The Fluance ES1 loudspeakers are definitely an interesting design. The build quality is on the very high side for this price point. The slim and tall cabinet is attractive and looks good sitting next to a big screen television so long as they do not get knocked over on accident. Sensitivity is on the high side so they can be used with most home theater receivers or standalone amplifiers. If you are inclined, they fully support bi-amplification into substantial binding posts.
The ES1’s produce an excellent soundstage although the treble is definitely a little too high compared to the mid and low frequencies. There is a substantial resonant peak at 150Hz that doesn’t really sound terrible, but the low frequency response rolls off below 150Hz. This loudspeaker requires a subwoofer for music or for home theater. The ES1 shines as an attractive and affordable home theater main loudspeaker. With room correction or equalization, the ES1’s sound pretty good for music too, especially considering the price.
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