Monitor Audio looks to integrate a hi-fi state of mind into TV watching
The ASB-10 (Active Soundbar) system, is equipped with proprietary driver/amp pairings, integrated Dolby Digital processing and Bluetooth aptX wire-free streaming. It features a compact 90 x 94mm cross section and spans just under a metre in length and arrives in a moulded polymer cabinet with black grille cloth and brushed aluminium end trims.
Inside is an array of four Monitor Audio 76mm C-CAM bass drivers (assisted by a brace of passive bass radiators), and twin 25mm Gold Dome C-CAM tweeters. The ASB-10’s proprietary drive-unit configuration is powered by as many as four integral DSP-trimmed amplifiers, individually calibrated by Monitor Audio engineers.
A single optical or coaxial SP-DIF link to the TV allows the ASB-10 to decode digital audio from connected sources. Activated automatically when a signal is received. The ABS-10 includes Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro-Logic II decoding plus Dolby’s Virtual Speaker processing, which
is designed to replicate a three-dimensional surround sound experience. The latter is enabled via a button located on the front panel or remote handset.
In addition the ASB-10 will allow streams of uncompressed CD-quality audio from smartphones and tablets through its Bluetooth apt-X wireless technology, and accept legacy analogue sources via a 3.5mm stereo input.
Monitor Audio has also developed the optional WS-10 active sub-woofer. Complete with three-position EQ and a digital wireless link to the ASB-10, the WS-10 comprises an 203mm C-CAM driver powered by a 120W amplifier.
The WS-10 can connect wire-free to other systems via Monitor Audio’s new WT-1 transmitter module. It is equipped with twin HiVe reflex ports.
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