Monitor Audio Concept 50 is the ultimate speaker statement

posted on Friday, 3rd June 2022 by Steve May

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Monitor Audio has unveiled a prototype loudspeaker to mark its 50th anniversary. The Concept 50 has been designed as ‘the ultimate statement’ and is the brainchild of Monitor Audio’s Technical Director, Michael Hedges, and Design Director, Charles Minett.

“No loudspeaker is perfect,” says Hedges. “Using our experience and understanding of the physics, we’ve strived to design a real loudspeaker to be as close as possible to perfect. This has been attempted by others many times but with Concept 50 we believe we’ve got closer than anyone has before.”

For soundstage and imaging to be as accurate as possible the sound must come from a single point and have a consistent directivity, explains Hedges. “Concept 50 achieves this through the innovative placement and design of each of its drivers, a tightly grouped tweeter and mid-range cluster called ‘The Array’, plus a compact inward facing pair of force cancelled bass assemblies.”

The Concept 50 bass drivers are anchored together in pairs facing each other in a ‘Force Cancelling’ configuration. This exact symmetry means the unwanted vibrational energy each driver generates from an audio signal is cancelled by its opposing twin. The brand says this is especially useful on bass drivers which usually transmit these unwanted vibrations through the cabinet.

The enclosed bass cabinet is made of mineral and acrylic stone, thermoformed and precision machined, while the mid and high frequency drivers are mounted within a precision machined solid aluminium baffle.

Monitor Audio’s Design Director, Charles Minett, says: “Our mission to create a loudspeaker like no other both in performance and looks was no easy challenge. However, by using Concept 50’s two unique driver configurations as the backbone of its structure, we have been able to create a unique aesthetic which demands attention but does not overpower a space like many of its contemporaries. This allows us to make a statement which looks forward not back. Concept 50 is about generating ideas that can form the basis of our loudspeaker development for the next generation of audio enthusiasts.”

Monitor Audio says the prototype will develop into a flagship product, which will go into production later this year.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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