About a year ago, our Executive Editor, Laurence Borden, reached out to me to discuss the possibility of reviewing a pair of satellite speakers with dedicated subwoofer from this little-known company called Dupuy Acoustique. Wanting to expand my scope of things I was reviewing I agreed to speak with designer Rudy Dupuy about his speakers and discuss the possibility of a full review. I have always been a big fan of the magic that satellite speakers are capable of bringing to the table. After a couple of conversations with Rudy, I agreed that these speakers would make for an interesting review, so I accepted. In fairly short order, a pair of Dupuy Acoustique Bongo speakers, dedicated stands, with the optional actively crossed over Sub-300 subwoofer arrived at my home.
Dupuy Acoustique is actually no newcomer to speaker design. Rudy and his team have been designing custom speakers for 30 years. In fact, as I would eventually discover, this experience coupled with Rudy’s professional background as an Architect, has made for an interesting take on speaker development as well as in the development of interesting acoustic treatments that extend beyond the scope of typical offerings from speaker designers. You will read more about this in a future article.
The current lineup of Dupuy Acoustique speakers consists of the entry level Kata, a 2-driver, 1.5 way, $2,500 pair of stand-mounted satellites complete with subwoofer; the top-of-the-line Conga, a $15,500, 4-piece (2-piece per side), 3-way speaker system design with an upper satellite-style module and a lower module containing dual woofers; and last, the middle-of-the-line Bongo satellite speakers, a $5,500, 2-way, 3-driver speaker that comes with dedicated stands and an optional active (Sub-300) $1,500 subwoofer.
The Bongo and companion Sub-300 subwoofer are the subject of this review.
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