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S150

March 2016

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 review: Simply brilliant sound quality

"Simple and slightly odd-looking, but this mains-powered Bluetooth speaker is a winner as far as sound quality is concerned.

For those who don't follow the British hi-fi scene, Monitor Audio is a long-established native builder of passive loudspeakers. The kind of boxes audiophiles attached to their expensive amplifier-and-CD player setups when CD was exciting new technology."

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Expert Reviews

S150

February 2016

S150 - Expert Reviews Best Buy

Avid tech reviewer Richard Easton has investigated the S150, analysing both the design and performance of our compact but mighty bluetooth speaker:

"there was plenty of deep, controlled thump to the bass, far exceeding what I expected for a speaker of this size."

Our deceptively powerful speaker quickly displayed its ability across a number of tracks, refusing to falter when pushed to it's maximum volume. With it's stylishly simple design and surprising ability the S150 soon earned the Best Buy title:

"The Airstream S150’s outstanding simplicity grants it a certain overall charm. It’s completely unfussy in both its design and use, and if all you want is an easy way to play music from a wired or Bluetooth source with fantastic sound quality and a more than reasonable price, it’s a tough one to beat."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

S150

December 2015

Best mains-powered wireless speaker under £200

"For the money, the Monitor Audio S150 is a remarkable wireless speaker."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

S150

September 2015

Brilliant S150 Bags 5 stars

If you’re seeking great sound from your Bluetooth device the super-compact Airstream S150 stereo speaker system should top your shortlist. October’s What Hi-Fi? tells you why.

In an entire page of positives, the magazine’s review team reckons the aptX Bluetooth S150 sounds simply awesome. Awarding an unqualified 5-star verdict, the team concludes that

“the Airstream S150 is an affordable wireless speaker with bags of sonic ability.”

Read the full review in the October 2015 issue of What Hi-Fi?

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Red Dot Design Awards

S200

April 2015

Three Red Dots in Monitor Audio Design

The Brilliant S200 makes it Three ‘Red Dot’ Awards in a Row for Team MA!

The ‘Red Dot’ Award is like an Oscar in the world of product design. Any company would be honoured to receive just one, yet with the latest ‘Red Dot’ accolade for the awesome S200 wireless music system, Monitor Audio has achieved an unprecedented third citation in as many years.

We’re delighted to have been selected for a 2015 award among thousands of brand entries - many from the World’s most prestigious design-led marques, including Ferrari, Porsche and Apple. A third consecutive ‘Red Dot’ not only speaks volumes for the quality of Monitor Audio’s ideas and the skill of our dedicated in-house team, it also confirms our specialist audio brand as a world-leader in both acoustic and aesthetic innovation.

Financial Times

S200

April 2015

“My jaw genuinely dropped…”

The Financial Times’ exclusive consumer glossy 'How To Spend It' has featured the amazing S200. In the edition from April 4th, the paper’s gadget guru Jonathan Margolis expressed shock and delight at the functionality and sound quality of our beautifully compact, super-connected speaker, commenting that “the Airstream S200 from Essex-based Monitor Audio is a revelation. It packs a rich, gorgeous - and loud - punch, especially with music that's a bit bassy. My jaw genuinely dropped when I heard it flex its audio muscles…”

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

A100 Amplifier

December 2014

Five-star rating for the Airstream A100

Monitor Audio's Airstream A100 has been pitted against some of its peers in the latest What Hi-Fi? Magazine test on amplifiers. The A100 was reviewed back in August of this year, and it's great to see that the A100 is still leaving a lasting impression. Right from the start the A100 impresses with its stylish design and composed, insightful sound:

"The spread of sound is wonderfully open and wide - far wider than with any rival. And in that spacious soundfield the music is crisp and clear. The level of detail is stunning, and it conveys a tune - with a great deal of composure and refinement."

The review concludes for our AirPlay® Amplifier with the following:

"...The A100's smart, sleek design is gorgeous, and its spacious, insightful sound will garner many fans."

Read the full review in the December 2014 issue of What Hi-Fi? Magazine.

Trusted Reviews

S200

November 2014

S200: Trusted Reviews Recommended!

Reviewer Danny Phillips has tested our Airstream S200 Speaker. A glowing review that earns the S200 an impressive score of 9/10.

"Monitor Audio has a knack for elegant, luxurious design and the S200 continues that trend. It’s a 274mm-high block that curves back at the top, with black cloth on the front and a charcoal grey back end, or white with grey cloth, depending on which colour option you've chosen. The sparkly toughened-glass top panel serves no purpose, but looks nice. It’s an unusual-looking speaker, but we like it."

Looking more into the features... "The S200 leaves few wireless stones unturned. Heading the bill is AirPlay support, which lets you stream music from Apple devices or a PC/Mac running iTunes on the same network as the S200. You can also stream music from DLNA servers, all thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi connection."

"Don’t let the S200’s diminutive size fool you – this compact speaker belts out a big sound. But it’s not just the power that impresses. There’s a sense of refinement, openness and subtlety that you don’t always get from a £200 speaker."

On awarding the S200 a Trusted Reviews Recommended title, Danny concludes with the following:

"With a hugely generous range of features, gorgeous build quality and stunning sound, the super-stylish S200 feels like an absolute bargain for the money. Support for AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth and Airstream Direct – plus USB playback and a 3.5mm input – give you plenty of connectivity options, and owners of Apple devices will find it very easy to set up and use. Monitor Audio’s compact wireless speaker boasts generous wireless connectivity, sumptuous styling and sound quality to die for. At £200, it’s an absolute no-brainer."

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Stuff

S200

November 2014

Stuff awards S200 with 5 stars!

Stuff.tv got their hands on our S200 and put it to the test. The verdict came back glowing, with an additional 5 stars to top that.

"This unusual-looking noise-maker has a long list of streaming features that really shouldn't be available in a unit that costs just £200. And yet, not only can you get all those features for that money, you can get terrific sound while you're at it."

"The Monitor Audio Airstream S200 is a bit of a hero. It will handle pretty much anything you care to stream at it, and it sounds brilliant into the bargain. What's more it dares to look different at the same time as providing all the quality and features a modern wireless speaker needs to have."



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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

S200

October 2014

Magical Miniature S200 shoots straight to the top of What Hi-Fi?’s 2014 Award line-up

The party’s well under way for the inspirational S200, as it's already wooing the world’s most influential Hi-Fi title. We’d barely taken the wraps off our classy new feature-packed debutant before the team at What Hi-Fi? proclaimed it as a class champion! Grabbing the mag’s 2014 Award for the Best Wireless Speaker in the significant £150-£300 price range, the S200 is lauded for its “excellent performance, great price and streaming features galore”. The experienced jury needed little time to spot the S200’s star quality amongst a raft of rivals: “The Monitor Audio Airstream S200 is talented - very talented. It has a long list of streaming features that seems incredible for its £200 price tag, while the large-scale and subtly dynamic sound is even more impressive considering its small footprint.”

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

S300

August 2014

"Big, exciting sound; superb clarity; stacks of detail; dynamic and entertaining"

"It's an alluring sound that grabs your attention right away and holds it, indulging you in a detailed and dynamic performance that will entertain time and again."

Read the full review in the October 2014 issue of What Hi-Fi? Magazine.

Trusted Reviews

A100 Amplifier

August 2014

A100: Trusted Reviews Recommended!

Reviewer Danny Phillips has tested our A100 AirPlay® Amplifier in both music streaming and home cinema applications.

"If you’re using the A100 with an iOS device, AirPlay setup is a piece of cake thanks to Wi-Fi sharing. Just connect the device to the USB port, press the Wi-Fi button on the back of the A100 and a dialogue box appears on the device asking if you want to share Wi-Fi settings. Job done."

"...effects are dispatched with real bite but the A100’s remarkable composure means they never sound harsh or resonant, which keeps the sound listenable even at high volumes – and it certainly goes loud when you need it to. God help your neighbours."

"Another of the A100’s assets is its terrific treble reproduction. Crisp, sparkling highs breathe life into every scene and keep dullness from the door, plus it brings out subtle textures that more heavy-handed amps overlook. But it doesn’t overdo it – there’s a nice balance right across the spectrum."

On awarding the A100 a Trusted Reviews Recommended title, Danny concludes with the following:

"We love its radical, eye-catching design, which sets it apart from virtually every other sound system on the market, while its luxurious build and generous connectivity options (including AirPlay) are other plus points. But we’re most impressed by the A100’s sumptuous sound quality, which is powerful but imbued with the sort of refinement and composure we’ve come to expect from other Monitor Audio products."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

A100 Amplifier

August 2014

Five-star rating for the Airstream A100

Monitor Audio's first ever amplifier, the Airstream A100 takes centre stage in a What Hi-Fi? Magazine First Test! Right from the start the A100 impresses with sheer performance and versatility:

"This Monitor Audio delivers an unusually wide soundstage and populates it with a decent amount of precision. We're impressed by its refinement too. This quality isn't bought at the expense of treble bite, with the highs being delivered with a good amount of sparkle. The overall tonal balance is nicely even, with no part of the frequency range dominating."

The review concludes with a clear verdict for our AirPlay® Amplifier:

"...we feel the A100 deserves a five-star rating. It's a brave product that performs well and can be used in situations where conventional alternatives wouldnt even get a look in."

Read the full review in the August 2014 issue of What Hi-Fi? Magazine.

Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

A100 Amplifier

July 2014

Hi-Fi Choice Recommended award

Monitor Audio's very own Airstream A100 has received further praise for it's versatility and ability. With both DLNA and AirPlay® streaming delivering class leading audio quality and earning an impressive Hi-Fi Choice Recommended award in the latest review.

Adrian Justins, technology feature writer for Hi-Fi Choice examines our small but mighty amplifier:

"DLNA streaming of hi-res files is the cream on the cake, offering incredible scale and depth to recordings such as a 24/192 download of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major."

"Results with AirPlay are no less impressive, Silent Shout by The Knife proves that bass extension is particularly impressive, underpinning the mid-range and high notes of the synth to perfection.'

Read the full review in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Choice.

Red Dot Design Awards

A100 Amplifier

July 2014

A100 adds a 'Red Dot' to its Five-Star Design

Having wowed the team at ‘What Hi-Fi?’ the A100 is now recognised internationally as a supreme example of design engineering by winning a coveted ‘Red Dot’ award. One of a total of 4,815 entries from 53 countries, the compact, innovative and oh-so-connected A100 network-ready amplifier impressed the 40-strong Red Dot jury of experts with an exclusive blend of technology and style. Monitor Audio’s A100 received the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014” at a gala ceremony held at Essen, Germany on 7 July 2014. It is now on display during a four-week special exhibition at the city’s Red Dot Design Museum until 3rd August.

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

A100 Amplifier

January 2014

A100 shoots for the stars

What Hi-Fi Magazine highlighted the A100 amongst a handful of products as one of their 'Stars of CES'

"Monitor Audio has broken from tradition – and its established speaker business – by creating a modern, forward-thinking and radical-looking digital amplifier with AirPlay and DLNA streaming built in."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

WS100

February 2013

WS100: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision draws a Five-Star Conclusion

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Magazine loves everything about the WS100 wireless desktop speaker system. Not only is the sound ‘seriously good’, the build is ‘reassuringly weighty and sturdy’ and the SKAA connection ‘reliable and robust’. In fact, says the mag, ‘it’s hard to believe these speakers cost just £250. If you’re looking for an instant upgrade to sound from your computer, ‘the WS100s are capable of greater scale and dynamics than many rivals at this price’. According to the experts at What Hi-Fi, ‘the hunt for excellent desktop speakers just got a little easier’. Five star verdict!

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Trusted Reviews

WS100

January 2013

WS100 review by Trusted Reviews

If you’re looking for an easy way to maximise sound from your computer in-room and around the home, the WS100 system will fit the bill, says Trusted’s Gordon Kelly. In scoring the system 8/10 with a coveted ‘recommended’ citation he says “…those living in the dock world will have forgotten what a difference clear left and right channels can make, particularly to the high quality audio sources provided by the DAC. In addition SKAA streaming works brilliantly. There is no lag (something which haunts AirPlay users), no trouble streaming even the highest bitrate lossless files and we heard no drop-outs during a full day's listening…We like the WS100 a great deal. Monitor Audio has combined cutting edge SKAA wireless connectivity with high class audio to produce an exceptional pair of desktop speakers which are equally happy in a kitchen or under the TV as sat next to a computer. Add to that SKAA's ability to pair with as many as four sets of WS100s and there is expandability in there too.”

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IT ProPortal

WS100

December 2012

Best Buy for Wire-Free Wonders

"Monitor Audio has outdone itself with the Airstream WS100 speakers. If you want a simple wireless audio solution with outstanding sound quality at a great price, look no further."

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BBC Music Magazine

WS100

December 2012

WS100 Review in BBC Music Magazine's Audio Round-Up

"In keeping with Monitor Audio's heritage, the system delivers huge levels of detail and has a surprising amount of sound, given the compact size of the speakers, largely due to its custom design."

Read the full review in January's issue of BBC Music Magazine, available now.

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User reviews

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Patrick Murray Monitor Audio UK

A100 Amplifier

October 2015

Great quality sound but mine has been unreliable, with dire sound interference on the digital imput both direct and wireless.

Returned to retailer under guarantee and am awaiting its return to me. Disappointed so far, and jury still out

Robin Froude Monitor Audio UK

S200

August 2015

I initially bought a wireless / Bluetooth speaker by another very well known manufacturer, I found it had far too much base along with other personal discrepancies. After a little more research I decided to try the S200 having enjoyed Monitor Audio products in the past.

A worth while decision, beautifully made, with heaps of character from design to sound.

Absolutely fabulous customer service alround.

Jamie S Monitor Audio UK

S200

August 2015

I purchased an S200 speaker just today and I was so impressed I felt compelled enough to leave a review so quickly.

I have been searching for and testing out various Bluetooth and Wifi speakers recently and after trying out efforts from Bose, Sonos and Bowers & Wilkins I'm excited to say the S200 blows them all out of the water.

None of the previously tested speakers wowed from the off, were all sent back and left me feeling underwhelmed and disappointed but with the S200 I was more than impressed from the get go. Bass was punchy and booming at a level that was not overbearing and didn't wash out any of the mids or highs, which were very well defined.

I am not a fan of speakers that produce a tinny treble sound and luckily this speaker made a great first impression, it produced a satisfying room filling sound.

I love the numerous connection options on offer and even though the iPhone unfortunately doesn't feature aptx support it was a welcome addition as hopefully one day it might.

I will be showing off and recommending this speaker to many friends, family and colleagues and in the future when I'm in the market for another speaker I will definitely consider purchasing another from monitor audio.

Geoffrey Inett Monitor Audio UK

S200

August 2015

I bought this specifically because it plays FLAC via DLNA. All my music is on a NAS which is used to feed my main Naim system. I've tried in vain to find a DLNA controller (currently Bubble) that works reliably and, more importantly, will play FLAC with no gaps. There are no problems of this sort with the Naim (gaps shouldn't apply to FLAC anyway; only mp3). If I use Bubble to control my Naim system I get teh same gap problem, so the issue appears to be with Bubble. However all of the controller Apps I've used show the same problem. I'd like Monitor Audio to either recommend a DLNA controller that works well with the S200 or produce their own. Other than that, the sound is excellent and allows me to listen to music anywhere in the house as it's easy to place. Nicely built. If MA can fix the controller issue then I'll buy another one.

Michael Denmark Monitor Audio UK

S200

December 2014

Purchased on basis of What Hifi review and because has Apple Airplay. Easy to set up if you read the instructions carefully. Exceptional sound quality - quite outstanding

O'Neal Copeland Monitor Audio UK

S200

December 2014

A speaker with full streaming capabilities. For it's diminutive size it really does sound fantastic. A brilliant speaker which is worth every penny. If i was a being a little critical I wish it had a touch more bass or the option to boost it, but overall at this price I think this is pretty unbeatable. Well done Monitor Audio. This is a high quality product which I would thoroughly recommend.

sajid niyazi Monitor Audio UK

S200

October 2014

Best streaming speaker with powerful and punchy sound with compact design.

Tom Wright Monitor Audio UK

WS100

May 2014

I bought these speakers as a no-fuss hi fi alternative. All of my music is on my laptop these days either as MP3's or on Spotify. I have previously had a NAD system with MA Bronze II's; so I am used to quality sound. The Airstream WS100 speakers are excellent! The sound quality from such a small speaker is incredible. They are very solidly built and the finish is second to none. The SKAA system really works well and bypassing the laptops' sound processing electronics makes the quality of sound unbelieveable. The only criticisms I have are that the remote isn't great for range and has to be pointed in a certain way and the speakers don't go quite as loud as some. But then they never distort. Overall I would say they are well worth the money and blow away anything in the same price range (I listened to all of the competitors before buying).
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