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Eclipse TD 307PA II Review

If you take your music seriously, even whilst you’re sitting at your desk working away, then a decent set of stereo desktop speakers is a must have.

The Eclipse TD 307PA II are a fine example, except rather than simply settling for being decent they are truly spectacular. The Eclipse TD 307PA II speakers exemplify both stunning design and equally stunning sound quality and condense both into a tidy, no-frills package that should appeal to any self proclaimed minimalist out there.

I tested the glossy black TD 307PA IIs, a set that consists of two identical desktop TD307 II speakers which are capable of producing a stunningly full range of sound from just a single driver. Backing them up and justifying the “PA” designation in the product name (pre-amped, I presume?) is the TDA501II amplifier which takes RCA or 3.5mm audio inputs (switchable using a small metal flip switch) and does nothing but offer crystal clear amplification and volume control. Indeed, the TD501II amplifier offers no tone controls or equalisers which TD believe will “disturb its outstanding phase characteristics” and which would, surely, interrupt its beautiful, clean aesthetic.

Lack of such things, however, does not compromise the stunning sound output of the Eclipse TD 307 speakers which is punchy and clear with more than enough bass to warrant the purchase of the TD subwoofer unnecessary. I’ve always hated having to find somewhere to put a sub, anyway.

Suffice to say, I love these speakers and would grab the Black or Silver ones to complement a new iMac instead of the unbearably over popular JBL or Harmon Kardon alternatives.

Friday, September 11th, 2009, Home Entertainment, Personal Computing.