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For the AE22, Acoustic Energy looked at the properties that made Yamaha’s NS10s so popular in the studio and designed a set of monitors with these same attributes in mind. What we have here are closed-cabinet non-reflex speakers, with a low distortion and crossover frequency of 2kHz.
Although the bottom end isn’t extended, it’s so tight that we found it really informative. Top end is clean, not overly crispy and just as useful. Where the AE22s really shine, however, is in the mid-range. It’s solid, crystal clear and doesn’t tire your ears, making it easy to balance vocals in a track.
These are remarkable speakers. They’re not designed to impress, but rather to assess the sound and give the engineer a clear picture of what needs to be done. As a result, we can’t recommend them highly enough.
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