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      08.01.2012 16:39
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      A top notch buy

      These speakers provide an ideal solution for somebody wanting high quality sound whilst not paying extortionate amounts of money for it. These are usually priced at £400 but i managed to pick them up for £350 after looking around for a bit. They are floor-based speakers and are quite large and come in three colours. The ones shown are cherry vinyl but these also come in black and walnut which i purchased. It deals very well with both high pitch vocals as well as low bass sound with neither dominating the other. With the vocals, the stereo speakers give a crisp, pleasant sound with no high pitched vibrations making it painful to listen too. The bass produced is good and not overpowering but if you're a real audiophile then obviously it's worthwhile getting a sub-woofer if you can afford it. I like to listen to classical music through them and you can hear every instrument perfectly clear without any distortion or anything being more prominent than another. As an aside it is worth spending sometime placing them in the right position as you gain a nice balance between the two sounds coming from either speaker. The cables provided with them can stretch a fair way so can be manoeuvred to an ideal spot for enjoying the music. They are highly reliable and responsive,with the sound quality not deteriorating over the time i have had them (4 years) and have felt the were a real bargain for the quality of sound they produce. Of course Monitor Audio have a good reputation for quality and these speakers are no exception to the high standards you can expect from the company.

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        12.10.2010 16:36

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        The bass doesn't have the extension of the bigger models, but it still goes deep, with a fuller upper bass than the others, and the kind of presentation that is often described with the single word 'slam'. It's not the most neutral bass around, but it doesn't boom, and it is surprisingly tuneful.

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        03.09.2009 00:09
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        If you are looking for budget floorstanders these are great

        These speakers proudly continue the reputation that Monitor Audio has built up. There is still something of a debate amongst people when it comes to floorstanders or bookshelf speakers but floorstanders provide more more scale and depth than bookshelves so for me there is no contest. These floorstanders offer a front ported delivery so are not too choosy when it comes to positioning and will therefore cope admirably near a wall without having to worry about booming bass. These speakers do many things very well, their midrange is quite open and detailed, they deliver bass and depth with aplomb and really exhibit what a bargain they are. The treble is nice and neutral and transients in the music are delivered with real verve and excitement. It is the ability yo capture excitement which makes these speakers ideal for many genres in particular, dance rap and heavy rock music but in truth are true all rounders. Definitely recommended.

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