MonoPulse is one of Britain’s smaller speaker makers, but it has been around for more than a decade, has a very distinctive range of speakers, enjoys a steady demand (especially from Scandinavia), and seems perfectly happy to remain a small operation.
The current line-up consists of three models – two floorstanders (A is for audiophile, S for slim) and one standmount (C is for compact). The £1,775/pair Model S is the smaller of the former, all of which share much in the way of technical features and physical presentation. In a business dominated by wood-veneered boxes, it’s a pleasant change to find a cloth-covered speaker in a selection of colours.
That said, this relatively new model does represent a significant change for MonoPulse. For example, the Model S is significantly simpler than the 62S, which is arguably its immediate predecessor. Lacking the latter’s supertweeter it’s a simple two-way, and the elaborate metal-framed enclosure is replaced by a more conventional rectilinear box.
Our examples came nearly all in black, decorated by cerise (ie pink!) highlights. Most is cloth, though the back panel is leather adorned by cerise stitching, and the top surface is a carbon fibre panel surrounded by cerise piping; just below the drivers, a matching badge embellishes the front. Another distinctive (and welcome) touch is a carrying handle, usefully integrated into the back panel and facilitating moving the speakers around for best imaging and bass evenness.
Neater still in my view is the floor-coupling arrangement. Putting spikes directly into the base of a speaker as slim and shallow as this (18cm x 20cm) is a recipe for a knockover disaster, which MonoPulse counters by means of a very neat arrangement using chunky steel outriggers. These are retracted for packing and transit, but each may then be pulled out to expand the footprint by slackening and retightening a couple of bolts. Thumbwheel-equipped spikes are then attached at the ends, ensuring a firm fix with no risk of stripping threads, and keeping the enclosure’s port (that fires downwards through the base) clear of the floor. Said port is tuned to a claimed 39Hz, and worked fine under our conditions, but additional damping tubesare available FOC if required. The speaker is normally aligned for a listening ‘window’ about 90cm from the floor, though the spike heights may be adjusted to tilt this optimum axis slightly up (or down) to suit your favoured listening height.