Audience The One V2 Speakers - $1095 pair, Free Shipping
Audience The One-V2 Loudspeaker
Newly designed driver for even better performance than the award winning The One
The improved sound of The One-V2 is the result of a highly improved Audience full range driver, the A3S2-16. The new driver basket and motor are machined to higher tolerances for a more precision assembly. The new driver also has a notably more powerful motor made possible by the use of higher-quality steel for the neodymium magnet. The new driver utilizes custom OHNO oxygen-free copper (OCC) leads between the motor assembly and the speaker lugs for improved conductivity. In addition, the A3S2-16 now has one 16-Ohm voice coil rather than the dual-8-Ohm voice coils of the previous driver, eliminating a jumper wire on each driver and the associated connections that were needed to parallel the two previous 8-Ohm voice coils to yield 16 Ohms for each of the two drivers.
The A3S2-16 driver incorporates numerous engineering refinements such as a large patented neodymium-magnet motor structure and voice coil that moves with a highly linear excursion of 12mm; an exclusive titanium alloy cone material with a curvilinear shape; a concave dust cap specially designed to control high-frequency cone breakup and provide optimum dispersion; a unique "S"-shaped surround that allows the driver to behave more like an ideal pistonic radiator, and many additional enhancements.
The ONE-V2 loudspeakers from Audience are consist of a single Audience A3S 3″ full range driver and a 3.5″ passive radiator on the back side. Like all ClairAudient loudspeakers the sound delivered by The ONE is highly resolving, dynamic, ultra coherent, seamless and low distortion.
The sonic results are significant: better resolution, "speed" and soundstaging and a more realistic timbre and natural quality to vocals and instruments. "The improvement provided by the new A3S2-16 driver is not subtle," said John McDonald, President of Audience. "It takes this already exceptional loudspeaker into an entirely new realm of listener involvement. The speaker sounds bigger, more powerful and more high-end. For everyone who was surprised at what this small speaker could do before, they're going to be even more impressed when they hear the new THE ONE-V2
A Word On Break-in
The One needs 150 hours of break-in. It may sound colored right out of the box. Please do not lose heart. Be patient and allow them to break-in fully. You will be rewarded...
A Word On Amplification
To get the best sound out of The One-V2, you will need a bit of power. Small amplifiers will not light these up to their potential. An amplifier in the 50 watt range will really enable these to perform their best.
To Sub or Not To Sub?
If you listen to rock, electronica, dubstep, hip-hop, etc. and desire some bass oomph below 40-50hz, a quality subwoofer is necessary to fill in the bottom end. The ADAM Sub8 is an excellent choice.
Exactly what I was looking for
Posted by Mike Cole on 7th Apr 2018
I have two systems, my main listening system and a desktop system that I am currently building up. My end goal before I retire is to get rid of my main system and build a really nice desktop system.
Main system -
Digitial: Squeezebox Touch feeding a Metrum Quad (multibit NOS) DAC
Amplification: Croft Phono Integrated
Speakers: Harbeth P3-ESR
Source: Shuttle Computer with i7 CPU, dual SSDs and no video or soundcards, running JRiver version 24 and pulling music files from Synolgy NAS
Digital: Schiit Audio Modi Multibit DAC
Amplification: Rega Brio-R integrated
Headphones: Schiit Magni 3 feeding a pair of Meze 99 Classics
Speakers: Orb audio - these are normally used as rear satellite speakers for a surround sound system. They are basically 3" drivers in a ball shaped enclosure.
I slotted the Audience speakers into each of these systems.
In the main rig, they performed very nicely. I do not listen loud and these were great in that role. I ended up with the speakers about 5 ft apart and my chair about 3 feet in front of the speakers. It seems like the closer you get, the better they sound. I added a REL T5 sub into the mix and this was now a full range system with nothing missing. Nice soundstage, good tone saturation and a great PRaT. I then removed the sub and put my chair about 1 foot in front of the speakers. The sound was now really immersive, like a big pair of headphones. The best thing though was the precision and timing. I see why people compared them to electrostatics. This just totally addictive.
These speakers were bought for my desk top system though, so I moved them to that system. The first thing I noticed was that the apparent bass had increased, I guess due to being so close to the wall. This balanced the sound out very nicely. I never felt as if I were missing anything. I did not get quite the precision and timing I got with them in the other system though. The Rega, while fun and bouncy, is just not as good as the Croft overall. I did get great tonal color and my foot was always tapping whenever there was a beat. These were, overall, exactly what I was hoping for in my desktop system. Totally happy with my purchase.
Small sources of wonder
Posted by Dick Nodell on 9th Mar 2014
Bought these for my wife's new office to replace large Maggie 1.6's that she loved but no longer fit in (if they ever did.) The rich and textured purity of tone and liveliness took us by surprise. Suffice to say, she no longer misses the Maggies.