So my birthday is coming up, well actually as I write this piece, I’m one hour away from turning 26.
I decided it was about time I treated myself to something nice and it was high time that I bought myself new audio equipment because I really needed some Hi-Fi speakers for all my music. After all, I’m an audiophile and music addict and I had a stupid Philips 2.1s – typical computer speakers – which sucked!
Anyway I ordered the Thonet & Vander Hoch 2.0 Hi-Fi Bookshelf speakers online because the reviews were good and it fit my budget. Let me say for 15,000 Rupees or 223$ these are a steal !
I was so excited and cautious about it breaking during transit that I paid 300 bucks extra just for some extra protective packaging.
If you’re looking for monitors then these speakers aren’t for you because these are bookshelf speakers for home audio and not pro audio. The reason I bought home audio speakers instead of pro audio monitors was because I prefer to listen more than produce. Yeah, my production has been minimal off late plus I haven’t really gone for a pro production course so I don’t need monitors as of now.
Let me tell you something -If it’s audio, trust Europeans to make something absolutely mind blowing. Don’t buy American or Canadian because they use different diaphragms for their speaker drivers i.e the material the diaphragm of the speaker is made of – and it’s a different shape so the sound you get wont be as crystal clear as European speakers.
Always trust European brands when it comes to Audio. You have the likes of DynAudio, Pro-Ject, Q Acoustics and of course Cambridge Audio. But all those are way too expensive but those are the best.
Anyway I wanted to start with something relatively cheap so I chose Thonet & Vander Audio – It’s a company with a great history dating back to 1949! That’s right 19 friggin 49!
Founded in Berlin in the middle of last century by Hannes Josef Einrich. A team of German engineers would go on to re-form it as T&V for mass production in the early 90’s. They started with handmade speakers and slowly moved up into factories.
Let me get straight to the speaker ->
The Thonet & Vander – HOCH 2.0
70W RMS (35W + 35W)
50Hz – 20kHz
Wooden box HDAA
460 x 181 x 230 mm
2 Woofer 5.25″
10 Ω 30W
6 Ω 24W
volume, treble, bass
350W Boom nuff said
Rating – 9/10
The primacy of straight lines with a flat surface of great height. Its angles are marked by organic curves, which give the speaker its versatility and personality.
Look and Feel
The Hoch speakers look fantastic. They’re really tall and elegant and the wooden casing makes it look classy. Very heavy because of the wood. They’re about as tall as my legs upto my knees and I’m 6 feet 1. So you get how tall these are. I chose black because well -All black everything haha – Black is classic.
Rating – 8.5/10
Added features –
This technology provides a clear and natural sound. It enhances the detail in the entire frequency range – It’s very detailed you can hear everything! After years of development they have managed to create a sound with greater fidelity, realistic and authentic. Enjoy your favorite songs in the purest way, without losing any detail.
Perfect for electronic music. This technology allows you to play the bass sounds in a deeper and adjusted way. It enables to magnify the impact of low frequencies, dynamically and deeply perceived, even when playing at a high volume. You can feel the beat of the bass impacting your body.
HDAA™ (HIGH DENSITY ACOUSTIC ABSORBER)
It is a natural polymer of high density that when combined, generates a more rigid and dense material than the MDF manufactured today. These properties prevent vibration and leakage of sound, enabling a more accurate, efficient and sustainable performance.
It is a technology that allows you to isolate the sound of external interference, allowing a pure and crystal clear sound flow without noises’ irruptions.
This protective cloth works as a shield,protecting the drivers from any damage and from all kinds of harmful agents. This helps to take care of both sound quality and equipment performance.
The Bass Reflex Sound enhances the sound expelled through the rear of the diaphragm. This way the resonance system increases the bass response of the controller and optimizes the efficiency and performance of low frequencies.
Its 1 inch tweeter is made entirely in silk**. This type of fiber is known for being very light and responsive, allowing to reproduce treble frequencies in a pure and crystalline way. The suspending ring also contains silk, which optimizes the accuracy by allowing extremely thin beats.
The speaker has two 5.25- inch woofers made entirely of aramid fiber in its characteristic yellow color. This material is extremely rigid and light, enabling a high performance. The upper suspension ring is made of highly elastic rubber, allowing larger displacement sensitivity and resistance to the beats of sound.
Easy. Very easy. Just 3 wires just connect them and your good to go!
NOW THE MAIN THING –>
Sound Quality –
Overwhelmingly powerful. The Hoch stands out for its purity and clarity when playing music at high volume. It is really loud so you’ll have to turn it down otherwise be prepared for your neighbors calling the police for “Disturbing the peace”. It achieves an excellent performance, and offers the amazing quality and power. It transformed my room into an auditorium and it allowed an enlarging surround sound. The listening experience is potent and exquisite. The sound is crystal clear, the treble is perfectly balanced, the bass is really loud so you’ll have to turn it down. Vocals sound brilliant. Beats are booming beautiful.
JUST A REMINDER THOUGH – KEEP THE SPEAKER VOLUME AT 100% and AUDIO TRACK VOLUME ON ABOUT 25% FOR OPTIMUM USE. IF BOTH ARE 100% YOU WILL EXPERIENCE DISTORTION AND BREAKING – Which is the case for all speakers for 200$. When I just bought them they weren’t tearing at max volume but now they are, anyway it gets really loud so you have to lower the audio track volume.
But at this price THERE IS NOTHING BETTER
Rating – 9/10
223$ !!! Really cheap and really value for money.
So as soon as I got these bad boys, I made a play-list of tracks to test them and they passed with flying colours. These tracks are a warm up and then a full on work out for your speakers. Hit play and test yours out now!
I am extremely happy and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift for myself on my 26th birthday! I love listening to music like this!! It’s bloody brilliant! All in all – one hell of a set of bookshelf speakers – power packed and crystal clear – HQ audio sounds marvellous. BUY IT ! For 15k INR it’s a fucking steal! If you want quality for cheap then just blindly trust these bunch of Germans they know exactly what they’re doing and have managed to engineer a set of mighty bad ass speakers!
BOTTOM LINE – For THIS PRICE i.e 223$ There isn’t anything better – BUY IT !
I really wanted the Pro-Ject Speakerbox but those are more expensive and have limited dealers in India. Anyway these will do for now…
All I need is an amp now which I’m going to buy soon from Chinese website http://www.fastech.com where it’s dirt cheap and I’m super set.