IK Multimedia announces a new reference monitor, the iLoud MTM. The small-footprint monitor is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of accuracy using a built-in calibration system based on the company’s ARC system.
The iLoud MTM is said to offer not only a flat frequency response but also a truly linear phase response, which, if true, would rival monitors several times the price. To read why a linear phase response matters – or not, there’s debate – see this discussion and this explanation by the HEDD people (HEDD actually delivers a linear phase response through a VST plug-in, and yes, they’re more expensive than the iLoud MTM, but the VST plug-in isn’t the only reason that they are). Regardless, getting the phase right makes a good deal of difference, but the listening room will influence phase as well due to reflections at the listening position, so it means less than you’d give it credit for unless you also consider room acoustics. And correcting for that is achieved through IK’s digital crossovers and self-calibration derived from its ARC System (reviewed here). This should enable iLoud MTM monitors to deliver high accuracy, clarity and transparency. The speaker furthermore has a 100W RMS power and a 40Hz to 24kHz frequency response. In addition, the MTM design is symmetrical, which should provide good imaging and precision at close distances and enable you to create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, without ear fatigue.
Building upon the iLoud Micro, IK Multimedia claims the new compact monitor delivers the accuracy and bass response of larger monitors and superior audio quality when listening at close distances. This says the iLoud MTM will be the ideal monitor for nearfield work and a workhorse monitor for desktop use in a home or project studio.Of course, IK Multimedia has a considerable experience in digital signal processing, and the iLoud MTM uses the most advanced DSP techniques to provide total control of the speaker’s performance, delivering results they claim are simply not obtainable with traditional analogue designs. The press release states that highs are neutral and defined, mids and lows are clear and as balanced as ever. Users can mix for hours with no ear fatigue, and their work will translate better than ever.
And it’s loud, with 100W RMS total power per speaker and 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure.
By controlling via DSP and with precision time-alignment, the iLoud MTM would also be capble of managing the off-axis response to minimise the effects of room reverberation. The iLoud Micro Monitor received much acclaim (two reviews that I found interesting can be found here and here and 41 Sweetwater customers gave it a 4.5 star rating. The iLoud MTM offers even more, with bass response down to a surprising 40Hz, ideal for modern music styles.
The iLoud MTM also debuts IK Multimedia’s new patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL) system that uses a precise model of the enclosure’s design, construction and materials, combined with electro-mechanical measurements of the real units, to correct the system’s performance in real time. The result, according to the company, is a stunningly “firm”, balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers even twice iLoud MTM’s size.
iLoud MTM uses a midrange-tweeter-midrange symmetrical design, with a pair of 3.5″ high performance woofers and one 1″ high definition tweeter.
iLoud MTM will be available in Q2, 2019 at a MSRP of €349.99 a piece.
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