F5 reviewed by CNET.com


Berlin, June 11, 2013

Steve Guttenberg from CNET recently had put the F5 onto his desk to see how it does in comparison to his Emotiva speakers he is used to. Please read a passage from that review below.

“I’ve raved about Emotiva and various Audioengine desktop speakers many times on this blog, but the F5 is better – it’s my new desktop reference. It’s a higher resolution speaker, it’s more detailed sounding, has fuller bass, and a more open, boxless sound than the competition in its price class. […]

The speaker is remarkably clear but somehow avoids sounding harsh with any decently recorded music. The warm-ish sound balance flatters a wide range of genres, and the F5 has a more open quality that I’ve heard from any desktop speaker I’ve tested at home. Brian Eno’s “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” album revealed new layers of spatial depth, and the bass definition and low-end drive on Bob Marley’s “In Dub, Vol 1″ album was pitch-perfect. Switching over to the Emotiva Airmotiv 4 speakers, the sound was brighter, more immediate and present, but also smaller, with less bass extension. The F5s’ sound is more refined, and dare I say it, relaxed. I listened for hours at a time, and the F5s never irritated. I could also listen at quieter volume levels than with the Airmotiv 4s and never feel like I was missing detail or resolution.”

Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, May 25, 2013

You can find the full review here.