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Unexpected Creations LLC
(732) 572-1969
25 Wisteria Street
Edison, NJ
Services
Home Audio

Electronics Design Group
(732) 947-5543
60 Ethel Road Suite 5
Piscataway, NJ
 
P.C. RICHARD & SON
(732) 494-5700
327 Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ
 
Sound System, The
(732) 821-7822
3201 State Highway 27
Franklin Park, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Furnishings, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Satellite
Brands
Marantz, Sony ES, Pioneer Elite, JSP, Laurier, JVC, Integra, Onkyo, Lovan, Powel, Boltz, Seleco, SIM2, Bello'', Monster, MIT, Jamo, Energy, Infinity, Warfdale, Niles, Toshiba, Loewe, Studio tech, Elite, Cinematech seating
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Schumacher, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Woodbridge Stereo
(732) 636-7777
751 Amboy Ave
Woodbridge, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Electronics Expo
(732) 745-0001
233 Route 18 South
East Brunswick, NJ
 
Electronics Design Group Inc.
(732) 650-9800
60 Ethel RoadSuite #5
Piscataway, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Best Buy
300 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ
 
Best Buy
675 Us Highway 1 S
Iselin, NJ
 
Electronics Expo
(732) 750-3001
35 Woodbridge Center Dr.
Woodbridge, NJ
 

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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