Piega AP-3 Speaker System and Arcam Solo Movie 5.1 System At A Glance & Ratings: Piega

At A Glance: Piega AP-3 Speaker System

Subwoofer: P SUB 1 MKII
Connections: Line-level, stereo in/out, LFE in, speaker-level in/out
Enclosure Type: Sealed
Woofer (size in inches, type): 10.2, carbon-fiber-reinforced paper cone
Power Rating (watts): 500 RMS
Crossover Bypass: No
Available Finishes: Aluminum with Black or Gray Grille
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 18 x 13.5 x 17
Weight (pounds): 92.6
Price: $3,600

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Speaker: AP-3
Type: Two-way
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1 x 1.63, aluminum foil ribbon
Woofer (size in inches, type): 4, carbon-fiber-reinforced paper cone (2)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 4
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 20–150
Available Finishes: Brushed Aluminum, White Varnish, Anthracite; Grilles in Black, White, or Gray
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 16 x 9.9 x 5.2
Weight (pounds): 13.2$1,400/each with brackets

Ratings: Piega AP-3 Speaker System

Build Quality: 95 Excellent
• Extruded aluminum enclosure is super tough
• Metal cladding also used in heavyweight subwoofer

Value: 85 Average
• Materials and parts make this an expensive speaker
• At this price, you might start thinking in-wall

Features: 90 Good
• Aluminum ribbon tweeter for sweet, airy high frequencies
• Binding posts will accept just about any cable termination

Performance: 90 Good
• A top end worthy of well-recorded orchestral music
• More highs with the grilles off
• Disciplined bass

Ergonomics: 92 Good
• Can be mounted vertically or horizontally
• Wall brackets are included
• Cool, distinctive look

Overall Rating: 90 Good
Most on-wall speakers look better than they sound (except the ones that don't even get that far). Piega's AP-3 builds a sweet ribbon driver into a metal enclosure that will provide sound quality worthy of your prized flat-panel HDTV.

General Information
AP-3 On-Wall Speaker, $1,400/each; P SUB 1 MKII Subwoofer, $3,600
U.S. Distributor: Audiophile Systems