Monitor Audio Radius R180 Floorstanding Speakers

Monitor Audio Radius R180 Floorstanding Speakers 


  • Unique drivers
  • Metal matrix polymer cone material
  • Magnetically shielded drivers
  • Front ported design
  • Die-cast metal wall


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[Apr 09, 2007]
J Conley
Audio Enthusiast


Open airy sound, clear mid-range and good dynamics in the upper mid-range. Small size is amazing, I couldn't beleive their size and the sound from these speakers.


Tweeters are very fragile when grills are removed. Have had to replace a tweeter due to damage that occurred when grill was off. But this can be avoided and isn't a reflection of the quality or sound of these speakers.

I first purchased these speakers when looking for a high quality, great sounding, and small speaker for a living room based theater in our new home. I had been using B&W DM600 series for Front and rear in my old house, but the design of the room required something smaller. At first I was hesitant due to their size, but after my first audition was amazed at how airy and open they sounded. They obviously don’t do lower mid-range, or bass as well as the B&W’s, but IMHO they have a better sound on Music and DVD movies. Most reviewers in the past review these in conjunction with the Monitor Audio subwoofer; I am using a Velodyne Mini-Vee instead and the sound is amazingly matched.
I am running three of these beauties, LCR in my home theater and love them. They do a great job of providing a realistic and rich listening experience. While my current system (Marantz SR7001) and the previous (HK AVR525) rendition have used AV receivers for the amplification, I am upgrading to a separate amplifier (Marantz MM9000) and can’t wait to see if there is a difference.
In closing these as the front speakers, the Velodyne as the subwoofer and along with my Monitor Audio Radius 90 for side surround, and Radius CPMi ceiling mounted rear surrounds I feel I have a very capable system for the money. I highly recommend these speakers for anyone with a moderate budget looking for an alternative to other (better sound through marketing) sorts of compact speaker systems.

Customer Service

Had to call Monitor's US distributor to get replacement grills and tweeter. First time I called I was told they would send me an invoice to be paid and then would ship me replacement parts. They never sent invoice. Several weeks later I called again and had all my parts in two weeks. It is my guess that the U.S. (North American) distributor Krex international, is just a small outfit and my experience was not customary to what others can expect. Overall I got what I needed and am happy.

Similar Products Used:

Bose AM-7, B&W SM301, Totem compact speakers?

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