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Andover Audio's SpeakEasy 4: Versatile Powered Speakers for Audiophiles

Andover Audio's SpeakEasy 4: Versatile Powered Speakers for Audiophiles

By: CE Critic

Andover Audio has announced the launch of the SpeakEasy 4, a cutting-edge powered speaker system designed to cater to the diverse needs of music enthusiasts and home theater aficionados alike. Combining audiophile-grade performance with user-friendly features, the SpeakEasy 4 aims to redefine the way we experience sound in our homes.

Unparalleled Audio Performance

At the heart of the SpeakEasy 4 lies Andover's proprietary Dual Direct Drive technology, which ensures optimal power delivery and control to each driver. This innovative approach eliminates the need for lossy passive components, resulting in a smoother, more detailed sound signature across the entire frequency spectrum. The system boasts a 4-inch treated-paper woofer and a ¾-inch silk-dome tweeter, meticulously engineered to reproduce music with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

"We are thrilled to introduce the SpeakEasy 4, a speaker system that embodies our commitment to delivering outstanding audio quality and ease of use," said Bob Hazelwood, Andover's Director of Engineering and Product Development. "Whether you are a vinyl enthusiast, a digital music lover, or a home theater enthusiast, the SpeakEasy 4 has you covered."

Comprehensive Connectivity

The SpeakEasy 4 offers a wide range of digital and analog inputs, making it a versatile solution for integrating with various audio sources. Vinyl enthusiasts will appreciate the built-in phono preamp, which eliminates the need for an external preamplifier when connecting a turntable. The system also features an auxiliary input for CD players, tuners, or personal computers, as well as a Toslink input for high-resolution digital audio up to 24-bit/96kHz.

In addition, the SpeakEasy 4 incorporates a USB port for playing music directly from a digital music collection or charging mobile devices. The integrated Bluetooth receiver allows for seamless wireless streaming from smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Intuitive Control and Convenient Features

The SpeakEasy 4 is designed with user convenience in mind. The included IR remote and front-panel control knob provide intuitive control over various functions, including volume adjustment, source selection, and playback control. The speaker system also features an Automatic Power-On function, which automatically wakes from Standby mode when an audio signal is detected on the active input.

Additional features include a removable grille, a vented MDF cabinet with internal bracing for reduced resonance, and an LED Night Mode that dims the internal lights after a period of inactivity. The SpeakEasy 4 is available in both black and white vinyl finishes to complement any home decor.

Availability and Pricing

The Andover Audio SpeakEasy 4 is available for pre-order now, with expected delivery in July 2024. The speaker system is priced at $399 per pair and can be purchased directly from Andover Audio's website. The company offers a 60-day home trial and free shipping/returns, allowing customers to experience the SpeakEasy 4 in their own listening environment risk-free.

Technical Specifications

  • Amplifier type: Dual Direct Drive, class-D
  • Power ratings: 150W total; 50W RMS to each woofer, 25W RMS to each tweeter
  • Woofer: 4" (100mm) treated-paper diaphragm, long excursion
  • Tweeter: ¾" (19mm) soft dome
  • Frequency response: 55Hz–20kHz, ±3dB (under laboratory conditions)
  • Input impedance: Phono, 47k ohm / 47pF; Line, 8k ohm
  • AC power consumption: 100–240VAC / 180W
  • Weight: right speaker, 7.3 lbs (3.3kg); left speaker, 6.1 lbs (2.75kg)
  • Dimensions: Height: 9.5" (240mm); Width: 6" (150mm); Depth: 8.25" (210mm) including knob

With its exceptional audio performance, comprehensive connectivity, and user-friendly features, the Andover Audio SpeakEasy 4 is poised to become a staple in the homes of audiophiles and music lovers worldwide. We look forward to the reviews and CE Critic Score.