Eclipse TD307PAII review: Eclipse TD307PAII

Typical Price: £400.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Sound quality; design; customisable position.

The Bad Inability to retain audio quality at high volumes.

The Bottom Line The desktop speakers for the audio purist, but an expensive option. The inability to retain audio quality at very high volumes may anger anyone looking to invest in a powerful all-rounder, but audiophiles, home recordists and purists after sonic accuracy will consider this a good investment

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8.3 Overall

The speakers that came with your PC are likely to do the job of playing Windows error beeps satisfactorily, but what about when you want to fire up some Beethoven, James Blunt or Slayer?

Eclipse's TD307PAII setup isn't your average PC audio solution. At £400 it has been engineered to produce the most sonically accurate reproduction of music as is possible. It comprises a pair of TD307II speakers and a TDA501II amplifier -- each available separately if desired.

A massive amount of engineering has gone into producing these egg-shaped treats, but was it a waste of precious time?

There's no kidding that these are snazzy little devils. They're beautifully designed and ornately finished, with a thick glossy enclosure and the build-quality of the finest war machine. Not only can they be set beside your new MacBook Air or even your whopping great XPS, they can be mounted on a wall or even the ceiling, thanks to the adjustable stand and built-in mounting bracket.

Stylish also is the accompanying amp. Rated at 12W, this pyramid-esque system may look like a trendy electric pencil sharpener from the 80s, but it's actually a very capable amp with extremely low levels of distortion. The power brick is kept away from the electronics so as to assist the sonic accuracy of the sounds it's producing.

This brings us to sound quality. The speakers themselves utilise a single full-range driver, meaning no dedicated woofer and tweeter for lows and highs. This eliminates the need for a crossover, something Eclipse believes introduces an element of distortion into reproduced audio. To avoid the speakers colouring the sound, the driver is unattached to the enclosures. Instead, they're mounted directly on to the speaker stand, with air from behind the driver being released through an exhaust port to the rear.

Each driver is balanced in its output, with good degrees of separation between instruments. Feist's hit '1234' has been wonderfully recorded, and the Eclipses reproduce the studio with warmth and feeling. Turn the lights off, and visualising every musician's position on the stage is simple. The small group of clappers, the subtle tambourine, that unique banjo sound... they're all performing in front of your desk, or may as well be.

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