Monitor Audio bows Shadow on-wall speaker range

posted on Thursday, 19th April 2012 by Steve May

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Monitor Audio is launching a new range of ultra-thin, high-performance on-wall speakers. The Shadow range, which ship in May, address what the brand sees as the growing need for discreet, audiophile-grade loudspeakers, typically partnering wall-mounted flatscreen TVs.

Four matt black Shadow models are available, designed to function either as stereo pairs or as a multi-channel home theatre. Each has been crafted from a single piece of aluminium - for superior rigidity and naturally low resonance - and all have been voiced to match.

The line-up consist of the rear channel/stereo S25 (priced at £500 a pair), the L/R S50 (£800 a pair), the longer, S60 intended to accompany larger displays (£900 a pair), and a dedicated Shadow Centre (£450).  All are just 40mm deep and employ specially-designed low-profile drivers, which claim higher power handling and a wider frequency response than rival flat-panel designs.

For the range, MA's engineers have designed a flat, long-throw 4-inch RDT (Rigid Diaphragm Technology) bass/mid driver and a specially vented 25mm C-CAM tweeter, optimized for a lower crossover point in limited space. The three larger S60 Shadows also feature passive 4-inch aluminium Auxiliary Bass Radiators (ABRs). 

Installation appears fast and easy. They can be hung using two direct-to-wall flush fixings and have 'invisible' cable entry and connections, with removable magnetic grilles and end trims that conceal fixings and terminals. The smaller S25 comes with its own metal desk-top stand, for those that don't want to wall mount it, allowing it to be used as a modernistic bookshelf speaker. The centre channel is supplied with a shelf mounting option.

For more, visit the official Monitor Audio website click here.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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