"If you need a compact speaker that allows your music to breathe, that’s big on expression, big on intimacy and communication but isn’t phased by big or loud, then the Alumine 2 could be just what you’re looking for."

"Turning to music that plays to traditional small-speaker strengths, it’s no surprise to find the Stenheims reveling in the opportunity offered. A Petite Bande recording of Corelli Concerti Grossi [Deutche Harmonia Mundi/Sony Music 88750 37502] has all of the structure and precision you’d expect from these baroque masterpieces, but is also full of the characteristic body, life and energy that inform this orchestra’s work. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s performance of Handel Arias [Avie AV0030] has an astonishingly natural vocal quality, her enunciation and articulation making what can be arcane music both immediate and affecting, the range and purity of her mezzo-soprano voice a perfect contrast to the studied poise of the period accompaniment from Harry Bicket and the OAE.

But before you go getting the idea that these speakers are all about polite classical performance (in every sense of that phrase), just play something that’s seriously rude -- at least in recording and production terms. How about the impromptu Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch duet "I’ll Fly Away" from the Down From The Mountain concert [Lost Highway 088 170221-2]? The separation of the voices, the pace and attack of the guitar and mandolin, the chemistry that exists between the performers, all are clearly apparent and, in their own way, point directly to what makes the Alumine Two such an impressive performer: its ability, irrespective of scale or genre, to cut to the core of and communicate the sense and purpose in the performance. It’s the way in which this speaker allows each performer and each performance both to reveal its own voice and to speak for itself that places it in a very select group indeed. To do so from such a small enclosure and at the same time with such convincing dynamics and scale, yet to place such an easy load on the driving amplifier, make the Alumine Two unique, at least in my experience."

by Roy Gregory  March 1, 2017

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