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The Audio Note AN E has become a modern day classic now widely reviewed and revered all around the world by several major publications, including several of the reviewers here at Dagogo. Audio Note seems to be one of those maverick companies that seems to deliberately go against current mainstream ideas believing in, and creating such often deemed, crazy products such as low-powered single-ended tube amplifiers, CD players with no over-sampling or digital or analog filters, the belief in turntable superiority in the digital era, and loudspeakers which go against most all currently accepted speaker design principles.

And yet, Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note insists that his plain-looking two way rectangle boxes — wider than they are deeper, with hard edged corners, soft dome tweeters, paper woofers with foam surrounds, birch plywood rather than MDF, and no internal damping, are speakers that were right decades ago and still point the way ahead today.

What else, you ask? Corner loading causes all sorts of bass problems and room issues. Hey tell it to Peter. Indeed, many people have told Peter.

And yet they do! I asked Peter where the idea came from to change a successful recipe that made Snell one of the most respected speaker lines in the s and early s:. What is interesting here is that much of the industry finds corner placement and near room boundaries to create more problems than solving them.

Audio Note believes that corner loading will allow the reflected wave to follow the direct sound closely enough so as not to be detected by the ear. This will allow more consistency from room to room and avoid many of the room related problems associated with free standing designs. With views like this it is not surprising the company takes some hits on various forums from critics and competitors about their hard line views of the correct way to build loudspeakers.

I want to choose the music and not the loudspeaker manufacturer. Most audiophiles have experienced, at one time or another, stereo salespeople who like to control both what music is played and at what volume level. There has become some sort of notion that some speakers are good for classical while others are suited for rock. Any loudspeaker that is supposedly built only for classical music but renders good rock recordings as lifeless and dull is very likely doing a disservice to classical music as well.

The speaker ultimately should not care what signal is being sent. With that minor rant out of the way, I listen to quite a wide array of music from acoustic, classical, to heart pounding amplified rock. The best stereo systems leave you satisfied with all program material. Perhaps more demanding is that I also want that excitement at low volume listening as well as medium and LOUD levels.

I want to feel the bass without adding other boxes cluttering up my already overly cluttered room. The reality is that very few speakers can do all of that. Your pulse will flow at low volumes or when you want those 90dBdB sessions. The AN J and E may be stand mount speakers, but they need to be viewed and compared to floor standers when it comes to volume and bass prowess.

Granted there is a limit here. The AN J is capable of solid bass between 25Hz and 40Hz depending on positioning, which is remarkable for a speaker this size while also being very easy to drive.

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The speakers are as seamless in this regard as I have ever heard. This is absolutely critical and a failing of so many loudspeakers because without this seamlessness, the belief that the artists are in the room immediately crumbles and turns into a session of dissecting tweeters and woofers. Beginning with human voice is usually a good starting point because our ear is finely tuned and wealthily experienced in listening to this important instrument.

Moreover they allow me to listen for very long sessions and not become wary of annoying traits that often occur over longer listening sessions with a great many loudspeakers.Keep kids learning with daily schedules and activities. Go to Wide Open School.

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Audio Note AN-K/SPe speakers Review

Parents need to know that Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder is designed for businesses but is helpful in many other arenas, especially for kids with audio processing delays. During playback, notes and drawings appear in context, synced with the audio. Audionote - Notepad and Voice Recorder is an all-inclusive app for audio note-taking, but it can be cumbersome to learn all of its features and how to send from a mobile device to a computer.

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Typed notes can sync to audio recordings and will highlight in a different color when timed correctly. Using file sharing in iTunes, Dropbox, or iCloud, kids can store their notes and access them on a computer. If kids are able to receive lecture slides ahead of time or capture images of important information, this seems like a worthwhile tool for audio note-taking and for kids willing to put in the time to learn the tool.

Families can talk about effective note-taking and study skills. Help kids discover how they best learn and how they can best make sense of the information teachers are presenting. What are some ways to take notes? Is it helpful to be able to listen to information as well as read it?I have even seen some of the less expensive AX and AZ speakers reviewed and at shows lately. I had remembered really liking the sound of this little speaker, but I was surprised how good it still sounded.

It was at that time that Peter Qvortrup bought the design rights to the original models and began selling them under the Audio Note name. The AN-K differs from the E and J in design because it is a sealed box instead of a rear ported speaker. The cabinets are still made from materials that compliment the workings of the chosen drive units, instead of trying to damp the resonances in the cabinet.

This difficult method helps to ensure maximum efficiency and dynamic behavior supposedly. While the look of the box is kind of plain, the build quality is very good and the wood finishes are beautiful. While they sounded really good just sitting on either end of a sofa table, they do sound better if you have the room to put them on stands and take the time to place them in the right place. In my room they sounded best about 14 inches from the back wall, 7 feet apart, tweeter to tweeter.

I toed them in where they crossed about a foot behind my head. In this position, the bass was quick and punchy like only a sealed box speaker can sound. The soundstage was very good, thought lacking a little in depth. The AN-K Spe, like most Audio Note equipment, plays almost all genres of music pretty well, and most importantly, somehow allows poorer recording to sound more musical without compromising the sound of great recordings. You ask how can a small two-driver sealed boxed speaker play loud enough or have the dynamics for rock or classical music.

Again, this is the specialty of Audio Note speakers, that is doing what seems impossible from a small two-way speaker.

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While they play all music well, they play acoustical music and vocals in a way that is very real sounding. The overall sound of these small wonders is open, transparent and despite their size they play music with amazing scale. Instruments come across with vivid color, realistic size, and placed correctly in the sound field. The speakers have different strengths but they both are very quick, precise speakers with real inner detail, excellent micro-dynamics and very good overall dynamics.

If you want a huge holographic sound stage the Lindemanns are much better, but if you want the other qualities we have talked about but with a slightly fuller, richer sound with even better PRaT then the Audio Note become quite a bargain. When evaluating a speaker there is no more telling instrument than a piano. Though admittedly some of the bottom was missing. Strings on these speakers sounded truly beautiful, sweet, and luscious. Guitars, violins and surprisingly even the bass sounded very convincing and enjoyable.

It is a highly versatile speaker. The bass they play is very tuneful and I value that more than plummeting really deep. Drivers: 0. These small speakers sound really fantastic. In my small room about 3 x 3 meters they sounded best when placed directly in the corners and on stands.

A fantastic speaker. I like the design.Given Audio Note's early dominance of the low-power scene, you'd expect any loudspeaker from them to be a high-efficiency design, and you'd be right.

What you wouldn't expect is how they go about doing it, since none of the odd models in their speaker line appears to be much more than a plain-Jane two-way box, with nary a horn or whizzer in sight. So it goes with Audio Note's latest, the AN-E Lexus Signature, which takes the company's basic E-size loudspeaker—at just under 70 liters, the largest of Audio Note's cabinet sizes—and refines it in a number of subtle and mostly invisible ways.

Before tackling the specifics, some history is in order. Audio Note's involvement in the loudspeaker world dates to the early s, when audio maven Peter Qvortrup represented the Snell Acoustics line throughout Europe. Qvortrup admired Peter Snell 's design innovations—not only were their cabinets precisely sized and shaped to support a particular range of frequencies, but Snell Acoustics was among the first companies to hand-match every crossover component to its own unique set of drivers.

Audio Note J/SPe Loudspeaker Review

Everything went swimmingly until fallwhen Peter Snell dropped dead on the factory floor—and his surviving business partners hired Canadian designer Kevin Voecks, late of Mirage, to take his place. Almost immediately, Voecks began to take Snell's product line in a direction that had nothing whatsoever to do with Peter Snell's original work, as far as Peter Qvortrup was concerned. I agree. That left Qvortrup—who would soon team up with Hiroyasu Kondo to sell products under the Audio Note name—in a bit of a jam.

He bought up all the remaining stock of Snell Js, Ks, and Es, and when they were gone, he bought the remaining unfilled cabinets, too. After thatQvortrup took the only route left: He sought and obtained permission to continue building Js, Ks, and Es on his own, crediting the original designs to Snell and selling the finished products under his own label. Thus, more than two decades after his death, you can still acquire Peter Snell's finest "bookshelf" loudspeakers, the ensuing evolution of which may be in keeping with their designer's intentions.

Description The original Snell Type E was a bass-reflex design with a 1" soft-dome tweeter and an 8" paper woofer. According to a spec sheet fromit had an electrical sensitivity of 90dB and a nominal impedance of 8 ohms.

I suppose the Type E would have been a pretty decent mate for some of those low-power tube amps that didn't yet exist footnote 1. But over the years, Peter Qvortrup worked to refine the E formula, in an effort to wring even greater efficiency—among other things—from the very same box. That brings us to the AN-E Lexus Signature, whose cabinet is made entirely from Russian birch plywood as opposed to the particleboard of its antecedents. Its rear-firing port is 5" long and 2.

Audio Note's silver wire is also used for the voice coil of the 8" paper woofer, manufactured in Norway by SEAS and also appearing here in a high-efficiency configuration. Some electrical padding is used in the crossover for level matching—Qvortrup suggests that the woofer's theoretical maximum sensitivity is in the neighborhood of dB—and the overall system sensitivity is stated as a very high 98dB.

A lot of what makes the Lexus Signature special lies outside of the box—literally. Peter Qvortrup builds this model's crossovers into individual outboard enclosures alloy chassis and cover, acrylic front panelnot only to protect them from the microphonic effects of speaker vibrations but to accommodate the sheer physical size of Audio Note's upmarket paper-in-oil capacitors.

The speakers themselves are hardwired, with separate meter-long cable pairs for the woofer and tweeter, terminated with Audio Note silver banana plugs footnote 2. The crossover frequency is an unusual choice, not only because it's close to the tweeter's resonant frequency "You're not supposed to do that," Qvortrup says, "but then there's a lot of things you're not supposed to do"but also because it differs slightly from one finished loudspeaker to the next, given Audio Note's efforts to match individual drivers to individual capacitors.

Thus the stated crossover range of 2. My review pair of AN-E Lexus Signatures was supplied with the recommended metal stands, which are Audio Note recommends coupling the speaker cabinets to the stands with pea-size balls of Blu-Tack plasticine available in the US as Elmer's Poster Tackwhich I duly did. I actually tried it both ways, but without the putty, the Audio Notes somewhat exaggerated the room and hall sound of certain recordings—such as the Midori-McDonald recording of Elgar's Violin Sonata CD, Sony SKwhere the natural acoustic of the Snape Maltings threatened to swamp the subtleties of Midori's charming but less than passionate fiddling.

I've wished more than once that I'd been smart enough to keep them. A delight to use. Peter Qvortrup builds this model's crossovers into individual outboard enclosures. Outboard x-over is not new at all. It works like a chime since day one of the bi-wiring outboard upgrade.

Search form Search. Show Munich More Reports.Heh, heh I can picture at least half of you going, "Oh, no - here come more toys with prices courtesy of L. Frank Baum. This new 'entry level' series is an attempt to provide 'proper' Audio Note performance for an audience other than the one consisting of oil shieks, Russian mafiosi and lottery winners.

What's on offer, then, is the joy of single-ended triode performance at sane prices while still acquiring the right to wear the coolest badge in the s. Unless you're so certifiably hip that you're already into Wavac, Shishido or one of the other new-wave Japanese s. What's immediately apparent is the house style which differentiates between UK product and the dearer Japanese stuff.

While Gaku-On, On-Gaku and the rest of the Eastern wares feature stunning construction, exquisite front panels that look like they were crafted in Schaffhausen and styling which causes palpitations in subscribers, the British cousins look like, well, crap. Plain black perspex front panels, copper top plates held by lots of exposed black screws, cheap folded-metal transformer covers -- even the Spark amplifier from China, imported yet costing half the price while bearing the same number of Bs as the Conquests, showed greater build-quality finesse.

But this is Audio Note and the commands come from on high, so I suppose I should be grateful that I was allowed to have them in my humble home, in this lifetime, and before taking the cure. Leaving aside my fear and loathing of Audio Note practices, I bowed to protocol and showed the amps all the respect I could muster -- a tough one given that I'm sick and tired of the Audio Note fanatics out in the hi-fi community the s equivalent of Linnies who go around bad-mouthing all other guys making S.

Note that I'm talking about Audio Note's rabid supporters, not their employees. And to Audio Note's credit, I have every reason to believe that private customers are be treated like pampered reviewers. Why this sudden bout of what seems like sheer naivet?

Because I know what kind of mileage Qvortrop and David Spiers put on their cars in a year. No tales of ten-nines silver wire, hand-rolled against the thighs of virgins in Papua, no stories about octogenarian craftsmen hand-winding the transformers, no cockeyed world view about the price of silver-versus-copper.

That's because Spiers is to Qvortrop what Van Helsing was to Dracula, and his impenetrable Scottish accent betrays a sense of down-to-earth realism. Indeed, he sounds like he comes from good, bargain-hunting stock, and stopped just short of calling me 'Laddie'. His description was succinct. Disagree with our product rating? Email us and tell us why you think this product should receive a higher rating.

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Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: UK. Demoed some of these at the weekend and was really impressed. Far more music than hifi if you will something I'm coming to appreciateand very capable given their relative value.

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Demoed the hemp coned version only. Has anyone lived with these longer term, or had any other experiences with them? Also tried the AZ-Two hemp. Going to compare to the Js at some point. ShiverNov 21, No one?

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If nothing else I'd just say although you don't really hear much about them, they're well worth checking out if after something in that price band c. ShiverNov 22, Location: Fullerton, CA. Last edited: Nov 22, Warren JarrettNov 22, Thanks Warren. Good to hear re the views on the AZ-Three or '3'? There really doesn't seem to be much out there on them.With the aim of reproducing sound in its most natural and realistic form, they design and build every component in the audio signal path using only the finest materials.

An Audio Note system may be composed of products from different levels, though it is best to base the system on the level of the amplifier, and introduce components which are no more than one level above or two below the level of the amp. Audio Note offers a range of exquisite real wood and slate veneers, as well as painted RAL colour finishes in satin matte or high gloss polished lacquer.

Audio Note UK offers a huge range of components including cables, wires, connectors, capacitors, resistors, transformers, cartridge tags and speaker kits.

Browse their full component list opens in a new tab. It was incredible how close to the live performance the recording sounded through our Audio Note UK system - it really was difficult to tell which part of the duet was being played live at times!

More reviews on the Audio Note website. Click on a quote to read the full review :. Cart 0. Sign In My Account. Audio Note UK. This is a first-rate, well-built, classy-sounding amplifier. The Company.

Product Ranges. Speaker and Deluxe Turntable Finishes Audio Note offers a range of exquisite real wood and slate veneers, as well as painted RAL colour finishes in satin matte or high gloss polished lacquer.

Component Ranges Audio Note UK offers a huge range of components including cables, wires, connectors, capacitors, resistors, transformers, cartridge tags and speaker kits. There is an expectation of craftsmanship, of cultural heritage, and historical context inline with their respective, specific, luxury markets that one looks to have fulfilled, and mine was. Audio Note Audio-philia.

Audio Note Reviews. It presents us with an opportunity to reconnect at a deeper level with the recorded material that we own, and to derive greater musical enjoyment and satisfaction from it. The real key is resolution of musically relevant information. In the quest for higher resolution, an end result that I have experienced all too frequently is that, yes, there is more detail, but there is also extraneous noise, particularly at higher frequencies, that becomes outsized and fatiguing rather than beguiling.

But that is not the case here. The ear senses a remarkably high transparency to the source. Particularly with golden age classical recordings [ More Brands.