Monitor Audio ASB-2 specs

By Danny Phillips


Key Features

  • 160W power output
  • AirPlay, DLNA and uPnP streaming
  • C-CAM drivers
  • 3D sound processing
  • Three HDMI inputs
  • Manufacturer: Monitor Audio
  • Review Price: £999.00
Quick Glance
3D Ready Yes
HDMI Input 3
HDMI Output 1
Microphone 0
Composite Video In 0
Component Video In 0
Component Video Out 0
S/PDIF Optical In 1
S/PDIF Coax In 1
Subwoofer Out 1
Stereo Line In 2
Stereo Line Out 0
iPod Dock No
Power 160
Physical Specifications
Height 180
Width 1005
Depth 167
Weight 11.5kg
3D Ready Yes
Number of Speakers 6
Supported Channels 2.1
DVD Player No
Blu-ray player No
Audio Processing 3D sound
Dolby Digital No
Dolby Pro Logic II No
Dolby TrueHD No
DTS Master Audio HD No


May 23, 2014, 1:55 pm

I have sadly just returned my ASB-2 to my retailer. When I decided to buy a sound bar I reviewed and sound tested in the shop a number including the Sonos and Yamaha. The ASB-2 sound was fantastic across the dynamic range and head and shoulders above the others. However when setting it up in your home and plugging it into you devices things start to go wrong.
In theory all those HDMI and other ports give you so many options, in practice to make them work however, is a nightmare. The clumsy visual display only works when it is set HDMI subset HDMI 1 and not with any other HDMI, optical input or any other configuration for that matter. You therefore have to rely on a series of flashing coloured lights to work out which input the ASB-2 is set to. To add to the confusion HDMI and Optial are the same colour.
White is HDMI and as there are four HDMI options you have to count the number of flashes to work out which setting you want.
The remote is minimalist, too minimalist for its own good. to change source type you have to press the source button down for a second or so and it will change through each main source type, miss It, and you have to start again. Once you have selected the main source you then have to press the button again this time for a short period to scroll through each sub source type. Miss it and you start again. press it too long and its changed main source type again
Your still with me?
I spent my 20 minutes talking my wife and family through the options and button pressing just so they could watch TV. Why because it does not always default to TV when its switched on. Your smart TV remotes may change the volume but not the source, so keep them nearby.
The final straw is that every twenty minutes or so it switches automatically to airplay and kills the sound. you then have to reset, switch to the source you want. Audio Monitor know about this fault but have admitted to me they have not found a solution
This is a deeply flawed product whilst it sounds great and spec has all these extra options such as airplay for the £1,000 it costs it does not work properly. The next model needs a proper visual display on the machine, a proper remote with buttons for each source and be more intuitive to the devices that are plugged into it, not forgetting they need to fix the problem with airplay.
Unlike the Trusted Review I give this product 2 stars and now I am off to collect a Sonos sound bar and sub !!


September 8, 2014, 5:52 pm

Hi all

I wanted to know which of the following are better

Monitor asb2
B&W Panaromoma 2

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