Duet Loudspeakers Statesville NC

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Best Buy
633 River Hwy
Mooresville, NC
 
H.H. Gregg
(704) 663-0291
657 River Highway
Mooresville, NC
 
Big Kids Toys LLC
(336) 340-3945
1413 Garland Drive
Greensboro, NC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Krell Electronics, Usher Audio, bel canto designs, LSA Speakers, NAD, Infocus Projectors, Sony, LG, Toshiba, Totem Acoustics, Magico oppodigital, PSB speakers, Energy, Dali Speakers and many many more
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mike Twomey, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Wilson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
10221 Perimeter Pkwy
Charlotte, NC
 
Best Buy
(252) 206-8789
3401 Raleigh Rd Parkway
Wilson, NC
 
Queen City Audio Video
(704) 663-8222
510 River Hwy.
Mooresville, NC
 
Tri-City Electronics
(828) 464-6198
1124 NC Highway 16 North
Conover, NC
Services
Home Audio, Authorized Service Center, Design & Installation

Queen City Audio Video
(704) 637-3966
2166 Statesville Blvd.
Salisbury, NC
 
Liquid Audio Sounds
(919) 676-7690
10716 Wilmore Dr
Raleigh, NC
 
Progressive Integrations, SC
(843) 559-2958
3424 Maybank Hwy.
Raleigh, NC
 

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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