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Intuitive Integration, LLC
(425) 771-4343
2125 196th St SWSte 101
Lynnwood, WA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Audio Control, Audyssey, Chief, Cineak, Control4, Crestron, Da-Lite, Furman, Integra, iSky, James Loudspeaker, JBL Synthesis, JVC, Kaleidescape, Lutron, Monitor Audio, NuVision, ReQuest, Revel, Runco, SpeakerCraft, Stewart, Triad, Xtream
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Brown, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Dave Hunt, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Chad Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeremy Knappert, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Tyler Patterson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Fusion 9 Design
(206) 315-9190
10002 Aurora Ave N Ste 36PMB 287
Seattle, WA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Preventative Maintenance, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Lagotek, Netstreams, Sim2, Ad Notam, Panasonic Premier, Nuvison, Oppo, Canton, Bay Audio, Amina Technologies, Denon, Cineak, Audioquest, Chief, Inca, Furman, Nevo, URC, RTI, Cisco
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Suryan, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Audio Video
(206) 525-1961
6308 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
Services
Home Audio

Bose Showcase Store
(425) 450-9988
Bellevue Square,1018 Bellevue Square Road
Bellevue, WA
 
Avidex
(425) 643-0330
13555 Bel-Red Rd. Suite 226
Bellevue, WA
 
Best Buy
1130 Se Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 
Heston Technical, Inc.
(425) 822-6940
11155 120th Avenue NE.Ste. 300
Kirkland, WA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Sony, McIntosh, James Loudspeakers, Tannoy, Speakercraft, Paradigm, Crestron, LiteTouch, Stewart, Da-Lite, Stealth Accoustics, Parasound.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ken Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Kirk Siqveland, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Definitive Audio
(206) 524-6633
6206 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
 
Reference Media
425- 37-4342
2733 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
457 120Th Ave Ne
Bellevue, WA
 

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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