Review: Monitor Audio Controlled Performance Range
by Sam Taylor,
2 min reading time
Complete with integrated fully-sealed back boxes, the Monitor Audio Controlled Performance range offers the most direct route to discreet high performance audio in almost any environment. No fewer than ten new models across four performance levels provide a wide choice of in-wall and in-ceiling options. In every case a precision-optimised system of drivers and enclosure perfected by Monitor Audio’s latest technologies, simplifies the installation of discreet high performance sound.
Unlike open-backed designs whose success is subject to the properties of the wall or ceiling cavity behind, the new CPs will deliver the full potential of Monitor Audio’s award-winning speaker engineering. This means that in typical stud-wall and ceiling structures, you are guaranteed excellent audio quality and versatility, as well as a superior level of sound isolation between rooms and floors.
And it is not only audio that can be controlled for optimum results. New trimless bezels and super-discreet, paintable magnetic grilles allow the latest CP range to blend almost invisibly with walls and ceilings for a near-seamless integration with decor. Once easily and securely installed via Monitor Audio’s patented tri-grip mounting, high reliability is assured by CP’s airtight enclosure design, which protects each precision-engineered driver system against the damaging ingress of dust and dirt.
The Controlled Performance range comprises three performance levels of ‘2-way’ speakers (bass driver & tweeter): the Controlled Performance 100 Series for less critical environments, the Controlled Performance 200 Series that are perfect for home cinema or areas where music sound quality is more important, and the Controlled Performance 300 Series for high performance home cinema and music listening. The 300 Series incorporates 8” Rigid Surface Technology bass drivers that stiffen the cone for higher output and reduced distortion. Frequency and boundary compensation controls allow for fine tuning.
If you are looking for the superior sound quality offered by ‘3-way’ speakers (bass driver, midrange driver, & tweeter), the Controlled Performance 300 Series IDC speakers achieve peerless clarity by using Monitor Audio’s Inverted Dual Concentric midrange/tweeter modules and 8” Rigid Surface Technology Bass Drivers. The midrange/tweeter unit can be pivoted in any direction. The in-wall WT380-IDC model’s front baffle is made from die-cast aluminium, which further improves bass definition.