Monitor Audio has announced the second generation of its popular, affordable, ultra-compact MASS surround sound system. At first glance, you might have trouble making a connection between the lantern-like shapes of the original MASS satellites and sub, and the rounded cubes of this new second-gen system. Indeed, on the interior the speakers have been given a beefy updated, as well, including new drivers and new crossovers. But as with their forebears, Monitor Audio promises to deliver incredibly room-filling, high-fidelity, high-impact sound from this diminutive new system.
More info directly from the announcement:
The second generation of the MASS surround sound system has been designed to deliver an improved audio performance from gracefully refined smaller cabinets that will complement any home. Loaded with Monitor Audio's renowned speaker technology, and with a choice of stylish cloth covers, MASS is an affordable and elegant package created to deliver a truly immersive sound.
MASS is a high performance, compact 5.1 home cinema system comprised of five satellite speakers and a subwoofer designed to be sympathetic to the styling of modern rooms. The new drivers and crossover ensure the system produces class-leading sound.
Quick and easy to set up, MASS will bring a true home cinema experience into any room to allow the full appreciation of a movie's soundtrack. Action sequences will set the spine tingling and voices will be perfectly reproduced with pure clarity.
Gamers and Home Cinema enthusiasts alike will love how MASS will make them feel like they are right in the middle of the action, taking their surround sound and gaming experience to a whole new level. Every nuance of sound is reproduced in perfect detail by the satellite speakers and the subwoofer provides deep bass grunt.
The bespoke stands are carefully designed for the optimum listening position, and their graceful lines complement the speakers' stylish cloth covering. Available in Midnight (black-blue) and Mist (white-grey), the specifically made cloth covers have been developed to be acoustically transparent and to give the feel of a luxury piece of soft furnishing. The satellite speakers feature a cloth-wrapped rear cover to hide cables and connections to ensure they give a clean silhouette in any home environment.
MASS offers an affordable way to achieve exceptional home cinema and a new acoustic standard.
The new MASS stands have been designed to enhance the contemporary aesthetic of the range and to enable the satellite speakers to perform at an optimal height. They feature a precision cut base and pole and an integrated bracket to allow simple speaker attachment and a channel to discreetly hide the speaker cable.
MASS Surround Sound System (5.1 System): $950 ea (MSRP)
MASS Satellite Stand: $160 ea (MSRP)
Available mid-late May 2019
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