Reviews, Press and Testimonials
FIRST REVIEW PUBLISHED ON SOUNDSTAGE AUSTRALIA 15/05/2019
“The main impression Microphase SAT MkII Signature speakers left on me was their remarkably accurate mid-range sound reproduction, to a degree that they can expose any deficiencies in your hi-fi chain, and particularly in your power amplifier. When you audition these speakers, and with all other components being top-notch, you will in all probability really audition your power amplifier instead. Do not let their small size fool you: Signatures need power, crave power, breathe power, and plenty of current to be exact.
In summary, I think the Microphase Audio Design SAT Mk.II Signatures are high-quality speakers well worthy of your attention, especially if you’re pressed for space, keeping in mind that your Hi-Fi chain has to be of equally high quality to give them justice, and your power amplifier in particular."
Full review here: https://www.soundstageaustralia.com/index.php/reviews/283-microphase-audio-design-sat-mkii-loudspeakers
Vedran Suminovic - SoundstageAustralia
More testimonials and comments
"Gobsmacking that these little speakers could hold their own in a very big room. Truely impressive. Big sound & imaging can come from beautiful and small little boxes. This was fun and rewarding!"
Fredrik U. - after a 3 hour listening session in his 60m2 room
What I liked:
· Surprising dynamics
· Stunning detail and micro-detail
· Arresting attack at notes’ leading edge
· Wide sound stage and good image specificity
· Very ‘live’ sounding
Some things that are not quite what I’m used to. This are my biases so purely subjective and meant as constructive comments.
. I’m used to a somewhat softer top end. I found the speakers very sibilant compared to what I’m used to and what I consider neutral.
Both versions, but the Signature less so.
· This in my opinion, affected the tonal qualities towards a “toppy” sound that is, to me, less natural and not as I hear live unamplified instruments.
· This same issue affects the “body” of the midrange frequencies. This is relieved by the use of the subwoofer but I’m talking about the speakers
as standalone products.
· It would seem from my observations above that the upper mids and highs are somewhat forward and the lower mids shelved down.
Edgar Kramer - Editor-in-Chief - SoundStage! Australia - after a two hour listening session in Sydney
As a semi-professional musician (double bass player and vocalist) and long-time speaker builder, I was keen to hear Jean-Marie's latest creations. After a couple of hours of listening, here are my impressions:
- Diminutive in size but not in presence. Attack, clarity and micro-detail is very excellent, all without feeling clinical, dry or fatiguing.
- Bright, but in a good way; cymbals ring and decay very realistically, and instruments like saxophones bark with their inherent rawness that's heard on-stage but not from the cheap seats.
- Coupled and blended properly with a conservative sub yields a very natural sound, lacking any sense of artificial bloat that some speakers exhibit; in fact, I initially found myself waiting for them to 'jump' out at me, only to realise after a while that I had been anticipating (in vain) for the 'inevitable' hotspots to reveal themselves. The top-end, in particular, I found to be brilliant; yes, it's there in spades, but is exceedingly natural. I didn't find myself hearing the tweeter, which Jean-Marie accredited to the speakers' linear phase response and therefore detail (that he's particularly proud of). After a while, I was only hearing the music, not a well-transduced version of it.
- Notable was that Jean-Marie wasn't augmenting the system with super high-end tweaks; cable was decent but not spectacular (nor eye-wateringly expensive) Monster cable. Amplification to the Microphases was an NAD integrated used as preamp only with a vintage Bryston 3B as power amp. Source was an Oppo Universal Player. The point is: This was nice but, in hi-fi terms, reasonable pedestrian stuff, and the speakers still sounded amazing. Kind of boggles the mind what they might do with an expensive set-up...
Note from M.A.D: listening on a much more expensive system with Yamaha CD transport, external DAC and 15k$ Gryphon amp was not extraordinarily different...
- Small size, slight breakaway from the standard box shape (with the large chamfered edges) and interesting looks means less chance of upsetting the spouse.
- The small driver size won't give you access to the upper limits of dynamic range and SPL without some degree of driver compression, but these are about finesse and detail, not shock and awe (although are certainly not incapable of generating decent SPL's in the kind of room they're designed for).
- As always, poor quality recordings are quickly shown for what they are (but high quality versions absolutely shine).
- I didn't get to hear them without low end augmentation, but I'd imagine it's largely essential for the full experience.
Overall, highly desirable indeed.
Paul Sun - Swing In Good Time - after spending 3 hours at our listening room in Sydney
Various visitors comments
« memorable «
« how can these small speakers produce such a big and precise sound? »
« beautiful design, very Danish »
« what’s your secret? » 50 years of experience 😜
"Au delà des caractéristiques et des techniques mises en œuvre pour aboutir à ce résultat musical surprenant de vérité, ces enceintes avec des dimensions et un espace « ridiculement réduit » proposent de très hautes performances musicales et se comportent comme de « très grandes ».
"Besides the specifications and the technologies implemented to achieve this surprising musical result, these speakers with their ridiculously small dimensions offer outstanding musical reproduction performance and sound like much bigger ones"
Jean-Jacques Capello - Point Musiques.
"There is a lot to like about both the Microphase SAT MK2 and the recently completed Signature version. They both benefit from a relatively small size which assists with soundstage projection. While unconventional, the 3-way design with the bass driver located at the back of each cabinet combined with careful driver selection has delivered a very musical speaker which easily extract the emotion of a recording in a very satisfying way. For a full range experience a subwoofer works well with the SAT MK2s to deliver the bottom octaves, however they can still hold their own in smaller rooms with careful placement. The Microphase SAT MK2 Signature version builds on what is already a very competent design to deliver further refinement by tightening up the presentation, this tightening delivers a lowering of the noise floor allowing for an increased perceived transparency.
The SAT MK2 speakers give one of the best musical performances I've heard in a long time. They are the most exciting and amazing speakers I've the chance to listen to. They play beautiful and natural music with only 2 very very little boxes. It's absolutely M.A.D! Wonderful and unforgettable speakers that show that less is more :-)))
Hervé Brasebin/AudioNec - after spending 2 hours at our open house on May 27th, 2018 in Warluis
As an audiophile and an architecture student, I’m firstly very sensitive to the sound quality but also to the design. And I admit that the first time I saw the SAT MK2, they completely catched both my eyes and ears. The sounds is really impressive, precise and clear, amazingly considering the super small size. I find the design simple and minimalist, just going straight to the point. Sure they will make my perfect next loudspeakers !
Matthieu Brasebin / Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) - EPFL - Copenhagen - Denmark
Posted September 11, 2018
"I was quite amazed at the quality of the tweeters in these small speakers! One of the sweetest high frequency drivers I have heard in many years. ... or perhaps, it's Jean - Marie's magic touch that made them sound so good? These are highly specialized transducers, targeting (as we were told), the smallish Parisian apartment environment where, I am sure, will sound even better from the excellent sounds we heard on Sunday.One has to consider the fact, these little 'gems' did their magic without the help of any special multi $$$$$ cabling or power line conditioners etc etc.My final thoughts were, Jean - Marie presented an 'honest' product - what you see is what you get - that communicated very well with the listeners an made music thoroughly an enjoyable event!
Jean - Marie should be proud of his creation!"
Arthur from The Sydney Audio Club
October 2018 - International Hifi Show - Melbourne
Microphase Audio Design exhibited the extremely capable SAT Mk.II Signature monitor (AU$3500) with its dedicated subwoofer (AU$2800/pair). Big sound, small form factor. Designer extraordinaire Jean-Marie Liere proudly stands by his creations
Edgar Kramer/SoundStage! Australia
Every year there’s a surprise at the show. This time around it came by way of Microphase Audio Design (Sydney) and its show debut. @microphaseaudiodesign | Playing in the room were the $3500 SAT Mk2 Signature bookshelf’s sitting on the $2800 SWS Mk2 Signature subwoofers. Anyone with a small room or apartment should make a note to hear these
Peter Familari, Jason DeBono, StereoNet