Review by Andrew Quint Apr 19th 2023, The Absolute Sound
It was my enviable task to spend quality time with two loudspeakers in Audiovector’s premium R-Series, the R3 floorstander ($13,500, Issue 305) and the standmount/bookshelf R1 ($7250, Issue 319). The R1 and R3 are each available in three versions and, in both instances, I reviewed the top Arreté model that employs the Danish manufacturer’s best Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter and its Freedom Concept mechanical-grounding system, which increases the cost of each by $850. When Robert Harley proposed a review of the flagship in Audiovector’s “entry level”—the company’s term—QR Series, I readily took the assignment. But, on a sunny October morning when Audiovector’s Brand Manager P.J. Zornosa pulled the two boxes containing the three-way, four-driver QR 7s from the back of his well-traveled Honda Pilot, I’ll admit that some doubts began to arise.
Would these speakers be a disappointment after I’d twice experienced the “high-priced spread?” Would they ultimately feel like a… compromise? As I looked at, listened to, read about, and asked questions regarding the $6500-per-pair QR 7s, I was on the lookout for what those compromises might be.
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