March 27, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
Everyone’s space is different. And sometimes, you just don’t have room for giant speakers. Sure, you could move the couch or the dining room table—or you could just get something like Audience’s ClairAudient One.
The One is Audience’s latest loudspeaker. It’s also the tiniest loudspeaker in the company’s ClairAudient lineup. Measuring a mere 7-by-5.5-by-7 inches, the One is a single-drive loudspeaker designed for everything from desktop listening to a full home theater setup.
Audience says that the One has the same A3-S full-range crossover-less driver as every Audience ClairAudient loudspeaker, as well as a passive radiator. That A3-S is a 12mm excursion, ultra-low distortion transducer, which means you don’t need a separate woofer, midrange driver, tweeter and crossover network. Everything is packed into the One’s super-small speaker cabinet.
Because it has no crossover, the One is direct-coupled to the connected amplifier. The amp, speaker cable and driver act as a single coherent system, creating a nice level of control over the driver. Other features include low-mass binding posts and Audience Ohno (monocrystal) Auric internal wiring.
Currently, the ClairAudient ONE loudspeaker is available in black and blue finishes, for $995 per pair. Audience says that white and red finishes will start shipping soon. There are also a few add-ons available, including desktop stands ($75 per pair) and Audience Ohno speaker cables ($199 per 3-foot pair or $249 for a 5-foot pair).
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