Audience ClairAudient 1+1 v2 is a Three-Time The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award Winner
Renowned for hand-crafting advanced loudspeakers that don't abide by conventional design rules, Audience delivers its best-sounding and most unique speaker yet with the ClairAudient 1+1 v2. For those that love the company's previous effort, the 1+1, the 1+1 v2 will be a revelation. Updated for 2016, the new v2 version features a brand-new driver (dubbed A3S2-16) which is not only more efficient, but also more powerful. The internal wiring is now super-high quality Audience OCC tensile wiring and over 10 internal solder-point connections have been eliminated. The result is a brand-new speaker which builds on the performance of the old, delivering even greater transparency and musical magic. We encourage you to audition a pair for yourself, and if you are not equally impressed, call us and we will take them back.
"Don't let the 1+1 V2+'s nearly identical appearance to the 1+1 fool you; this newly upgraded version is a huge leap over its already superlative predecessor."
– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Editor's Choice Award
Like its predecessor, the 1+1 v2 has a pair Audience's proprietary mini-drivers stuffed into its small, chiseled cabinet; one in front and one in the rear. However, the A3S2-16 drivers used in the 1+1 v2 have been updated with a new magnet structure and a more efficient voice-coil design; the new magnets give the 1+1 v2 much greater dynamic range, especially in softer passages where even more detail is resolved. The more efficient voice-coil design helped streamline the internal connections to the drivers and also presents a more stable load to the amplifier for even greater control and sense of ease.
"This ranks as my current favorite desktop near-field loudspeaker. When fed a high-quality signal, it completely disappears while creating a nuanced three-dimensional soundstage...you need to hear a pair of Audience 1+1s!"
– Steve Stone, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award
The A3S2-16 3" mini-driver features an incredibly powerful magnet, a titanium cone and enormous excursion. This allows the A3S2-16 to dig much deeper into the low frequencies as well as deliver all the speed required to reproduce delicate midrange and airy high frequencies. The bi-polar alignment of the A3S2-16 drivers means both work together in-phase, operating with optimal pistonic motion, reducing distortion and producing more acoustical power for every electron that passes through them. The effects are jaw-dropping: midrange clarity and presence are spookily realistic, the bass growls, and the high frequencies are enviably pure. A pair of 5" passive radiators on each side are tuned low enough that after initial burn-in, their contributions are both appreciated and largely unnoticed.
"The ClairAudient 1+1 is a superb speaker of clarity and quality. They both communicate music with uncommon coherence, seamless mid to high frequencies, and tempered low bass. I can confidently recommend the Audience 1+1 to those who place a premium on midrange clarity, depth of perception, and indiscernible levels of coloration. If you are ready to take your listening experience to a new level, seek out the 1+1."
– Victor Chavira, Positive Feedback
Soundstaging is wide, deep and unerringly precise, showcasing impressive presence and realism. And since the 1+1 provides a shockingly realistic sense of scale, the remarkable dynamic range comes as yet another pleasant surprise. Most importantly, the A3S2-16 drivers are run full-range, so there's no energy-draining crossover to suck the life out of the music. When placed on a properly inert surface and fed by excellent electronics, the 1+1 v2 ably fills a decent-sized room with music.
"The Audience ClairAudient 1+1 project represents one of the most significant and exciting advances to our hobby that I can recall. Welcome to the uprising!"
– Greg Weaver, Enjoy the Music
For all its capabilities, please remember that the 1+1 v2 is still a small speaker. The lowest octave simply cannot be reproduced in a cabinet this small; and while the dynamic range is indeed impressive (and quite a bit better than its predecessor), those that listen at consistently high volumes or need to fill a large space should consider other options. However, for mid-sized and smaller rooms, and for music lovers looking for an incredibly transparent, tonally gorgeous, and resoundingly dynamic speaker, 1+1 v2 is the gateway to high-end enjoyment.
"It is very hard to believe that a pair of mini-monitors selling for [this price] weighing less than eight pounds, would be able to compete with and best in many areas with speakers that cost over five figures."
– Jack Roberts, Dagogo