Monitor Audio R952MD loudspeaker System

Sidebar 1: System

The test procedure followed, with minor changes, that established for my previous loudspeaker reviews: the speakers were used both with Audio Research SP-10 II/Motif MS-100 and Krell KRS2/KSA-50 amplification. A Mission Cyrus 2 integrated amplifier was also used, being more representative of the kind of hardware to be found driving speakers at this price level. Source components included a Mission PCM 7000 CD player, and both a 1987 Linn Sondek/Ittok/Troika combination sitting on a Sound Organisation table and an LP12/SME V/Koetsu Red player sitting on a RATA Torlyte stand.

An alternative system consisted of a Stax Quattro CD player used straight into the Motif amplifier via the PAS-01 passive preamplifier to be described in Vol.11 No.2, to obtain the most musically transparent sound from silver disc. Interconnect was Monster Interlink M1000; speaker cable was Monster M1. The loudspeakers were carefully positioned for optimum performance, and coupled to the tile-on-concrete floor beneath the rug with screw-in spikes. As well as a rigorous listening test, with no other speakers in the room, each pair of speakers was used for an extended period of everyday use.—John Atkinson

COMPANY INFO
Monitor Audio Ltd.
US distributor: Kevro International Inc.
902 McKay Road, Suite 4
Pickering, Ontario L1W 3X8, Canada
(905) 428-2800
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