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Usher Audio Be-718 Tiny Dancer Speaker Review

by December 02, 2007
  • Product Name: Usher Audio Be-718 Tiny Dancer Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Usher Audio USA
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 02, 2007 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 2795/pr
  • Buy Now

System Type                                                     2-Way
Tweeter                                                             1.25-inch Be Beryllium (9980-20BEA)
Midbass                                                            7-inch Paper Cone (8948A)
Sensitivity                                                         87 dB @ 1 watt / 1m
Nominal impedance                                            8 ohms
Frequency response                                           (-3 dB) 42 Hz ~ 35 kHz
Power handling                                                  80 watts
Crossover frequencies                                        2.06 kHz
Weight                                                              37.9 lbs each
Dimensions  (w x d x h)                                      10.2" x 16.9" x 15.2"
Shipping weight                                                 82 lbs

Pros

  • Surprising bass extension
  • Warm midrange
  • Not afraid of a little extra power

Cons

  • Can make some challenging audio passages harsh sounding
  • Binding posts can be a bit tricky

Introduction

If you are on the market for a dynamic pair of compact speakers with a high Spouse Acceptance Factor (SAF), dynamic audio performance on par with speakers twice their price, and an ability to create a sound image nearly on par with full sized speakers, than I urge you to consider the Usher Audio Be-718 Tiny Dancer speakers seriously. They are absolutely gorgeous, with the piano gloss center section and beautiful wood side panels making them right at home in a medium sized den with a tube amplifier softening that hard edge while sipping a 20 year old brandy. The Be-718 Tiny Dancer’s are not without peer, as there are other bookshelves, and even some floor standing speakers that perform admirably at or near this price point, but the combination of sturdy construction, excellent engineering, innovative tweeter design and implementation, and performance per dollar spent put these substantial sound boxes into the “if this is your price range, put these on your short list of speakers to audition” checkbox. It was truly my pleasure to review these highly capable pair of speakers with décor friendly appeal, and musicality nearly beyond reproach.

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About the author:

Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

ldub posts on November 24, 2009 04:32
Just curious…what kind of stands were used in the review?
R-Carpenter posts on June 17, 2009 21:39
Boerd posts on June 17, 2009 17:46
Seth=L, post: 337355
Oh LOL, how grand.

They remind me of the Sonus Faber Concertos.

http://www.stereotimes.com/speak030800.shtml

Yep - the cheaper brother
Wait a minute! They're not cheap!
braminator posts on June 17, 2009 17:07
I would like to believe that someones opinion, that a speaker sounds better then another at twice the price, is just that “an opinion”.

Our ears are the judge, not our wallets.

I would like to know if I buy a $10k speaker for $5k, would my $5k speaker sound better then other $10k speakers because I paid $5k?
CraigV posts on June 17, 2009 10:41
Great, now I’m going to have that damned Elton John song stuck in me head all day.
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