MONITOR 890 MK II

Characteristics and sound properties

It is well-known that there are two types of loudspeakers: hi-fi speakers that produce the most accurate, unaltered sound possible, and disco or musician's speakers, where the top volume level is of the utmost importance. These volume levels are normally only possible with horns but these often cause coloration of the sound. The MONITOR 890 MK IIwas designed specifically to combine the best of both worlds. In the mid-range, we use a driver & horn unit which is so dynamic and produces such undistorted music, that many a horn-disparager has had to admit that this is simply unbelievably "different". Two excellent quality woofers, TIW 360 8 Ohm, mounted in the 180 litre vented cabinet, generate a bass sound pressure that is physically tangible, as you have experienced with concert speakers. Combined with the first-rate TL 16 H 8 Ohm high-range horn, we have created a loudspeaker system that breaks down the previously unbridgeable barrier between the hi-fi and the professional speaker.
We recommend, initially at least, the following level settings: tweeter: -4 dB; mid-range: -4 dB
Thanks to the added impedance linearising unit in the crossover unit, the Monitor 890 MK II is now even better suited to use with critical amplifiers (e.g. tube amplifiers).

No longer available.

Component parts list for 1 box

Tweeter:
TL 16 H 8 Ohm
1 piece
Midrange driver:
DR 45 N 8 Ohm
1 piece
Adapter:
1 piece
Horn:
M 300 (MDF)
1 piece
Speaker stands:
beech waxed
3 pieces
Woofer:
TIW 360 8 Ohm
2 pieces
Crossover:
"Monitor 890 MKII"
Level control:
2 pieces
Terminal:
2 pieces
Damping material
7 bags
Special wood screws:
5 x 30 mm
16 pieces
Wood screws:
4 x 20 mm
8 pieces
Countersunk screws:
3.5 x 25 mm
8 pieces
Cable:
2 x 2.5 mm2
3.5 m
2 x 1.5 mm2
3.5 m

Technical Data

Rated power
600 W
Maximum power
900 W
Nominal impedance Z
4 Ohm
Übertragungsbereich (-10 dB)
30 - 35000 W
Mittlerer Schalldruckpegel
94 dB (1 W / 1 m)
Trennfrequenz
800 / 7500 Hz
Gehäuseprinzip
Net volume
180 l
Außenmaß Höhe
1070 mm
Außenmaß Breite
688 mm
Außenmaß Tiefe
508 mm

Frequency- and impedance response

Press

Extract from Image HiFi

"The Monitor 890 MK II deals beautifully with the full range even down to even low output levels provided the listening area is not too small. The excellent mid-range horn reproduces voices and non-amplified instruments beautifully without the slightest over-emphasis and right across the frequency range. The full range of tonal sophistication is remarkably well differentiated for a horn-based system, and this with a clarity and dynamism that is missing in less powerful drivers. We were pleased to find that, provided the output level is well chosen, the high-range horn does not stand out on its own as a fragment of the picture but blends in well to the impressive overall panorama."
"This combination of pure power and sophisticated manners was what irresistably attracted me to the Monitor 890 MK II."

Verdict: excellent

Extract from STEREO

"... this chunky character pounds out bass levels that make a lot of other speaker systems look pretty puny. The sounds washed around our ears precisely but unmistakably and very powerfully. It was enough to make you whince. But this Visaton model does not overdo it. The bass production is well balanced against the higher ranges to produce a tidy overall picture where the bass does not have trouble keeping up. The high range retains an airy feel and is very clearly defined. The horn's response and depth of sound are excellent, and its spatial positioning is a dream."
"The Monitor system can produce disco music just the way the kids like it, can make the walls of your nearest castle vibrate with Pink Floyd or some good organ music and yet it is still a real treat to listen to a symphony on the same speakers. This precarious fine line between hi-fi and professional speaker system has been very well mastered."
"Visaton's Monitor speakers are mor than just a pleasant sensation. They combine the typical strengths of a horn system like sound pressure and temperament with such features as accuracy of depth and allround abilities brillinat!"

Verdict: excellent

Extract from Klang & Ton

Provided you have enough space and a very tolerant partner, we can warmly recommend this major contribution to the art of building speakers to every aficionado of lively guitar-based rock through to subtle and sophisticated rhythm & blues. Although the Monitor set-up is perfectly capable of reproducing classical musical and can cope with lower volume ranges, its strength is definitely in the excellent representation of live-sounding events, full of temperament and dynamism.