Monitor Audio refreshes Radius loudspeaker range

posted on Thursday, 15th August 2013 by Steve May

home cinema  Hi-fi  Loudspeakers 

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Monitor Audio will introduce the latest iterations of its award-winning Radius range of loudspeakers this September. The refreshed eight-strong line-up comprises re-vamped Radius45 and Radius90 monitor speakers (which will retail for £200 and £350 a pair respectively), Radius270 floorstanders (£700), a slimline single enclosure Radius225 LCR (£275) and 65-mm deep Radius One soundbar (£500). All incorporate new metal drivers which the company says deliver more slam and lower distortion for more accurate bass definition. The line-up also includes two compact active subwoofers, the £500 Radius380 and £600 Radius390.

A new addition to the Radius family is the £200 Radius200 centre-channel. Intended as an alternative to the Radius225 LCR, this centre has been designed for mounting on a rack, cabinet or shelf.

The cosmetic finish across the board looks high, with the Radius45 and Radius90 models available in gloss black, gloss white and walnut finishes. They also utilize quick single point wall fixings, which is handy.

The all new all-metal driver configurations feature C-CAM bass drivers with the same concave cone profiles seen on the brand's Platinum and Gold GX loudspeakers. They're partnered with a new 25mm C-CAM tweeter which borrows from Monitor Audio's architectural in-walls. The Radius tweeter vents internally through a specially designed housing to a rear-loading chamber. The brand says the result is lower frequencies at the crossover point and a smoother, more natural response.

Monitor Audio has also boosted the performance of its active subwoofers. The Radius380 features twin 8-inch drivers powered by a 200W class D amplifier, while the Radius390 uses twin 10-inch cones powered by a 220W class D amp. These subs also sport a new dual driver configuration, with side-firing active and passive ABR C-CAM drivers. For a slicker look, the drivers are colour-coded to their cabinet finishes (the white models have silver driver cones; black and dark wood finishes have black cones). Both subs offer Impact, Music and Movie EQ presets plus 12V trigger control.

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Reviewed: Bristol Sound and Vision show 2013

 

 

 

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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