We have brought in two new manufactures of luxury audio gear to audition in our showroom. These brands are well known through out the hifi world, so we thought we would give them a try to see if they offered anything for our clients. Hegel, a Norwegian power company, has a well established brand with many patents that is evidence of their commitment to sound. And there is Triangle, a French manufacturer and one of Europe’s leading brands.
After we wrangled all the wires and connected a digital source from our Autonomic Mirage Media Server, we sat down for our first listening session. First up is our Monitor Audio Platinum II 300 speakers paired with the Hegel H160 stereo receiver. We have been listening to these speakers for quite sometime paired with a nice Yamaha Aventage stereo receiver, so we are very familiar with the sound signature. First impression: Simply amazing. Read More
The CES 2016 show in Las Vegas came and went this year with Monitor Audio receiving a Jimmy Award. Jim Saxon of Audio Beat awarded the Platinum II 200 floor standing loudspeaker from the flagship Platinum II series the best bedroom system of the year. From our perspective, if you are putting this speaker in a bedroom, you have done something! Having said that this award is given to products that, quite simply, grant the listener pure enjoyment and happiness.
“Instead of parsing the sound of every system, I let the senses rule. Upon detecting artistry, I felt happy. If not, I felt impatient. In rooms with silent displays, I let the old bond trader in me sniff value for money. Most importantly, I did not let outrageous price tags arouse my animosity. I simply applied the Saxon Happiness Index (SHI) and all was well.”
– Jim Saxon, The Audio Beat
Ultimately, Jim had this to say about the loudspeaker:
“Their six-foot-tall Platinum 500 II loudspeakers commandeered the living room. Although the display was fine, on the way out my ear caught a more ingratiating melody from the bedroom. There, the diminutive floorstanding Platinum 200 II was mated to Cyrus electronics to sterling effect.”
“At a conversational volume level, the Platinum 200 II was tonally balanced and sweetly detailed, a panacea for overburdened auditory ossicles.”
“My guess is that Cyrus’s Stereo 200 amplifier ($3499) contributed greatly. The Stereo 200’s clever impedance-detection circuitry enables the class-D amplifier to adjust the output where the speaker needs it most. A speaker-tracking power amp!”
“For Best Bedroom-Sized Stereo System, Monitor Audio shares a Jimmy Award with Cyrus Audio.”
– Jim Saxon, The Audio Beat
You can read Jim’s full write up on his awards for CES 2016 here. Happy days!
Custom installation is a little different than retail. Our main focus is to engineer and design the best residential and commercial systems possible for our clients. With this in mind, we bring in the best products possible to complete our system designs. For some of our clients who demand a higher degree of hi fi listening, we offer Monitor Audio speakers for this specific purpose. With a growing history of fine installations and good business practices, we have available to us almost any high end speaker line we want. We have selected Monitor Audio as our primary speaker brand for our clients who demand more.
Monitor Audio is a leading British manufacturer of loudspeakers with the best selling tower speaker in Europe. And for good reason. Each speaker line is considered best in class and usually costs less than the closest competitor. Monitor Audio usually beats the competition such as B&W and KEF hands down in head to head comparisons.
To demonstrate our position and bring our clients from the abstract into reality, we have set up a 2-channel listening room featuring Monitor Audio loudspeakers. We can’t bring in every speaker, so we have a representation of entry level and high-end. You will be blown away by both, if your ears demand a lot from your music.