2013 Product of the Year Entrant
Monitor Audio Shadow series
MSRP: $849 - $1649(Depends on model)
Monitor Audio’s Shadow series is a high tech, super slim on-wall speaker system, specifically designed to complement ultra slim T.V. screens as part of a discreet high performance home theater system. Shadow provides a stylish, no-compromise performance solution. Unique and innovative design features result in a wafer thin total depth of only 1 ½".
The four Shadow models are equipped with a new flat-profile ‘concertina’ 4" mid/bass driver and a redesigned version of our world famous C-CAM 1" tweeter. The 4" driver uses a reinforced flat RDT radiating surface, comprising an ultra-light but ultra-rigid sandwich of C-CAM material bonded to a Rohacell core. Designed to reproduce the massive dynamic swings of film soundtracks and high resolution music files, this extremely rigid driver cone is held in a high power Neodymium magnetic field by an ingenious concertina-style suspension, providing an exceptionally responsive, uniformly controlled and extended excursion. Each driver is bolted to the back of its cabinet but ‘floats’ within an airtight neoprene seal at the front, which de-couples the driver from the baffle. The result is greater audio accuracy over a wider bandwidth from a driver compact enough to operate within a cabinet depth of just 1 ½".
The larger Shadow designs feature passive 4" Auxiliary Bass Radiators (ABR): flat sheets of aluminium powered by reflex loading within the cabinet and tuned to provide the mid-bass impact that punctuates fast action, and adds subtle bass weight in quieter scenes.
The impossibly slender matt-black cabinet is constructed from a single piece of aluminium, precision machined to provide rigidity and naturally low resonance. Each speaker is easy to install on a solid or stud wall using two direct-to-wall flush fixings. The speakers feature ‘invisible’ cable entry and connection as well as removable magnetic grilles and end trims, which conceal fixings and terminals.
Learn more about Shadow series
The new Shadow range is engineered to achieve an astonishing unity of wafer-thin design and life-like sound, complete with the natural dynamism and wideband response you'd expect from larger, more obtrusive speakers. This elusive blend of high performance and lifestyle appeal is the work of innovative flat-profile driver designs, developed using new materials and thousands of hours of Computer Aided Design and performance simulation. A special ‘concertina' driver suspension design provides high excursion from a low profile assembly, and individually tuned 4" low profile ABR drivers (S50/S60/Centre) provide punchy bass without the noise associated with ported designs. To complete the design, a black anodised aluminium finish is used for excellent aesthetic results.
Partner the thinnest of HD TVs with pristine high resolution audio from any combination of Shadow speakers. We've developed Shadow with the help of professional installers to remove the hassle from fitting a Shadow system. With just two secure ‘invisible' fixings per speaker, and invisible terminals as well, the Shadow speakers will blend quickly and beautifully in any space, creating an enveloping naturally dynamic sound as vivid as anything on the screen.
The four Shadow speakers are conceived to work in pairs for music, or combined in supremely low profile multi-channel systems, ready to unleash the full audio impact of today's Blu-ray and other HD audio sources. There are two main speakers: the Shadow 50 and the Shadow 60 (for 50"+ displays), the Shadow Centre speaker: a dedicated centre-channel design supplied with a shelf/rack mounting option, and the diminutive Shadow 25 rear effects speaker, supplied with a shelf stand option.
Monitor Audio's Shadow series features a special 'concertina' driver suspension arrangement, which provides high excursion from a low profile assembly. A specially developed 1" C-CAM tweeter design features a unique venting and rear loading chamber. The low resonance design provides clean, pure sound at a lower frequency crossover point.
Shadow speakers feature one piece aluminium extruded cabinet construction. This alloy extrusion provides a slim profile, maximizes internal cabinet volume and provides high rigidity to prevent resonance.
An ultra slim depth of 1 ½" complements the slimmest T.V screens. Shadow speakers feature a perfect flat to wall attachment. No additional bracket depth provides quick and easy installation. The invisible cable entry provides easy installation and connection as well.
The removable magnetic grille assembly is designed to provide low sonic intrusion, and with the matt black finish, the Shadow series speakers provide discreet aesthetics.
Monitor Audio is a British-owned designer and manufacturer of excellent quality, award-winning loudspeakers. With 15 categories of loudspeakers, including traditional box speakers, Airstream wireless speaker systems, and custom installation speakers for ultra discreet high quality sound around the home and outside, Monitor Audio continue the tradition they started in 1972 of combining style, high performance and value into everything they do.
Whatever your taste and budget you’ll discover a Monitor Audio speaker that answers your desire for great sound. We want you to share and enjoy the blend of style, quality, performance and sophistication that makes Monitor Audio unique.
Monitor Audio has become the world’s foremost expert in developing metal dome drivers. The Ceramic-Coated Aluminium Magnesium (C-CAM®) metal alloy driver cones used throughout our comprehensive range are very light, but very rigid and strong. Such a magical mix of properties allows them to reproduce the most delicate musical atmospherics as well as the dynamic bass excursions of movie action scenes or an explosive kick drum barrage. Our proprietary C-CAM® drivers can be much smaller than conventional designs and yet operate way beyond the limits of human audibility without distortion. This means that we can design slimmer, more elegant cabinets around them, so you enjoy class-leading audio performance from speakers that better suit your décor and lifestyle. And since they all share a consistency of tonal accuracy, our on-wall, in-wall, floor or stand-mounting speakers may be mixed for the perfect aesthetic and sonic result in any environment. In the strength and depth of our ever-evolving product portfolio, Monitor Audio continues to demonstrate the power of a high quality, high performance loudspeaker brand that serves every application, taste and budget — and every possible desire.
902 McKay Rd
Monitor Audio Products
Airstream WS100 Wireless Speakers
With Monitor Audio’s Airstream WS100 wireless speakers, you needn’t work too hard for great sound. Position the speakers, plug-in the USB transmitter and play CD-quality sound wire-free. It’s that simple!
Monitor Audio’s Shadow series is a stylish, no-compromise performance on-wall solution. It’s specifically designed to complement the profile of flat TV displays and for super-discreet installation around the home.
Controlled Performance (CP) Trimless Series
Complete with integrated fully-sealed back boxes, Monitor Audio’s latest “Controlled Performance” range offers installers the most direct route to discreet high performance audio in almost any acoustic environment. Ten new models across four performance levels provide a wide choice of in-wall and in-ceiling options. In every case a precision-optimised system of drivers and enclosure perfected by our latest technologies, simplifies the installation of discreet high performance sound. Unlike open-backed designs whose success is subject to the properties of the wall cavity behind, the new CPs will deliver the full potential of Monitor Audio’s award-winning speaker engineering. This means that in typical stud-wall and ceiling structures, installers and their clients are guaranteed excellent audio quality and versatility, as well as a superior level of sound isolation between rooms and floors. Not only can audio be controlled for optimum results, new trimless bezels and super-discreet, paintable magnetic grilles allow the CP range to blend almost invisibly with walls and ceilings for a near seamless integration with décor. Once easily and securely installed via Monitor Audio’s patented tri-grip mounting, high performance is assured with Monitor Audio’s Controlled Performance (CP) In-ceiling / In-wall speakers.