FrontRow Cables Review from Audio Bacon


“Audience’s frontRow series is refreshingly unique and addictive at the same time. It impresses, yet doesn’t distract. It keeps your ears focused – because you’re sitting in the front row.

Jay Luong – July ’19
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2019 TAS Editors’ Choice Awards for The ONE V3 and 1+1 V3



1+1 V3

$2960
Don’t let the 1+1 V3’s nearly identical appearance to the 1+1 V2+ ($1800) fool you; this newly upgraded version is a huge leap over its already superlative predecessor. The V3 employs a significantly redesigned version of Audience’s full-range driver, top-level Au24SX internal wiring, retuned passive radiators, and custom tellurium solderless binding posts. The result is far more resolution and detail (particularly in the treble), superior transparency, wider dynamic expression, and even greater midrange purity. The 1+1 V3’s midrange clarity, just one of the virtues of a crossover-less single-driver speaker, is on a par with that of many speakers costing twenty times the V2+’s price. The state of the art for desktop listening, and a terrific choice as a main speaker in smaller rooms.

The ONE V3

$1695
The One, as you might infer from its name, is a single full-range driver shoehorned into a small box. The driver itself is the same unit, the A3A, that Audience uses in its flagship $72,000 16+16 speaker. According to Audience, the A3A has exceptionally flat response, claimed to be +/-3dB from 40Hz to 22kHz. Be that as it may, properly set-up The One is the second-best desktop speaker reviewer Steven Stone has heard (after the Audience 1+1).

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June ’19

 

Testimonial on The ONEs, May 2019

John, a note to express my satisfaction after a few years with your amazing products. You upgraded my drivers in The ONEs a while back. I use your speaker wires. Your guidance to run ‘em full-range and dial-in the sub results in what is among the best repro in my 50 years’ experience as an audiophile. When “properly” set up, what else does a music-lover need? My source is Amarra running on an iMac into an iFi nano BL DAC and NAD M3 amp, with Paradigm SUB15 for deep bass. After recent adjustments I again had that sweet revelation that comes with dialing-in a sub so the music just blooms into rightness. Coherence is the quality of The ONEs that exceeds all else. While the use of multiple A3S2-16 drivers in your larger speaker systems may deliver scale, I speculate that The ONEs offer the purest expression of your accomplishment. Brilliant! I thank you. – Dez