Monitor Audio Monitor 50 review & comments

meagabyte

Active Member
Very square for stand mount speakers. But if aimed at stereo setups then they do look the part.
Actually like them in black with the orange cone.
 

mclingo

Member
I cant stand them myself, look very late 80's cheap midi system to me, just cant see who these are aimed at with those stylings.
 

gigglebug

Member
I cant stand them myself, look very late 80's cheap midi system to me, just cant see who these are aimed at with those stylings.
They will be aimed at anyone who needs a good quality affordable speaker who has no objection to the styling which isn't particularly hard to see when all said and done. Well that is unless for some reason you assume that your own objections will be echoed by anyone else to be fair.
 
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mclingo

Member
there are plenty of options already out their for affordable decent quality speakers, new and used. When something new comes to the market it usually needs to be bring something new or be an upgrade, these just bring... orange :)
 

gigglebug

Member
there are plenty of options already out their for affordable decent quality speakers, new and used. When something new comes to the market it usually needs to be bring something new or be an upgrade, these just bring... orange :)
I honestly cannot imagine a single scenario where the inability of yourself to recognise a need for them will in any shape or form be a limiting factor to their success but seeing as you are doing a sterling job of determining what we all like I don't suppose you could let us all know what we will fancy for our dinners tonight could you? It'll save us having to make any really tough decisions for ourselves. Many thanks.
 

mclingo

Member
your're right of course, these will no doubt sell in droves, wasnt hard to find this chap who's clearly already got them setup.

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meagabyte

Active Member
I honestly cannot imagine a single scenario where the inability of yourself to recognise a need for them will in any shape or form be a limiting factor to their success but seeing as you are doing a sterling job of determining what we all like I don't suppose you could let us all know what we will fancy for our dinners tonight could you? It'll save us having to make any really tough decisions for ourselves. Many thanks.
That seems a tad harsh, the chap has a point though and they have really gone retro on these. But they will sell because of the brand name and the low price. Also some people ( like me) actually like the look of them. I have no need for stereo but I don't see a problem with these speakers selling as well as anything else.
 

StefanBFC

Well-known Member
there are plenty of options already out their for affordable decent quality speakers, new and used. When something new comes to the market it usually needs to be bring something new or be an upgrade, these just bring... orange :)
To be fair, when you say something 'new' & then mention Orange, is this not something new & different? Smack of university accommodation to me, relatively cheap & a little flashy for younger people maybe? Not my choice, but I have seen a lot worse looking speakers that cost ££££
 

SPINO

Well-known Member
Remind me a bit of the Allison 6 speaker from many moons ago ... yikes showing my age ...
 

boabis

Active Member
A great-sounding speaker, from a good brand, with a quirky design, priced lower than anything else comparable on the market.

I hope these sell like hot-cakes, and the rest of the market wakes up to the potential at this end of the market.

A NAD D 3020 plus a pair of these would knock a soundbar in to a cocked hat for TV sound, as well as being a great music system.
 

Derek S-H

Distinguished Member
there are plenty of options already out their for affordable decent quality speakers, new and used. When something new comes to the market it usually needs to be bring something new or be an upgrade, these just bring... orange :)
What is the standard design aesthetic for a loudspeaker?

A rectangle
Black
Black drive units

The end.

If that's what you're looking for, you're hardly spoiled for choice. Yes, the primary function of a speaker is its sound, but a secondary function is how it looks in the space it occupies. Personally, I always like it when someone is prepared to be adventurous with their design and these look great even when they're not on.

A bit like these:

Home - Podspeakers | Shaping Sound

Again, I don't know how they'll sound, but I applaud their creativity. The only downside: that's the price for ONE speaker!
 

mclingo

Member
obviously sound is more important than looks and design experimentation is also valued, but i cant agree these jaffa vomit cones are ascetically pleasing at all, with all the obvious subjective caveats.
 

gigglebug

Member
obviously sound is more important than looks and design experimentation is also valued, but i cant agree these jaffa vomit cones are ascetically pleasing at all, with all the obvious subjective caveats.
You don't have to agree, nobody has asked for your approval have they? But then neither do you have to still be here forcing your opinion on a product you obviously have no interest in but here you are.
 

mclingo

Member
same could be said for anyone talking about anything, anywhere. You do understand how forums work?, this is a review / chat page not a technical discussion fella.

Chill out.
 

gigglebug

Member
same could be said for anyone talking about anything, anywhere. You do understand how forums work?, this is a review / chat page not a technical discussion fella.

Chill out.
Chill out? I'm fine as I am thank you very much. Not that I'd be taking the advice of the hypocrite who is getting all upset and repeatedly posting the same negative point on a product they have no interest in. How pathetic is that??

Why don't you chill out, relax and move onto something more important because if the aesthetics of one little speaker has got you this wound up then you need to take a good look at yourself and realise that there are far more important things in life to keep banging on about.
 

Derek S-H

Distinguished Member
That's actually pretty clever!

Can I just ask, is it the orange colour you object to or the shape, or both?

Bowers & Wilkins have used yellow weave in their drive units (okay) and Klipsch a brown/gold mix (quite like). Do you think they should just stick with black? Is it not better to do something different to try and differentiate their speakers from the competition?

Personally, I'm not too bothered about what colour drive units are, but I do find black cabinets really oppressive, like they suck all the light from a room and I'm glad that different colours are now offered as options.
 

mclingo

Member
i'm mostly just joking, they're not that bad, the shape looks awkward to me though and I'm not a fan of colored woofers generally

Dont get me wrong, sure there are plenty of people who'll fine these interesting to look at i prefer something more understated, the only out there statements my monitors should be making is aurally.

I also prefer curved edges, they look more contemporary, sharp boxy edge seem cheap to me for some reason. I own a couple of Cambridge audio S series speakers, they are rectangles but have curved edges which look great.

I also have some genelec 8030's and a genelec 750 sub setup in my home studio, they look and sound pretty sick but cost me a kidney.

I have an OLED TV so watch everything in the dark, this is another reason I dont want anything too out there pointing at my face :)
 

jamieu

Active Member

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
When this series came out I thought to myself... by the gods, how utterly gruesome looking...

And I still do.

But less so...

And, oddly, the square ones look actually quite good to my jaded peepers. Better than the tangerine towers.

Good luck to MA. Hope they sell by the shipfull.

Not sure what’s going on with the review photos though? Experiment gone horribly wrong?
 

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