This is our latest and top of the „EV-series“ model, the Reference ONE. Michael Kraske developed this model around the idea of a wide-band, closed cabinet speaker. Knowing about the tonal balance and richness that a full-range speaker can reproduce, not willing to accept the lack of bass and presence of high percentage of distortion.
So the paper-cone, symmetrical drive mid-woofer is accompanied by a 1“ tweeter and 12“ long-throw subwoofer. The mid-woofers slices-cone prevents effectively cone breakups, so it is playing from 50 Hz and blending over gently to the tweeter creating a speaker with full-range characteristic – but with punchy bass down to 25 Hz and extended treble smooth as silk. As always with Credo Audio speakers, we achieved linear impedance and a high efficiency (of 87.6 dB), making it an easy load for amplifiers.
I think this speaker will appeal to folks who value a portrayal with lots of detail and texture, accompanied by a slammin’ low end and pinpoint imaging. The Credo EV Reference One is satisfying at low and moderate levels and when accompanied by good clean power, it rocked as hard as the best of ’em.
The Credo EV Reference One exudes a confident precision in its sonic portrayal, without any additional sweet talkin’. And at $30,000 a pair they carry a high-end price tag, but are still a fair ask for something in this performance class—just don’t expect lots of romance and pillow talk.
The tonality, imaging, and low distortion of the Credo EV Reference One speakers are classy enough for orchestral recordings however, I found them to be a bit more engaging with other genres. For fans of modern and classic rock, EDM, jazz, and pop, do yourself a favor: find a dealer and give them a serious audition.
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