Jaw-dropping Arteluthe Speakers
When I first looked at the speakers, the size really intimidated my appetite as I get used to listening to mega systems. Its height is just 92cm that I could only look down on it. I didn’t have much expectation about its performance as I was not blown away with its performance on video shot by Chik Sir before. I thought it is a good speaker with quite balanced sound but nothing in the video impressed me (sorry for being a bit critical as I am spoiled).
However, once I listened to 梁祝 Butterfly Lovers in AE’s Central Showroom, my jaw dropped to the floor and there were a lot of “WTFs” going through my mind: How come the bass energy was so close to my mega horn system at home?? Why the soundstage was that deep and wide?? The playback was so colorful, rich in dynamics and drama!
When the orchestra played strongly all together, the playback was so convincing with huge energy passing through my body that I got goosebumps immediately. The trebles were quite bright but it was not screechy. It is a bit silky type and yet having enough energy to form very solid images and contours together with very full-bodied mid and authoritative bass.
These speakers are versatile and able to handle a lot of different types of music: The violin was very solid and pinpoint, while the orchestra spreads in fan shape behind; the female vocals were mellow and emotional, and the jazz bands were full of passions and sweats; the attacks of percussions are fast and impactful, and yet the rhythms were nicely presented to deliver very musical performance.
I had no choice but shared my feelings with some of my HiFi groups at once. These tiny speakers can really defeat a lot of giants at least doubling the size. What a jaw dropping experience in AE Central!