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IK takes aim at the mobile studio with backpack-friendly iLoud Micro Monitors

The iLoud Micro Monitors from IK Multimedia
The iLoud Micro Monitors from IK Multimedia
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The iLoud Micro Monitors are claimed the world's smallest studio reference monitoring system
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The iLoud Micro Monitors are claimed the world's smallest studio reference monitoring system
The iLoud Micro Monitor features two unbalanced RCA inputs, one aux input, a 4-pin speaker connector and a pairing button for Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices
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The iLoud Micro Monitor features two unbalanced RCA inputs, one aux input, a 4-pin speaker connector and a pairing button for Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices
Each mains-powered desktop monitor is home to a bi-amped 0.75-in dome tweeter and 3 in woofer
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Each mains-powered desktop monitor is home to a bi-amped 0.75-in dome tweeter and 3 in woofer
The iLoud Micro Monitor is aimed a musicians and producers who mix and master on the move
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The iLoud Micro Monitor is aimed a musicians and producers who mix and master on the move
Four Class-D amplifiers and 56-bit digital signal processor combine for the promise of an expansive stereo image
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Four Class-D amplifiers and 56-bit digital signal processor combine for the promise of an expansive stereo image
The iLoud Micro Monitors from IK Multimedia
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The iLoud Micro Monitors from IK Multimedia

At NAMM 2013, IK Multimedia announced two portable streaming speakers that it claimed were "on par" with conventional studio monitors. At this year's trade show, the company has added what's said to be "the smallest studio reference monitoring system in the world" to its iLoud range. Aimed at musicians and producers who are not necessarily confined to the recording studio when mixing and mastering, the iLoud Micro Monitors are reported to deliver stunning clear and accurate audio.

Each 7.09 x 5.31 x 3.54 in (180 x 135 x 90 mm) mains-powered desktop monitor is home to a bi-amped 0.75-in dome tweeter and 3 in woofer, with flaring bass reflex porting to the front. Four Class-D amplifiers and a 56-bit digital signal processor combine for the promise of an expansive stereo image and "ultra-accurate true linear frequency response" between 45 Hz and 20 kHz and 70 W of total peak output (50 W RMS).

Four Class-D amplifiers and 56-bit digital signal processor combine for the promise of an expansive stereo image
Four Class-D amplifiers and 56-bit digital signal processor combine for the promise of an expansive stereo image

The DSP can be adjusted to suit different listening environments using the three EQ switches on the rear of the left speaker, which is also home to volume control, two unbalanced RCA inputs, one aux input and a 4-pin speaker connector. There's also a pairing button for Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices. The front foot of each speaker can be raised for flat or inclined positioning.

The iLoud Micro Monitors are due for release in Q2 for US$299.99 (excluding taxes).

Product page: iLoud Micro Monitors

1 comment
IvanWashington
KLH back in the late 70s came out with its Analog Bass Computer series of small speakers including one about the size of the iLoud micro monitors, that was FLAT down to 40 cycles, so I wonder with today's technology why they couldn't make something that would go deeper. I think the designers should have made it a 3-piece with a sub to handle the deeper bass tones, then it would really qualify as a reference transducer.
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