The Radian was a bargain in its day with its original $10,500 MSRP. Massively overbuilt (each speaker weighs about 180lbs) with an impeccable finish and woodwork and a truly exceptional sound easily made this one of the best buys for under $20,000. It was a “crowd” favorite among many audiophiles and reviewers and continues to be even this day. Unlike the Ascent MKII we have, the crossovers are placed inside the speaker instead of being housed in its separate cabinet which will take up more space in your room and adds more cables in the setup. The Radian is also a bigger speaker – 48″ tall, 12″ wide and 20″ deep and has four drivers instead of three in the Ascent MKII. Frequency response is between 34Hz to 24KHz and has a nominal impedance of 4 ohms and a sensitivity of 88dB. It likes power so the recommended minimum is 50W but more is always better. We drove them with a pair of Ayre MX-R monoblocks that puts out 600W in 4 ohms and the Radian sounded incredible. Soundstage was huge and tightly focused with abundant amounts of bass. The mid-range was rich with a varied texture that really brought out the essence in the music which was then finished off with accurately detailed highs. Between it and the Ascent MKII, which cost $7,000 more, it was tough telling them apart. But for the money, we would put out Benjamins on the Radian for its superior value proposition.
Cosmetically, the speakers are in really nice shape. Minor scuff marks and some tiny knicks along the bottom edge of the speakers that you would need to get up close to notice. Jumper cables are included so a pair of speaker cables with spades are all you need to get them to sing. We don’t have the original crates but will strap on a pallet for safe shipping. Pickup from our store is preferred.