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Boston Acoustics M25 Loudspeaker Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
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Boston Acoustics M25 Loudspeaker Review 
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Conclusion

The only caveat I would offer for the M25 is that at 4 Ohms, and 86 Db rated sensitivity, they did require a good bit of amplifier power to get them going. I had on hand a Peachtree220 amplifier rated 200 wpc, and my McIntosh MA6600 offers up 250 wpc. They were more than sufficient. I would be wary of matching up the M25 with low powered amps, and would say 75 wpc and up would get the job done. Of course, amplifier and speaker match ups are always difficult to call, but this was my own experience.

 

Boston Acoustics M25

Conclusion:

The M25 are my new benchmark for sub $1000 two-way monitors. I can’t recommend them for an audition highly enough. The best part about reviewing is hearing what talented audio designers can do at the lower price points, especially in speakers.

The coherence, overall neutrality, and workmanship put it ahead of the pack for me. At $800 a pair, they are a steal. The amount of musical enjoyment per dollar is off the charts. The fact is I was able to partner the M25 with much more expensive electronics without any weaknesses being revealed. I now hope to review of one of the floorstanders in the M line. Hats of to Ken Ishiwata and the rest of the Boston Acoustics design team. The M25 is a great achievement.

 

Specifications



Boston Acoustics M25 loudspeaker: $399 (Each)
www.bostonacoustics.com

Nominal Impedance:4(3.6) ohms
Woofers: 1" EWB dome tweeter, 5 1/4" woofer
High-Frequency Driver 1" (2.5 cm) EWB dome
Recommended Amplifier Power: 50 - 200 watts
Sensitivity (1 watt (2.83v) at 1m): 86 dB
Frequency Response (+- 3dB): 62Hz - 30KHz



Review System 1


CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch w/ CIA VDC-SB power supply
via Ethernet to MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate
external drives.
DAC: Bryston BDA-1
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Audio Research SP16
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4, Opera Seconda
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids, Kimber KCTG (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Belkin Gold (USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner,Salamander rack

Review System 2


CD Player: Marantz 5003
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity V-DAC II
Preamp: Peachtree NovaPre
Power Amp: Peachtree220
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Genisis Silver Spiral (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Pangea Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold


 






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