Duet Loudspeakers Warrenton VA

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Best Buy
13093 Gateway Center Dr
Gainesville, VA
 
Gifted Listener
(703) 818-8000
5720 Pickwick Road
Centreville, VA
 
Audio Exchange
(804) 282-0438
6007 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Atomic TV Co. of Va.
(540) 362-1234
2718 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
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Samsung,Sony,Toshiba,LG,Mitsubishi,JVC,Atlantic Technology,Projectors,Onkyo,Jamo,and many others.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- John Combs, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Fred Phister, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Bose Showcase Store
(571) 633-0401
Tyson''s Galleria Mall,2001 International Drive
McLean, VA
 
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7665 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, VA
 
Crutchfield, Charlottesville
(434) 817-1100
1784 Rio Hill Center
Charlottesville, VA
 
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1541 Carl D Silver Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA
 
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(703) 204-0030
2949 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Home Networking, Service Repair
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- John Goodman, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Alarm Systems of Richmond, Ltd.
(804) 674-4800
PO Box 4190
Midlothian, VA
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lonnie Stabler, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

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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