Acoustic Energy unveil new 300 Series flagship – the AE320

Acoustic Energy AE320 (Walnut, No Grille)

Heading up the 300 Series, the new AE320 is a true 3-way slim-line floor-standing loudspeaker with compact dimensions and suitable for medium to large sized rooms. The AE320 uses three latest generation 130mm drivers, one mid-range and two bass only units. Featuring AE’s own design ceramic aluminum sandwich cone (specially developed for the 300 Series) with an ultra-shallow profile and high force, long throw motor system, this new driver boasts improved dispersion, extended bass slam and overall power handling.

The 28mm aluminium tweeter offers high power handling and a low fundamental resonance to reduce distortion. However, the main benefit to this new design is the excellent dispersion characteristics thanks to our Wide Dispersion Technology waveguides. The waveguides shape the acoustic output of the tweeter to match the woofer and provide a wider sweet spot in the listening environment.

The inert, 18mm high density MDF cabinet utilises proprietary bracing technology derived from the award-winning Reference Series, to reduce cabinet colouration and allow the new transducers to breath freely within the listening environment. The slot shaped duct port on the rear of the speaker augments the bass output and has been carefully developed to reduce the effect of air turbulence with a clean, undistorted bass performance. The base of the cabinet is pre-loaded with an inert mass material which adds damping and reduces cabinet colouration. The mass loading coupled with 8mm floor spikes help stability and provide a solid foundation for the drive units to operate without resonances from the cabinet interacting with the floor surface.

The result of this latest drive unit technology and enclosure design is a slim-line, powerful floor-standing loudspeaker for the discerning listener when refined audio quality coupled with elegant aesthetics are paramount.

Mat Spandl, MD and Chief Designer comments “Since launching the 300 Series we have been constantly asked to produce a larger, more powerful model to bridge the gap between our 309 and 509 floor-standers. So welcome to the AE320… offering a substantial upgrade over the highly successful and well-reviewed AE309, this new series flagship is set to raise the performance, style and value bar once again.”

The new AE320 will be available in high gloss Piano Black or White (UK SRP £1599 per pair) and Real Walnut wood veneer (UK SRP £1699 per pair) from authorised retailers from mid-October 2021.