Monitor Audio Introduces Second-Generation MASS Surround-Sound System

Improvements to the new Monitor Audio surround-sound system include smaller speaker cabinets, new drivers and crossover for better audio performance.


Not one to rest on its laurels, Monitor Audio has refined its MASS surround-sound system to provide enhanced audio performance and cosmetics.

The second-generation system still offers a compact 5.1 home cinema listening experience comprised of five satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The smaller speaker cabinets come in a choice of cloth covers to suit the styling of any room.

The cloth won’t impede the sound—the specially made cloth covers have been developed to be acoustically transparent and evoke the feel of a luxury piece of soft furnishing.

Plus, the satellite speakers feature a cloth-wrapped rear cover to hide cables and connections to maintain a clean, modern aesthetic.

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Another perk: The system has been designed for quick and easy setup giving you the freedom to experiment with placement. For example, there’s no need to adjust the height of the speaker stands, as they’ve already been positioned for optimum listening.

The stands feature a precision-cut base and pole and an integrated bracket to allow speaker attachment and a channel to hide speaker cable.

Features and Specs

Some of the noteworthy features of the Monitor Audio MASS satellite speakers include:

  • Two-way sealed cabinet with optimized tuning
  • 3 1/2-inch mid-bass driver with MMP II cone technology and Advanced FEA simulation
  • ¾-inch tweeter with thermal protection
  • Rigid glass fiber reinforced ABS and MDF cabinet with extensive ribbing and integrated mid-bass driver chassis

Some of the noteworthy features of the MASS subwoofer include:

  • Compact, sealed enclosure with 15mm MDF construction and internal bracing
  • 18 mm rigid MDF baffle
  • 8-inch long-throw driver featuring MMPII cone
  • 120-watt Class-D amplifier
  • DSP providing accurate filter characteristics
  • 3 pre-set modes (Music, Movie, Impact)

The second-generation MASS system from Monitor Audio will be available mid to late May from the company's American distributor Kevro.

Suggested retail pricing is $950 for MASS Surround-Sound System; $160 each for MASS satellite stand.

About the Author

Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

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