DAVONE: Just 29 inches tall, the Davone Ray-S speaker is a force to be reckoned with

STEVE GUTTENBERG writes .....

Beautifully crafted in Denmark, the Davone Ray-S, speakers' sound looms large.

Most of my favorite floor-standing high-end speakers are big and tall, but the Davone Ray-S sits low to the floor -- it's a mere 29 inches high mounted on its steel stand. The Ray-S is a thoroughly modern, truly elegant design.

This wide stance beauty is handcrafted in Denmark; it's a three-way design with an 8-inch woofer, 4-inch midrange and 1-inch tweeter residing in a 16-layer beechwood cabinet. The speaker's rear end is covered in genuine cowhide leather, and there's a large bass port and a high-quality speaker wire connector on the rear baffle. The speaker and stand together weigh 59.5 pounds, and it's a 4-ohm-impedance design.

The Ray-S is a significant upgrade over the original but otherwise identical Davone Ray, which was a two-way design. I've heard that one many times, and the Ray-S is a much better sounding speaker.

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