On display for the first time at The Bristol Show in February (see our full report in the latest issue),
the Studio is the latest two-way standmount design from Monitor Audio. Without any kind of grille, Studio's designers tell us that the intention was to make the two metallic-silver RDT II speaker cones the focal point and give it an eye-catching contemporary edge. 

The dual 102mm drivers are modified versions of those found on its Platinum range flagship PL500 II floorstander. Utilising the same design principles and materials, a micro pleated diaphragm (MPD) is used as the cental high-frequency transducer. It works like an accordion, rapidly squeezing the pleats to produce a super-fast and extended frequency response, resulting – so the theory goes – in a more lifelike sound. 

The slim cabinet dimensions are just 156 x 340 x 361mm (WxHxD) with two rear-mounted HiVe II slot ports, mounted at the top and bottom. HiVe allows air to move more quickly through the cabinet than with a traditional port design, resulting in what MA claims is a fast and powerful bass performance combined with superior transient response. Meanwhile, the larger surface area of the ports prevents the turbulence and subsequent air noise that is a common problem in smaller speaker cabinets.

Handcrafted and available in a choice of sleek satin black, white or grey finishes, Studio has a claimed sensitivity of 86dB/1W/1m into 4ohm and is fitted with Rhodium-plated binding posts.

A bespoke stand has been made to accompany the Studio. Pictured right, the Stand costs £350 per pair, and comes in black or white finishes and features a laser-cut steel top plate with an extruded aluminium shaft (that can be filled for mass loading) and diecast aluminium base. It has four adjustable feet and is bundled with chrome-plated spikes and dome rubber feet to suit all flooring types.

Monitor Audio's Studio standmount loudspeaker is available to buy now for £1,000 and you can find out more about it here.