|Jean Marie Reynaud Evolution 3 Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Saturday, 01 May 2004|
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The Evolution 3s are perfectly suited for reproducing most, but not all, types of music. The Evolution 3s can sound slightly smooth and can lack immediacy for those looking for a musical adrenaline rush. They were very detailed and sweet and portrayed most music with great accuracy, yet for lovers of rock, you might find yourself a gear short of racetrack nirvana. I also noted during my listening that extremely high volumes pose a challenge, causing over-extension and break-up due to dynamic compression. Accordingly, if the majority of your listening material is rock ‘n’ roll or fast-paced jazz and you like to listen at concert levels, the Evolution 3s may not be for you. While I did not have a chance to listen to other speakers in the Jean Marie Reynaud line, they make larger speakers that may have many of the Evolution 3’s traits while being able to retain their dynamic range at higher volumes.
The Evolution 3 is an extremely musical speaker that, despite its fairly small floor-standing stature had a relatively extended frequency range. The speakers remained smooth and polished, reproducing nearly everything without strain. It is, however, this seemingly effortless sonic reproduction capability that also forms the basis of my only sonic criticism of lacking energy to reproduce paint off the ceiling rock without the biggest of power amps. On the other hand, these speakers are very well suited for long listening sessions with many types of music, especially those featuring acoustic instruments. I should note that very few if any speakers in this price class handle all types of music perfectly. That rare class happens most often in the higher-priced products. As with most all audio/video products, there are compromises and the best decision is based on your particular listening preferences.
Anyone listening to the Evolution 3 will be rewarded with a wide soundstage filled with solid, palpable sources, each with their own sense of space. You will feel as though you are sitting a bit farther from the performance, so if you are the person who is always sitting in the front row, these may not be the speakers for you. If you enjoy listening to live acoustic music from the middle of the auditorium, picking out the details that make a large coherent soundstage come alive, then you should give the Evolution 3s a close listen. I found them to be one of the more enjoyable-sounding speakers in their price class.