Swedish company Audio Pro has been making audiophile equipment, mainly loudspeakers, since 1978, and the Living LV2e is one in their line of remote-controlled, “wireless” powered loudspeaker systems (scare quotes explained below). The desktop speakers, with remote control and USB dongle, retail for $1000 USD per pair. Each speaker measures 8.2”H x 5.7”W x 7”D, and has a 1” soft-dome tweeter and a 4.5” aluminum woofer. Bass-reflex in design, each speaker has a front port, and has a standard electrical cord and plug to power its two 25W class-D amplifiers.
The LV2e’s come clad in stitched leather in black, red, or white, and are lovely to the touch. The lightly magnetized grilles press gently but securely into the cabinet’s frame, and are easily removable. I thought the little tag on each grille (you can tuck it in) made the speakers look chintzier than they are, and the sound was slightly but noticeably less bright with the grilles in place, so I left them off. Behind the grille is a red LED volume meter with a range of 0 to 31.
Around back, no binding posts — just the electrical socket, a power switch, and two buttons: one for programming a house code and one for the zone. Today’s wireless speaker systems are sophisticated creations, freed from the interference and limited range of past wireless designs. Audio Pro focuses on computer-based audio, and the operation and setup of the transmitter, remote control, and the speakers themselves couldn’t be easier or more intuitive.
The speakers are certainly compact. They seemed a bit small for my 28” Target stands, but could be a bit large for a desktop, if your goal is anything other than listening in the extreme nearfield. This could be my bias, however; as the main system in my room, the LV2e’s were consistently able to play music with enough volume and authority.
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