The larger RX2 is designed as an audiophile compact 2-way speaker, having the efficiency and bandwidth of a much larger speaker, while being easier to position around the home. It offers extended high frequencies to resolve hidden detail, coupled with immense dynamic headroom and bass depth, so that all the delicacy and drama of your favourite music and film sound is revealed.
|System Format:||2 Way|
|Frequency Response:||40Hz - 35kHz|
|Nominal Impedance:||6 Ohms|
|Maximum SPL (dBA):||113.8|
|Power Handling (RMS):||100W|
|Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS):||25-100W|
|Bass Alignment:||Bass reflex - rear ported.
HiVe®II port System
|Tweeter Crossover Frequency:||2.0kHz|
|Drive Unit Complement:||1 x 8" RST® Bass/Mid driver. 1 x 1" (25mm) C-CAM® gold dome tweeter|
|Product External Dimensions:
(H x W x D)
|375 x 230 x 300 mm
(14 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 11 13/16 inch)
|Individual Weight:||9.5 Kg (20.88 lb)|
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.
The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
A new type of port technology which uses a straight rifled design to accelerate air flow and reduce turbulence. HiVe II technology has the ability to move air in and out much quicker than a conventional port, the result is fast powerful bass coupled with superior transient response.
The Rigid Surface Technology (RST) cone profile is inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, which demonstrates how a very light material (like paper) can be strengthened and made more rigid by making small and precise folds on its surface. Monitor Audio has applied this principle in designing the CAM/RST cones for the GX and RX ranges. Developed and perfected using sophisticated computer modelling (Finite Element Analysis), the GX mid and bass driver cones have been strengthened by a series of radial ribs; the RX driver cones by a pattern of dimples. Our simulations have proved that RST significantly increases cone rigidity, allowing the radiating surfaces to resist mechanical bending forces, which can twist the shape of conventional driver cones to produce distorted sound. The strengthening effect of RST means that we can use thinner, lighter and more responsive C-CAM cones, which provide speed and accuracy while offering greatly reduced distortion. The RST patterns also help to displace standing waves that can propagate on the cone's surface.
RX2 - Grand Raffinement, Beaute des timbres
"Tout paraît très équilibré."
"Ici, beauté, justesse et raffinement des timbres ont étés privilégiés."
"Le registre aigu est fluide et soyeux à la faveur des violons très convaincants et d'une belle richesse harmonique."
"La définition, sans défaut, évite toute forme de brillance."
28 March 2013 Rob Guenther
Bought these speakers as an upgrade from Paradigm Mini-Monitor v.3s. The Paradigms were half the price, and only half the speaker. The added warmth, clarity, and deeper bass I get from the RX2s is exactly what I wanted. The Paradigms just sounded lifeless and dull. The range from the RX2s is extremely impressive. The 8" driver is a rare find these days, and I'm glad MA is using one. The driver just makes a sub-woofer unnecessary. I have one for my home theater (where the Paradigms shall return as the rear speakers) but for my 2-channel system I just wanted as much purity as possible. The RX2s deliver in spades. Connected to an equally high quality Cambridge Audio azur 651A and Cambridge Audio DAC Magic Plus my music has come to life! Vocals come through front and center, as if there was a center channel. Instrument placement can easily be determined. You can basically see the studio or live venue in your mind just based on where sounds are coming from. I could not hear this realism with my old setup.
I have not hit the law of diminishing returns going Monitor Audio/Cambrdige Audio. I spent three times the money as my last system, and I think it sounds that much better. Of course my old speakers sound better on the new amplifier, but nothing like the RX2s. Money very well spent. English acoustic engineering has always been something I've always thought of as world class, glad I was proven right.
01 March 2013 AC Trust
Hard to find anything wrong with these speakers. I chose them over the GX50, I felt they had more presence and of course they have much more bass weight. I am using a Marantz SR5300 with 90 watts per channel to power them, which is a modest integrated amp. I also picked up aftermarket jumpers and decent speaker cable from XLO.
The RX2 sound very well balanced sonically and when you want the bass, it is there. It is truly impressive how low they can go, you would swear there is a sub present. Having said that the bass does not mud the highs or sound slow or out of place. And if in your room they sound slightly off in terms of the bass, the included port plugs will clean that up instantly. It is right where it should be. I used to have RS6 silver towers and I believe that these sound better. They are very large for bookshelf speakers but that is fine, they look great!
Probably the best All-Around speaker from Monitor audio, if not the best All-Around speaker you can buy anywhere for the price.
I have owned many pairs of Monitor Audio now for 12 years and these are by far the best I have owned. These speaker perform like speakers costing twice the price, easily.
Control, authority, clarity, presence, speed, bass weight, tonal accuracy all in a bookshelf speaker at an outstanding price point!
22 May 2012 Andrew Siafas
These beautiful white gloss standmount speakers not only look fantastic but after 100 hours are sounding better and better it seems every time i play my favourite cds i am hearing more than the previous time. The bass did take a while to loosen up and positioning from the wall is important but once you get it right it is perfectly balanced and very tight and articulate without being overblown. I love the midrange and bass a bit more than the highs but they are just great overall very happy indeed!! Thanks to the engineers at Monitor Audio everyone has the opportunity to afford a fantastic looking and sounding loudspeaker that is not silly money! well done
15 May 2012 Wayne Cavanagh
I have a pair of RX2's hooked up to a Harman Kardon HK990 stereo amplifier and I am very pleased with the overall sound. These are full-bodied speakers capable of reproducing anything thrown at them with excellent clarity in the low, mid and high frequencies. Highly recommended.
01 December 2011 Mike Masail
I have been using the Monitor Audio RX2 speakers as part of a home theatre system for the last 6 months. I had previously been using the RX1's but found them lacking, so upgraded to the RX2'S which in my opinion is the best speakers in the RX range. I have a Yamaha RX-V3800 receiver that I know is a superb piece of equipment. My digital source is a Creek evolution CD player and my analogue source is a Project 2 Xperience Turntable with Grado Platinum Cartridge. I always still felt that something was lacking from the speakers. I contacted my dealer FUSE STEREO IN TEL AVIV and told him that I was thinking of changing my speakers to something like the JM Lab Focal Diablo's. He was quite willing to indulge my fantasies. He informed me though that if I was going to upgrade speakers to the Diablo's I would also have to upgrade my Amplifier accordingly. We agreed that I would come and see him on Friday (25/11/2011). I took with me my receiver and set out on what was to be an epic and ultimately mind blowing experience. As all who are obsessed with music and sound reproduction I am a member of various Forums. In an forum thread I asked if I would here a discernable difference between the Yamaha RX-V3800 and the Musical Fidelity A5.5 Integrated Amplifier for 2 channel playback. All answers lead to definitely. I went as far as to state that if I could not here a difference it meant one of 2 things, either the Yamaha was superb or my hearing was shot. The testing was done with a Musical Fidelity CD Player, Monitor Audio RX2 speakers which are my main speakers and of course the two Amplifiers. The disks used were 1: Carmina Burana (EMI) 2: The Track Tin Pan Alley, Stevie Ray Vaughn and 3: All for you Dianna Krall. These are disks I am very Familiar with. Tin Pan Alley is a very good track to use as it has good bass, Vocals, Excellent guitar work and a exquisite drum track. I was quite prepared to be critical and dismissive of the A5.5 as I know my Yamaha is a superb receiver but I did not know just how I was going to be proved WRONG. The A5.5 absaloodle ate the Yamaha for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snack. the difference was quite literally night and day, from the bass control and depth to the sweet sweet top end, I was in music heaven. Needless to say I bought it on the spot. Just to clarify listening to the A5.5 brought out sounds I had never before heard on the discs. The Carmina Burana opening track was always harsh and strident through the Yamaha even in the dedicated listening room (I had always attributed this to the speakers) but through the A5.5 it was sweet and smooth. Now onto the RX2,S. I had been advised that with an amp of the quality of the A5.5 I would have to upgrade my speakers. I was already thinking along those lines as there were aspects of my sound reproduction that were not quite what I wanted. (I have been thinking of the Utopia Diablo's for a while but they are too rich for me.) As I sat there listening to the difference between the Yamaha and A5.5 I saw $,s with wings before my eyes but I resigned myself to the fact that I would be going home today with a new Amplifier and speakers. With the A5.5 hooked up to the CD player I began the listening session the same disks used to test the Amplifiers were used to test the speakers. First Listened to were the JM Lab Focal 807V Double the price of the RX2 Second the Proac D2 Nearly 5 times the price of the RX2 Third and Last JM Lab Focal 826W-30 Nearly 6 times the price of the RX2 I didn't want to spend so much but was prepared to if the difference was so significant. Well the difference was night and day. Believe it or not the RX2'S destroyed the other speakers ALL OF THEM. I was walking around in a state of shock unable to believe what I was hearing as speaker after speaker was eaten by the RX2. Not sure if was hearing things or if I had gone totally insane or deaf or both I asked Nissan (Proprietor of Fuse Stereo) if he was hearing what I was, it appears he was . Now I am not naive enough to believe that the RX2,s are the last word in loudspeakers but they are a damn fine speaker worth a darn sight more than the measly $1000 they cost, and as far as value for money goes probably very hard to beat. The A5.5 has brought out of the RX2's what I didn't think possible. To improve I will have to spend a huge amount of money
21 November 2011 Andrew Deutsch
Astonishing. I love these speakers. They are a flood of brilliant sound.
20 August 2011 Leslie Simpson
Thoroughly delighted with my RX6's would love a pair of RX2's now!
20 June 2011 Fernand Patrice
I have never owned such a fantastic pair of speakers. The sound is so loud, detailed and realistic that you think you are in front of the musicians. Thanks to the people at Monitor Audio.