MAD 1920s Monitors test review

MAD grows its range of passive studio monitors with a lower-cost offering than its last. John Pickford is all ears.

My Audio Design – MAD, as they are commonly known – make some of the most respected hi-fi loudspeakers available today. Now, following the success of the Grand MS studio monitors (winner of a coveted MusicTech Excellence Award) the company is extending its range of audiophile-grade monitoring systems.

The 1920S is a compact 2-way passive design of similar proportions to the classic BBC LS3/5a, arguably the most revered of all mini-monitors. Although the 1920S is roughly the same height and width as the BBC design, it’s a good deal deeper, featuring a bass-reflex port at the rear.

In recent times, active speakers with built-in amplifiers have monopolised the studio monitor market at the expense of high-quality passive designs. While there’s a lot to be said for the convenience of active monitors, many of them display similar sound characteristics – namely, a forward, stark and bright presentation with tight, lean bass. This type of sound is sometimes described as ‘accurate’ and ‘truthful’ although, in all honesty, the torrent of detail retrieval is often the result of lower treble emphasis.

The 1920S takes a different approach, sounding ……..

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