Eclipse TD307PAII Review

We come across many speaker systems here at Macworld, ranging from average to stunning.

Most of the speaker systems that fall into the ‘stunning’ camp are designed for home entertainment: either as part of a home cinema system, or as an iPod-integrated replacement for your home stereo.

So the Eclipse TD307PAII is a refreshing and welcome change from the norm. This speaker system is clearly high-end in both purpose and execution (not to mention price) and is designed with your Mac firmly in mind. It is, frankly, the best speaker system for your computer we’ve seen in a long while.

There’s a lot of technology going on inside the Eclipse. The speakers themselves are egg-shaped. According to Eclipse, the design produces the strongest case housing and minimises the resonation that affects sound. The lack of flat surfaces in the case also minimises resonating effect. The strange curved stand also works to minimise vibrations by driving them out of the speaker and down onto the table.

Inside the shell is housed a singe drive that is decoupled from the enclosure and mounted on a single stand. A heavy anchor sits on the back of the speaker; again to minimise movement.

The overall aim from Eclipse seems to be a driver that produces very little vibration; and what little is produced isn’t passed on to the casing, and what little is passed to the casing is absorbed and sent down the stand instead of ‘warming’ or ‘colouring’ the sound.

The result is a remarkably clear sound system that enables you to pick out individual noises and locate sounds in a seemingly 3D space around your Mac. While it’s clearly better for noises at the higher end of the spectrum (it’s certainly no bass-station) we can’t help but remain truly impressed by the sound produced by the TD307PAII.

While the Eclipse TD307PAII’s produces remarkable sound, it does so in a very isolated space – essentially in a two-foot area around the Mac. While it is capable of (just) filling a room, the impressive sound quality diminishes rapidly if you move away from your computer.

We mention this just in case anybody is tempted to purchase these speakers to create a Mac-based stereo system. This, we feel, is a mistake. These speakers are clearly designed with Mac-based musicians in mind and a pair of Eclipse TD307PAII’s will be indispensable to users of GarageBand or Logic.

OUR VERDICT

At £400 for a Mac amplifier and set of two speakers, the Eclipse TD307PAII’s are hardly an impulse purchase. However, we are truly impressed by the clarity of audio they produce and feel they will make a fine addition to the desktop of any Mac-based musician.

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