1+1 Loudspeaker Reviews
- The Absolute Sound 2016, 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards Go to Audience ClairAudient 1+1 V2+
“Don’t let the 1+1 V2+’s nearly identical appearance to the 1+1 fool you; this newly upgraded version is a huge leap over its already superlative predecessor.”
Robert Harley – February ’16
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- Robert Harley Reviews the 1+1 V2+ in The Absolute Sound, April 2017
Audience 1+1 V2+
“There is no speaker that I know of that’s designed like the 1+1 V2+-or that sounds like it.”
Robert Harley – April ’17 Read Full Review
- The Absolute Sound 2017 Buyer’s Guide for 1+1 V2 Loudspeakers
Audience 1+1 V2+
“The 1+1 V2+’s midrange clarity, just one of the virtues of a crossover-less single-driver speaker, is on par with that of many speakers costing twenty times the V2+’s price.”
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- Audience Wins 1+1 2015, 2016 Editors’ Choice Award from The Absolute Sound!
When SS reviewed the single-full-range-driver Audience “The ONE” speakers, he was convinced that they were the best nearfield monitors he’d ever heard. His time with the larger Audience 1+1 speakers has led him to place the 1+1 above the “The ONE” at the top of his own personal “best” nearfield loudspeaker list. Just like “The ONE” speakers, the Audience 1+1 creates a three-dimensional soundstage that allows you to listen deeply into the nuances of a mix or a live performance. SS,246
- Dagogo Review of ClairAudient 1+1 November ’15
” All the versions of the Audience ClairAudient 1+1 are worthy of whatever associated gear or cables; you can afford to pair with them. The ability of the ClairAudient 1+1 to produce a reach – out – and – touch – someone soundstage, to my astonishment, is even better with V2 and V2+. It was already the best I’d heard in my house for under $17,000. I would say that the V2+ speakers are the reigning king of this much-desired attribute of high-end speakers. ”
Jack Roberts, Dagogo – October ’15
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- Dagogo Review of ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeakers by Jack Roberts
“It is very hard to believe that a pair of mini-monitors selling for under $1,800 a pair, weighing less than eight pounds, would be able to compete with and best in many areas with speakers that cost over five figures”.
Jack Roberts – June ’15
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- 1+1 Review by Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound, Comments by Robert Harley
“Vocals were sensational for any loudspeaker, never mind one that costs less than $2k.” -Robert Harley, sidebar comment
Steven Stone, Reviewer- October ’14
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- Widescreen Review of The ONE and 1+1 Loudspeakers
The ONE, in particular, is amazingly good as a nearfield monitor for use with computers or gaming systems, while the 1+1 can work well in medium- sized theatre rooms. Both models are highly recommended”.
Doug Blackburn – August ’14
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- ClairAudient 1+1 – Golden Ear Award 2014
If you think that miniature speakers in desktop setup only create a miniature soundstage, you really need to hear a pair of Audience 1+1s”.
Steven Stone – Issue #245, September ’14
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- Enjoy the Music.com’s Review of ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Monitor
“As I look back over my time in and around this industry, beginning back when brands like Phase Linear and Advent were setting previously unrealized standards, the Audience ClairAudient project represents one of the most significant and exciting advances to our hobby that I can recall. Welcome to the uprising!”
Greg Weaver – July ’14
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- Positive Feedback Review of ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeakers
“If you are ready to take your listening experience to a new level, seek out the 1+1 and taste what chefs prepare for themselves”.
Victor Chavira – July ’14
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- Audience at THE Show Las Vegas 2013
Following is the complete list of show reports on the Audience room from THE Show Las Vegas 2013.For those of you who have long been waiting for the ONE loudspeakers – shipping will begin in about ten days. We also expect to start shipping the 1+1 mid May.AV Showrooms – Peter Breuninger
Positive Feedback – Greg Weaver
By far the most interesting new speaker I heard at this year’s event was the Audience ClairAudient 1+1 ($1800 per pair) standing on Target stands ($150/pr). Sourced by the Bryston BDP-1 player ($2195) and BDA-1 DAC ($1995), the rest of the electronics included the prototypical Audience Wavepower amplifier and Wavemaster preamp, neither with an announced price as yet. The hotel wall current was tamed by use of two (one on the front end components, another on the power amps) Audience Adept Response aR6-TSS power conditioner ($6000), and all cables were from Audience, the Au24 powerChords ($2200/6 ft.), the new Au24 SE RCA interconnects ($1290/meter) and the Au24 SE speaker cables ($1995/2meter). I have one of the new Au24-SEs in house, and the initial results are WONDERFUL. Watch this space for a review this spring.
The Audience ClairAudient 1+1—and they sounded EVERY BIT as good as they look
When I asked to give them a listen, the first thing Richard fired up for me was a Redbook FLAC file, “From the Beginning” from Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1972 release, Trilogy, on the Bryston BDP-1. I have to say that while I’ve heard this cut hundreds of times, this time it was revelatory! This system served up everything in a delicately layered, remarkably liquid, and compellingly involving manner. It’s amazing how much music you hear when you eschew the “evils” of crossovers! Well done, gents! Well done!
Over at T.H.E. Show, Audience were demoing the ClairAudient 1+1 bipolar speaker ($1800/pair), which uses two of the small full-range A3S drive-units developed by Roger Sheker, one on the front, one on the back, loaded with two passive radiators on the speaker’s sides. The sound was dynamic, with surprisingly extended low frequencies.
The less-expensive The ONE ($995/pair), which uses just one A3S driver, was being demmed very effectively as part of a desk-top system (above), driven by a $550 Teac amplifier and a $695 QLA media player. AC conditioning was, of course provided by Audience AdeptResponse units.
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Audience ClairAudient 1+1 has no minuses
Audience, (pictured above) the full-range driver specialists, has further refined its unique technology in the mini ClairAudient 1+1 ($1800) Boasting a newly sculpted angular front baffle to minimize diffraction effects its equipped with twin A3S full range drivers and dual passive radiators. Designed for intimate environs, it projected terrific mid range transparency, speed.
Audience AV has branched out — have you heard? The company, already very well known for their superb Au24 line of cables and capacitor-based power conditioners, have been not-so-quietly rolling out a line of loudspeakers.
With prices starting at $995/pair for the new The One single-driver loudspeakers (shown in blue, below) all the way up to the $72k/pair ClairAudient 16+16, Audience is entirely serious — and seriously kicking ass.
The basic design rotates around s small, but full-range driver. The One uses … one. The 1+1 uses … two. The 16+16 uses … 32. You get the picture. As you move up the line, sensitivity, total output and impedance all climb.
The new, final, look for the ClairAudient 1+1 is a front+rear setup, that is, there are two full-range drivers, setup as a bi-pole, and two passive radiators on the flanks, also setup as a bi-pole. The result? 360° sound. Which is precisely what I heard — a bewilderingly wide, deep sounds stage that had me convinced, for the first 10 seconds, that not only was I being punked but that, perhaps, everything was wired out of phase. It wasn’t, but man, that was freakin’ huge.
- Robert Harley – BEST SOUND (highest value) at THE Show Newport goes to Audience!
Best Sound (highest value)
Audience Wavepower amplifier and Wavemaster preamp driving Audience’s ClairAudient 1+1 loudspeaker (see below).
Audience’s new ClairAudient 1+1 loudspeaker. This tiny cube, priced at $1800 per pair, combined the transparency of a one-way crossover less design with the dynamics and extension at the frequency extremes you’d expect from a larger conventional system.
Audience presented one of the smallest and one of the largest new speaker systems geared to promote the scalability of its full-range-driver philosophy. Driven by all Audience power was the new Mk II version of the ClairAudient 16+16 flagship ($72k). It continues as a bi-polar, one-way line source with thirty-two A3-S2 three-inch full-range drivers but has been upgraded with the addition of eight 6” x 9” custom passive radiators. To my ears the difference was quite startling with solid low-end response that didn’t inhibit the speed and crystalline focus that makes this design so listenable. In comparison and obviously bass-restricted, the tiny ClairAudient 1+1 was captivating in how well it retains the flagship’s remarkable voice and timbre ($1800).