It’s one of those speakers that lets you relax with the music and that’s clearly not a bad thing, I like the way that it is pretty well unflappable even at higher levels and that the bass is so fulsome. This could overawe smaller rooms but with only about 40cm behind them the balance was very even in my medium sized space. I tried a track that is notorious for its sibilants, another Patricia Barber number called ‘A Touch of Trash’ [Modern Cool, Premonition]. On this the vocals did seem a little cleaner than usual, the emphasis on S sounds didn’t disappear, but they were reduced enough to stop it being a distraction. Lou Reed’s classic ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ [Transformer, RCA Victor] sounded appealingly open and his voice projected well over the fabulous tone of the double bass. It lacked a little of its edge perhaps, but none of its innate charm. Another bass heavy track, Hadouk Trio’s ‘Vol De Nuit’ [Live à FIP, Mélodie], showed how well the Audiovector can produce deep clean lows while giving the ‘voice’ in the piece, an oud, the space to express itself in a clear fashion.
The Audiovector QR5 is a lot of well finished loudspeaker for the money with a relatively relaxed demeanour, clean leading edges, and strong bass. And while those who are after maximum thrill power might get those thrills elsewhere, anyone looking for a speaker that lets you enjoy the music for hours on end without having to try will find them very appealing. You can also see why there are centre, sub, and surround channels in the QR range; it’s clearly able to cope with the dynamics of home theatre sound with ease, and there’s a lot to be said for that.
Type: 3-way, four-driver, floorstanding speaker with AMT tweeter.
Driver complement: One AMT ribbon tweeter; one 6in. Pure Piston midrange driver; two 6in. Pure Piston bass drivers
Crossover frequencies: 300Hz, 3kHz
Frequency response: 25Hz–45kHz
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Dimensions (H×W×D): 1057 ×210 ×270mm
Finishes: Black piano, dark walnut veneer, white silks.
Price: £ 2,625/pair
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