Monitor Audio launches new Studio loudspeaker
Monitor Audio’s design team set off with the brief to create a powerful and elegant premium loudspeaker to grace any setting.The new Studio is billed as a high-end loudspeaker with a grille-less design with two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones that, says Monitor, deliver an audiophile grade performance. The dual 4” drivers are those used in the flagship Platinum PL500 II speaker and they have been modified to produce bass, as well as mid-range detail. The RDT II cones from Platinum II are housed in a bespoke cast polymer chassis for improved rigidity and damping characteristics. As with Platinum II, the drivers are designed to be very low in distortion and use the same magnetic design principles, as well as material choice. An MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high frequency transducer has been designed to provide outstanding articulation due to the low mass diaphragm. MPD transducers work like a super-fast accordion by rapidly squeezing the pleats to produce a smooth, wide, naturally fast response.
The cabinet is tuned using two rear mounted HiVe II slot ports mounted at the top and bottom of the cabinet. This positioning ensures the pressure inside the cabinet is balanced symmetrically. The large port surface area is designed to prevent turbulence and subsequent air noise, which can be a problem in small size cabinets. HiVe II technology, claims Monitor, ensures air moves in and out much quicker than a conventional port. Hi-grade Polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and laminated steel-core inductors have been selected to preserve the best possible signal integrity. The ‘purist’ electrical chain is complemented by a pair of precisely machined terminals developed for the Platinum II Series. These have been Rhodium plated to provide the lowest contact resistance and long-term consistency. The drivers are surrounded and clamped by a rigid die-cast aluminium sub-baffle, to provide rigidity.
The mechanical structure is enhanced further using Monitor Audio’s bolt-through driver technology to provide the ultimate cabinet bracing.
The Monitor Audio Studio should be available March 2018 for £1,000. There are complementing stands also available at £350 per pair.
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