Fluance has taken the wraps off their brand new powered 6.5” bookshelf speakers. Following a much-welcomed trend in Hifi of consolidating components (and therefore cable clutter), Fluance offers true stereo sound and elegant styling for a modest price.
Powered speakers were usually relegated to being desktop computer speakers or studio monitors while the traditional Hifi set-up usually included a stack of rectangular boxes consisting of a source or two, amplification and a mess of wires. As of late with mobile devices becoming a sole source for many people, convenience has taken priority and single box Bluetooth speakers have become more commonplace. So, this move towards powered speakers to me is a very logical, happy medium between the two camps and one that I hope catches on!
Fluance seems to think so as they believe that the Ai60 is ‘The Right Speakers for Any Experience’. Whether the experience is listening to your vinyl collection, binge-watching Netflix or playing video games, the aim is to elevate the listening experience. Additionally, the Ai60’s are part of Fluance’s new-ish design language which we saw in the release of their Reference turntables. The elegant and premium look is carried forward here too. Beautifully crafted and acoustically tuned wood cabinets act as housing for the 100-Watt Class D amplification that lives within. The Ai60’s don’t stop there mind you; they are also a proper plug and play solution, offering all the connectivity that you should need including RCA, Optical, USB, Bluetooth aptX and a Sub out.
The speaker itself is a 2-way, 2-driver designs featuring a 1-inch silk dome tweeter and a 6.5” woven, glass fiber driver. Frequency response is said to be 35Hz-20kHz (DSP Virtual Sound Perceived by Ear). The overall dimensions are encouraging at 13.1 H x 7.8 W x 9.2 D.
The Ai60 retails for $299 USD for a pair and are available in Black, Walnut and Bamboo. My review sample arrived in Bamboo. I was hoping to receive this color-way! The cabinets are finished with a bamboo veneer on the sides and rear. The black cones “pop” against the white faceplate – I adore the speaker’s looks.
If you read my review of the Fluance T85 Reference Turntable, I did pair the Ai60’s with their top end turntable to pleasing results. And I’m super excited to put the Ai60’s through their paces in a few different configurations! Stay tuned!