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Monitor Audio ASB-2

Monitor Audio ASB-2
alaScore 96

6 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Monitor Audio ASB-2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 6 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Monitor Audio ASB-2 & Radius One Soundbars Preview

 

The Monitor Audio ASB-2 and Radius One soundbars offer up two very different ways to go about getting a high-quality/low clutter sound solution. Read on for our impressions.

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Monitor Audio ASB-2 Soundbar

 

Darryl Wilkinson has trouble finding fault with one of the best sound bars currently available. Even without a subwoofer it delivers the "theatrical sound" without all the speakers and wires.

The Monitor Audio ASB-2 is, quite frankly, one hell of an active soundbar. If you're looking for a soundbar that doesn't absolutely need a subwoofer to sound like a real audio system, the ASB-2, even at $1,649, is one hell of a deal. It's simple enough...

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Monitor Audio ASB-2 review

 

This soundbar all-rounder offers superb sound and lots of cool features

Excellent sound ; AirPlay Direct ; 4x HDMI ; Decent remote

It's pricey ; No Bluetooth ; Fiddly wireless setup

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Monitor Audio ASB-2 review

 

The vast majority of soundbars on the market are of the budget persuasion, marketed as simple, cost-effective upgrades for lacklustre TV speakers. Sometimes you get a soundbar that's cut from a different cloth, taking a more refined approach to design...

Commanding, detailed sound; supreme build quality; AirPlay and DLNA support; generous connections

Expensive; fiddly PC Wi-Fi setup; rudimentary onscreen menu; 3D Audio processing not worth bothering with

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Monitor Audio ASB-2

 

A lavish high-end soundbar that melds classy design with top-drawer sonics

Sublime sound quality ; Luxury design ; AirPlay support

Relatively expensive ; Tricky PC Wi-Fi setup ; No Bluetooth

There’s no HD audio decoding or even Dolby Digital/DTS support, but it’s no problem as the ASB-2 accepts 5.1 and 7.1-channel linear PCM.

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Monitor Audio ASB-2

 

Best soundbar £800+, Awards 2013. It's a brave move making your first soundbar £1000, but Monitor Audio pulls it off

Solid build ; Three HDMI inputs ; AirPlay and DLNA ; Sensational sound quality ; Good bass despite lack of separate subwoofer

Nothing of note

You can buy a decent 5.1 speaker package for £1000, but the reality is that people looking for a soundbar often just can’t (or don’t want to) accommodate all those speakers and boxes.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Active / Passive Speakers:Full Active System

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Docking System:Apple Docking
HDMI: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

Number of Speakers:1
Soundbar:Soundbar
Speaker Type:Soundbar
System Type:Single Soundbar
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