The Audio Note UK Experience

Clipdat
Clipdat Posts: 9,540
edited April 23 in 2 Channel Audio
Thought you guys might enjoy reading my latest review of an Audio Note UK system! https://theaudiobeatnik.com/reviewing-reality-the-audio-note-uk-experience/

It consisted of the OTO PP tube integrated amplifier, AN-K/LX loudspeakers, and the AN-Lexus LX bi-wire speaker cables to connect them.

Realism and accurate tonality were the name of the game with this system! I was impressed at how my listening room simply filled with realistic sounding musical instruments. Wow!

However, it's a somewhat polarizing sound/performance that might not resonate with everyone. Also, some enthusiasts might balk at the idea of paying $12k for a system that isn't full-range.

Anyway, give the article a read and let me know what you think! Thanks!

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  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,184
    Cool, always been a fan of Audio note gear in general.
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,420
    Great write up!

    Like I was telling you before it reminds me of my thoughts on rogers loudspeakers
    - Not Tom

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  • doctor r
    doctor r Posts: 834
    Recently acquired a pair of Audio Note AN-E Spe H speakers. The tone and musical presentation reflect your review of the AN-K pair. I luckily have a room where they can be placed near the corners as Audio Note recommends. This goes slightly against all my previous setup beliefs but the performance now really draws me in more than my Spendors.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,540
    Very good! Glad you are enjoying your new speakers, and thanks so much for taking the time to read my review.
  • JayCee
    JayCee Posts: 1,160
    Well written and thoughtful review. Also, seemed a fair response from the manufacturer w/respect to their POV on design and calculated compromise.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,540
    edited April 29
    Thank you for reading and for your feedback, appreciate it.

    I'm afraid I still don't understand the lack of a remote controlled volume on a $5k integrated. It seems plenty of other manufacturers have figured out how to offer a remote controlled volume control without sonic degradation.
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 836
    I agree completely. But AN clearly do things their own way. Beautiful veneer on those speakers though.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,540
    I agree. They are even more stunning in person.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,809
    Really liked the review Drew. You have really distinguished yourself among the others out there. I love your style, down to earth, non-pretentious, which helps me understand and draw parallels to your impressions.

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,540
    Thanks so much for the kind words, Dave. Sincerely appreciate it.
  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,184
    You did a fine job in that review Drew. Audio note is a brand that doesn't get much play around here. They are a bit more on the expensive side, and like you said about the remote, very old school. However, their strong points of performance and tonal accuracy speak for themselves. Hard to argue the end result.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1420
    lsi 9's
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,540
    Yes they are very old school, aren't they?! That's a good way to put it.
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