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Multitest bookshelf speakers – 2500 Euro – part 1

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Intro

On Sunday, Feb. 26, we live streamed the first part of the multitest bookshelf speakers around $2,500. Listening to different speakers is always interesting. With no product are you going to hear such big differences. Even an amplifier or dac results in less difference in sound. Let’s go through the first five models. We have the Amphion Argon3S, Buchardt S400MK2, Dynaudio Evoke 20, Revel M106 and the Aurum Cantus V2M.

We honestly didn’t think we would get so many speakers in. We have a total of about 15 pairs to listen to. Of course, that’s never going to happen in one livestream. That’s why we’re making it a triptych. Three times five models is also quite a lot, but that’s still doable.

We test all speakers on the same stands and the same amplifiers. This is to keep the playing field level. You probably know the system by now:

The test setup

As you can see, we are working with two power amplifiers. This to see how the speaker(s) cope with a class A amplifier with less damping and a focus on resolution, flow and scale and an amplifier with a lot of control and a slightly drier character. Both amplifiers are pretty neutral, know that. It is purely the way of energy delivery and control that differs.

The candidates

  • Amphion Argon3S
  • Buchardt S400MK2
  • Dynaudio Evoke 20
  • Revel M106
  • Aurum Cantus V2M

Let’s get started!

Type test
Multitest
Production country
Differs
Properties
  • Brand and model: Amphion Argon 3S
  • Build quality: Tight and bit sober
  • Overall impression: Very "studio. Precise and tight
  • Price: €2500
  • Brand and model: Buchardt S400MK2
  • Build quality: Tight and bit sober
  • Overall impression: Fine all-around speaker. Quite precise
  • Price: €2100
  • Brand and model: Dynaudio Evoke 20
  • Build quality: Neat and classic
  • Overall impression: Fine speaker especially for classical and acoustic work.
  • Price: €2150
  • Brand and model: Revel M106
  • Build quality: Neat and sturdy
  • Overall impression: Fine, all-around speaker. High fun factor
  • Price: €2700
  • Brand and model: Aurum Cantus V2M
  • Build quality: Very nice. Sturdy, well finished
  • Overall impression: Great speaker for the money.
  • Price: €1600
  • Winkels met Amphion

    Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
    2300 Turnhout, BE
    Joseph Bensstraat 21
    1180 Ukkel, BE
    Bredabaan 1031
    B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
    Pelikaanstraat 126
    2018 Antwerpen, BE
    Sikkel 40 F
    3274 KK Heinenoord, NL

    Winkels met Dynaudio

    Schoenmakersstraat 19
    6041EX Roermond, NL
    Grotestraat 23
    5931 CS Tegelen, NL
    St. Ceciliastraat 28
    5038 HA Tilburg, NL
    Geldropseweg 105
    5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
    Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
    2311 JS Leiden, NL
    Theresiastraat 151 - 157
    2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
    Beethovenstraat 9-b
    1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

    Winkels met Revel

    Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
    2300 Turnhout, BE
    Joseph Bensstraat 21
    1180 Ukkel, BE
    Bredabaan 1031
    B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
    Pelikaanstraat 126
    2018 Antwerpen, BE
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