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Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Acoustic Energy AE 1 MK II. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the sound. The design is also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the size. Views about the bass quality and usability are different.

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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 91/100 = 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 : Ed Selley (

Acoustic Energy AE1 Active HiFi Stand Mount Speaker Review


Is the new AE1 Active HiFi Speaker worthy of the Acoustic Energy name?

Refined yet punchy and accurate sound ; Well made ; Fleixble in terms of partnering equipment ; Handsome and well made

Won't flatter poor equipment and signals ; Wood finish a little orange ; Ultimate limits to headroom

Aug, 2017

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 (

Superb higher frequency sound and realistic bass


Just got the cables today so I'm taking it easy on levels for a few weeks

Feb, 2020

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Clarity and bass in a bookshelf speaker


After listening to various different bookshelf speakers, including Kef LS50s and Q Acoustics Concept 20s, I decided they were all lacking bass. Sure they aren't going to have the bass of floor standing speakers but I was expecting a little more. I then...

Dec, 2019