Published On: July 4, 2024

Monitor Audio Launches Studio 89 Loudspeakers

Published On: July 4, 2024
Last Updated on: July 9, 2024
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Monitor Audio Launches Studio 89 Loudspeakers

The new Studio 89 loudspeakers from Monitor Audio combine a tribute to the brand’s historic designs with state-of-the-art audio innovations.

Monitor Audio Launches Studio 89 Loudspeakers

Monitor Audio has launched its new Studio 89 loudspeakers, a compact stand-mount solution designed to deliver high-quality sound in a sleek package. These speakers are positioned as a modern tribute to the original Studio Series from the 1980s while integrating the latest in audio technology.

The Studio 89 loudspeakers pay homage to their predecessors, particularly the Studio 15 model introduced in 1989. These new speakers retain the classic high-gloss black finish and gold-anodized drivers, a nod to their historical lineage. 

Despite their compact size, the Studio 89 speakers promise to deliver a soundstage and detail levels that rival much larger systems. The aesthetic design is unique within the current Monitor Audio range, combining modern technology with a vintage look.

A pair of Studio 89 loudspeakers.

At the core of the Studio 89 loudspeakers is the 'point source' MTM (Mid-Tweeter-Mid) Array driver unit, featuring a third-generation MPD III (Micro-Pleated Diaphragm) high-frequency transducer and RDT III (Rigid Diaphragm Technology) 4.25-inch bass-mid drivers. These technologies, also used in Monitor Audio's flagship Hyphn and Platinum 3G Series, are designed to provide precise and lifelike sound reproduction.

The MPD III tweeters use a micro-pleated diaphragm, which reduces distortion and flattens the frequency response, resulting in a wider and cleaner sound. The RDT III mid/bass drivers consist of a C-CAM (ceramic-coated aluminum magnesium) outer skin, a Nomex honeycomb central core, and a woven carbon fiber underside. This construction ensures the drivers are lightweight yet strong, allowing for accurate sound reproduction with minimal distortion.

The Studio 89’s cabinet is meticulously crafted to enhance performance, the company claims. The geometry includes thick walls, precision-placed internal bracing, and through-bolt technology, which collectively create a rigid housing that minimizes unwanted vibrations. This rigidity allows the drivers to operate optimally, producing clear and detailed sound.

Monitor Audio Studio 89 loudspeakers on stands.

Additionally, the speakers feature HiVe II slot ports designed to optimize airflow and reduce turbulence and air noise. This design element ensures that the sound produced is both powerful and clear, enhancing the overall listening experience.

Monitor Audio has put significant effort into the crossover design, using high-quality components and extensive listening tests to ensure optimal performance. The crossover ensures a seamless frequency response across all drivers, contributing to the speakers' musical neutrality and acoustic transparency.

Technical Specifications:

  • Speaker Configuration: Two-way with MTM (Midrange-Tweeter-Midrange) Driver Array.
    • 1 x MPD III Tweeter
    • 2 x 41/4”  RDT III, C-CAM bass-mid drive
  • Baffle: Rigid die-cast aluminum baffle with through-bolt driver fixings 
  • Ports: Ported (Bass Reflex) cabinet design featuring twin velocity reflex HiVe II slot ports 
  • Port Tuning Frequency: 58 Hz
  • Sensitivity: (2.83v @ 1m, Free-Field):  86dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: (RMS into 4 Ohm, Music Signal): 50 – 300 W
  • Continuous Power Handling: (RMS into 6 Ohms,  Pink Noise with 6dB Crest Factor):  150 W
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 4.2 Ohms @ 220 Hz
  • Frequency Response Free-Field (-6dB):  53 – 60 kHz
  • Frequency Response, In-Room (-6dB): 48 Hz – 60 kHz
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 113 dB 
  • Crossover Frequency: 2400 Hz
  • Speaker Terminals: Precision-machined rhodium-plated.
  • External Dimensions w/Speaker Terminals (HWD): 340 x 157 x 361 mm (133/8 x 63/16 x 143/16”)
  • Weight (Each Speaker): 7.6 kg (16 lbs 12 oz)
  • Finishes Available: High-gloss black with gold drive unit cones

The Monitor Audio Studio 89 loudspeakers are available for purchase at an RRP of £2,000 (€2,350 / $2,500) per pair. Additionally, bespoke stands designed to complement the Studio 89 are available for an extra £500 (€600 / $625) per pair. These stands feature a steel top plate, extruded aluminum poles, die-cast aluminum base, and adjustable feet to provide stable support for the speakers.

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