AVI is a small British hi-fi manufacturer who advocate active loudspeakers; its AVI 9.1 (recently lightly revised as the AVI 9T) is widely liked for its clean uncoloured sound and lack of clutter – all you need is a digital source. However the 9T lacks grunt and until now the recommended solution has been the companion subwoofer, which adds a substantial £800 to the cost. The 9T is £1125 so that is not far short of £2000 for the pair, making the value for money less impressive.
Now the company is preparing an all-in-one successor to the 9.1 – the floorstanding, 3-way active ADM 40. From what we know so far:
750 watt per-channel RMS amplification
3-way active crossover
It will be possible to fine-tune the bass via the remote control; there will also be a companion iPhone app.
How much? According to AVI man Ashley James “under £3000 definitely, hopefully £2500”.
Hitherto AVI has been opposed to full-range loudspeakers, claiming that smaller two-way loudspeakers supplemented by a subwoofer is a better solution. Why the change of heart?
We don’t like typical three way lower crossovers because they are in the middle of the most music. Even phase perfect ones are still reversing it and back again!!
However we’ve found that you get 95% of the intermod reduction by crossing over at 100 Hhz, a noticeable increase in clarity and dynamic range and the bass can be adjusted to suit rooms and program material, in this instance by remote, which isn’t possible with an old fashioned three way. And there’s an LFE input, so it’s a win win situation in a comparatively small speaker because we can use a Sub driver and not one for a three way.
On the face of it the ADM 40 will be better value than the ADM 9T plus subwoofer, as well as more convenient; one fewer box has to be a good thing. Then again, can AVI really deliver something as good as the 9T but with full range? The proof will be in the hearing.
There is a review of the ADM 9.1, similar to the 9T, here.
Update – oh dear:
We can’t get the performance from a floor stander and they cost disproportionately more for limited demand, so we’ve dropped the idea.
seems to be the latest news.