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1961 7.1.2 & SUBWOOFER 1S – FWD

SLIM HOME THEATER SYSTEM

Recommended.

The Norwegian startup Arendal has completed its model range with a series which fits best in not too large rooms – 1961.

By Jamie Biesemans. Read the original review HERE.

The Norwegian Arendal managed to convince last year with the 1723 surround speakers. This year, with the 1961 series, it presents a slimmer speaker line that fits better in a modal living room. But does it still sound good?

Arendal 1961 series speakers

For the second time in a row, Arendal wins an EISA Award for best surround speaker family. That is quite a remarkable achievement, at least for a relatively unknown brand that operates from a corner of Norway. In part, this recognition comes because there aren’t that many speaker builders who really focus on surround. But also because Arendal Sound works in its own well-founded way and succeeds in building scientifically designed products that sound good but do not carry sky-high price tags.

Value for money is excellent

The above is absolutely true for the speakers we are going to review in this review. For the review we will work with models from the new 1961 family of Arendal. These are speakers that are a bit more compact and cheaper than the 1723 line that we reviewed last year – but which are built according to the same principles as the more expensive series. The cheapest members of the 1961 family are the 1961 Bookshelfs at 699 euros / pair, the most expensive are the Towers at 1,499 euros / pair. Anyone who builds a home cinema will find everything he needs, because the line still includes the 1961 Height (699 euros / pair), the 1961 Center (499 euros), the 1691 Surround (799 euros / pair) and the 1961 Monitor (a larger upright speaker from 899 euros / pair). At Arendal they also love subwoofers, as you would expect from a home theater company. That is why there are also two 1961 Subwoofers, the smaller closed 1S at 799 euros and the larger 1V with bass port at 999 euros.

Internet-only

Arendal Sound is not a brand that you will discover at your local store. From the town of Arendal in the south of Norway, the brand sends its speakers to customers who buy them online. A direct sales model, comparable to what the much larger Teufel does. Yet Arendal is not a smaller version of that Berlin audio giant. Where it offers a full line-up of audio, the Norwegian company sticks to a modest number of products aimed at the traditionally minded home theater enthusiast who builds his dream cinema with an AV receiver and a lot of speakers. It is also unique that Arendal is very open with its measurement data and admits without hesitation that its products are built in China. Most speakers in this price range are manufactured in the Far East, but this is often not really emphasized because some consumers see «Made in China» as a disadvantage. Arendal is less affected by this.

These are serious speakers built and finished to a high standard.

When we unpack the many 1961 models that Arendal has shipped (everything except the Monitors!), we don’t exactly have the impression that they are low-budget products. The designers still call them premium – and that’s right. Due to the use of High Density Fiber wood, all speakers are quite heavy and they also look relatively high-end. They are completely seamless with no grooves or transitions between pieces of wood. Small details such as the solid speaker terminals, the included spikes kit and the seamless integration of the drivers in the baffle greatly increase the quality feeling.

The Sub is at a high level

We see increasingly better finishes with affordable speakers (see for example the KEF R series or the Monitor Audio Bronze family), and Arendal is also following that trend. That is good news for the consumer; it is no longer the case that if you have a relatively smaller budget, you necessarily end up with poorly finished products. Each 1961 model is available in a matte black or a matte white. The latter almost looks like gray in some marketing photos, but it is really white. We received a visit from the black version, and we have to say: because of the screwless mounting of the matte drivers in the front, the speakers look really sleek and modern. An advantage is that dust and dirt are less noticeable; we did notice that removing a fingerprint was slightly more difficult due to the slightly rougher structure, even with a light cleaning fluid.

A whole family

As part of this year’s EISA judging by the undersigned, Arendal sent all but one of the 1961 family models. A very heavy pallet full of speakers, of which we mainly worked with the Tower, Surround, Center and Bookshelf. We also received the Height speaker, but we did not use it. It is a dual-role speaker that you can hang to radiate the height channels directly or place on top of the Tower in Dolby Speaker mode to bounce off the ceiling. However, it was difficult to integrate this model in our setup, due to our fixed cabling for the height channels. We have not tested it, but do note that the Height is a sturdy speaker of 4.4 kg with an oblique baffle at 10 °. In our opinion, this makes it more suitable for larger rooms (if you hang it). Firm anchoring is certainly also a good idea.

…speakers look really sleek and modern

The Towers are the floorstanders in the company. Arendal opted for a 2.5-way design with four 5.5-inch woofers. They are not quite the same: the two lower ones take care of the lower frequencies, the two higher ones take care of the midrange. The tweeter is mounted between those two woofers, an arrangement that can ensure good integration between mid and high.

There are some unusual things about this Tower. For one thing, it’s not a classic upright box. The Tower is leaning back; Seen from the side it looks like a parallelogram. That looks dynamic, but it may have been done before to bring the speakers into phase. Also unusual is that the front speaker grille consists of two separate pieces. So you can choose to cover the woofers at the bottom and show the top drivers naked (or vice versa).

The Tower looks like a completely closed speaker, but has a very narrow slot port at the bottom of the back. By default this opening is blocked, but you can clear it for a dash more presence in the layer. Please note, this is more appropriate if you move the Tower a bit further from the wall, because removing the prop will have an effect.

We also find the Surround a particularly interesting speaker. It is a so-called tri-axial speaker. In addition to the tweeter and 5.5-inch woofer in the front, it is also equipped with a 3-inch midrange driver on the sides (crossover at 200 Hz). This was done to spread the rear channel wider. So it is an answer to the problem of small rear speakers that often also sound «small», and therefore do not convey action in the rear convincingly. Tri-axial speakers cannot really deliver the experience of two surround plus two surround back channels (so 7.1), but they are still taking a step in that direction.

1961 Tower is a beautiful all-rounder

The Bookshelf is very similar to the Surround speaker, but lacks the two 3-inch drivers. What the two models do share is the low sensitivity of 84 dB, a value that the Height speaker also shares. The other 1961 models are more sensitive, but not really easy to control. The Tower has a sensitivity of 87 dB for example. What this means in concrete terms is that these speakers need a powerful amplifier to really perform well. That is also something that we really noticed during testing. When watching movies where we adjusted the volume by ear, we were sometimes surprised how far the volume knob on our Denon and Marantz receiver was turned up. We don’t think it would be a good idea to hang the 1961’s on a budget receiver.

A common denominator with all 1961 speakers is the placement of the tweeter in a deep waveguide. The newly designed liquid-cooled tweeter is thus relatively deep in the cabinet, surrounded by a cone with a special shape that improves performance in many ways. For example, it improves transition from midrange drivers to the tweeter and increases efficiency and directivity. The latter is important, because tweeters without a waveguide radiate the highest frequencies as a tight beam of light. And that’s not ideal unless you’re just in the right sweet spot place.

Subwoofer

The 1961 Subwoofer 1S that we received is the entry-level model at Arendal. With a price tag of 799 euros, it is now also not a budget product, something that the Norwegians have understood. You even get quite a bit for the price, as the 1S comes with a hefty 12.2-inch woofer powered by a DSP-driven 550 Watt RMS Avalanche amplifier. It’s also a really solid, heavy thing, which has to do with Arendal’s preference for HDF composite instead of the more common MDF wood. The matte black finish in which our test model was made does not seem that sexy at first sight, but after a few weeks of testing we come to the conclusion that it does have something. Fabric shows well, but when we look at what that glossy black paint finish of our Monitor Audio Silver W12 subwoofer looks like after a few years of use, we think that matte black might be a safer choice in the longer term. Just like the other 1961 models, the sub is also available in matte white.

You don’t often see this at this price level.

What is not immediately noticeable is that this subwoofer can be set much more finely than most class peers. The reason it doesn’t stand out? You don’t really see any buttons or lights anywhere until you peer at the back. There, it turns out that the usual buttons such as crossover or volume are not present, but a small color display that you operate with two rotary / push buttons. In this way you are offered an above average number of options, such as a 4-band parametric equalizer. You can also set everything in terms of triggering and inputs. You don’t often see this at this price level. The only downside is that you really have to lie down and crawl behind the sub to set things up. Depending on your space and your urge to always tweak, that is a bit of a hassle. In an ideal world you should be able to work via an app, but that is an option that you will only find with more expensive subwoofers. And even then …

It is also good to note that this «small» subwoofer is also quite large: 41.5 x 31.5 x 41.5 cm, 20 kg. The 1S comes standard on damping feet, which is a plus on a wooden floor.

Great integration

During the first part of our test we used our fixed Denon AVR-X6300H, later we switched to the brand new Marantz SR8015. Both use Audyssey MultEQ XT32 as room correction software. Via the MultEQ app we measure at the maximum eight positions in our test room. During testing we usually leave Dynamic Volume off, with Dynamic Volume we dare to experiment a bit more.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma remains a reference for us when it comes to detail and positioning. Far from an action movie, it is real proof that Atmos soundtracks can contribute immensely to mood building, even when they aren’t spaceships, Godzilla or explosions. The 1961’s successfully convey the atmosphere, in part because they perfectly place the many fine details in the room. We can perfectly locate the street vendor calling in the background and moving through the image with our eyes closed. The Arendals are really very precise, which turns out to be just a disadvantage at a certain point. When the maid has to pick up the children at school, a car horns driving through the screen. But for the first time ever when we watch this movie scene, we think: this sounds added afterwards. That is true of course in the case of almost all sound effects; in some films, almost all dialogues are even re-recorded on a soundstage afterwards. But you are not supposed to notice. A bit of toe-in is a good idea to solve this problem.

When watching multiple movies, we are impressed with the integration. This is partly a merit of the receiver, but is also only possible if the different speakers match in terms of timbre. That is one hundred percent the case here. In the Roma scene where the dad struggled to drive his American sled into the garage, we really had an incredibly seamless feeling, as if we were really there. This is top level.

This is top level.

«Jojo Rabbit» was one of the more curious films of the past year. Not because it is stylistically some sort of Wes Anderson-light film, but because it revolves around a ten-year-old child with his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. The short content makes it sound like a Very Bad Idea, but this comedy is by Waititi, who previously convinced us enormously with «Thor: Ragnarok». In terms of sound, this film often alternates between scenes in which the craziest things happen to the tones of cheerful march music or pop hits and moments when the soundtrack consists entirely of dialogues. It is then that we still get the impression that the center speaker is a bit too small. Although the appearance comes across as broad thanks to that waveguide – making the stage sound large and in keeping with the two Towers – the Center seems to have to work too hard. It is not such a problem, but in a very large room you will have to take this into account. By the way: Arendal has provided an extensive PDF guide on its website in which the placement and toe-in is treated very clearly. It is recommended to take it if you would consider these speakers.

The slightly weaker performance of the center speaker is more than compensated by the good to excellent performance of the other 1961 parts. Especially the 1V Subwoofer is very good, but those 1961 Surrounds with their side speakers also impress. As they run through Dolby’s official Atmos demos, these little ones create really big-sounding rear channels. They remind us a bit of the FX speakers from MA’s Bronze and Silver lines, in how they simultaneously position effects well but also release the sound from the speaker through the rear channels. They sound like much larger speakers, which makes for a smoother transition as the two spaceships in «Horizon» fly from the back to the front of the room.

They sound like much larger speakers…

When listening to music we switch to a stereo mode, but in 2.1 mode (with the subwoofer as LFE + Main). The Towers are certainly capable of playing music without a subwoofer, but to our taste the bass could be a bit deeper and have punch. That works better with the sub there, as the Arendal subwoofer seems well damped and delivers beats perfectly timed. The «End Titles» that Daft Punk wrote for Tron: Legacy, followed by the funky David Hasselhoff mix on «Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, vol.2» are very catchy. In terms of sound character, the Towers really please. Like the 1723’s, they are not very colored, which gives them an almost KEF-like character for us, which reproduces the fine strings on «Foscarini’s Groove» by I Bassifondi with the necessary finesse. You shouldn’t be here for a warm glow, but for honesty you should.

Conclusion

Just ordering a set of five or more speakers via the internet and spending a few thousand euros, it requires some courage and confidence. Especially in these times when you are bombarded by kickstarter campaigns and cheap online-only offers. But with 1961 Arendal again shows itself to be a different kind of company. These are serious speakers built and finished to a high standard. You will never think: “This is a bit cheap”.

They are also speakers for those who are more serious about building a home theater. You definitely need a powerful receiver from a higher class to make them perform really well. That’s the downside. However, there are plenty of advantages: the smooth appearance of the sound, the many models, the excellent finish, the homogeneous sound character and the clear, detailed reproduction. The 1961’s may sound a little reserved at first, but you need to give them some time to appreciate their natural character.

Recommended.

PROS & CONS

8.5 / 10
Pros:
  • Value for money is excellent
  • 1961 Tower is a beautiful all-rounder
  • The Sub is at a high level
  • Neutral, sleek reproduction, also allows a lot of custom tuning
  • 1961 family also includes dedicated home theater models

Cons:

  • Floorstand design just a bit more unusual to place
  • Display and controls subwoofer are awkwardly placed

Read the original review HERE.

1961 7.1.2 & SUBWOOFER 1S – HEMMABIO

BEST BUY!

Choosing their own roads

The Norwegian startup Arendal has completed its model range with a series which fits best in not too large rooms – 1961.

By Magnus Fredholm. Read the original review in Swedish HERE.

– Awesome build quality
– Exceptional cinema sound
– Flexible system

Arendals first speaker series, 1723, works now in retrospect to be a largely uncompromising home cinema series, designed without special thought for anything else than really awesome cinema sound.

The successor 1723 S is a slightly slimmed down variant of the same concept, while the new 1961 series one size further scaled-down variant. 1961 series has also been given a slightly simpler finish and boxes with simpler design, which allows prices compared with the 1723 models to be significantly lower.

Smart downscaling

It is interesting that Arendal has chosen to keep drivers and filters at the same level through all series. There are thus by no means any cheap drivers in 1961, only smaller woofers, and with slightly simpler baskets.

These smaller drivers (5.5 inches compared to 1723 S which has 6.5-inches and 1723 which boasts 8-inchers) is probably the largest the reason why 1961 has lower sensitivity (the sensitivity of the tower model is 87 dB to compared with 89 and 93 dB respectively for 1723 S and 1723).

The treble is thus the same 28 mm variant as in other series, but with a smaller waveguide diameter to match the midrange drivers. Another difference is that the 1961 series
consistently runs with a single pair of speaker connectors per box, unlike 1723 which has possibilities for bi-amp / bi-wiring.

The stylish, very discreet speaker fronts are also simplified, the fabric is stretched over a plastic frame instead of metal as it is in 1723.

Long-lived construction

The more I spend time with the 1961 series, the more I feel that these speakers were actually created by real home theater nerd, people who have a genuine interest in offering speakers that works well both today and in 20 years from now.

In addition to the fact that the speakers themselves are really well built, with the highest possible density of the fibrous material (HDF) is that all drivers screws are screwed in with metal threads, which means that you can retighten the screws as many times as possible and in addition, the speakers can be disassembled and reassembled hundreds of times without appreciable wear.

And if we look at the filters, the conditions of it very durable plastic film type while the coils are air-wound with a substantial wire thickness.

Arendal 1961 is a fantastically high-performing speaker system that is easy to place, with a very attractive price tag!

The whole series

I have had all the models in the series available during the review, but because I only had one Center (in pairs it is called Monitor) I can not comment on Monitor in more than general terms. As for the subwoofers, I will not write so much about them because I tested them in HemmaBio 10/2019, but this time I have only used the smaller Subwoofer 1S.

In the front stage we have the 1961 Tower, which leans slightly backwards and is a floor stander that can be run both sealed and ported. Should Tower be used alone (in a stereo system) I think using it in ported mode is preferable, it goes a little deeper and above all more physical bass reproduction. In the home theater, however, I prefer Tower sealed, as the definition in the bass becomes something better that way. They work best to my ears with subwoofer support from 50 Hz, but it depends of course on the room too. Here you can also choose between soft rubber feet or spikes, and for the ones that know me you know that it is 100% soft rubber feet that wins when I get to choose, but for those who want spikes there are nice ones included!

Image comment: For all of us who prefer rubber feet, Arendal even has a solution that comes in the box, namely their own, logo-bearing feet!

Image comment: In order for the Tower model to stand firmly, it is equipped with outriggers and solid spikes.

1961 Center is a center in exemplary format. The width is the same as normal home theater amplifiers, so for those who want to put it in the rack can easily fit it there, while the depth is only 15 cm, which means that the speaker will not look out of place under a modern tv. It is also easy to hang on the wall thanks to double keyholes and bracket mounts for two wall brackets. This sealed speaker came to thrive best crossed over at 80 Hz, a crossover point I by the way chose for all speakers except Tower.

1961 series is a superb choice in the price range!

Bookshelf is the classic satellite speaker, and had I been less spacious at home, a couple of these could easily replace the Tower! Low sensitivity is the only possible downside, while the flexible format and possibility for wall hanging both flat against the wall and with using wall brackets makes Bookshelf an ideal speaker for live surround sound.

Image comment: The bookshelf model, like the rest of the series, has a pair of terminals of confidence-giving quality, keyholes for quick hanging and also four recessed threaded nuts for the standard type of adjustable wall brackets. Also worth noting is the generous cable channel which allows Bookshelf to sit snugly against the wall even if you connect the speakers with really brutal cables.

Image comment: Neat and elegant on the element front, both treble and midrange / bass have an impeccable finish and fit.

Surround is a three-sided speaker with the same main equipment as Bookshelf, but with three-inch side drivers directed to the right and left (in relation to the main baffle) which ensures that they get a really wide soundstage. This in turn ensures that they work extra well as a side surround, then they «connect» the sound between front and rear
surround in a wonderful way. The side speakers are high-pass crossed at 200 Hz, and all sides are connected in the same phase.

Height then finally, it is slightly wedge-shaped and the upside-down version of Bookshelf, and it thrives just as well mounted up in the corner between wall and ceiling as lying on the Tower. Or why not as a pair of speakers in another room, for those who have not yet begun using the zone options in their amplifier.

Image comment: If you are going to use the Height model as height / Dolby Atmos / Dts: X / Auro-3D, they can be mounted in this way, but there are more ways to use them.

Image comment: Fine filters with polypropylene capacitors, air-wound coils and ceramic power resistors.

Temporary solution with duct tape

The set-up of the system is traditional, Tower with Height on top of the front along with Center, and Surround to the right and left with Bookshelf as the back surround and the subwoofer on the same wall as the screen.

If I had a choice, I would have replaced the two Bookshelf speakers with Surround, as the wide dispersion in midrange and treble is addictive. I also tested driving with Height mounted in the joint ceiling / wall, and it worked perfectly! However, I must admit that I did not have them there for more than a quarter of an hour, because my only option to mount them was with duct tape, not ideal.

I’m laughing so it’s almost ridiculous watching the latest Jumanji movie…

Since the sensitivity of the system is low, I want to recommend it to those who feel insecure to set the Tower level to -3 dB and then adjust the whole system according to them. It is of course possible to run them at 0 dB, but depending on the distance and location of the surround speakers, these may otherwise need a little too much gain.

I will not devote many words to the subwoofer, but an important feature is the effective (steep) crossover filter and the very low levels of harmonics, which gives you a little extra freedom on placement. S1 is simply a little harder to locate than many price-comparable subwoofers at the same crossover frequency.

Arendal recommends 50 hours of break-in, but I do not think there were any drastic differences during the test, at least none I can reliably deduce from the recording. This reminds me that I would someday want to test already broken-in against unused ones, too often I get it in my head that speakers bloom after 50-100 hours, but equally I often suspect that it is actually mostly that I «learned» the speakers.

Image comment: A speaker built in China can look from great to horrible inside, everything from pure disasters to constructions like this, where everything is clean, neat and exemplary. Nice for me so I did not have to scratch my head when I assembled the speaker again after photography.

Image comment: It’s great to meet machine screws when unscrewing speakers! The smaller dimension holds the treble while the thicker one holds the woofer, six screws for each driver. That it is Torx T15 to the base and 3 mm hexagon to the treble feels most like a comic surprise and does not affect the function at all.

Image comment: In order to be able to adapt the floor-standing Tower (which, in addition to the subwoofer V1, is the only model in the series which is ported) it comes with a piece of foam rubber which can be removed to make it a vented cabinet.

Magnificent presentation

I’m laughing so it’s almost ridiculous watching the latest Jumanji movie, so I’m watching it first. And after a slight lowering of the center (1dB compared to the measured level) and a few dB extra in the rear surround channels, I have to state that Arendal really know how to deliver home theater sound!

During the test I mostly used the Denon AVR-X4700H that I tested in the previous issue, but also Focal Astral 16 has been included, and wow what an amplifier it is! Strange? No, certainly not, but it’s always fun when fairly simple components rise when you give them better conditions! But I switch back to Denon fairly quickly, and after a few minutes of initial getting used to it, I am happy with the Denon / Arendal / Oppo combination.

…makes me lose my breath.

Well, back to the movies, and I’m watching Chapter 6 of Fantastic Beasts, a chapter that starts off fairly calm and then becomes really intimate and lastly explodes into an absolutely wonderful Atmos-cascade. Arendal 1961 rules with praiseworthy calm through the magic, and at the same time keeps the pieces in the calm part together even at low volume.

Thanks in particular to the Surround speakers on the side walls, the feeling is wonderfully enveloping, and this despite the fact that I only have two, also bouncing, Atmos speakers. I know I was a little naughty in the comment to Denon earlier, but the combination of amplifier and speakers here show that the previous issue’s fine ratings for the Denon machine were not empty.

Image comment: Height is primarily intended to be used hanging high up on the wall, and Arendal shows how they feel you should mount the cable, upwards of course for a clean installation! Note the thick, muted rubber mat means the Height is also safely located on top of the Tower.

Musically, it will not be a real highlight, but it’s mostly because the only film I find like this in the middle of the summer is Lady A’s Christmas life, and it’s not very fun. However, I know it well, and the 1961 system really brings out every nuance of the performance, and the separation when all three in the band sing at the same time gives an eerie sense of presence.

An old treat, chapter three in the first Deadpool movie, makes me lose my breath. The short car chase and the subsequent mass execution contain so much of movements, large and small sounds that coincide with dialogue, and 1961 in combo with the Denon 4700 delivers a magnificent presentation of the material. The separation, the details and the big bangs are handled in an obvious and relaxed way, while it is damn fun!

Conclusion

With 1961, Arendal has a system that not only is considerably cheaper than the 1723 sisters, there are also speakers that fit perfectly in everything from really small to fairly large (25-30 square meters) room, and you can probably get the system to work in even larger rooms but I did not have the opportunity to test.

The build quality is very good, the shortcuts taken (simpler boxes, single wire, plastic grilles) is all through sensible, and as a cinema system, the 1961 series is a superb choice in the price range!

Image comment: A «finesse» with the center is that it is as wide as normal home cinema equipment, so it fits in all common racks, very flexible.

Plus/Minus

+ Awesome build quality
+ Exceptional cinema sound
+ Flexible system

– Low sensitivity

= Arendal 1961 is a fantastically high-performing speaker system that is easy to place, with a very attractive price tag!

Read the original review in Swedish HERE.

1961 5.1.2 & SUBWOOFER 1S – HOME CINEMA CHOICE

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

ARENDAL SOUND BRIDGES THE GAP

   

«It takes little time at all to realise this system is pretty special. It’s a revealing, full-range performance…»

 

Home Cinema Choice says

«Entry-level for Arendal, but by no means a budget setup, the 1961 Series offers well balanced, dynamic and revealing sonics. Buyers won’t be disappointed.»
Read the full review HERE HERE.

1961 SERIES EISA AWARD 2020-2021

BEST PRODUCT – HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2020-2021

«Arendal Sound’s new entry-level range leverages technology from its flagship 1723 Series, but adds tricks of its own, including the company’s first height channel speaker and a new Avalanche IQ amplifier platform with parametric EQ on its sealed and ported subwoofers. System builders are well catered for by a choice of floorstander, monitor, centre, bookshelf and ‘TriAxial’ surround models, and performance across the range showcases a detailed, energetic but neutral approach, equally suited to dramatic movie mixes and nuanced music. Styling and build quality impress too – it’s a speaker series that outshines its price tag.»

Official EISA announcement here.

Link to products:

About EISA

EISA (the Expert Imaging and Sound Association) is the unique worldwide association of over 60 special interest magazines and websites that test and report on hi-fi, home theatre, in-car electronics, mobile devices and photography from 29 countries. EISA members now extend to Australia, Canada, USA, India, Hong Kong/China and Japan in addition to the wider European community. Every year EISA jury rewards the most outstanding products in each class with a coveted EISA Award – results that have consistently stood the test of time. So whenever consumers see an EISA Award logo they can be sure the winning product is the very best of the best.

This Award reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines and is a fitting tribute to the innovation and performance of this multichannel speaker system.

1961 5.1 & SUBWOOFER 1S – STEREO+


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

MYE MORO FOR MINDRE PENGER

 

Arendal leverer mesterlig

Av Håvard Holmedal. Les hele testen HER.

Arendal Sound fortsetter der de slapp, og har laget et høyttaler- system hvor det mest åpenbare kompromisset er størrelsen på høyttalerne. Kabinetter og elementer er fortsatt av høy kvalitet, og du glemmer umiddelbart at dette er ganske kompakte høyttalere når du begynner å spille. Lyden går langt utenfor størrelsen, og det gjør også dynamikk og evne til å takle volum.

Vi liker

  • Livlig og engasjerende
  • Balansert og homogen
  • Bra dynamikk
  • Romslig lydbilde

Vi liker ikke

  • Ganske enkelt design og finish
  • Krever litt av forsterkeren

Stereo+ mener

Arendal Sound har klart det igjen og gjort 1961-serien til en av vinnerne i prisklassen. Her får du mye moro for pengene!

 

 

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Høydepunkter

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  • Mange sensorer for å beskytte forsterkeren og opprettholde signalkvaliteten
  • Flip Screen som gjør innstillinger bøyd over subwooferen enklere
  • Dual Source innganger som gjør at du kan tildele to forskjellige kilder samtidig
  • Valgbar 12V trigger og auto-on funksjon for hver inngang
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  • Juster innsovnings-timer og auto-on funksjonene for å passe til ditt oppsett
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  • 3 EQ moduser for lukkede subwoofere, 6 EQ moduser for portede subwoofere
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  • Lavpass filter og bratthet
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Intelligent teknologi

Ord som “intelligent” brukes sjelden i lydindustrien. Særlig om høyttalere og subwoofere. De nye Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ subwoofer-forsterkerne fra Arendal Sound er et unntak både i ytelse og teknologi. Topp moderne forsterkerdesign bygget fra bunnen av for å gi både ytelse og muligheter som overgår alt du har sett tidligere.

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ har topp ytelse og byr på teknologi som fram til nå ikke har vært tilgjengelig i bransjen. Flerfoldige sensorer både på digital- og analog-siden, og på innganger og utganger, som sørger for å beholde dynamikken og en tydelig, definert bass. Med kraftig mikrokontroller (MCU) som er selve hjernen, leser og kontrollerer den all data i signalveien. Med dette forblir signalet mest mulig uberørt fra det forlot kilden, til det når basselement.

Utviklingen har tatt over 2 år og forsterkeren er fullstendig bygget opp av Arendal Sound. Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ er intelligent teknologi innen subwoofere.

FLIP SCREEN

Når du skal gjøre endringer i oppsettet på subwooferen for den siste detaljen mot optimal lydopplevelse, må du bøye deg over subwooferen som kan være vanskelig da du må vri nakken og kroppen i uvanlige posisjoner. For å gjøre dette enkelt har vi gitt deg en funksjon i menyen der du kan flippe skjermen opp ned slik at du kan lese av innstillingene når du står over subwooferen.

DUAL SOURCE INNGANGER

Dette er en sann gave for komplekse oppsett!

Skal du kombinere stereo- og multikanals-oppsett men ønsker å bruke samme subwoofer for begge oppsettene? Ingen problem! Dette er en unik funksjon som kun finnes på våre Avalanche IQ forsterkere. Du kan kontrollere hvilken inngang som skal brukes til stereo og hvilken inngang som skal brukes til hjemmekino og da låser den seg til den inngangen. Du kan også låse den til å hente signal fra inngang 1, 2, eller begge to samtidig. Med dette kan du kontrollere inngangene basert på hva du spiller mens Avalanche 800 IQ eller 1200 IQ tar seg av signalet fra begge systemene.

Når innstillingene er satt opp for to kilder har du også muligheten for å tildele et minne til hver inngang, som gir det et unikt sett med innstillinger for stereo systemet og et annet sett innstillinger for hjemmekinosystemet – om det er veien du velger å gå.

Den gamle løsningen med adaptere og kobling fram og tilbake mellom stereo forsterker og hjemmekino receiver er forbi. Takket være Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ.

BRUKERGRENSESNITT PÅ HØYOPPLØST SKJERM

Hvis en subwoofer har få funksjoner klarer du deg med få knapper og brytere. Men Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ tilbyr funksjoner på et nivå som ikke eksisterer på dette prisnivået. I stedet valgte vi en 2.6” stor LCD fargeskjerm som gir deg god oversikt over alle funksjonene og innstillingene. Ved hjelp av en intuitiv menystyring med velgerhjulet og knapper (som gir en god taktil respons) går oppsett og innstillinger som en lek.

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ tilbyr markedsledende funksjoner.

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RCA & XLR I/O

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ har en del ess i ermet. Først og fremst har de RCA & XLR inn- og utganger, men det er bare hvor det hele starter.

Grønn modus

For å spare strøm er det viktig at utstyret ditt skrur seg av når det ikke er i bruk. Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ lar deg bestemme når den skal skru seg av. Du kan velge mellom 5-60 minutter med 5 minutters intervaller.

Variabel fase og signal invertering

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ er utstyrt både med variabel fase- og signalinvertering. Signalinvertering er å snu signalet 180 grader.

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ byr på “ekte” fasevending ved alle frekvenser i motsetning til fasejusteringen som vil endre seg noe avhengig av hvilken frekvens som spilles av, som ved alle trinnløse fasejusteringer.

Disse to variablene kommer godt med om du skal oppnå perfekt fasejustering med for eksempel en stereo forsterker som ofte mangler en prosessor til å tidsforskyve signalet.

Low Pass Filter and Slope

The low-pass filter (LPF) is selectively switched on or off and can be adjusted in steps of 1 Hz to 30–160 Hz. For the feinschmecker, the LPF slope can also be adjusted with 6/12/18/24dB filter curves to perfectly match the subwoofer to your system. Of course, you can adjust the phase in 10 degree steps and with full signal inversion (on/off).

Auto på/av

Auto on/off er en funksjon som skrur på subwooferen din når den oppdager signal på inngangene. De fleste subwoofere på markedet har forskjellig følsomhet for når de skal skru seg på og det kan gi deg problemer siden du ikke kan justere denne følsomheten.

Vi gav deg ikke bare et valg på Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ. Men med den nye auto-on funksjonen kan du velge mellom flere nivåer, lav-, medium- og høy følsomhet. Dermed kan du finjustere din subwoofer til å våkne til live til riktig tid.

Tiden hvor det var nødvendig å skru volumet til maks for å få subwooferen til å våkne er forbi.

EQ moduser og parametrisk EQ

Vi tilbyr opp til 6 EQ-moduser å velge mellom. 3 EQ-moduser for lukket modus, og 3 EQ moduser for portet modus. Totalt 6 EQ-moduser for 1723 Subwoofer 1V og 2V ettersom portene kan plugges igjen slik at de opererer som lukkede subwoofere.

Du får en flat frekvensrespons hele veien ned til under 20Hz i EQ1 modus, EQ2 modus vil begynne å rulle av en halv oktav over +-3dB punktet til EQ1 og EQ3 modus vil begynne å rulle av en oktav over +-3dB punktet til EQ1. Det er det samme for lukket og portet.

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ har også en 7-bånds PEQ innebygget som kan skreddersy frekvensresponsen etter ditt rom. Den er ekstremt nøyaktig for å gi deg en perfekt integrasjon I rommet ditt. Frekvensene justeres med 1Hz mellomrom og Q faktoren er justerbar hele veien fra 0.3 til 10, slik at du kan angripe skarpe irregulariteter i romresponsen.

Nivåer og inngangs-gain

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ er utstyrt med justerbar inngangs-gain for å matche utgangsnivået på forsterkeren din. På samme måte kan du også justere master-nivået for perfekt integrasjon med resten av systemet ditt. Du kan også sette nivået til referansenivå som anbefales for de fleste med en hjemmekinoreceiver. For enklere bruk har vi også implementert en funksjon som lar deg sette referansenivå for flere subwoofere som brukes sammen i samme oppsett.

Subsonisk filter og bratthet

Det subsoniske filteret er fullt justerbart og kan stilles fra 12-31Hz. Eventuelt kan du skru det helt av. Brattheten er også justerbar fra 6-12dB/oktav. Denne funksjonen er veldig kjekk å ha når du skal tilpasse dypbassen til både rommet og dine preferanser. Forsterkeren har et innebygget subsonisk filter som slår inn ved 10Hz for å beskytte forsterkerens strømforsyning.

3-12V Trigger

For deg som har plassert subwooferen skjult, enten bak en sofa eller i en baffelvegg, og fortsatt ønsker å ha kontroll over subwooferen når den skrur seg av og på uten å bruke auto-on funksjonen, har vi implementert en 3-12V trigger via 3,5mm jack. Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ lytter etter trigger signal fra din kilde og skrur seg automatisk av og på sammen med resten av systemet ditt.

Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ teknologi

Effektforsterker

Hver av de brokoblede effektforsterkermodulene har en 32-bits microkontroller (MCU) for kontroll og overvåkning som kommuniserer med den digitale front-enden.

MCU-en nytter seg av 5 kanaler med A/D konvertering (analog til digital konvertering) for å overvåke følgende parametere med en hastighet på 1000 ganger/sekund.

  1. Utgangspenningen fra forsterker A og B (brokoblede modulene)
  2. Strømforsyningen (positive og negative spenninger)
  3. Temperatursensorer

Ved å overvåke disse parameterne samt overspennings-detektoren kan feil oppdages raskt og forsterkeren vil skru seg av umiddelbart.

Sikkerhet og holdbarhet

Enkelte forhåndsregler er implementert for å øke sikkerhetsmarginene. For eksempel vil spenningene fra strømforsyningen måles før den når effektforsterkerne. Hvis noen av spenningene er på utsiden av normalen vil ikke forsterkerne aktiveres og strømforsyningen vil skrus av. Siden dette er en brokoblet forsterker, skal utgangsspenningene fra begge forsterkermodulene alltid være like og motsatte (A+B=0).

Hvis det oppstår en feil i noen av forsterkermodulene kan MCUen oppdage dette innen 1 millisekund (1/1000 av et sekund, ms) og skru av forsterkermodulene. En typisk singel-ended effekt forsterker med en analog overvåkingskrets må ha et signal med varighet på >100ms for å skille mellom DC og et lavfrekvent signal.

Oppstartslogikk

Alle grenseverdiene er en del av den Digitale Front End programvaren, der de lastes ned til forsterkermodulene ved oppstart. Hvis det oppstår en feil, vil MCU-en kommunisere med den Digitale Front End og inkludere feilinformasjonen. Feilmeldingen vil da vises på LCD displayet.

Hva som skjer videre bestemmes av den Digitale Front End programvaren. For eksempel kan den forsøke å starte forsterkeren på nytt x-antall ganger hvis det måles for høy spenning.

Feilsøking

For å gjøre feilsøking enklere vil LCD displayet vise feilinformasjonen i skjermen om det skulle oppstå problemer.

MCU-en lagrer også statistisk informasjon som kan brukes på forskjellige måter. Antall ganger signalet klippes, maksimum og minimumsverdier for alle overvåkede parametere (som maksimum/minimum spenninger i strømforsyningen). Dette er kritisk informasjon for ingeniørene hos Arendal Sound for å forstå om det er noen problemer med forsterkeren, og hvor feilen eventuelt ligger.

Selvdiagnostisering

Den Digitale Front End MCU-en kan gjøre en komplett diagnose av hele systemet. Dette inkluderer å generere en test tone for å måle forsterkerens utgangs spenninger og alle andre parametere. Alle feil vil vises i LCD displayet.

ROHS, FCC og CE sertifisert.

NYE 1723 SERIES SUBWOOFERS

Etter to års utvikling kan vi stolt presentere de nye subwooferne i 1723 serien. Det var ingen lett oppgave å forbedre det som allerede var markedsledende produkter. Vår statementserie har en eksepsjonell balanse mellom perfekt musikalitet og heftig lydtrykk ned til de laveste oktavene.

Vi klarte det. Det er et løfte.

Eksepsjonell ytelse. Dynamisk, ren og destruktiv bass pakket i et super rigid Premium HDF kabinett, bygget med øye for detaljer som er uhørt i dette prissegmentet. Ingen billig vinyl eller enkle løsninger. Hi-End ytelse og byggekvalitet.

Alle nye 1723 serie subwooferne bruker vårt helt nyutviklede og banebrytende 13.8” basselement som har 50% mer slaglengde og ytelse, med ekstrem dynamikk. Ja dynamikken er forbedret. Vi anser det som et mesterverk.

Et Premium basselement har behov for Premium forsterkerkraft. Våre nye Avalanche 800 IQ & 1200 IQ forsterkere er markedsledende forsterkere med høy effekt og et nytt tankesett mot funksjonalitet og brukervennlighet. Den smarte teknologien for subwoofere. Konservativt oppgitt til 800W og 1200W RMS.

Fleksibiliteten i dens måte å koble til et oppsett vil få enhver subwoofer til å virke utdatert. Det store høyoppløste fargedisplayet gjør det enkelt å justere alle innstillinger og gir et flott overblikk over alle steg for å optimalisere din Hi-End subwoofer til ditt system.

1723 serie subwoofere. Laget av entusiaster for entusiaster. Profesjonelle funksjoner for profesjonelle brukere.

1723 Subwoofer 1S

1723 Subwoofer 1S er en kompakt subwoofer med et enkelt element i vår nye markedsledende toppserie. Den tilbyr eksepsjonell balanse mellom perfekt musikkreproduksjon og ren bassdybde og lydtrykk, med upåklagelig dynamikk. Den benytter vårt nye 13.8” element og vår smarte Avalanche 800 IQ forsterker som konservativt yter 800W og som tilbyr gode justeringsmuligheter for ethvert oppsett.

1723 Subwoofer 1V

1723 Subwoofer 1V er en stor portet subwoofer med enormt høy ytelse. Subwoofer 1V setter en ny standard i klassen med hinsides ytelse for bass-tung musikk eller krevende filmer. Kabinettets port kan plugges igjen, som forvandler denne kjempen fra en tour-de-force til en mer nyansert og musikalsk subwoofer som 1723 Subwoofer 1S. Bare større og kraftigere. Den benytter et enkelt 13.8” element og vår smarte Avalanche 800 IQ forsterker som konservativt yter 800W med uforvrengt effekt og med gode justeringsmuligheter for ethvert oppsett.

1723 Subwoofer 2S

Doble elementer, dobbel morro. 1723 Subwoofer 2S tilbyr en eksepsjonell balanse mellom perfekt musikkreproduksjon og ren dyp bass og lydtrykk. Den benytter to av våre egenutviklede 13.8” elementer, drevet av vår smarte 1200W RMS Avalanche 1200 IQ forsterker, som gir mer enn nok justeringsmuligheter for et hvilket som helst oppsett. Kabinettet er lukket og laget av HDF, og designet for å gi et optimalt dempet system som reproduserer dyp, uforvrengt musikalsk bass med en total mangel på utsmøring og farging av lyden.

Dual opposing designet, som motvirker kreftene som ellers prøver å sette kabinettet i bevegelse, gir en ren og dyp bass, der kabinettet ikke stjeler noe av energien til elementene.

Bokstavelig talt skremmende dynamikk. Vi mener dette er verdens beste subwoofer for musikk. Uansett pris.

1723 Subwoofer 2V

1723 Subwoofer 2V er Hulken av subwoofere. Den er stor. Den er portet. Muligens den perfekte erstatteren for kaffebordet ditt. I bunn og grunn er dette en 1723 Subwoofer 2S på steroider, med et helt hinsides lydtrykk.

Kabinettets port kan plugges igjen, som for Subwoofer 1V, forvandler denne kjempen fra en tour-de-force til en mer nyansert og musikalsk subwoofer. Dual opposing designet, som motvirker kreftene som ellers prøver å sette kabinettet i bevegelse, gir en ren og dyp bass, der kabinettet ikke stjeler noe av energien til elementene.

Den benytter to av våre egenutviklede 13.8” elementer, drevet av vår smarte 1200W RMS Avalanche 1200 IQ forsterker, som gir mer enn nok justeringsmuligheter for et hvilket som helst oppsett.

Film eller musikk. Perfekt til begge. Prepared for mayhem.

Levering og priser

Vi åpner forhåndsbestillinger 14.august. Priser er;

  • 1723 Subwoofer 1S – Fra 12.990
  • 1723 Subwoofer 1V – Fra 15.990
  • 1723 Subwoofer 2S – Fra 19.990
  • 1723 Subwoofer 2V – Fra 24.990

For mer informasjon se her.

1723 TOWER THX 5.0 – Tha_VillaMan

«These speakers are insane»

Full review

Unboxing

«I got my hands on some insane speakers. The Arendal Sound 1723 THX certified speakers. They may be some of the best looking speakers I’ve seen in a while, and I’m going to see if they sound as good as they look for home theater and for music. But first… we unbox.» – Tha_VillaMan

1723 SUBWOOFER 1 – HIFI VISION


1723 SUBWOOFER 1 – MIGHTY PUNCH AND DEPTH

SILBRERKLASSE

Breaker of news

The Norwegian brand Arendal already caused quite a furore with high-performance THX-licensed speaker systems. The Arendal 1723 systems are the first choice for ambitious home cinemas thanks to their dynamics, tight sound, low-distortion and unsurpassed finish. In our current issue, we line up the smallest out of four Arendal Subwoofers for a review as a solo performer.

Quick-info:

Dedicated home cinema: 5/5
Living-room cinema: 5/5
Stereo music: 5/5
Multi-channel music: 5/5

By Michael Voigt, HIFI VISION (original version can be read HERE).

Large membrane surface, massive enclosure and plenty of amplifier power are the standard ingredients for a high-performance subwoofer that wants to be taken seriously. The Arendal developers have not only taken this to heart, but also paid highest attention to every smallest detail of the 1723 Subwoofer 1, thus delivering the ideal basis for a precise, lush and deep bass to the smallest subwoofer of the Arendal range.

1723 Subwoofer 1

Admittedly, the Subwoofer 1 is not really “small”. After all, both a huge woofer with 300-mm Membrane and a monstrous power amplifier had to be fitted in the enclosure. Nevertheless, the housing is still very manageable and can be surely placed in most rooms without problems with its approximate dimensions of 34 x 50 x 45 cm. The scale delivers substantial 24,5Kg for the 1723 Subwoofer 1, as its sealed enclosure is extremely solidly built to stay absolutely free of internal resonances and the massive magnet of the driver is no joke either.

The driver is by the way exclusively manufactured to the proprietary specifications of Arendal in order to ensure the extreme power rating, gigantic but low-distortion displacement and optimum driver parameters. The 300mm membrane of this “monster-driver” is made of a fibrepulp-fibreglass compound, lightweight but stiff and with high inner damping.

The 500W RMS digital power amplifier fitted to the 1723 Subwoofer 1 offers enough headroom for enormous dynamics, and its built-in DSP ensures an optimum frequency response and includes of course the usual filter, phase and EQ settings.

The Subwoofer 1 comes with two EQ presets: EQ1 produces the maximum depth for home cinema use, while EQ2 is more laid-back in the bass below 40Hz, but also somewhat more precise, which is ideal in smaller rooms or pure stereo setups.

The sealed enclosure of the Subwoofer 1 guarantees already by design a very precise and dry deep bass reproduction, because sealed systems usually have a better impulse response than bass-reflex configurations. The unobtrusive DSP makes up for the deep-bass limitation imposed by the sealed design.

Connectivity and adjustment features are limited to RCA and XLR sockets, as well as the usual knobs for gain, crossover and phase. Unfortunately, a remote control is not included.

Cover grille:

A perforated, metallic protection grille is included.

Exploded driver view:

The massive magnet in the motor, a large voice coil and a low-resonance, stiff membrane confer maximum dynamic range to the Arendal subwoofer.

Measurements and listening impressions

The respectable lower frequency of 20Hz gets everybody in the measurement lab very excited, which is guaranteed as long as the equalizer is set to 1. The setting EQ2 does not reach as deep, hitting 35Hz. The Arendal subwoofer tends to peak a bit at 45Hz in both settings, which turns out to be very pleasing and “lush” in real-life listening tests, without any hint of booming. When the Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 1 is challenged to higher SPL levels, it delivers massive bass-brutality up to 110dB without complaint. It is only possible to detect hints of compression above 110dB, but the neighbours from the semi-detached house next door will be up in arms well before reaching this limit.

The 1723 Subwoofer 1 provides a lot of home-cinema fun because its tight and precise way to catapult bass impulses through the listening room can indeed thrill you. The Arendal considerably expands the frequency spectrum of any setup to lower tunes absolutely free of booming and making the bass physically perceptible. On top of that, it is very easy to integrate with existing loudspeakers, being thus very versatile.

Charts

Technical info: Frequency response  Subwoofer 1

The EQ setting EQ1 allows to reach 20Hz. The setting EQ2 delivers somewhat less pressurisation below 40Hz but more precision.

Dynamics Subwoofer 1

SPL up to 110dB are no problem for the Arendal. The physical limitations of the subwoofer only manifest above 110dB.

Conclusions

With a price well below 1.000 EUR and despite the manageable size of this 1723 Subwoofer 1, Arendal is offering a remarkably powerful deep-bass performer that can easily take on larger competitors. Its solid cabinet, the powerful 500W power amplifier and last but not least the heavy-duty 300mm driver ensure the ultimate deep-bass performance all the way down to 20Hz!

LEGEND amplifier panel:

All settings can be done with the knobs and switches. A remote control is unfortunately not included. A XLR-input is available for professional setups.

Written by: Michael Voigt

SCORE

  • Sound (70% of overall score): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Precision (20 %): 0,9 (12/12)
  • Power handling (20 %): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Dynamics (15 %): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Physical impact (15 %): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Speaker matching (10 %): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Listening region Center (10 %): 1,1 (10/12)
  • Measurements (10% of overall score): 1,1 (10/12)
  • Frequency response (5 %): 1,1 (10/12)
  • Distortion (5 %): 1,1 (10/12)
  • Use (15% of overall score): 1,0 (11/12)
  • Workmanship (15 %): 0,9 (12/12)
  • Features (5 %): 1,2 (10/12)

Price/performance: excellent

SUMMING IT UP

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 1

  • + massive cabinet
  • + high power amplification
  • + extremely heavy-duty driver

FINAL VERDICT

Silberklasse.

1723 S THX 5.1 EISA AWARD 2019-2020

BEST PRODUCT – HOME THEATRE SPEAKER SYSTEM 2019-2020

«Offering a powerful performance from easy to accommodate cabinets, Arendal Sound’s THX Ultra-certified multichannel package brings Hollywood to your home theatre. The two-way 1723 Monitor S THX standmounts, with 6.5in midbass drivers and waveguided tweeters, showcase a transparent sound, with excellent dispersion and extreme dynamics. This standard of performance is replicated by the centre channel enclosure, while Arendal Sound’s Tri-Axial Surround S THX models produce an expansive rear soundfield. Dramatic, deep bass comes courtesy of the 1723 Subwoofer 2, which maintains a tight grip on deep bass effects via a push-push dual 13.8in driver array and 1kW power plant. Design and build quality are exceptional for the price.»

Official EISA announcement here.

Products

About EISA

EISA (the Expert Imaging and Sound Association) is the unique worldwide association of over 60 special interest magazines and websites that test and report on hi-fi, home theatre, in-car electronics, mobile devices and photography from 29 countries. EISA members now extend to Australia, Canada, USA, India, Hong Kong/China and Japan in addition to the wider European community. Every year EISA jury rewards the most outstanding products in each class with a coveted EISA Award – results that have consistently stood the test of time. So whenever consumers see an EISA Award logo they can be sure the winning product is the very best of the best.

This Award reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines and is a fitting tribute to the innovation and performance of this multichannel speaker system.

1723 MONITOR S THX – STEREO & VIDEO


 

Norwegians for Hi-Fi and Home Cinema

Verdict

Arendal 1723 Monitor S speaker systems are designed primarily for home theater systems, even highlighting THX certification. However, with careful placement in the listening area, high-quality music reproduction will also be fully equipped. Without a subwoofer I recommend removing foam from the station. In a smaller listening area, the bass is enough and have precise contours. In the “closed system» state bass is less and they look more accurate. When listening against the high-tone speaker axis, the spectrum is balanced with immutable space and precise localization, even at higher listening volumes. Like larger models, the Monitor S THX are primarily a quality loudspeakers, and unfocused background listening off-base is not entirely comfortable due to greater directionality.

For (+): Excellent sound
For (+): Dutiful construction

Against (–): Perhaps only that the bookshelf loudspeakers I can imagine more compact

Read the full 1723 Monitor S THX Stereo review by Pavel Urbanek.

1723 SUBWOOFER 1 REVIEW – AUDIOVIDEOTEAM


The construction in very accurate, also in the details

The quality/price ratio is good

Read the full review HERE (Italian) by Gian Piero Matarazzo.

 

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