Monitor Audio Studio 6 loudspeaker Review context
Power amplifiers were either a pair of Mark Levinson No.20.6 monoblocks or a YBA 2 HC, while the preamplifier was variously the Melos SHA-1 headphone amplifier used as a line-stage, the YBA 2, or the new remote-controlled Mark Levinson No.38. A Mod Squad Phono Drive EPS amplified LP signals from a Linn Sondek/Cirkus/Trampolin/Lingo/Ekos/Arkiv setup sitting on an ArchiDee table. Digital source was either a Mark Levinson No.30 or a Krell Reference 64, both driven by a Mark Levinson No.31 transport via AudioQuest Pro 2 ST-optical (Krell) or Madrigal AES/EBU (No.30).
Interconnects used were all AudioQuest Lapis, while speaker cable was a 5' bi-wired set of AudioQuest Sterling. All source components and preamps were plugged into a Power Wedge 116, itself plugged into one of my listening room's two specially installed AC circuits and fitted with the Power Enhancer option. The Studio 6es sat on 24", lead-shot-filled Celestion Si stands, and were interfaced to the stand top-plates with small Blu-Tack pads.—John Atkinson