium cone technology. Now in its fifth generation, this 125mm ceramic hard-anodized spun aluminium cone offers exceptional stiffness at low weight. This negates the cone flex and break-up nodes at frequencies typical of paper and plastic cone designs. The tweeter is an all-new AE designed 27mm metal done unit designed to work in harmony with AE’s Wide Dispersion Technology (WDT) waveguide. The result is perfect integration with the mid/bass driver, with extremely wide and spacious imaging.
WHAT HIFI the AE1's 5 Stars. See the review here: AE1 Review
Electronically, the AE1 Active is proudly an all-analogue design focused on performance without compromise. This includes wired analogue inputs, both 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 of a loudspeaker wearing the legendary AE1 badge.