August 31, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
Snell Acoustics certainly has a tower of power to show off.
A flagship model for two-channel audiophiles, the Reference Tower A7 Loudspeaker is the first in Snell’s “Illusion Series” — perhaps the illusion being that the musicians sound like they’re right in front of you.
The D’Appolito Array uses dual 5.25-inch magnesium midranges mounted over and under a silk dome tweeter, combined with twin 10-inch long-throw woofers for exceptional smoothness and dynamic range.
I was fortunate enough to experience the A7s first-hand earlier this summer at Snell’s headquarters in Massachusetts, and that smoothness and range was more than evident. Snell VP Bob Graffy highlighted a broad soundstage and incredibly dynamic range from high to low end through a rich classical selection from Rachmaninoff; silky vocals from Jane Monheit; and beautifully crisp imaging and intimate soundstage with Michael Camilo’s jazzy “Tequila”; for our own demo material, CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer popped in John Petrucci’s dazzling guitarwork of “Glasgow Kiss” and I went with the Allman Brothers’ live version of “Soulshine” for a combination of bluesy vocals and quality instrumentation.
While multi-channel speaker systems have become widely desired with the growth of home theaters for surround sound, two-channel is still the way to go when it comes to true musical enjoyment, and Snell’s A7 has that squarely in mind.
Here are some of the other specs:
- Output to over 110 dB, with bass rated down to 27 Hz
- Casted aluminum base, stabilized by four integrated feet
- Natural cherry with silver grilles or black-painted walnut with black grilles finishes
- Other wood finish, color and shading can be special ordered
The A7 carries a hefty MSRP of $35,000 per pair, but audiophiles will find that money well spent on this luxury model.
For more, go to www.snellacoustics.com.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.