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Almas Hi Fi Stereo, Inc.
(248) 549-8090
32498 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI
Services
Home Audio, Authorized Service Center, Design & Installation

ABC Warehouse - Southfield
(248) 557-3570
24723 Southfield Road
Southfield, MI
 
Hawthorne Appliance
(248) 644-2200
33278 Woodward
Birmingham, MI
 
Inspired Smart Technologies
(248) 630-7688
555 Friendly Street
Pontiac, MI
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Control4 Epson Integra Da-lite Russound On-Q Panasonic Samsung Mid Atlantic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Watkins, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Automated Home Systems, LLC
(248) 592-0251
7439 Millwood Drive
West Bloomfield, MI
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Channel Vision, OnQ Legrand, Genesis Cable, TruAudio, Vantage, AMX, Denon, ZON, AV Rak, Peerless Mounts, Atlantic Technology, Russound, OWI, Vision Art, IC Lights,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Eric Busch, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James Oderkirk, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Thomas, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
32320 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI
 
ABC Warehouse - Troy
(248) 362-5151
244 W. Maple
Troy, MI
 
Best Buy
28400 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI
 
Sound Advantage
(248) 656-1611
908 Main Street
Rochester, MI
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

ABC Warehouse - Mt. Clemens
(810) 791-1000
35200 Gratiot
Clinton Township, MI
 

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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