As interesting as these differences were, however, the real revelation was listening to this intimately familiar speaker in a completely different setting. Out in the room on stands rather than on my desktop, the 1+1 V2+ shone. It had the same coherence, conferred by the crossoverless single-driver design, that made me fall in love with this speaker in the first place. But on the stands in the open room the soundstage became immense, with images fully fleshed out spatially. The stage was deep, expansive, and richly portrayed. I experienced a bit of cognitive dissonance when I opened my eyes after each piece of music and saw the tiny speakers that threw such a billowing soundstage.
Resolution was remarkable; the Audience speakers revealed very fine nuances in the sound of instruments and in the musicians’ inflections, beautifully conveying musical meaning. The speakers did this in a completely natural and organic fashion, much the same way you hear detail in live music. There was a distinct impression of hearing nothing between me and the music—something you don’t expect from a $2345 speaker.
Although the bass response is understandably limited, the entire range from the lower mids through the uppermost treble was extremely clean, transparent, and pure. Vocals were particularly well served by the crossoverless design, seeming to hang in space with life and palpability. Many five-figure speakers aren’t this transparent and immediate through the mids. Surprisingly for a one-way speaker, the top treble had plenty of energy and sparkle. Incidentally, I know someone who sold his Quad 57s and now listens to the 1+1 V2+ as his main speaker.
The Audience 1+1 V2+ is an unusual and very special product. Although it’s the ultimate desktop speaker, it works equally well in a small to medium-sized room, provided that you have realistic expectations about the bass extension and playback level. But that aside, I don’t think that you’ll find greater musicality for the price—whether on a desktop or on stands.
Specs & Pricing
Impedance: 8 ohms
Maximum RMS continuous output per pair: 104dB
Maximum RMS continuous power per speaker: 45 watts
120 N. Pacific Street, #K-9
San Marcos, CA 92069