Acoustic Energy has announced a new slim-line, floor-standing loudspeaker that builds on the AE500 and AE509 models. The AE520 will be the brand’s new flagship with its multi-driver design, imposing size and performance.
The AE520 has two dedicated 125mm mid-range drivers, three low-frequency drivers and a 25mm tweeter, all drive units are constructed from their newly developed carbon fibre material. The AE520 has been designed to match the pistonic power and accuracy of Acoustic Energy’s legendary ceramic aluminium drivers, these new units promise to offer much-improved self-damping for a smoother, more transparent sound.
Acoustic Energy says the two dedicated 125mm carbon fibre mid-drivers include new oversized 35mm voice coils for low thermal compression and optimum motor force factor. Both are mounted within their own dedicated sealed enclosure whilst the three dedicated low-frequency drivers are reflex loaded by a large rear-facing rectangular port. The vertical directivity has been optimised to provide excellent vertical coverage whilst reducing the energy otherwise wasted on ceiling and floor reflections when compared to traditional designs.
Mat Spandl, MD and chief designer, comments
Having spent a considerable amount of time developing the carbon fibre transducers for the AE500 and AE509 the natural progression was to put this knowledge to use in a larger loudspeaker. With the AE520 particular attention has been paid to achieving a more natural speech reproduction even at low levels, whilst still retaining the fast, exciting and powerful sound Acoustic Energy loudspeakers are highly renowned for worldwide.
AE520 Technical Specifications
Drive Units: 125mm Carbon Fibre cones
Tweeter: 25mm Carbon Fibre dome
Bandwidth: 30Hz-28kHz (+/- 6dB)
Peak SPL: 113dB
Power Handling: 300w
Crossover Frequency: 373Hz / 2.8kHz
Impedance: 6 ohms
Design: 3 way
Dimensions: 1130 x 185 x 320 (HxWxD)
Weight: 30Kg (per speaker)
Finishes: Piano Black Gloss, Piano White Gloss and American Walnut wood veneer
Available from September 2020, the UK SRP is £3,500 per pair