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Monitor Audio has conceived the ASB-2 as the ultimate audio hub for the home. It can operate as a high quality soundbar beneath a TV monitor from rack or wall positions, but offers so much more than the conventional amalgam of left, centre, right speakers. Apple AirPlay®, DLNA® and UPnP enabled, the ASB-2 will deliver uncompressed music from files stored on PC or Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, Android or Windows phone, or streamed from Internet services. In addition to iTunes and DNLA compatible Apps, friends can connect and play directly to the ASB-2 without network access via Airstream Direct.

Connect a plethora of sound sources to the ASB-2 via three HDMI inputs and use the HDMI output for 1080p/3D video pass through and OSD. HDMI 1.4’s Audio Return Channel (ARC) allows for the two way transfer of information between the ASB-2 and a compatible device, creating an additional input from the HDMI output. Digital S/PDIF optical and coaxial inputs add further flexibility, together with stereo analogue RCAs for plugging-in legacy radios and CD players. A single RCA LFE output allows for system expansion with an external sub-woofer - crossover filtering is automatic. Network setup and upgrades are via USB or Wi-Fi.

Select input, track, volume, mute, menu, play and standby from the ASB-2’s compact handset, or access this functionality from home control screens via hex codes for each remote feature, which can be programmed into a whole-house system by your custom installer.

ASB-2 owners can download the latest firmware here.

Features

  • Fully active, high performance soundbar system
  • 5 discrete power amplifier stages - fully digital amp technology (class D)
  • 160 watts total power delivery 
  • Wireless Airplay/ DLNA / UPnP music streaming
  • Proprietary 3D spatial effects, consistent in quality irrespective of environment 
  • Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF) 
  • Digital optical input  (Toslink) 
  • 3 x HDMI input
  • Analogue stereo RCA inputs, 3.5mm Jack (auto-sensing between each input, via analogue switch) 
  • RCA LFE sub-woofer output (auto sensing changes filter/crossover settings)
  • USB port for service, FW update and Airplay network set up
  • HDMI processing with HD 1080P and 3D pass through
  • On-screen set up (OSD) – for all advanced audio features access
  • TV remote will control volume via HDMI
  • Local controls: volume up/down, power on/standby/sleep (single button scroll), HDMI (single button scrolling 1-3), digital (single button S/PDIF, Toslink - auto-sense), analogue (single button scrolling - AUX1, AUX2. auto-sense), connect/setup button, Airplay button (toggle on/off), mute (toggle on/off), 3D audio (on/off)
  • Designed to fit Sanus™ TV mounting systems
  • Optional sturdy wall bracket with cable hole access and template installation
  • Silicon rubber stand included for secure cabinet top placement
  • Dimensions: 100.5cm wide x 16.7cm deep x 18cm high (including grille, excluding rubber base)

Specification

ItemValue
Inputs: 3 x HDMI inputs
Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF) 
Digital optical input (Toslink) 
Analogue stereo RCA inputs, 3.5mm Jack 
(auto-sensing between each input, via analogue switch) 
Outputs:  HDMI output (supporting ARC)
RCA LFE sub-woofer output (auto sensing changes filter/crossover settings)
Frequency Range: 40Hz - 20kHz
Drive unit complement: 2 x 51/2” (140mm) C-CAM subwoofers
2 x 4” (100mm) C-CAM midrange drivers
2 x 1” (25mm) Gold Dome C-CAM tweeters
Decodes:   Stereo
5.1 Linear PCM
7.1 Linear PCM
Amplifier Power Output: 160W
Connectivity: Wireless AirPlay/ DLNA / UPnP music streaming
Features:     Proprietary 3D spatial effects, consistent in quality irrespective of environment
USB port for service, FW update and Airplay network set up
HDMI processing with HD 1080P and 3D pass through
On-screen set up (OSD) – for all advanced audio features access
TV remote will control volume via HDMI
Local Controls:    Volume up/down, power on/standby/sleep (single button scroll),
HDMI (single button scrolling 1-3), digital (single button S/PDIF, Toslink - auto-sense), 
analogue (single button scrolling - AUX1, AUX2. auto-sense), connect/setup button,
Airplay button (toggle on/off), mute (toggle on/off), 3D audio (on/off)
Applications:   Freestanding (placed on Silicon rubber support stand - Included)
Wall Mounted onto Monitor Audio dedicated sturdy wall bracket (Optional)
Wall Mounted onto Sanus™ VMA202 TV mounting system
(Including cable hole access and template installation) 
Power input voltage: Universal AC 100V - 240V, 50 - 60Hz
Rated Power consumption: 200W
Standby power consumption: <0.5W  (increased to 20W when HDMI passthrough is enabled)
Dimensions inc grille, excluding rubber base(H x W x D) 180 x 1005 x 167mm
(71/16 x 399/16 x 69/16 Inches)
Weight (each) 25lbs 6oz  (11.52Kg)
Hex Codes Power: 88771C62
Volume Up: 88771866
Volume Down: 8877047A
Play: 88771B63
Previous: 88770777
Next: 88771F5F
Source: 8877007E
Menu: 88773846
Mute: 88773847

Technology

Gold Dome C-CAM®

Gold Dome C-CAM®

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.

C-CAM® Drivers

C-CAM® Drivers

Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminium/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material.

Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range. C-CAM tweeters and woofers share an audible consistency producing a smooth transition of frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.

DSP

DSP

The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) allows fine tuning of all aspects of sound with complete control of the audio stream at high resolution. Advanced features include adaptive bass extension, highly accurate loudspeaker crossover and filtering, 3D audio processing, APC (automatic position correction).

DAC

DAC

In order to liberate all of your music from a source, the device takes the digital stream to its own high quality 28/56 bit dual precision Digital-Analogue converter (DAC). By keeping data in the digital domain until the last seconds of processing, our engineers have succeeded in preserving the essence of the original digital master.

AirPlay® Enabled

AirPlay® Enabled

Apple AirPlay allows you to stream music or movies from any iOS device, or your iTunes library, to an AirPlay enabled speaker via a WiFI network.

DLNA® Enabled

DLNA® Enabled

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) allows any third party DLNA app for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile to be used to stream music and movies to a DLNA enabled device. If you have a router in your home then you have a network and can use DLNA products on it, and if you have wi-fi then you can do it all wirelessly too.

Airstream Direct

Airstream Direct

Our Airstream Direct function allows you to stream music or movies from any iOS device, or your iTunes library, to our Airstream Direct products without the need for a Router.

UPnP™ Enabled

UPnP™ Enabled

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is a set of networking protocols that permits networked devices and mobile devices to seamlessly discover each other's presence on the network.

TechRadar.AV logo

March 2014

Collecting a galaxy of stars, “fantastic” ASB-2 raises the bar at TechRadar

TechRadar’s James Rivington found plenty to love about our fabulously equipped ASB-2 soundbar. Scoring the design maximum or near maximum stars in five performance categories, he says “not everyone has the space to erect a tub-thumping 7.1 mega home cinema system in their living room, and with TVs and the sound they produce getting thinner every year, the soundbar is becoming a popular alternative. The Monitor Audio ASB-2 is a mightily impressive option, delivering excellent sound quality for movies, games and music as well as wireless compatibility with some of today's hottest gadgets… This is a fantastic soundbar offering superb sound for movies from a compact system. The sound is warm and rich and while shackled to the limitations of the form factor, never feels like it's under delivering…hardly an impulse buy, but it proves its worth with a raft of nifty features and excellent sound performance.”

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December 2013

ASB-2 wows at the AVTech Awards 2013/2014

Monitor Audio's ASB-2 has been presented another award! This time by AVTech Media for it's dynamism and versatility, being named as their best high-end soundbar:

"...its sound is big in scale, high-frequency effects are crystal-clear and all-important dialogue is weighty but authentic. This neat-looking, full-size networked soundbar has another role to play, as offering AirPlay and DLNA music playback via Wi-Fi means the ASB-2 can also function as a high-quality audio dock"

Read the full feature in AVTech Media's 2013/2014 Awards supplement, available free with the Christmas issues of Home Cinema Choice, Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice and What Satellite and Digital TV.

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December 2013

Home Cinema Choice: ASB-2 Review

Reviewer Danny Phillips has assessed Monitor Audio's ASB-2 in the new issue of Home Cinema Choice, awarding the soundbar a full five stars:

"Sometimes you get a soundbar that's cut from a different cloth, taking a more refined approach to design and sound quality. The ASB-2 from Monitor Audio is one of those."

"The ASB-2 is powerful and polished in equal measure, with punchy, authoritative bass, clear, decisive mids and jaw-dropping detail reproduction. In fact, it's the latter that sets the Monitor Audio apart. It digs out the sort of subtle textures that cheaper rivals gloss over. This gives the sound an irresistible and absorbing silkiness and fluidity."

Read the full review in the Christmas issue of Home Cinema Choice on sale now.

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November 2013

ASB-2 gets a trusted review

"...the ASB-2 is worth every penny. It’s beautifully built, looks stunning and delivers wonderful sound quality, the likes of which we rarely hear from a soundbar.

Throw in a first-rate feature list, which includes AirPlay, DLNA streaming and four HDMI inputs and you’ve got yourself one of the best soundbars money can buy..."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision logo

October 2013

One unit, Five stars.

What Hi-Fi? magazine knows that trying to create the effect of a 5.1 speaker package in a single soundbar is far from an easy challenge – can our ASB-2 soundbar live up to it?

"This level of musicality is difficult to pull off in a soundbar, but as we watch and listen to U2: 360° At The Rose Bowl, the Monitor Audio comes across as enthusiastic, with a good sense of timing. During Where The Streets Have No Name, the guitar intro sounds sharp and precise but there’s still a lovely flow to it. And, when the song bursts into life, so does the ASB-2."

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User Reviews

Average user rating: 5.0 (from 2 reviews)

  • Review Rating: 5

    09 May 2014 Darren King

    I bought the ASB-2 back in January and I have to say this is one hell of a piece of kit, the dimensions are surprisingly small when you hear the immersive audiophile sound obtained from this sublime looking package. The detail you hear is amazing as is the definition and if you love your bass don't be put off with the lack of a Sub-woofer as you don't need it believe me!! All in all I am highly impressed with the sound quality, the build and the looks of the ASB-2 and would not hesitate to recommend this to my friends and family seeking an all in one solution for audiophile TV and Music without the wires and multi point speaker systems.

  • Review Rating: 5

    09 May 2014 Darren King

    I bought the ASB-2 back in January and I have to say this is one hell of a piece of kit, the dimensions are surprisingly small when you hear the immersive audiophile sound obtained from this sublime looking package. The detail you hear is amazing as is the definition and if you love your bass don't be put off with the lack of a Sub-woofer as you don't need it believe me!! All in all I am highly impressed with the sound quality, the build and the looks of the ASB-2 and would not hesitate to recommend this to my friends and family seeking an all in one solution for audiophile TV and Music without the wires and multi point speaker systems.

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