Duet Loudspeakers Alhambra CA

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CH Automation & Theatre Systems, Inc.
(626) 943-8286
812 S.Date AveUnit A
Alhambra, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
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AMX, Audio Access, Bay Audio, Cardas, Crestron, Definitive Tech, Integra, Mark Levinson, Martin Logan, Revel, Runco, Stewartscreen, T+A, Transparent, Tributaries, VTL, Wadia, Xantech
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Kelvin Ng, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Command
(310) 444-3882
1527 Pontius Ave.
Pasadena, CA
 
Best Buy
3415 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA
 
Z-Tech Electronics
(213) 622-5690
229 West 7Th St.
Los Angeles, CA
 
Online Car Stereo
(310) 360-8828
5014 Hampton Street
Los Angeles, CA
 
DND Signature
(818) 348-1113
22133 Del Valle St.
Pasadena, CA
 
GNP Audio Video
(626) 577-7767
1254 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
 
Bose Showcase Store
(626) 821-9362
Westfield Santa Anita Mall,400 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA
 
Best Buy
2909 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
 
BCG Concepts, Inc.
(213) 232-4702
460 S. Spring St.#1005
Los Angeles, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Designing for Individuals with Special Needs, Environmental Controls, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Networking, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Crestron, Pioneer, Panasonic, Middle Atlantic, TrippLite, Niles, Leviton, Speco, Samsung, Kaleidescape, KEF, Sunfire, JVC, DirecTV, Auton, Digital Projection, JBL Synthesis, Acoustic Innovations, Martin Logan, B&K, Velodyne
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bryan Gorog, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Duet loudspeakers

 

jm reynaud

Duet loudspeakers

as reviewed by Tom Campbell

 

 

TOM CAMPBELL'S SYSTEM

LOUDSPEAKERS
Harbeth Compact 7-ES, Spendor SP 3/1P (secondary).

ELECTRONICS
Coda/Continuum Unison integrated amplifier, EAR 834P tube phone preamplifier.

SOURCES
Nottingham Spacedeck turntable and tonearm; Grado Reference Sonata cartridge, Sony DVP-NS999ES SACD/CD player, vintage Luxman AM/FM tuner.

CABLES
MAC interconnects, speaker cables and power cords; River Cable FLEXYGY speaker cables (secondary); Element Cable interconnects (secondary).

ACCESSORIES
Boston Audio Design TuneBlocks; QS&D 4-shelf component rack; Sonex acoustic panels in listening room.

The month I spent with JM Reynaud's Duet monitors represented my second encounter with the wares of this well-regarded French loudspeaker manufacturer. In May of 2006, I reviewed both the stand-mount Twin Signatures and the floor-standing Cantabile Signatures for Positive Feedback Online. While my experience with those two speakers was slightly variable—I really liked the Twins, and found the Cantabiles also impressive but very sensitive to partnering amplification—what I said about Reynaud speakers in general three years ago still holds true today.

Specifically, my thoughts then and now are: why the heck aren't these speakers better known in the USA? Or at least better known among American audiophiles? Bob Neill, the U.S. distributor for Reynaud speakers (and classical music reviewer for PFO) has advocated tirelessly and persuasively on behalf of the brand, but by his own account it's been an uphill battle.

Though the audiophile market is super-saturated with more companies and products than any person could totally keep up with, the relative neglect of Reynaud's speakers still puzzles me. Why? Because the Reynaud line would seem, to me at least, to offer the total 'loudspeaker' package to music listeners. They're exceptionally good-looking. They are, among high-performance speakers, quite reasonably priced. And many of their models offer big sound in a relatively small package—that is to say, impressive bass response with a small footprint, something which a lot of speakers these days try to do but don't do nearly so well.

Above all, however, is the sound. Reynaud speakers, at their best and with sympathetic associated equipment, are at once highly truthful to the source and totally unique. Put another way, while they deliver many of the standard ideals of high-fidelity design, they do so in a way I've not heard any other speakers quite manage. As I stressed in my first review, they are the most "live"-sounding speakers in my experience, offering an up-close perspective with the kind of presence and immediacy that are among the chief pleasures of in-person performance. In audiophile terms, they are fast, and when listening to them, you'll often want to move your feet. But their speed an...

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