Acoustic Energy AE100 Mark 2, the best British compact loudspeaker?

The first mini yet mighty speakers that Acoustic Energy released were the AE1 in 1987 that immediately redefined the state of the art of extracting a large sound from small loudspeakers. I particularly recall the retail impact of the AE1 in Melbourne at the the time as I was losing sales of large box JBL and Infinity and Yamaha speakers to this curious then largely unknown English brand.

Their new version of the AE100 is no different. A reworked cabinet design means a larger internal volume for a richer, deeper sound. New, redesigned drivers (that are made in-house at Acoustic Energy) give more definition and accuracy. A new waveguide design also accompanies the new tweeter for better sound dispersion.

Cunningly the cabinet of this small speaker is made of exceptionally high density material rather than the normal MDF of loudspeakers in this category, and in doing so realise a greater internal volume in a cabinet of the same size with lower resonance properties. The result is deeper bass with less colouration than other products of this size and price.

We believe that this is one of the great low cost small size loudspeaker designs. 

Read Paul Sechi's Stereonet review of these little beauties here.

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Product Description


The AE100² is a compact standmount/bookshelf loudspeaker that exhibits qualities which perfectly embody those of Acoustic Energy.

The AE100² has been designed with a view to achieving high sound pressure levels from a small enclosure. This is obtained principally through the use of a 130mm mid-bass drive unit built around an ultra-high force, long throw motor system. Bass performance is augmented by a slot shaped duct allowing for a considerable cross-sectional area while negating the issues of air turbulence.

A 25mm soft dome tweeter featuring our Wide Dispersion Technology completes the driver compliment and is housed within a 15mm HDF cabinet. Taking design cues from the award-winning 500 Series and finished in a choice of satin white, black or walnut vinyl veneer finishes. The AE100² is sure to look good placed on speaker stands or bookshelves, while delivering a sound that belies its compact size.

Bass Driver unit: 130mm paper cone,

Tweeter: 25mm fabric dome,

Freq Range: 51Hz-26kHZ,

Sensitivity: 87db,

Peak SBL: 112db,

Power Handling: 120w,

Crossover Freq. 2.9kHz,

Impedance: 6ohms, 

Dimensions: 290(h) x 165(w) x 250(d) 

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