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Monitor Audio introduces Studio 89 standmount loudspeakers

  • Looks and sound quality matter in equal measure — that’s the messaging coming from Monitor Audio as it announces the Studio 89, a high-gloss black 2-way standmount loudspeaker that takes its cues from the British company’s Studio Series, last seen in the 1980s.

    From the press release: “Taking its inspiration from the original Studio 15, Studio 89 is resplendent in a high-gloss black finish, coupled with metal cone drivers finished in gold. Studio 89 is the only model Monitor Audio makes that is available in this luxurious finish.”

    The Studio 89 is built around a D’Appolito-arranged Mid-Tweeter-Mid (MTM) driver array that promises point source sound projection. In layman’s terms, we see a pair of 4.5″ mid-bass drivers vertically straddle an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) that Monitor Audio refers to as an “MPD (Micro-Pleated Diaphragm) III high-frequency transducer”. The three drivers are mounted in an aluminium frame fitted to – but acoustically decoupled from – the main cabinet.

    According to the press release, the Studio 89’s mid-bass drivers’ rigidity and strength reportedly come from an (RDT III) three-layer design borrowed from the flagship Hyphn: a Nomex honeycomb central core that’s skinned underneath by a layer of woven carbon fibre and topped by a layer of ceramic-coated aluminium (aka C-CAM) magnesium. The drivers are underpinned by ‘large’ voice coils and magnet structures.

    Stitching together the mid-bass drivers and the tweeter is a third-order crossover that, according to Monitor Audio, was designed as much by listening as by measurements to use “the best bespoke polypropylene and polyester capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core inductors”.

    Lastly, the cabinet dimensions give us a slender-than-average front baffle that measures 15.5cm across. To the rear though, the Studio 89 stretches twice the distance: 32.5cm. Outer wall thicknesses register 1.8cm at the front and 1.5cm on the sides with “precisely calculated and positioned internal walls” providing additional strength and bracing. At the rear, two turbulence-reducing slot ports – that Monitor Audio calls “high-velocity HiVe II slot ports” – straddle a vertically aligned pair of binding posts.

    How much? £2000, €2350 or US$2500​ per pair. The bespoke stands go for another £500, €600 or US$625 per pair. In Europe, that sums to €3000 for a speaker-stand package that pulls up to the KEF R3 Meta’s bumper. Hey-ho, let’s go!

    Further information: Monitor Audio

    Written by John Darko

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