Apex

Product lineup

Professional reviews

A10

November 2012

Apex Series: Large-scale Sound

“Large-scale sound; no-nonsense looks; good integration; plenty of punch.”

“Apex doing a great job of placing instruments on the stage around you in space.”

“But the overall impression is one of big standmounters rather than bijou style speakers.”

“It’s a luxurious proposition, this system. ..its sonic character and build do elevate it above the competition.”

“It’s well worth every one of its five stars, too,… it has the best all-round satellite speakers of its similarly priced peers.”

A10

November 2012

Apex 5.1 System Review

For: Excellent sound, fine styling, clever design, luxurious build.

Against: Nothing to note.

“Looks good, sounds even better.”

“...the Apex system delivers. It’s gorgeously styled and expertly assembled.”

“What sets the Apex apart is its sonic prowess - which is considerable.”

“Key to that is the quality of both the cabinets, inert all-metal enclosures and the drive units.”

“This sophisticated design helps the Apex deliver an articulate and reassuringly powerful sound even when listened to in isolation.”

“When the ensemble is underpinned by the stentorian efforts of the AW-12 subwoofer, a compact yet muscular bassmaker, the result is sound that more than matches Monitor Audio’s lofty aspirations. It’s muscular when called upon, but articulate and beautifully integrated too.”

“As a result, it plays music almost as well as it relays film sound, capturing both vocal intonation and instrumental detail with relish.”

“The Monitor Audio Apex is a remarkable newcomer. Why spend more than £2000? Easy: you could have all this...”

Apex

February 2012

Apex earns the "Trusted Reviews Recommended" title

Reviewer Danny Phillips tests the Apex 10 AW12 package, awarding it the Trusted Reviews Recommended title and an overwhelmingly positive review:

"You certainly get a lot of speaker for your money, but it’s the shape and styling that’ll really leave your jaw hanging."

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Apex

October 2011

What Hi-Fi? Award Winner 2011

Best style speaker package £2000+, Awards 2011. An expensive style system, to be sure, but also a fabulous one.

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A10

August 2011

BEST STYLE SPEAKER PACKAGE £2000+

"You certainly can't buy a better made, better finished or (to our eyes, at least) better looking package at the price."

A10

August 2011

Apex has the pecs

"...High-frequencies are smooth as silk, speech couldn't be clearer if the actors were in the room and the rear soundstage is willfully expansive. And with music, this system nailed the emotion and energy of any recording I threw at it. Clean, full bodied vocals, metronomic timing and wonderful detail reproduction make for a spine-tingling listen and reveal it to be a fantastic all-rounder."

A10

August 2011

The holy grail of style speaker systems

"It offers the sort of powerful, insightful audiophile sound that you don’t automatically associate with satellite speakers, a result of the astonishing build quality and clever technology that lies within each unit."

A10

August 2011

Monitor Audio raises the style bar

"It's muscular when called upon, but articulate and beautifully integrated too, with little audible sign of the crossover from speakers to subwoofer."

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Apex

February 2011

Apex has the pecs

"...High-frequencies are smooth as silk, speech couldn't be clearer if the actors were in the room and the rear soundstage is willfully expansive.  And with music, this system nailed the emotion and energy of any recording I threw at it. Clean, full bodied vocals, metronomic timing and wonderful detail reproduction make for a spine-tingling listen and reveal it to be a fantastic all-rounder."

Apex

October 2010

BEST STYLE SPEAKER PACKAGE £2000+

"You certainly can't buy a better made, better finished or (to our eyes, at least) better looking package at the price."

Apex

August 2010

The holy grail of style speaker systems

"It offers the sort of powerful, insightful audiophile sound that you don’t automatically associate with satellite speakers, a result of the astonishing build quality and clever technology that lies within each unit."

Apex

June 2010

Monitor Audio raises the style bar

"It's muscular when called upon, but articulate and beautifully integrated too, with little audible sign of the crossover from speakers to subwoofer."

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User reviews

Average user rating

Ricky D Monitor Audio UK

A10

October 2015

The Apex system is at the time of writing around 5 years of age. I owned this system between 2011-2013 and was immensely impressed by it. The system managed to achieve a level of balance in performance of music and movies that I had not experienced in the same way with any system before. And after 20 years of different speakers and brands that's saying a lot. To my ears and in my room they outmatched a system costing double the investment.

After being bitten by the "upgrade-bug" I sold my Apex system and bought a bigger badder set of speakers. But after a remodeling they did not work any longer. So... I did what I've never done before - bought the same speaker system AGAIN! And this time the Apex are coupled to a high-end NAD Master Series set of electronics and shine in a way that set a new standard for a speaker system of this caliber. They are amazing!

I suspect we'll soon see Apex MKII emerge from Monitor Audio, and as much as I'd enjoy hearing that one these originals are STILL phenomenal performers in every conceivable way!

(5.2 system: 4 x A10, 1 x A40, 2 x AW12)

Geoff Headley Monitor Audio UK

A10

May 2014

I have an Apex front end, Radius HD rears and a Rel T5 sub. Let me tell you this, whatever I throw at this system it never ceases to amaze me! What I like about these A10s is the insight, speed and scale of the sound you get from them. Furthermore I recently upgraded the speaker cables to atlas hyper.3 and the bass from the A10 is hard to believe! So much that I now use the easy option to listen without the sub except for movies of course. Overall I know that I'll have many years of great listening pleasure with these little beauties.

Sten Borgstrom Monitor Audio UK

A10

October 2012

Bought the Apex A10 as sole stereo speakers to be used with my NAD amplifier. I am amazed! Such depth, clarity and punch. Part 1 from the Keith Jarret Koln concert just reached a new dimension. My friend who has Gold series speakers agrees, unbelievable for such small speakers.

Michael Smith Monitor Audio UK

A10 Stands

November 2011

Very stylish well made and thought out speaker stands.

Michael Smith Monitor Audio UK

AW12

November 2011

Accurate, tight and fast bass what more could you want. it's not a bad looker either.

Michael Smith Monitor Audio UK

A10

November 2011

My first but not last purchase of Monitor Audio speakers, these speakers really bring out the best with both music and film. The build quality and style are second to none.

Geoff Waters Monitor Audio UK

A40

June 2011

I have chosen to run two wall mounted A40s as a stereo pair. For me they fit the bill exactly - mount using clever strong adjustable brackets provided, compact, non intrusive, all beautifully engineered and finished. They sound great!

Richard Magnus Monitor Audio UK

A10

June 2011

I love my Apex 5.0, use an MJ sub.I listen mainly to multichannel music and I would describe the A10's as audiophile mini monitors. Sublime. They do need to be used with a sub as is to be expected. Seamless and detailed. The build quality is outstanding. You have to hear them to believe them!

H-M Magnusson Monitor Audio UK

A10

June 2011

Equally beautiful to look at as it is to listen to.

Michael Macneal Monitor Audio UK

A10

May 2011

Went looking for a nice system to replace my B&W floorstanding home cinema set. Though sounding great in every aspect I got pretty tired of them hogging all that space in my livingroom. Auditioned a few compact systems, and some were quite impressive though not in the same ballpark as when I heard the complete Apex 5.1 system. The retailer only had the Radius 370HD subwoofer to demo with, but when I purchased my system I naturally got the Apex AW12. These satellites together with the subwoofer are really great. I wouldn't play them without it though. Not that the A10 sound thin, but I love bass! Listen to rock, pop and rNb and so far they've done em all justice! Film is even better though! Engrossing soundfeild from such small enclosures... I didn't even know that was possible. They are right up there with my former B&W. Well done.

Angelica Libertine Monitor Audio UK

AW12

May 2011

Sweetest looking subwoofer on the market? I think it's cute! The bass fills our livingroom!

Jacob Anderzen Monitor Audio UK

AW12

May 2011

In a word, 'AWESOME' - the Apex series is my first ever experience with Monitor Audio speakers and I can't imagine needing another compact 5.1 set than these. Auditioned KEF KHT and T-series, Focal Dome and M&K, but the Apex are brilliant with music and movies alike in a way the others were not.
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