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Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II

Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II
alaScore 90

14 reviews

May, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the sound and design are generally positive. There are some mixed reviews about the price. The usability and size get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Simon Lucas Simon Lucas (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Active Review | Trusted Reviews


Convenience without compromise - the AE1 Active speakers have a lot to recommend them

Fine build and finish ; Enthusiastic, even-handed and versatile sound

Really not that much

The AE1 Actives are an accomplished pair of speakers – and at their price, it's difficult to think of a competing package that could match their performance – whether in terms of more traditional, passive alternatives or fellow active speaker rivals...

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Active review


The AE1 Active speakers can outperform plenty of more expensive components.

Clear, balanced and detailed ; Rhythmically exciting with fine dynamic range ; Adjustable treble and bass for versatile placement

Nothing of note

It’s difficult to think of an amplifier/passive speakers combo that could better these Acoustic Energy active speakers at the price

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic review


Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic standmount speakers are certainly classics, but not quite the best around

Substantial build ; an open and informative sound

The treble can be provoked ; they could sound a touch more organic

Classics, certainly. But not quite the best around

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Acoustic Energy AE1 MkIII SE review


A number of revisions to the AE1 MkIII have resulted in an even more musically involving speaker, with agility, detail and forceful dynamics

Amazing speed and detail resolution ; class-leading clarity ; excellent build

Small size means sonic authority falls short of larger rivals

If you want a tiny, top-class monitor, these AE1 Mk III SEs are a must-audition

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : staff (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic review


AE has gone back to its roots with this Classic AE1

Beautifully balanced midband ; Impressively wide dynamic range

Bass is weak ; Top end rather obvious

Sharply priced classic replica looks good and does most things well, though more bass is needed

Jul, 2006

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Acoustic Energy AE1 MKIII - £2,000


Acoustic Energy gives its traditional substantially built miniature a classy cosmetic makeover

Expert review by : Jason Kennedy (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic


Of all the so-called classic products in the hi-fi world this is one of the few that deserves that epithet. The original AE1 was introduced in 1988 and has gone through a number of changes since that time, resulting in the super sexy AE1 MkIII...

Hardcore styling, good power handling and bass for size

Not to everyone's aesthetic tastes and not as smooth as some

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

At last, affordable, good active speakers!


I auditioned these in store two weeks ago and knew immediately I had to buy them. I already had a good passive system but the difference is chalk and cheese. They are so smooth and give so much detail to my classical SACDs. My old amplifier has a...

Oct, 2019

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