• Soundbar Soundbar
  • On Wall On Wall
  • Power 160 Watts
  • Footprint 1005mm x 167mm
  • AirPlay AirPlay
  • UPNP UPNP
  • Router-free Router-free
  • DLNA DLNA
  • 3 HDMI inputs 3 HDMI inputs

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Technology

ASB-2 technology
  • Fully active, high performance soundbar system
  • 5 discrete power amplifier stages - fully digital amp technology (class D)
  • 160 watts total power delivery 
  • Wireless AirPlay®/ DLNA / UPnP music streaming
  • Proprietary 3D spatial effects, consistent in quality irrespective of environment 
  • Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF) and optical input  (Toslink) 
  • 3 x HDMI input
  • Analogue stereo RCA inputs, 3.5mm Jack (auto-sensing between each input) 
  • RCA LFE sub-woofer output (auto sensing changes filter/crossover settings)
  • USB port for service, FW update and Airplay network set up
  • HDMI processing with HD 1080P and 3D pass through
  • On-screen set up (OSD) – for all advanced audio features access
  • TV remote will control volume via HDMI
  • Local controls: volume up/down, power on/standby/sleep (single button scroll), HDMI (single button scrolling 1-3), digital (single button S/PDIF, Toslink - auto-sense), analogue (single button scrolling - AUX1, AUX2. auto-sense), connect/setup button, Airplay button (toggle on/off), mute (toggle on/off), 3D audio (on/off)
  • Designed to fit Sanus™ TV mounting systems
  • Optional sturdy wall bracket with cable hole access and template installation
  • Silicon rubber stand included for secure cabinet top placement

Specification

Inputs

3 x HDMI inputs
Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF) 
Digital optical input (Toslink) 
Analogue stereo RCA inputs, 3.5mm Jack 
(auto-sensing between each input, via analogue switch) 

Outputs: 

HDMI output (supporting ARC)
RCA LFE sub-woofer output (auto sensing changes filter/crossover settings)

Frequency Range

40Hz - 20kHz

Drive unit complement

2 x 51/2” (140mm) C-CAM subwoofers
2 x 4” (100mm) C-CAM midrange drivers
2 x 1” (25mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeters

Decodes:  

Stereo
5.1 Linear PCM
7.1 Linear PCM

Amplifier Power Output

160W

Connectivity

Wireless Airplay/ DLNA / UPnP music streaming

Features:    

Proprietary 3D spatial effects, consistent in quality irrespective of environment
USB port for service, FW update and Airplay network set up
HDMI processing with HD 1080P and 3D pass through
On-screen set up (OSD) – for all advanced audio features access
TV remote will control volume via HDMI

Local Controls:   

Volume up/down, power on/standby/sleep (single button scroll),
HDMI (single button scrolling 1-3), digital (single button S/PDIF, Toslink - auto-sense), 
analogue (single button scrolling - AUX1, AUX2. auto-sense), connect/setup button,
Airplay button (toggle on/off), mute (toggle on/off), 3D audio (on/off)

Applications:  

Freestanding (placed on Silicon rubber support stand - Included)
Wall Mounted onto Monitor Audio dedicated sturdy wall bracket (Optional)
Wall Mounted onto Sanus™ VMA202 TV mounting system
(Including cable hole access and template installation) 

Power input voltage

Universal AC 100V - 240V, 50 - 60Hz

Rated Power consumption

200W

Standby power consumption

<0.5W  (increased to 20W when HDMI passthrough is enabled)

Dimensions inc grille, excluding rubber base(H x W x D)

180 x 1005 x 167mm
(71/16 x 399/16 x 69/16 Inches)

Weight (each)

25lbs 6oz  (11.52Kg)

Hex Codes

Power: 88771C62
Volume Up: 88771866
Volume Down: 8877047A
Play: 88771B63
Previous: 88770777
Next: 88771F5F
Source: 8877007E
Menu: 88773846
Mute: 88773847

Professional reviews

ASB-2

October 2013

Monitor Audio Impresses With ASB-2 Soundbar!

FOR: Solid build; three HDMI inputs; AirPlay and DLNA; sensational sound quality; good bass despite lack of separate subwoofer.

AGAINST: Nothing of note

"But feed Gladiator on Blu-ray through one of the three HDMI inputs and the ASB-2 displays an abundance of power and weight, doing a good job of recreating the atmosphere of the Colosseum... the reception from the baying crowd is direct and dynamic."

"There's a fantastic sense of scale among all the commotion of Gladiator, and the ASB-2 digs out a superb level of detail."

"During the calmer, more motive chapters of the movie, the Monitor Audio simply shifts down a few gears to capture the subtle details and nuances of the soundtrack."

"And the sense of drama and excitement is enhanced by the ASB-2's ability to communicate the film's musical score. This level of musicality is difficult to pull off in a soundbar, but as we watch and listen to U2: 360° At The Rose Bowl, the Monitor Audio comes across as enthusiastic, with a good sense of timing."

"During Where The Streets Have No Name, the guitar intro sounds sharp and precise but there's still a lovely flow to it."

"...the Monitor Audio ASB-2 is well worth the investment."

ASB-2

December 2013

ASB-2 10/10 Editor's Choice Review

"Not only does it boast a jaw-dropping design that puts most soundbars to shame but it's also equipped with features rarely found on budget models, such as AirPlay and multiple HDMI inputs."

"By far the sexiest feature on the spec sheet is AirPlay, allowing you to easily stream music from iOS devices or PCs running iTunes. AirPlay Direct support means you don’t even have to do it through your home network."

"The ASB-2 is a stunning performer. What makes it so impressive is the level of refinement on offer, no matter what material you throw its way. Movie soundtracks like Hellboy II on Blu-ray have rarely sounded so smooth and textured, thanks to the ASB-2’s impeccable high-frequency reproduction."

"The movie’s amazing Troll Market scene is infused with layer upon layer of silky detail, from muted background chatter to the flutter of fairy wings above the hordes of shuffling mutants. The ASB-2 renders it all with pin-sharp clarity."

"It’s also remarkably powerful, effortlessly generating a huge, room-filling soundstage. Its bass output is thunderous yet tight and responsive, stopping and starting with the speed and decisiveness of a dedicated subwoofer."

"Even smaller, subtler effects benefits from these superb bass drivers. Ron Perlman’s gruff voice, background ambience and the silky, fluid score boast irresistible richness and depth. What’s more, midrange frequencies snap from the speakers with aggression without sounding harsh or strident."

"The combination of all these qualities makes for a completely absorbing performance that completely justifies the ASB-2’s price."

"It almost goes without saying that the ASB-2 is a wonderfully musical performer. Streamed via AirPlay, songs sound natural and vibrant, boasting meticulously rendered detail, agile bass and silky vocals."

"If you have this sort of cash to splash on a soundbar, the ASB-2 is worth every penny. It’s beautifully built, looks stunning and delivers wonderful sound quality, the likes of which we rarely hear from a soundbar.
Throw in a first-rate feature list, which includes AirPlay, DLNA streaming and four HDMI inputs and you’ve got yourself one of the best soundbars money can buy."

ASB-2

January 2014

Raising The Bar High

"The ASB-2 is blessed with stunning build quality and design."

"The ASB-2 is powerful and polished in equal measure, with punchy, authoritative bass, clear, decisive mids and jaw-dropping detail reproduction."

"It digs out the sort of subtle textures that cheaper rivals gloss over. This gives the sound an irresistible and absorbing silkiness and fluidity."

"Explosions are big and visceral, and, after a brief ceasefire, the fighting fires up again and the ASB-2 shatters the silence with a fast, sudden dynamic shift."

"It's an extraordinary performance — insightful and layered but backed up with depth and a terrific sense of scale. Dialogue is clear and realistic, too."

"Monitor Audio has crafted a fine performer that proves you can cut down on clutter without compromising on quality."

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ASB-2

January 2014

ASB-2: Best High-End Soundbar!

ASB-2 wows at the AVTech Awards 2013/2014

Monitor Audio's ASB-2 has been presented another award! This time by AVTech Media for it's dynamism and versatility, being named as their best high-end soundbar:

"...its sound is big in scale, high-frequency effects are crystal-clear and all-important dialogue is weighty but authentic. This neat-looking, full-size networked soundbar has another role to play, as offering AirPlay and DLNA music playback via Wi-Fi means the ASB-2 can also function as a high-quality audio dock"

ASB-2

March 2014

The Natural: ASB-2 Soundbar Review

"Monitor's debut soundbar is a handsome, tapered affair, heavy in the hands and beautifully finished in black and silver."

"The ASB-2 quickly displayed a satisfyingly neutral balance through the all-important vocal octaves. Male and female voices sounded natural, uncanned, and easily intelligible."

"Bass extension was modest but satisfactory, even for casual music listening."

"Honest musical integrity with a touch of midbass oomph, and clean, fairly smooth treble."

"Treble was reliably extended and open."

"From 5.1-channel material, the ASB-2’s surround effect was fairly pronounced, yielding an almost-discreet surround-channel effect that would wrap around toward the listener’s position."

"Monitor’s soundbar does a fine job. I viewed the rather somnolent and relentlessly blond Kon-Tiki, never once pulling out of the story due to any sonic shortcomings, and always enjoying clear, effortless dialogue and nicely balanced music reproduction."

"If you’re seeking a serious upgrade in TV sound, with emphasis on vocal and musical naturalness and without excessive demands of volume, the ASB-2 should serve you well."

"What really matters is sound quality, which the Monitor has in good measure."

- Daniel Kumin, SoundandVision.com

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ASB-2

March 2014

ASB-2 Soundbar: HomeTheaterReview.com

"The Monitor Audio ASB-2 is, quite frankly, one hell of an active soundbar."

"...it rises to the much more rare 'Wow!' level in terms of movie performance."

"...the ASB-2 had an amazingly broad reach, wrapping the sound fully across the front and down both of the side walls."

"...the ASB-2 is an impressive, top-of-its-class soundbar for both cinema and song."

"...it’s extremely difficult to believe that such powerful bass comes from a single pair of Monitor Audio’s proprietary 5.5-inch C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) woofers."

"...it performed a heck of a lot better than what many soundbars with separate subwoofers can do."

"...all users will marvel at how fantastic - how thrillingly theatrical - the Monitor Audio ASB-2 sounds."

"This product is highly, highly recommended for people who want or need simplicity but don’t want to sacrifice fun and excitement."

- Darryl Wilkinson, HomeTheaterReview.com

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ASB-2

March 2015

ASB-2 in TechRadar's Top 10 Best Soundbars

TechRadar has listed the ASB-2 in its Top 10 Best Soundbars!

"it has some top drawer acoustic tech under the hood"

"...the ASB-2 alone is capable of filling smaller rooms with a pleasingly resonant and meaty soundfield."

More on the ASB-2 Review here: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/av-accessories/monitor-audio-asb-2-1235155/review

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ASB-2

March 2014

Collecting a galaxy of stars, “fantastic” ASB-2 raises the bar at TechRadar

TechRadar’s James Rivington found plenty to love about our fabulously equipped ASB-2 soundbar. Scoring the design maximum or near maximum stars in five performance categories, he says “not everyone has the space to erect a tub-thumping 7.1 mega home cinema system in their living room, and with TVs and the sound they produce getting thinner every year, the soundbar is becoming a popular alternative. The Monitor Audio ASB-2 is a mightily impressive option, delivering excellent sound quality for movies, games and music as well as wireless compatibility with some of today's hottest gadgets… This is a fantastic soundbar offering superb sound for movies from a compact system. The sound is warm and rich and while shackled to the limitations of the form factor, never feels like it's under delivering…hardly an impulse buy, but it proves its worth with a raft of nifty features and excellent sound performance.”

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ASB-2

November 2013

ASB-2 wows at the AVTech Awards 2013/2014

Monitor Audio's ASB-2 has been presented another award! This time by AVTech Media for it's dynamism and versatility, being named as their best high-end soundbar:

"...its sound is big in scale, high-frequency effects are crystal-clear and all-important dialogue is weighty but authentic. This neat-looking, full-size networked soundbar has another role to play, as offering AirPlay and DLNA music playback via Wi-Fi means the ASB-2 can also function as a high-quality audio dock"

Read the full feature in AVTech Media's 2013/2014 Awards supplement, available free with the Christmas issues of Home Cinema Choice, Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice and What Satellite and Digital TV.

ASB-2

December 2013

Home Cinema Choice: ASB-2 Review

Reviewer Danny Phillips has assessed Monitor Audio's ASB-2 in the new issue of Home Cinema Choice, awarding the soundbar a full five stars:

"Sometimes you get a soundbar that's cut from a different cloth, taking a more refined approach to design and sound quality. The ASB-2 from Monitor Audio is one of those."

"The ASB-2 is powerful and polished in equal measure, with punchy, authoritative bass, clear, decisive mids and jaw-dropping detail reproduction. In fact, it's the latter that sets the Monitor Audio apart. It digs out the sort of subtle textures that cheaper rivals gloss over. This gives the sound an irresistible and absorbing silkiness and fluidity."

Read the full review in the Christmas issue of Home Cinema Choice on sale now.

ASB-2

November 2013

ASB-2 gets a trusted review

"...the ASB-2 is worth every penny. It’s beautifully built, looks stunning and delivers wonderful sound quality, the likes of which we rarely hear from a soundbar.

Throw in a first-rate feature list, which includes AirPlay, DLNA streaming and four HDMI inputs and you’ve got yourself one of the best soundbars money can buy..."

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ASB-2

October 2013

One unit, Five stars.

What Hi-Fi? magazine knows that trying to create the effect of a 5.1 speaker package in a single soundbar is far from an easy challenge – can our ASB-2 soundbar live up to it?

"This level of musicality is difficult to pull off in a soundbar, but as we watch and listen to U2: 360° At The Rose Bowl, the Monitor Audio comes across as enthusiastic, with a good sense of timing. During Where The Streets Have No Name, the guitar intro sounds sharp and precise but there’s still a lovely flow to it. And, when the song bursts into life, so does the ASB-2."

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