Audience’s The ONE is a desktop loudspeaker, with ideas way above its station. It’s a crossoverless, single full-range loudspeaker design (albeit with a rear-firing driver in passive radiator mode). There’s also a little wedge-shaped riser to point it upwards if sitting on a desk, or can be used without when on speaker stands. Although it obviously has limits in the bass due to its size and size of speakers, it is the kind of loudspeaker that is best used without anything like a subwoofer, because it will never be fast enough. Instead, just either sit very close or learn how to make bass not so important to you.
Audience has ‘form’ in full-range drivers. The brand’s ClairAudient speaker system sports line arrays of custom made full-range 76mm drivers known as the A3S. But this is the purist form of the concept, with just a single low-mass, high-excursion titanium alloy A3S drive unit to the front of the speaker and a 90mm bass driver to the rear, sitting just above the twin speaker terminals (even if there was a need for it, there isn’t room for bi-wire terminals, the cabinet is that small). It’s internally wired with Audience’s Ohno Continuous Cast monocrystal copper cable, and have magnetically attached grilles.
It’s a solid little beastie, too. The piano gloss finish might be a bit of a pig to photograph, but looks good and doesn’t pick up fingerprints too much. They feel very dead to the knuckle-rap test. It doesn’t weigh much because the speaker is about the size of a large coffee cup, but on the other hand given the small size of the speaker, it’s surprisingly weighty.
We are perhaps more used to the idea of a one-driver, point-source solution than our American counterparts, thanks to the likes of Ted Jordan and Bandor on the UK doorstep, and the popularity of Eclipse TD speakers here in Europe. So, we know almost instinctively that it’s possible to create a ‘full-range’ loudspeaker driver that covers everything from upper-bass to lower-treble without a problem, and that the treble and the high treble can be a problem (they get extremely directional), which can be resolved by a dustcap-shaped phase plug acting as de facto tweeter.