Best Buys Audio & AV from Australia reviews our Special Forty hi-fi speakers; the birch veneer and their sound reproduction garnered high praise. We’ve collected our favourite quotes from the review below:
We first heard the Special Forty on demo at the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show, proving they could combine finesse with out-and-out dynamism, and looking replendent in the red birch finish.
The stripes of the veneer vary quite dramatically in colour on the grey version because these are not age rings, as you might think — they are too straight and uniform, for one thing. Rather multiple layers of birch wood have been coloured and compressed in blocks before slicing sideways to produce this striping effect. Heaven knows how it all stays together; we salute the craftsfolk who achieved the effect, prior to the piano lacquer being applied.
The Special Forty is an exceptional standmount worthy of its anniversary status, with dynamics, tone and imaging highest on their list of strengths.