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Induction Dynamics S1.8T Tower Speakers Deliver Impressive Results

Induction Dynamics' S1.8Ts are a full-range, three-way design that uniquely places the dual 8-inch woofers at the top and bottom of the array, flanking a 1.125-inch soft-dome tweeter and 3-inch soft-dome midrange driver. The arrangement helps deliver a balanced, natural response.


Induction Dynamics S1.8T Speaker
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When MSE Audio’s Ken Hecht helped install a pair of S1.8T tower speakers from the company’s Induction Dynamics brand, he had me turn off the computer-aided room correction equalization of my preamplifier/processor. As he began positioning the speakers, their unaided neutral, uniform tone began speaking for itself.

The ID S1.8Ts are a full-range, three-way design that uniquely places the dual 8-inch woofers at the top and bottom of the array, flanking a 1.125-inch soft-dome tweeter and 3-inch soft-dome midrange driver. The arrangement helps deliver a balanced, natural response that was evident in my modest room.

Paired with Clarus Crimson speaker cables and Anthem’s Statement D2v pre/pro and beefy P5 amplifier, I was impressed at how much louder and clearer my old turntable played through the S1.8Ts even when the volume knob was lower than usual. Power is not a problem with these monoliths, though I wonder if even better results could be achieved if the speakers included bi-wiring provisions.

Their size at nearly 54 inches tall could relegate them to a dedicated listening room over multipurpose settings. That said, Induction Dynamics takes great care to spruce up a simple yet elegant design, finishing the wood with a dozen layers of piano-black gloss (finishes and colors can be custom-matched to virtually anything). I typically prefer to look at the drivers, but in this case I thought the grille dressed the cabinet nicely.

The S1.8Ts presented not only a broad, detailed soundstage but one that very much captured dimension. Listening to Bob Dylan’s “You’re a Big Girl Now” from Blood on the Tracks on vinyl, the imaging placed Dylan and his musicians with precision, the singer just off center and percussion seemingly a few feet behind him. Gentle acoustic guitars sounded properly (and crisply) weighted in the mix out of the left and right speaker channels.

S1.8T Three-Way Tower Speaker
Height: 53-7/8”
Width: 10.5”
Depth: 10”
Weight: 61 lbs
Crossover Type: S4X 4th Order
Crossover Frequencies (Hz): 500 Hz; 3.7 kHz}
Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms (2.5 Minimum)
Frequency Response (Hz): 36Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1M): 90 dB
SPL (1W/1M): 87 dB
Power Handling (Watts): 400 W
Tweeter: 1.125” high-power soft dome
Midrange: 3” Soft dome
Woofer: 2x8” Kevlar cone with coated foam surround
Enclosure Ported
MSRP: $11,500-$13,000/pair

For kicks I put on a distinctly non-audiophile LP of Van Halen’s 5150 and it felt like Eddie Van Halen was right in front of me. His shredding on “Get Up” sounded extra crunchy, while Sammy Hagar’s piercing vocals were utterly clear and open. Transients ability came through well during a workout of Phish’s frequently pace-changing “Time Turns Elastic,” a track that also underscored the airy authority to the speakers’ vocal delivery.

The Induction Dynamics towers proved just that - dynamic, and effortlessly so (frequency response is rated between 36Hz to 20kHz). They reproduced the dual drumming of Phil Collins and Chester Thompson on Genesis’ “In the Cage” medley of Three Sides Live (on vinyl) with a vigor that I’ve been unable to hear my system previously accomplish.

On the other end of the format spectrum, the speakers maximized both MP3s and high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz files. They brought out a reverberant liveliness to some of Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What 24/96 tunes, on the Flamenco-like guitar that begins “Rewrite” and bubbly percussion of “Dazzling Blue,” for instance. On Rush’s Moving Pictures Blu-ray, Geddy Lee’s bass during “YYZ” thundered without definition loss.

What’s impressive is the speakers can do all of that at low listening levels, which makes for an enjoyable evening for parents like me with young children. And that audio quality-hungry demographic is in most CE pros’ wheelhouses right now.





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