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My Audio Design 1920S Monitors Review Print E-mail
Monday, 24 June 2013
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My Audio Design 1920S Monitors Review
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Marc Philips Interview
ImageMAD, or My Audio Design, is a British firm making waves with their extensive line of loudspeakers, ranging from mini monitors to large, floor standing, full range models. Offering custom designs and finishes, MAD speakers are quite beautiful. The company has been around since 2005, and their three speaker lines include the 1900, the Grand, and Noble lines.

I had seen their ads in British hi-fi magazines for years, and noted various show reports that spoke highly of them, and I found myself eager to review one of their products. It just so happens that Colleen Cardas Imports recently picked up the line for distribution in the States. They also import Italian-made Unison Research electronics and Opera speakers, which have been the subject of several reviews here. They also handle Pure Audio, reference quality gear from New Zealand. Marc Phillips offered me a pair of their 1920S two-way monitors to evaluate, and knowing Marc has great taste, I agreed for a variety of reasons.

The 1920S is the “signature” version of their 1920 model. The 1920 is noted as being a very modern take on the legendary LS3/5A BBC monitor. This design was licensed to a number of manufacturers including Rogers, Spendor, Harbeth, and more. It just so happens I grew up listening to several pairs of Rogers LS3/5As and have owned, and still own, models from Spendor and Harbeth. As you can imagine, having fond memories of the LS3/5A, I am always curious to hear products inspired by it.

As pleasing and magically musical as the LS3/5A was, it was not without its faults. It was not efficient, had no real bass, and some complained they were plain looking.  Subsequent variations on the theme improved on its shortcomings somewhat, and more exotic finishes were being offered. MAD has decided to up the ante with the 1920/1920S by deviating from the original design a bit.  First, there is a rear port, secondly, while the front baffle is similar in dimensions as the LS3/5A, the 1920S is deeper, and lastly, the 1920S is easier to drive

By the way, the differences between the 1920 and the 1920S are small but significant. Both use the same drivers, have the same basic specifications, and are the same size. However, MAD says the “S” model has a much more advanced cabinet. According their technical literature, “we have reconstructed the cabinet with a more advanced version of our proprietary DRC (Damping Resonance Control) and SWC technology.” The 1920S does go 3 Hz deeper in the bass than the 1920 according to the published specs.

The “S” model also features beautiful gloss finishes in a variety of colors. Selling for approximately $3450, I found the 1920S' finish and build quality to be excellent, with very good quality binding posts and an overall classy feel. One should expect this from products at this price point, and they deliver. 1920Ss are equipped with cloth grilles, which were left off for all listening.


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