The Tempo is Audio Physics’ more endearing series. And the pair you see here is the one that started it all. This was the original model which just had one 6.5″ woofer and one 1″ tweeter. The simplicity in design and execution is what brought the Tempo into stardom. It was able to seamlessly playback all kinds of music with a certain smoothness, rich textures and sweet highs that draws each listener to its magical realm. Bass depth may not be as deep as later Tempo models which had additional woofers firing from the side but the Tempo was adequate enough to compete with similarly price competing brands. Audiophiles who were looking for monitor speakers tend to favor the Tempo because it had the quality of a monitor speaker with an “integrated stand/column”. Bass response does reach down to a satisfying 35Hz when called for but bass nuts who wants room shaking bass will find it lacking. Vocals and soundstaging were Tempo’s strong point and when paired with quality hifi gears and positioned correctly, can really steal the limelight from other sub-$1,000 speakers (based on our used asking price). Its original $3,800 MSRP back in the late Nineties was very pricey for its time but now you can own that high level of quality for much less.
Speakers are easy to drive with a nominal impedance of 8 ohm and a sensitivity of 91dB. Recommended power is between 20W-150W.
Cosmetically, the speakers looks nice. Some scuff marks, knicks here and there and two minor rear corner dings that are age appropriate. We don’t have the original packaging but will securely pack them for safe shipping.