Arcam Solo Muso Mini Metal Monitor a versatile bookshelf loudspeaker alternative

posted on Monday, 7th August 2017 by Steve May

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Looking for small, high performance music loudspeakers? Arcam’s Solo Muso ‘Metal Mini Monitor’ speaker could be just the ticket. Introduced to complement the brand’s Solo Movie and Music systems, it combines a position-anywhere attitude with the brand’s famed audiophile tuning.

First released in 2012, this latest iteration of the Solo Muso features a damped aluminium chassis with proprietary paper/fibre sandwich main cone and a pure aluminium dome tweeter. The enclosure is constructed from dual-layer aluminium/steel. The brand rates power handling at 80W, with 4 Ohm impedance.

A front-facing port ensures ease of placement. This allows the Muso speaker to be positioned close to walls, without interfering with the port response. To maximise effective bass, the port is bent internally and custom moulded with thick side walls to combat vibration, even at loud volumes.

Arcam suggests that as the Muso offers bass performance beyond that of a typical small speakers, it can be used as stereo pair in most rooms. However it can also be deployed in a 5.1 or 7.2 configuration for media rooms, partnered with the Solo subwoofer.  

The Solo sub features a 300 watt amplifier and a downward firing 10inch woofer. It can be connected wirelessly or wired. 

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What makes the Solo Muso speaker particularly interesting for installers are the bespoke matching wall-mounts and spiked tallboy floor stands (pictured). These make the enclosure a viable performance audio solution for most small rooms.

Available in black or silver,  the new Arcam Muso ‘Metal Mini Monitor’ retails singularly for £199  or £398 a pair. The matching Solo subwoofer is £499.  A Muso Solo 2.1 speaker system comprising both is priced at £897.

For more news stories about Arcam and its product range, visit our resource page 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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