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Summary

Our Score

9/10

Review Price £700.00

Audio Pro LV2e Wireless Speakers - Performance & Verdict

Audio Pro has clearly focused on making the LV2e a crowd pleaser. It has opted for a warm sound signature with deep bass and heaps of midrange. The result is the speakers have a cinematic quality where sound is thunderous yet detailed and focused on emotion rather than out and out accuracy. This makes for a highly flexible system that is equally happy across genres applying grit and aggression to dance, rock and hip hop yet treating classical music and jazz with a lighter touch.

Equally impressive is the volume the LV2e generates. The system totals 100W, but the drive from each speaker is such that it would easily overpower higher wattage devices - most notably docks with their narrower output. Of course this touches upon another strength of the LV2e: stereo separation. Given the speakers are not connected to one another they can be positioned anywhere you can stretch to a mains socket and indulge even the biggest stereo junkie (admittedly one of my weaknesses).

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Flaws? While the LV2e produces truly room shaking sound the bass can cut back at maximum volume. This tends to apply only to the most bass heavy tracks though and everything else holds together remarkably well. Audio Pro recognises this as it offers a wireless matching sub for the LV2e, appropriately called the 'LV SUB', which also lets the system play an additional 10db louder. At £550 and given the LV2e's superb overall performance it would be a luxury.

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All of which brings us to price and the LV2e's biggest challenge: Audio Pro itself. The LV2e costs £700 which is by far the black mark against the system as a whole, but such is the elegance of its wireless system and level of performance it is a cost worth paying. Against this is Audio Pro's own aforementioned WF100 Wireless Transmitter and RX100 receiver bundle, the latter of which has the same integrated Burr Brown DAC, costs just £150 and brings identical functionality to any speaker system. Armed with this the remaining £550 could buy speakers of arguably even better quality and to the exact size and specification you desire.

As such the Audio Pro LV2e is a premium system, but it remains one that is dangerously easy to fall in love with.

Verdict
The beauty of Audio Pro's LV2e is in its simplicity: two compact lossless, wireless speakers with integrated DACs and barnstorming performance which pair with a USB dongle that can transmit any audio source. No drivers, no secondary software and no configuration. Combine that with the clever zonal system which allows Sonos-like functionality switching audio between multiple sets of speakers in different locations around the house and you have a product you can easily build around. The fly in the ointment is Audio Pro's own wireless transmitter and receiver bundle which offers the same functionality at a fraction of the price and lets you choose your own speakers. Then again it would be churlish to deny the LV2e is an exceptional wireless speaker system.

Scores In Detail

Design
9/10
Features
9/10
Performance
9/10
Sound Quality
9/10
Value
7/10

Our Score

9/10
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