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pdoyen
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Monitor Audio Studio 2

Has anyone heard of these speakers?  Does anyone have them?  Stereofile has a review from 1995, plus there's one from gramophone.

http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/295monitor/index.html

http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page/December%201994/190/804779/Monitor+Audio+Studio+2

http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/monitor-audio/studio-2se/prd_120198_1594crx.aspx
 

It looks like one of those rare small relatively sensitive speakers.  Impressions?  Amp suggestion?

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Got nothing!

If that's real wood they are very nice looking. Other than that I have no knowledge. Welcome to the forum!

BTW: I would take reviews from Audio Review with a large grain of salt. People who buy a product and write a review for AR are usually very enthusiastic and not very informative.

I'm from the school that says you can't ever have enough power. I have +2KW pushing a pair of esl's and two sub woofers. 

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Thanks for the welcome! I

Thanks for the welcome!

I hear you about Audio Review enthusiasm...but I've scrounged the internet for references to these guys, and everything I come across suggests that these are remarkable sounding little speakers, at least in the mid to higher ranges (they drop off around 55 Hz).  And yes, it is real wood...from what I've read it seems like Monitor Audio was once known for their cabinets.  I just caught the pair in good condition for 400 bucks...considering they retailed for 1200 I figured it was a good investment.  

Since the speakers are so small I'd really like to get a relatively compact amp to power them...I hear you about the power, but I don't know if I necessarily belong to that school.  I heard a wonderful little system yesterday powered by a little 10 watt tube amp.  But I'm no audiophile, so what do I know.

Audio Monitor rates the Studio 2's sensitivity at 89...but it looks like it's closer to around 84-85.  Can I get a smaller amp (not necessarily tiny, but no 50 pound monsters) to power these guys?  I'd really like to invest in a tube amp if possible...do you a 15-20 watt tube would be enough to play well at medium levels?  Keep in mind, I'm not blaring my system here...it'll be in a small bedroom area.

I was thinking about this guy:

http://www.hi-end.on9mart.com

Thanks in advance for any advice.  I'll make sure to do a little write-up on them when they arrive.

EDIT:  Just got your message in the other thread...I see now that this is not nearly enough power.  Thanks!

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