Monitor Audio Vector 5.1-Channel Speaker System Review - Monitor Audio Vector Review


On the inside, the V10 features a 4in MMPII (Metal Matrix Polymer) bass driver and a 1in gold C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium Magnesium) dome tweeter that delivers a frequency range from 65Hz up to well over 30kHz. The front baffles and drivers are fixed in place by a single through-bolt to ensure cabinet rigidity and keep ugly screws from ruining the stylish look.

The V20 centre speaker is similarly constructed, sharing the same drivers and therefore the same tonal characteristics, but it has slightly extended bass response for dialogue reproduction and is positioned horizontally (although you can use it vertically if you wish).

The supplied subwoofer is the VW-8, which is incredibly compact (measuring 320 x 280 x 280 mm) and comes equipped with a 100W class A-B amplifier and a 8in long throw MMPII woofer. It’s the rarest of things – a sub that you’ll want out on show rather than tucked away in a corner, due to its sparkly black finish, curved corners and all-round cuteness. But it’s also rigidly constructed – you can’t see any joins, so it feels like one solid chunk of MDF perched on rubber feet.

There’s also plenty of stuff to tweak on the sub’s rear panel, including dials to adjust the volume and crossover frequency (between 45Hz and 150Hz) and switches for phase control and On/Off/Auto selection (the latter turns the sub on when it detects a signal). You’ll also find RCA line inputs.

If you’re looking for a little more oomph for a larger room, then you can upgrade to the RadiusHD 370 sub, which costs around £500 and comes in black/white lacquer and walnut finishes. The VW-8 can also be purchased separately and used to accompany other speaker systems.

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