|Monitor Audio’s New Radius Series Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater News Bookshelf-Monitor Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 06 October 2003|
The new Monitor Audio compact Radius 90 (just 7.5 ” in height) has been primarily designed as a satellite for use in a multi-channel audio or video system. Combined with the Radius 360, the Radius 90 forms a system with clarity and dynamics. The Radius 90 can also be used on its own as a secondary system in a bedroom or dorm room etc. The die-cast metal wall bracket supplied has a very shallow profile and holds the Radius 90 close to the wall with a neat appearance. Full pivoting of the bracket allows the speaker to be directed towards the listening area. Supplied with both black and silver interchangeable grilles, the Radius 90 can be customized to suit a particular décor or individual taste requirements. The Radius 90 has a -3db response down to 75 Hz, so compatibility with most surround receivers is assured. The Beech and Rosemah real wood veneer and Gloss Black and Video Silver lacquer finishes are crafted to the same exacting standards as Monitor Audio’s reference speaker systems. Its SRP is $199.00 each.
The Radius 180 is a versatile package that can be used as a center channel as part of a multi-channel audio/video system, or as a main speaker. The Radius 180 can be used vertically or horizontally and due to the very shallow depth ( 3.75 inch) it is good for use with Plasma T.V.s or in places where space is at a premium. The Radius 180 can be used on its own as a main speaker system and has enhanced bass performance over the Radius 90, mainly due to the larger ported cabinet design. The die-cast metal wall bracket supplied has a very shallow profile and holds the Radius 180 close to the wall. Full pivoting of the bracket allows the speaker to be directed towards the listening area. Supplied with both black and silver interchangeable grilles, the Radius 180 comes in real wood Beech and Rosemah veneers and Gloss black and Video Silver lacquer finishes with an SRP of $229.00 each.
The Monitor Audio Radius 360 is very compact sub-woofer with a powerfully built 100-Watt RMS amplifier. The Radius 360 offers discreet aesthetics and due to the downward firing bass driver and sealed box design, it can be positioned almost anywhere in the room. The Radius 360 can be used with any of the Radius satellite or main speaker packages and due to its control settings it will also be compatible with most other speaker packages. The many functions and controls help the system to be ‘tweaked’ in order to gain the best possible performance in the desired position of operation. Speaker level connections are provided to facilitate operation with satellite speakers in a two channel audio system, or where no RCA outputs are provided on the amplifier. Speaker outputs have a built-in passive high pass filter to provide increased power handling of the satellite/ main speaker system. RCA stereo inputs and LFE input are also provided for connection to a stereo amplifier, or a dedicated home cinema receiver amplifier. The auto on-off function allows the Radius 360 to be automatically switched on when an input signal is received, and then switched off after a time period when no input signal is detected. An additional Movies/Music switch allows the listener to select the 360 for primary use, however this feature can also be used to help room positioning where more (or less) bass impact may be desirable. Constructed from 19mm MDF throughout, the Radius 360 subwoofer is solid and reassuringly heavy and is available in both the Gloss Black and Video Silver lacquer finishes as well as Rosemah and Beech veneers. Its SRP is $549.00.