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Acoustic Energy - AE1 Active - Bookshelf Speakers

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Introducing the AE1 Active - Bookshelf Speakers from Acoustic Energy, reinventing your audiophile experience. Synthesising three decades of refinement, these fully bi-amped speakers boast the advanced pure piston ceramic aluminium cone technology. Expect nothing short of powerful, impactful audio with expansive and immersive imaging. Integrating easily into your audio system, these speakers harmonize perfectly with DAC/Preamps and Hi-Res streamers. Experience unparalleled amplifier speaker integration, class-leading dynamics, and deep, smooth sound. Each speaker is fitted with our proprietary aluminium dome tweeter, syncing impeccably with a mid/bass driver. Proudly analogue and offering tailored adjustments to suit your listening space, the AE1 Active brings the legendary performances of past AE1 speakers into a dynamic self-powered package that will revolutionize the way you listen. Elevate your listening experience with the AE1 Active - your sound, amplified.

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ℹ Product Information

Product Description - AE1 Active Bookshelf Speakers

Unleash a new world of sound with the AE1 Active Bookshelf Speakers from Acoustic Energy. This product, fiercely crafted for the modern audiophile, redefines the power and capability of compact audio systems. Drawing from over three decades of impeccable engineering, we introduce the AE1 Active - a self-sufficient, standmount speaker that not only integrates top-of-the-line class A/B amplification and fully active filter networks but also features Acoustic Energy’s trailblazing pure piston ceramic aluminium cone technology. This cutting-edge design ensures unrivaled audio performance, perfectly harmonizing refinement and impact.

What truly sets AE1 Active apart is the incorporation of our proprietary aluminium dome tweeter, designed specifically to optimize both coverage and room integration through Acoustic Energy’s unique WDT waveguide. With the AE1 Active, the mundane is transformed into the extraordinary, turning every note, every chord, and every beat into a captivating auditory experience. Each speaker is fully bi-amped with two 50 Watt class A/B amplifiers, exploiting our expertise in the active studio monitor sector and lending exceptional dynamics and unparalleled amplifier speaker integration. Coupled with a wide bandwidth range and adjustable bass and treble, the AE1 Active is not just a speaker; it is a testament to the evolution of acoustic technology - a sonic sensation built to stimulate and inspire, whether in your home or in a studio setting. Witness an immersive soundscape unfolding from its compact form, a true testament to the AE1 Active's ability that surpasses that of passive speaker/ external amplifier set-ups. The AE1 Active isn’t simply a speaker - it is a symphony of sound coming alive.


  1. Tweeter: The AE1 Active features a perfectly balanced, in-house designed 27mm metal dome tweeter. Paired with AE’s Wide Dispersion Technology (WDT) waveguide, it ensures impressive soundstage and harmonious integration with the mid/bass driver.

  2. Drivers: Uniquely designed with a pure piston ceramic aluminium cone, the stiffness to mass ratio in this fifth-generation 125mm hard-anodised spun aluminium cone considerably enhances the speaker efficiency, negating cone flex and breaking the stereotypical results of paper and plastic cone designs.

  3. Amplification: The AE1 Active is an all-analogue design, boasting the best-in-class wired analogue inputs, both balanced XLR and standard RCA, along with the highest quality linear power supplies and two pair-matched, high-performance 50 Watt Class A/B amplifiers per speaker.

  4. Cabinet: The cabinet design incorporates expertly braced heavyweight fibreboard construction with internal damping panels. Additionally, it introduces a slot port to the AE1 design for the first time, offering unmatched cross-sectional area, reduced baffle space, and significantly reduced wind noise at high volumes.

  5. Advanced Specifications: Known for its impressive drive unit and 25mm aluminium dome tweeter, the AE1 Active exhibits a broad Frequency Range from 42Hz – 28kHz +/-6dB, demonstrating the top-notch capacity of the speaker. This efficient system offers a peak SPL of 115dB and a maximum SPL of 105dB, with a powerful 100w Class A/B amplifier with a linear power supply.

  6. Other Features: It comes with RCA and Balanced XLR inputs alongside volume adjustability from 0dB to -inf, an HF shelf of +/-2dB, and an LF shelf of +/-2dB. The IEC C13 power connection, the switchable 110/240v voltage, and Safety Certification CE EN55013/20 all contribute to the sterling reputation of these speakers.


  1. Superior Sound Quality: Experience the extraordinary audio performance resulting from the unique blend of innovative technologies in the AE1 Active, from the metal dome tweeter to the ceramic aluminium sandwich cone.

  2. Unrivalled Amplifier Speaker Integration: The AE1 Active utilizes the benefits of fully bi-amped Class A/B amplification, lending vastly improved dynamics and speaker integration.

  3. Tailored Sound Settings: The AE1 Active offers the extra advantage of defeatable +/- 2dB trims for bass and treble response, allowing listeners to adjust the sound to fit their individual preference.

  4. Versatility and Convenience: The AE1 Active integrates seamlessly into any setting—whether it's your home or a studio—thanks to a choice between RCA or balanced XLR connections and adjustable bass and treble.

  5. Enhanced Aesthetics: The sleek cabinet design is available in luxurious Piano Black or Piano White finishes, aligning effectively with diverse interior decor styles and adding a touch of elegance to your space.

  6. High Efficiency and Durability: The state-of-the-art components and design features of the AE1 Active guarantee longevity and performance that rivals systems at much higher price points—truly a smart investment for any audiophile.

In sum, the AE1 Active Bookshelf Speakers represent the pinnacle of Acoustic Energy's design philosophy, blending aesthetics, function, and sound-quality into one extraordinary package. With its unyielding pursuit of audio excellence and attention to detail, this masterpiece transforms and amplifies the listening experience remarkably, turning a simple act into a spine-tingling event of immersion and sonic bliss. From the hands of world-class engineers to your hallowed listening space, the AE1 Active is more than just a purchase; it is an acoustic investment in your lifestyle, an upgrade in the way you enjoy your music. So why wait? Experience the magic of first-rate sound technology and let the AE1 Active add the right amount of rhythm to your life.

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ℹ Specifications
Specification Description
Drive Unit 125mm ceramic aluminium sandwich cone
Tweeter 25mm aluminium dome
Frequency Range 42Hz – 28kHz +/-6dB
Input Sensitivity 104dB for 1VRMS @ 1kHz
Peak SPL 115dB
Maximum SPL 105dB
Amplifier Class A/B with linear power supply
Power 100W
Crossover 3.5kHz 4th Order Linkwitz-Riley
Inputs RCA and Balanced XLR
Controls Volume adjust 0dB to -inf, HF shelf +/-2dB, LF shelf +/-2dB
Power Connection IEC C13
Voltage Switchable 110 / 240v
Safety Certification CE EN55013/20
Design 2 way active
Cabinet 18mm MDF with bracing and damping panels
Grilles Slim, cloth magnetic fit
Dimensions 300 x 185 x 250 mm (HxWxD)
Weight 18kg (pair)
Finishes Piano Black, Piano White
Special Features Pure piston ceramic aluminium cone technology, Wide Dispersion Technology (WDT) waveguide, self powered, fully active, wired analogue inputs and two pair-matched, 50Watt Class A/B amplifiers per speaker, fully bi-amped, adjustable bass and treble, RCA or balanced XLR connections, extensively braced heavyweight fibreboard construction with internal damping panels, slot port design for reduced ‘wind-noise’ at high volumes, a bandwidth from 40Hz to 25kHz, and a maximum SPL of 115dB.

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