Monitor Audio R300/MD loudspeaker Review System

Sidebar 1: Review System

The Monitor Audios were used with a pair of VTL 100W Compact monoblocks, connected with Monster M1 speaker cable, while the preamplifier was a combination of the Mod Squad Line Drive Deluxe AGT and Vendetta Research SCP2 phono preamp. Source components consisted of a Marantz CD-94 CD player used to drive a Sony DAS-R1 D/A converter, a 1975-vintage Revox A77 to play my own 15ips master tapes, and a Linn Linn Sondek/Ekos/Troika setup sitting on a Sound Organisation table to play LPs. Interconnect was Audioquest LiveWire Lapis.

The speakers sat on a pair of Arcici "Rigid Riser" stands, which have a height adjustable with two grub screws between 20" and 36". The loudspeakers were carefully positioned for optimum performance, and both stands and floorstanding speakers were coupled to the tile floor beneath the rug with spikes. In addition to a rigorous listening test, with no other speakers in the room, the R300/MDs speakers were used for a period of everyday use.—John Atkinson

Monitor Audio
North American distributor: Kevro International Inc.
902 McKay Road, Unit 4
Pickering, Ontario L1W 3X8, Canada
(800) 667-6065