Contrast Audio Model One AS3 Reference "Pro" Speakers
The Model One AS-3 owes many features to the larger model - the Black Moon. Its' high efficiency, linear impedance behavior and minimal phase-shifting are equally suited for combination with single-ended triode, as well as transistor amplification. The »Model One AS3 Reference« speaker is designed as a 2-way bass reflex bookshelf speaker system, with the port on the back panel.
Standard colour Black, Red, White and Chameleon high-gloss piano finish.
All others colours on request and special order.
Drive Unit complement: one 1" tweeter, one 5.5" mid-range/bass
Power Handling: 80 watt
Nominal Impedance: 16 ohms
Sensitivity (1W@1M): 92 dB
Frequency Range (± 3db): 36 Hz - 20 000 Hz
Terminal: spades and bananas, single-wire
Dimensions (H x W x D): 14 x 8 x 12 inch (350x200x300 mm)
Weight (per piece): 20 lbs (9 kg)
Sid Vootla, UltraAudio.com, November 2013 (AS-3 Reference):
"...the As3-Refs imbued singers with a sense of poise and authenticity in which nuances and emotions were conveyed with a truthfulness uncommon in this price class..."
"...another strength was their skillful handling of midrange information. Their sound in this critical region of the audioband was warm and resolving, with the right amount of balance to engross the listener. Furthermore, the As3-Refs imaged exceptionally well while throwing an expansive soundstage..."
"...their low power requirement and ease of drivability enhance their attractiveness, and will appeal immensely to aficionados of low-powered, tubed amplifiers... and Contrast Audio’s impeccable craftsmanship and topnotch finish quality will likely ensure that, quite soon, their name will be familiar to audio enthusiasts everywhere..." Check out the entire review