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Review Tangent Spectrum X5

Best for background music

The Tangent Spectrum X5 are not bad. But you can get more sound for the money from others.

Tangent Spectrum X5
Ultra-discreet look that will offend no one.
The sound is as anonymous as the design.
  • Configuration: 5 “woofer, 1” dome tweeter
  • Construction principle: Bass reflex, 2-way
  • Frequency range: 50 Hz – 20 kHz (+/- 3 dB)
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • Max. power: 100 W
  • Recommended amplifier power: (not specified)
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Dimensions and weight: 16.6 x 34.5 x 20.5 cm / 4.9 kg
  • Finish: Black / walnut, white / walnut
  • Web: tangent-audio.com

The Tangent Spectrum X5 is the speaker in the test where most effort has been made to make it discreet and interior-friendly. The case is white lacquered (it is also available in black), and both speaker units are hidden behind metal grilles in the same color. It is quite nice – and so discreet that no one should be able to take any offense from it. A walnut wood does base provides a comfortable contrast and prevents the speakers from blending in with the surroundings completely.

The Tangent Spectrum X5 is so discreet that no one should mind. (Photo: Tangent)

The cabinet has slightly rounded edges and the build quality is reliable, although it sounds a bit hollow when knocking on the sides with the knuckle.

We recently tested the smaller model Tangent Spectrum X4, and the X5 version is similar to the confusion, except that a 5-inch woofer is used instead of a 4-inch.

The terminals on the back are cheap, but adequate, and it is also irrelevant that there is no possibility of bi-wiring and bi-amping. Probably a double set of terminals would only confuse most buyers.

The sound quality

The bass is nicely deep compared to the small cabinet and seems relatively dry. The sound image immediately seems open and brilliant, but with a little longer listening, a rather sharp sound is revealed in the upper midrange / lower treble, which makes voices strenuous to listen to in the long run.

The Tangent Spectrum X5 has a good ability to “disappear” in the sound image. The perspective is excellent, and the stereo image extends beyond the speakers, just as you sense a certain height.

The reproduction, on the other hand, is not very dynamic, and the speaker lacks the ability to show the difference between quiet passages and explosive transients. It ends instead in a sharp midrange. Complex music with a large crew is not what Spectrum X5 is made for. When it gets hot, the sound becomes decidedly unpleasant.


Spectrum X5 is available in black and white. The units are covered with grids of the same color. (Photo: Tangent)


The Tangent Spectrum X5 is a speaker that will blend unnoticed into most homes with “modern” decor. And should it just provide a background for family time in the family room, it will surely do so without any problems. If you get the urge for a little more critical music listening, however, there are more speakers in the test that perform better for the same or even a lower price.

Also in this test

DALI Oberon 1

Inherits from the more expensive series

DALI's smallest budget model has borrowed technology from the more advanced models.

Clean and nuanced reproduction, especially in the midrange. Draws up a nice acoustic scene.
Less effective than the others, so forget about playing loud.

Elipson Prestige Facet 6B

Superior workmanship

Elipson impresses with build quality and immaculate details.

Excellent build quality. Nuanced sound and good dynamics.
More expensive than any other. Not as three-dimensional and accurate as DALI and Wharfedale.

Eltax Monitor III

Far better than their price

It is unbelievable that you can get so much speaker for so little money.

Insanely cheap: It costs a third of the test's most expensive! And the sound is actually pretty decent.
The sound is decent, but still far below everyone else in the test. The cabinet is thin and the build quality is poor. But what can you expect at the price?

Q Acoustics 3020i

Engaged and musical

The Q Acoustics 3020i is reasonably priced and razor-sharp priced. But also well-sounding.

Engaging and musical reproduction. Low price.
Cheapfinish. The sound could be more detailed.

Wharfedale Diamond 12.1

Warm and comfortable sound

Wharfedale has had assistance from the other side of the Channel, and the result is a pair of well-sounding speakers.

Warm and comfortable reproduction at a really good price.
The sound is not overly detailed

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