younger audiophiles, who started their hobby in the last 5-8 years, would always need to catch up on hifi history, especially on the golder era of hifi in the early 80s to mid 90s.

there was this UK speaker brand which was very popular in malaysia called monitor audio (MA). the reason why it was popular was MA was the first one to use metal dome drivers in its speakers. the quest of high frequencies supremacy started way back with MA. i remember that a local hifi editor used to own MA speakers for years.

today monitor audio has become the world’s foremost expert in developing metal dome drivers. metals have amazing properties for more life-like sound reproduction when treated correctly. MA's design team is led by experienced speaker engineer dean hartley, and the english speaker company has been producing a range of excellent, affordable speakers since its management buyout in 1998. convinced that metal would revolutionise driver performance, MA experimented with tweeter domes throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. the landmark design came in 1988 when MA released the gold alloy dome tweeter. It represented a technological leap from single-metal domes which, almost without exception, sounded unconvincing. The R352MD loudspeaker used an aluminium-magnesium alloy dome that sounded significantly clearer and smoother. these radical design elements formed the basis for successive generations of ceramic-coated aluminium magnesium (C-CAM®) metal domes.

the tweeter technology is the fiercest of competition in high-end speakers today. MA has led the game all these years. isn't it time you reacquaint with this 35-year of speaker glory? call ann of ban leong and she will be happy to talk to you about MA.

malaysian sole distributor:
ban leong bros sdn bhd
563, jalan 20,taman perindustrian ehsan jaya
taman ehsan
kepong 52100
tel: 62772799


built62 said...

"metals have amazing properties for more life-like sound reproduction when treated correctly."

would appreciate that someone would elaborate the treatment. thanks.

km ng said...

I used to own a pait of MA (Studio 1200) in the early 80s.

Yes, MA at that time, was ahead of the curve in the development of its metal dome technology in the drivers.

Martin said...

I'm using a pair of Monitor Audio Bronze series :) but am looking for a pair of self-powered Genelec studio monitor soon

built62 said...

what is the treatment?

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...


i guess that's a proprietary MA technology that removes the typical harshness and brightness of metal dome tweeters. sorry i couldn't find anymore literature on this.

built62 said...

i tot you had experienced/knew the "treatment".