Monitor Audio Monitor
Monitor Audio has unveiled a new range of eponymously titled loudspeakers in the shape of the Monitor Series. The new speakers all feature orange driver cones for a contemporary lock and utilize a black C-CAM dome tweeter derived from Monitor Audio's Bronze series with a creative use of the drivers' configuration. With a choice of bookshelf or floor-standing speakers, and a center and subwoofer, the Monitor Series promises detailed audio resolution in both two-channel and multi-channel configurations. The speakers are finished in a choice of black, white or walnut.
The Monitor 50 is a compact speaker where the usual rectangular cabinet profile has been replaced with a square cabinet which houses the single 5,5inch MMP II driver and a 25mm black C-CAM tweeter. Whilst the cabinet is rear ported, the output is well-damped and is suitable for positioning close to a wall. A single set of high-quality gold-plated binding posts provide the connections for an amplifier. The larger Monitor 100 is billed as a bookshelf or stand mount speaker. To maintain the compact proportions, the cabinet is again rear ported. The driver size steps up to a 6,5inch MMP II bass driver and is complemented by a 25mm black C-CAM tweeter. The Monitor 100 has two sets of binding post terminals, to facilitate bi-wiring or even a bi-amp setup.
The slender Monitor 200 is the smallest floor-stander in the range and is designed to deliver for small to medium-sized rooms. Two 5,5inch MMP II drivers are housed in separate cavities and each driver has different tuning to optimize the small cabinet air load. The twin drivers operate together at bass frequencies, whilst only the top driver is crossed over to the black C-CAM tweeter higher up in frequency for better phase. The Monitor 200 has all the precision of a two-way speaker, with the addition of an extra bass driver for scale and power. The Monitor 300 houses three 6,5inch MMP II bass drivers - two dedicated to bass and one to mid-range frequencies and is designed for medium to large rooms. The dedicated mid-range driver should add clarity and precision.
The compact Monitor C150 center is designed for cabinets and shelves. The sealed enclosure ensures it can be positioned right up to a wall without any detrimental effects. Twin 5,5inch MMP II drivers work in tandem to provide clarity to movie dialogue presentation. The Monitor MRW-10 subwoofer houses a 10inch long throw MMPII bass driver, claimed to deliver bass down to below 30 Hz. The rear ported enclosure provides output from the 100 W class D power amplifier. The amplifier boasts features including EQ settings and all filters and features are controlled in the digital domain using a DSP based architecture. Info and photos by Monitor Audio.