- It was developed primarily for the Monitor Audio Gold 100 and Monitor Audio Platinum 100 3G systems, the new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand.
As the name suggests, this is a particularly flexible solution, the new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand. This stand was developed with regard to the Monitor Audio Gold 100 and Monitor Audio Platinum 100 3G systems, but in the end it is a very versatile stand that can be used with a wide variety of bookshelf loudspeaker systems, according to the English loudspeaker manufacturer Monitor Audio Ltd.
As a special feature, they emphasise that this new stand for bookshelf speaker systems was developed according to the Monitor Audio Transparent Design Philosophy.
Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand – Loudspeaker systems in optimal position
Unfortunately, it is often the case that so-called bookshelf loudspeaker systems are not used in the best possible way and are therefore not able to realise their full potential.
Of course, bookshelf loudspeaker systems are mostly chosen because they are comparatively compact solutions for which it is easier to find a place than in the case of “full-grown” floor-standing loudspeaker systems.
However, even bookshelf loudspeaker systems require compliance with a few basic rules, and that is, first and foremost, a solid foundation that enables reproduction free of sound-damaging vibrations. Many pieces of furniture on which compact speakers are placed do not meet this criterion, nor do they often meet another important point, namely the optimum height for the best possible radiation.
Ideally, the speakers should be placed at ear level, but in many cases bookshelf speaker systems are placed too low or too high, depending on whether they are placed on a lowboard or actually on a shelf.
A stand like the new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand provides the optimal basis, in this case, as the manufacturer himself says, for a variety of models, even if, as we have already mentioned, this solution was developed especially for the Monitor Audio Gold 100 or Monitor Audio Platinum 100 3G speaker systems.
Monitor Audio Transparent Design Philosophy
The new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand has been developed according to the Monitor Audio Transparent Design Philosophy, according to Monitor Audio Ltd. This means that all elements of the design and the acoustics are carefully coordinated. The focus should not be too much on one or the other, only the optimal combination of both gives the best possible result. The Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand, for example, is designed to be discreetly elegant to fit into any listening room, but from a technical point of view it is also designed to create the optimal basis for a musically neutral, transparent performance.
Solid, slender construction
The base here is an extruded aluminium column that features a cable management system and can be filled with sand for optimal damping, if desired. A stable base made of die-cast aluminium, individually adjustable feet, as well as the design for hard floors as well as carpeted floors also speak for the new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand, which is optionally available in matt black as well as matt white. With dimensions of 597 x 347 x 405 mm, this solution weighs 7.4 kg.
Prices and availability
The new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand and thus the stand that can be used for the compact speakers of the Monitor Audio Gold Series or Monitor Audio Platinum 3G Series as well as many other bookshelf speaker systems will have a recommended retail price of € 678,-. It is not yet clear when it will actually be available in specialist shops. What is clear, however, is that it will be available in both matt white and matt black.
Getting to the point
Unfortunately, people often do not pay much attention to the optimal placement of so-called shelf speaker systems, be it the height for ideal radiation or the placement on solid furniture to avoid sound-damaging vibrations and resonances. The ideal solution is a so-called stand, such as the new Monitor Audio ST-2 Universal Stand from Monitor Audio Ltd. This is aimed primarily at users of a Monitor Audio Gold 100 or Monitor Audio Platinum 100 3G, but as the name suggests, it is intended to be a solution that can be used as universally as possible.
|PRODUCT||MONITOR AUDIO ST-2 UNIVERSAL STAND|
|Manufacturer||Monitor Audio Ltd.|
|Distribution Austria||R.M.S. State of the Art Audiovisual Products|
|Distribution Germany||Pannes Vertriebs KG|
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