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Jean Marie Reynaud Evolution 3 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 May 2004
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Jean Marie Reynaud Evolution 3 Loudspeakers
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Introduction
ImageRecently, while perusing new and different speaker products, our editor at Audiorevolution came across a French speaker brand called Jean Marie Reynaud that piqued my interest. Due to logistics, our best opportunity to review this product was at a local audio/video retailer, Evolution Audio in Agoura Hills, California. Jean Marie Reynaud had been around since 1967 and is one of France’s most respected specialty audio manufactures.

The $3,890 Evolution 3 speakers from Jean Marie Reynaud immediately caught my attention when I walked into the room at Evolution where they were on display. The speakers filled the room with a solid, soulful soundstage. The speakers themselves are somewhat diminutive floor-standing speakers, with beech-veneered cabinets that stand 42 inches high, eight inches wide and 12 inches deep. One of the first things I noticed visually was that the tweeters were situated in their own bullet-shaped enclosures on top of the rectangular cabinet box, reminiscent of the B&W Nautilus line of speakers.

The driver complement consists of a one-and-one-tenth-inch polyamide tweeter with a large anti-vortex phase plug. The woofer, which is normally hidden behind a removable black cloth grille at the top of the cabinet, is a six-and-three-quarter-inch aerogel, dual-coil, dual-surround, dual-magnet design. That, coupled with a unique transmission line, helps achieve the Evolution 3’s frequency response of 35Hz to 20kHz.

This transmission line vents to the bottom front of the rigid enclosure. The port itself is a small rectangular opening that is progressively coupled to the air outside the cabinet to reduce the port’s sonic signature. Another innovative feature of the Evolution 3 is its crossover system that makes this a two-driver, three-way speaker system, according to Jean Marie Reynaud. In fact, this system is similar in concept to what some manufacturers on this side of the pond call a two-way system, in that there is a high-frequency driver and two identical mid-woofers with one crossed-over lower than the other. In this specific instance, the two mid-woofers are the same six-and-three-quarter-inch drivers with two voice coil and magnet assemblies.

Set-up
My audition of the speakers took place in one of the listening rooms at Evolution Audio, so they were already professionally set up, broken in and tuned. The tube-driven playback system consisted of the Lector CDP 7TL ($3,290) CD player, the Lector ZOE ($1,890) preamplifier and the VAC Renaissance 30/30 amplifier. The speakers were placed well into the damped room, approximately eight feet apart.


 

 
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