Monitor Audio Read through the latest news for the British manufacturer of medium to high-end audiophile speaker systems Monitor Audio Ltd. en-CA Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:43:02 +0100 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:43:48 +0100 Join Us At TAVES 2017! Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:43:02 +0000 Join us October 13-15 at the Toronto Congress Centre for the 2017 TAVES Consumer Electronics Show! 

We will be exhibiting in the Danby Room where we will be showcasing a 2 channel system featuring the Silver 300's and Roksan's entire K3 Series electronics, which include the K3 Integrated Amp, CD Player, DAC, Power Amp, and the Roksan Radius 7 turntable.  We will be bi-amping the Silver 300's with the K3 Integrated Amp and Power Amp and focusing on "Best Sound for the Money!"

TAVES Consumer Electronics Show 
October 13-15, 2017
Toronto Congress Centre: 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON

Get your tickets here.

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Join us at RMAF 2017! Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:46:20 +0000 As exciting as CEDIA 2017 was, we have no plans to slow down. Just around the corner is the 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where we will be exhibiting in Room #7000 in the Marriott Tower (7th Floor).

This year at RMAF we will be showcasing a 2 channel system featuring the Silver 300's and Roksan's entire K3 Series electronics, which include the K3 Integrated Amp, CD Player, DAC, Power Amp, and the Roksan Radius 7 turntable. 

We will be bi-amping the Silver 300's with the K3 Integrated Amp and Power Amp and focusing on "Best Sound for the Money!"

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
October 6 - 8, 2017
Denver Marriott Tech Center: 4900 S. Syracuse St.
DENVER, CO, 80237

Get your tickets here.

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Two 5-STAR Reviews In One Month! Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:42:53 +0000 Silver200 AV12

One of the first reviews for Monitor Audio's new Silver Series comes from What Hi-Fi?, who reviewed the Silver 200 speakers in early August. They called the Silver 200s "Monitor Audio's finest Silver Series floorstanders yet."

As if they couldn't get enough of just the Silver 200s on their own, What Hi-Fi? moved on to review the Silver 200 AV12 system just a couple of weeks later! The system comprised the Silver C150 center channel, the Silver FX surround speakers and the Silver W-12 subwoofer, who all joined the Silver 200s in gaining another impressive 5-STAR review.

What Hi-Fi? praised the full range of the speaker package, stating that "the crashes, bangs and wallops of The Lego Batman Movie are thrown at us, as if physically travelling around the room with incredible cohesion as each speaker complements the others' character."

What Hi-Fi? continues their praise of the package and states:

"Rarely are we so fully behind a speaker package for its work both in stereo and in surround sound, but with these Monitor Audio Silvers you truly are achieving both for the price of one."


Read the FULL review here.

Silver 200 Receives 5 STARS! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:30:40 +0000 Silver 200 Satin White Pair

The new 6th Generation of Silver has received its first review from What Hi-Fi?, and we are proud to say that the review couldn't be better, containing an abundance of praise and a full 5 Star rating!

What Hi-Fi? stated "if we create a tick-list of what makes a great all-rounder, these new Silver floorstanders pass every test and have a great deal of fun while doing so."

They also call the Silver 200s "Monitor Audio’s finest Silver Series floorstanders yet." 

More Great Quotes Are Below:

"...a very mature performance, highlighted by a penchant for rhythmic and instrumental organization as well as a smoothly levelled balance."
"At the lower end, the Silver 200s reach those pulsing frequencies you feel more than hear, while there is plenty of headroom too."
"Most important, though, is the richness and clarity throughout. Nowhere do these speakers sound flabby, coarse or thin."
"...there is an impressive amount of clarity and detail here - more, to the best of our recollection, than ever before."

Read the FULL Review Here

Smart Home Install Features 94 Monitor Audio Speakers! Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:14:07 +0000 Home Concepts Install Image 1

When the owners of a 22,000-square-foot home in Calgary, Alberta wanted to do a complete smart home renovation, local integrator Home Concepts was up to the task. We are proud to say that Home Concepts installed a total of 94 Monitor Audio speakers among the home theater, ceilings, and outdoor spaces throughout the home. This includes a fantastic surround sound home theater system featuring our Gold series speakers with a 119" projection setup from Epson.

The recently completed smart home is controlled by the Elan Entertainment & Control system and also features Lutron lighting and an ELK Products, Inc. Security system.

For more information, check out CE Pro's full article here

Bronze 2: Best Budget Hi-Fi Speakers Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:52:19 +0000 The multi-award winning Bronze 2 bookshelf speaker features a neutral tonal balance and high detail resolution combined with high overall efficiency and power handling. Armed with a large 6.5" C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe® port, the turbo-charged Bronze 2 is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence, revealing all the dramatic contrast in music and cinema sound.

For a speaker of its size, the Bronze 2 will deliver breath-taking results mounted on a stand and placed up to 8" from a wall.

In What Hi-Fi's recent speaker roundup, they chose eight models that they felt were the best speakers available to feature high quality sound and plenty of value. We are proud to say that Monitor Audio's Bronze 2 was included in the list! 

"For their size, these Award-winning speakers dig deep in the bass. They're tonally balanced and impressively detailed too."

Read the full article here.

When What Hi-Fi? reviewed the Bronze 2 back in 2015, they called the speakers "stunning standmounters" and "hugely talented performers". They gave the Bronze 2 a 5-star rating, and said they had a "spellbinding performance, out of keeping from what we normally hear at this level."

Read the full review here.

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High End Munich 2017! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:57:03 +0000 High End Munich was undoubtedly an exciting and memorable show this year, as Monitor Audio officially launched the new 6th Generation Silver Series!

New Silver is introducing ground-breaking design changes and improvements throughout the entire range. It has been developed to provide a wider appeal to audiophiles and home cinema enthusiasts alike, whilst elevating performance to a new level.

The familiar award-winning format of the Silver 2, Silver 8 and Silver 10 have been retained, yet improved to form the new Silver 100, Silver 300 and Silver 500, Silver FX and Silver W-12 models. However, all other models have changed significantly with the introduction of Silver 50, Silver 200, Silver C150 and Silver C350. The two new center speakers now make it possible to assemble discreet, stylish or large, powerful home theater systems. The Silver 50 and Silver 200 are now more compact, providing a more attractive proposition for modern living spaces, yet delivering the same kind of performance expected from much larger speakers.


The launch evening event held during the show had a great turnout with 150 distributors, dealers, and press at the event eager to see and hear the new Silver Series.

Hans Wetzel from SoundStage! was one such visitor. While listening to the new Silver 200s, Hans commented on the improved sound quality, stating:

"I detected slight improvements to midrange clarity and acuity, with stereo imaging seeming to improve as a result."
"That new tweeter shone through, too, in the form of a smoother, sweeter top end."

He concluded by saying:

"Don't let their slender, décor-friendly cabinet size fool you: The Silver 200s can seriously rock out, remaining composed even at high volume."

You can read Hans's full show report here.


Another visitor eager to see the new Silver Series was Kashfia Kabir from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision. Kashfia commented on the redesigned tweeter, saying: 

"The highlight of the new Silver series is a completely new version of the company's iconic gold dome tweeter, which has been fine-tuned in the quest for clearer, smoother and distortion-free highs."
"The visual flourish of the speckled tweeter grille gives the speakers an eye-catching look, too."

You can read Kashfia's full show report here.

Stay tuned for more information on the Silver Series 6G, available July 2017.

New ASB-10 & WS-10 Review Fri, 26 May 2017 18:43:51 +0000 ASB-10 With Sub V2

Monitor Audio's ASB-10 compact Active Soundbar system, complete with optional WS-10 active subwoofer, is expertly engineered to re-energise HD and UHD pictures with the rich, detailed, and immersive sound you've been missing. Equipped with a precision-tuned high performance 2.0 audio design comprising proprietary driver/amp pairings, integrated Dolby Digital processing and superior Bluetooth apt-X wire-free streaming, the super-slender ASB-10 and WS-10 will generate big audio dynamics from TV, games, discs and smartphones, to become the audio hub for every home.

Danny Phillips from Trusted Reviews recently reviewed the ASB-10 and WS-10 and, after thorough listening, stated:

"The beautifully built ASB-10 and WS-10 are a match made in heaven with their smooth, powerful sound."

Danny went on to say:

"when you put the ASB-10 and WS-10 together, magical things happen. They create an enormous soundstage, with convincing scale and thumping bass." 
"The ASB-10's smooth, silky tone provides hours of fatigue-free listening, not to mention clear, focused dialogue and plenty of sonic detail."


"...there's an ease and smoothness to its presentation that makes it a joy to listen to for long periods."
"The ASB-10 also digs out plenty of detail from the soundtrack, layering punches and explosions with subtle textures. The gentle croak and sibilance in Benedict Cumberbatch's voice is beautifully handled; likewise the thunk of footsteps on a wooden floor."
"Paired with the WS-10, the system is capable of creating a huge soundstage with a terrific sense of scale."
"...the subwoofer's meaty rumble makes you feel dwarfed. It adds depth and impact to every thud as the characters do battle, in turn heightening the drama."
"During quieter moments it lends body to voices and music, but when big action scenes kick in, the WS-10 gives the bangs and crashes impressive slam and definition."
"...when it comes to music the ASB-10 is a delight...The track sounds rich and polished, with inviting piano chords, chunky, detailed double bass and finely detailed percussion. Porter's voice has a deep, velvety tone, while the sax solo is agile and well rounded."

Read the full review here

Sneak Peak: Platinum II In-Ceiling Speaker Tue, 02 May 2017 19:32:36 +0000 PLIC II Front

The critically acclaimed and award winning Platinum Series II has expanded its range even further with a design and installation friendly in-ceiling speaker that offers unsurpassed levels of performance and sublime audio accuracy.

"When developing a new speaker, manufacturers have to consider four audiences - home technology installers, architects, interior designers and end users" comments Monitor Audio's Technical Director, Dean Hartley. "This means that the final product has to meet many demands. We are delighted that we have met all these expectations with the new PLIC II in-ceiling speaker - it's a winning combination of high quality sound, ease of installation and discreet design."

The Monitor Audio PLIC II in-ceiling speaker features an 8" long throw bass driver with Rigid Diaphragm Technology (RDT II) to provide immensely powerful bass lines. This is achieved by the RDT cone reacting to an audio signal with lightning fast precision without deformation. A rigid aluminium baffle houses dual C-CAM mid-range drivers and a Micro Pleated Diaphragm (MPD) high frequency air motion transducer, directed towards the listening area to deliver the best possible sound balance to the listener.

Stay tuned for more information...

Available Summer 2017

Sneak Peek: CLG-160 Climate Garden Speaker Tue, 02 May 2017 19:27:00 +0000 CLG-160 with CLG-140

The CLG-160 is the newest addition to Monitor Audio's Climate Garden series, offering a larger satellite option compared to its CLG-140 counterpart. 

"More and more homeowners want to enjoy great quality music beyond the home," comments Monitor Audio's Technical Director, Dean Hartley. "Our current Climate Garden System range has already helped installers take advantage of this opportunity. But, we recognized a gap in the market for a slightly larger model that is capable of providing increased audio coverage in larger gardens. With the new CLG-160, we now have the power combined with Monitor Audio's signature quality to provide great sounding music in the great outdoors."

The CLG-160 (shown to the right next to the CLG-140) features a 6" MMP II bass driver and 1" C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter to deliver clarity, punchy deep bass and high sound pressure levels. The tweeter is co-axially orientated to ensure the audio is directed towards the listening zone.

Stay tuned for more information...

Available Summer 2017

PL300 II Receives Reviewer's Choice Award! Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:11:47 +0000 PL300 II With Reviewers Choice Award

Platinum II continues to receive admiration with its 12th review to date! Aron Garrecht from SoundStage! Ultra said the PL300 II "performed at levels achieved by speakers costing far more", stating that "it was all too easy to forget that the Monitor PL300 II costs only $14,495/pair (USD)."

He praises the live sound of the PL300 II, and says:

"Having seen Kreviazuk in concert at least eight times, I'm quite familiar with how she sounds in a live setting, and throughout all of In This Life the PL300 IIs nailed the liveliness in her voice and created the illusion of my being a member of the audience."

Aron concluded his review by awarding the PL300 II the SoundStage! Reviewer's Choice Award, and stated:

"If I could afford to buy a $14,495 pair of speakers... the PL300 II would be my choice seven days a week and twice on Sunday."

Read the FULL review here

]]> Reviews Platinum PL100 II Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:52:17 +0000 PL100 II Groupshot Stands

Since its launch in January 2016, Platinum II has hit the ground running, turning heads and perking up the ears of many listeners. To date, Monitor Audio's flagship series has received 11 amazing reviews along with multiple awards, including the Product Of The Year award, presented to the PL500 II from The Absolute Sound. 

Platinum II continues its streak with a recently released PL100 II review courtesy of Ed Selley from Ed had plenty of positive comments about our PL100 II bookshelf speakers, at one point saying, "the more you listen to them, the more impressive they become." 

He goes on to say that the PL100 II has "exceptional bass extension" and is "packed with detail and texture." He concludes his review by saying:

"This is an attractive, exquisitely assembled and very forgiving speaker that delivers a truly outstanding performance across a huge variety of music."

Read the full review here.

Monitor Audio Makes Stereophile's Recommended Components List! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:11:53 +0000 PL300-II and Silver 8 RecCom

The April 2017 issue of Stereophile features their newly compiled Recommended Components list, which is comprised of components across 4-5 quality classes (Class A - E) and are ALL highly recommended for purchase. We are proud to announce that the Platinum PL300 II has made the Class A list of recommended components, and the Silver 8 has made the Class B list! The Silver 8 has also been granted 3 dollar signs ($$$) which represent a product that Stereophile has found to perform much better that might be expected from the product's price! 

Robert Deutsch reviewed the PL300 II back in November 2016, saying that, "Monitor Audio has managed to reduce distortion and nonmusical resonances to a degree that made it easier to imagine that I was listening to live singers." 

He was so impressed that he concluded his review by naming the PL300 II "my new reference."

Read the full review here

The Silver 8 was reviewed by Kal Rubinson back in January 2015, who praised the speakers saying, "I've been looking at speakers for $3,000/pair or less for a while, and have not heard any that I would prefer to the Monitor Audio Silver 8."

Read the full review here

Check out Stereophile's April 2017 issue for more details as well as their complete list of recommended components!

Monitor Audio's Newest Products Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:30:32 +0000 Climate Lifestyle CLG140

Monitor Audio Climate Garden Series

Monitor Audio's new Climate Garden System extends the brand's innovative award-winning hi-fi sound and technology beyond the home to every part of the garden. Complementing the existing Climate Series of wall-mounted all-weather satellites for patio and pool areas, the Climate Garden System is a luxury, high performance sat/sub design for discreet, versatile ground-surface installation, delivering naturally rhythmic mono or stereo sound to garden spaces of any size.

The new system comprises the Climate CLG-140 satellite speaker and the CLG-W12 subwoofer 'daisy-chained' together in 70/100V line arrays of up to twelve satellites per subwoofer, expandable with additional sat/sub sets according to garden area.

Complementing the Climate Garden Series even further are Crown Audio's CDi Series of two-channel amplifiers. These amplifiers are professional tools designed and built for installed sound applications, and feature accurate, uncolored sound with very low distortion for the best in music and voice reproduction. Advanced protection circuitry guards against shorted outputs, open circuits, DC, mismatched loads, general overheating, high-frequency overloads and internal faults. The two models available are the CDi1000 and the CDi2000, both of which are rugged and offer unmatched value in their class. The CDi1000 offers 500W of power and the CDi2000 offers 800W.

The Climate Garden Series and Crown Amplifiers are available now!

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Monitor Audio IV140 Invisible In-Wall Speaker

The IV140 Invisible In-Wall is a breakthrough speaker designed to deliver 'best in class' audio performance in concealed in-wall and in-ceiling applications. At just 3 1/4" (95mm) deep, the IV140 will fit into all conventional 4" stud bays within walls, leaving enough room for cabling, or within ceilings. Once skimmed with plaster, the speaker can be finished with paint, light wallpaper or fabric. 

Monitor Audio's IV140 features a large low-frequency transducer for punchy, high power bass along with two high frequency transducers which are bonded to a flat, soft polymer membrane surface to produce sound vibration. This two-way transducer design also features an integrated crossover in the same way as a conventional high-performance speaker to generate a wider frequency range. The result is crystal clear sound quality with smoother overall balance and character.

The IV140 is available now!

AudioControl Adds Monitor Audio To Sound Partners Program Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:11:36 +0000 AudioControl_MA_Logo

AudioControl, the makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets, have officially added Monitor Audio to their Sound Partners Program (SPP)

The AudioControl SPP was established as a cooperative initiative with industry-leading architectural speaker manufacturers in order to implement optimized performance profiles as defined by each brand's engineers. These profiles, when stored in the DSP onboard the AudioControl Director M-Series of high-performance 8 and 16-channel amplifiers, creates the ultimate whole-house entertainment/commercial audio platform for professional integrators.

DSP profiles are now available for Monitor Audio's CLG-140 and upcoming CLG-160 Climate Garden speakers, as well as the brand new IV140 Invisible In-Wall. Integrators using both AudioControl DSP-enabled Director M-Series amplifiers with any of these Monitor Audio loudspeaker models will be able to take advantage of the profiles as well as the fine-tuning capabilities of these amplifiers to deliver an amazing entertainment experience for their clients.

More information on this new alliance will be coming soon...

Monitor Audio Wins 'Editor's Choice' Awards! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:37:04 +0000 Gold300 And Silver 10 with Award

We are very proud to announce that our Silver 10 and Gold 300 loudspeakers have each won the 2017 'Editor's Choice' Award from The Absolute Sound! This prestigious award is presented annually to the most recommended products that The Absolute Sound's team of editors and writers feel are most worthy of your consideration. 

Spencer Holbert reviewed the Silver 10, stating, 

"they are one of the best $2,500-and-under full-range floorstanders I've heard..."

Read the full review here.

When Julie Mullins reviewed the Gold 300, she said it was, 

"...consistently balanced, rich, and full—and always sounded musical."
"...a special breed of loudspeakers that successfully combines style with substance..."

Read the full review here.

Be sure to check out The Absolute Sound's March 2017 issue for full details on the 2017 Editor's Choice Awards!

SNEAK PEEK: Invisible In-Wall Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:22:53 +0000 IV140_Lifestyle

Monitor Audio has introduced the IV140, a breakthrough speaker designed to deliver 'best in class' audio performance in concealed in-wall and in-ceiling applications. At just 3 1/4" (95mm) deep, the IV140 will fit into all conventional 4" stud bays within walls, leaving enough room for cabling, or within ceilings. Once skimmed with plaster, the speaker can be finished with paint, light wallpaper or fabric. 

Monitor Audio's IV140 features a large low-frequency exciter for punchy, high power bass along with two high frequency exciters which are bonded to a flat, soft polymer membrane surface to produce sound vibration. This two-way exciter design also features an integrated crossover in the same way as a conventional high-performance speaker to generate a wider frequency range. The result is crystal clear sound quality with smoother overall frequency undulation, balance and character.

The IV140 will be in stock and shipping by March 2017!

Residential Systems Praises CP-IW260X and CP-IW460X! Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:41:00 +0000 CP IWX Vertical Groupshot

A recent review by John Sciacca from Residential Systems is full of positive feedback for our CP full-size luxury in-wall speakers. Starting with the 260X, John said the speaker "has wonderful space and depth, and the 260X's delivered the subtle reverb in the recording, her voice breathing into the room and then lingering before decaying and disappearing." Through further listening, John also said the 260X "has a soundstage so immense and wide that it sounded as if I had surround speakers positioned around me." 

Moving on to the 460X, John states, "Turning on the 460X's was like removing the proverbial veil from the sound, releasing this sense of space and delicacy around every recording, and letting every note stand clear and ready to be appreciated."

He concludes by saying the CP IWX speakers have,

"sound quality that will make you forget you're listening to an in-wall" 
and calls the tweeter on the 460X "nothing short of revelatory".

More Great quotes are below:

"The audio is airy, open, detailed, lightning-quick, and effortless."
"The ribbon tweeter is so fast and revealing, it excels at extracting the fine details from any delicate parts of a recording; taking loving, kid gloves to stringed instruments, female vocals, piano notes, cymbal work, and the like, carefully polishing them up, and delivering them in glorious, refined detail."
"The 460X’s captured the aching detail in her voice, even the nearly indistinct sound of her lips parting as she opens her mouth to sing."
"If you have been skeptical of high-resolution audio, not thinking you could hear or appreciate the detail, the 460X’s will take you to church and make you a believer."
"...even at these extreme volume levels, the 460X’s delivered audio that was clean, loud, and oh-so-danceable, without being fatiguing or harsh on the ears. At high volumes these speakers make your walls disappear and have you forget you aren’t listening to a tower."

Read the full review here 

NOVO Magazine Reviews The CP-IW460X Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:18:29 +0000 CP IWX LIFESTYLE

A fantastic review by George de Sa on our CP-IW460X was recently released by NOVO Magazine (previously Canada HiFi). During his listening, George said, "...I was smitten by the abundance of dynamic bass energy, weight and definition. Esperanza's voice came across as sweet, natural and relaxed."

He compares our speakers to a 'sleeper hot-rod', stating that "...the CP-IW460X delivers delicious high-end performance behind a most unassuming exterior.”

More great quotes are below: 

"The ribbon tweeter in the CP-IW460X is truly a high-end transducer, revealing minute inflections and fine detail in a most refined manner.  This amazing tweeter is also very well integrated with the flanking twin midrange drivers, calling no undue attention to itself.”
“…the CP-IW460X also had an organic warmth across its upper midrange and treble - superb detail without any tendency towards coldness, dryness or sterility.”
“Delivered with dimension, it was as if Sonny was playing just within the confines of my room.”
“The overall soundstage was large with impressive depth and the CP-IW460X's were able to deliver the vastness of the soundscape across the front plane of my room.”
“It has substantial bass, enough to rival a large bookshelf or even mid-size tower loudspeaker.”
“The days of compromising on sound to meet décor trends is a thing of the past with a speaker as capable as the Monitor Audio CP-IW460X.  With its paintable grills, any interior decorator should be satisfied, without compromise to high-end sound.”


CES 2017 Wrap Up Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000 Silver 8 Demo

Kevro and Monitor Audio hosted a very busy CES demonstration suite this year! Our 3 demos, which featured Platinum II and Silver series speakers, were all very well received. Many dealers, magazine reviewers and consumers made a point of visiting us to hear the Platinum II models, which included the PL300 II and the PL100 II. As a result, additional showroom demonstration dealers and end-users will be making Platinum II purchases!!

The surprise of the show was Roksan Audio, the electronics brand Monitor Audio recently acquired:

All of the Roksan components complimented our Monitor Audio loudspeaker demos quite well. Many visitors to our suite commented on how they admire this respected British electronics brand.

The Roksan flagship  “Blak” series of Integrated Amplifiers and CD Players particularly impressed.

Monitor Audio will be relocating Roksan manufacturing to their world headquarters in Rayleigh, Essex, UK.

In the end, it was quite an exciting show and a fine time was had by all!

Thank you to all who visited us at CES 2017, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

PL300 II Demo