Speaker Epic M 12i

Are if you an audiophile monitor for true high end in small spaces and for under 1000 euros. Voila: The epic M 12i could be comfortably to the new legend.

  1. Speaker epic M 12i
  2. Data sheet

Audiophile Bookshelf to 1000 euro are really rare. Where are they, the successor to the legendary LS 3/5a? Because as authentic, as exciting as the venerable BBC legend who plays? The Linn Majik 109 (2/09) has what it takes. Or the also beyond doubt Dynaudio focus 110 (9/05).
Or perhaps the epic M 12 in the new “improved” – version. Developed and produced in China epic in the English Hempstead already impressed by the unpacking on: with heavy body and perfect veneer. However, even their predecessors could score. The drivers are new to the ‘ i ‘ version: tweeter with aluminum dome tweeter, bass driver with high absorbing polypropylene membrane. This plastic has come under boxes developers though somewhat out of fashion, but epic pursues the ideal of so little soft as humanly possible. In the case of the M 12i means: only a capacitor (plus resistance to the level matching) can be found from the tweeter. Nothing else.
So there’s a music, its frequency response falls off by itself at the transition frequency. Done by a sharply-rising voice coil inductance or with a high weight of membrane – or by a combination of both.
Both not is really good for a perfect reproduction, however. However, the absence of any crossover components before the low-midrange driver makes this quasi active – control of the power amplifier via the 7-incher is therefore optimal.
The absence of bass coil is quite visible at the frequency response curve (increase between 700 and 2500 Hertz) – and can be heard. Especially the high impulse fidelity and the clear detail of the entire root area withdraw the epic from the most compact – also much more expensive – beneficial. Through her bloated upper bass, also a LS 5/5a wanted to represent more than she could actually. The epic plays here to length precise, powerful and nuanced.
This honesty in complex Horn sections is particularly striking. As present, so clear, so detail finely fanned and real had heard the intro of “Thank you, hats off” by the other people translated quintet as a small box from the listen crew only rarely. But also voices like that of Lizz Wright in “Speak Your Heart” (stereoplaySACD “Ultimate Tunes”) were wonderfully open.
Ask about weaknesses? In the bass makes the pressure you would expect, the slight presence of the centers will be leveled at installation close to a wall. Only it should dissolve in the heights a little finer…
However, this epic is one of the most exciting sound transducer in its class. Also because she perfectly harmonises with so enchanting tube amps such as the lyric TI 60 (3/09) as one of the rare 8-ohm models. Or with the small Creek amplifier (4/09). Feat: Michael Creek is also epic-owner – should fit the devices already together.
EPIC M 12 i

Manufacturer EPIC
Price €800.00
Rating 44.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Width 18.5 cm
Height 37.5 cm
Depth 25.0 cm
Weight: 8.1 kg
Installation tip: close to the wall, preferably not in the shelf, for rooms maximum 20 square metres up to
Measured values
Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL 5.0 V
Impedance minimum stp 6.3 ohms
Maximum volume upper value 104 dB
Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz) 104 dB
Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 60 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 47 Hz
Review
Short conclusion Great compact box finished with top sound: open, dynamic and precise. Perfect high end for small rooms and small purses
Sound Top-class
Naturalness 11
Fine resolution 9
Border dynamics 6
Bass quality 7
Figure 11
Sound points (70 points) 44
Measured values 6
Practice 4
Valency 7
Overall rating (max. 120 points) good 61
Price / performance outstanding
tested in output 4 / 09

 

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