We’ve reviewed plenty of soundbars here at TrustedReviews, but the ones we’ve seen tend to be a substitute for a full 5.1-channel speaker system. But Monitor Audio has taken a different approach by launching a soundbar that’s designed to be incorporated into a 5.1-channel speaker system.
The Radius One HD is Monitor Audio’s first soundbar and it incorporates the left, right and centre channels into one sleek, compact cabinet, which not only cuts down on clutter but also allows you to mount it on the wall below a flatpanel TV (using the supplied bracket).
It’s a sumptuous-looking unit, boasting a piano black lacquer finish and curved speaker grilles arranged in a pleasingly symmetrical layout. On the back of the unit are three separate pairs of high-quality binding posts for the left, right and centre channels.
You could quite easily use the soundbar on its own and enjoy a high-quality front soundstage, but for the proper home cinema experience you’ll need to add rear channels, and that’s where the Radius 45HD speakers come in. Measuring just 100 x 100 x 100mm, these gorgeous compact cubes are small enough to stick on the ceiling or wall (using the supplied mounts) or they can be perched on the bespoke Radius floor stands.
Of course, no home cinema system would be complete without a subwoofer, and handling this system’s bass duties is the Radius 360 HD. Like the other components it’s admirably compact, which is great news if you’re keen to hide it away in a corner, but we don’t think you’ll want to as it’s styled in the same elegant piano black lacquer finish as the other speakers. It’s also fitted with silicon rubber feet that aim to reduce resonance, plus the back panel is covered in knobs and switches that give you a lot of control over the bass output.
You’ll find volume and crossover frequency controls (the latter can be set from 40Hz up to 180Hz) plus a switch that flips the phase 180 degrees and another that lets you select between music or movie settings, which changes the sub’s response accordingly. You’ll also find stereo phono inputs, a power switch and a light that tells you when the sub’s active.