sE Electronics Munro Egg 150 Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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Mark E. Sims
from Indianapolis, IN USA area
July 3, 2012Music Background:
Recording, Producing, Pro Musician
Great EggsI bought these at 2012 Gearfest and WOW are they something. I've never owned any monitors or home h-fi gear that even comes close. What they remind me of is the first time I recorded in a REAL studio with soffit mounted JBL professional monitors (but maybe not quite as loud). Even in my unprofessionally treated project studio I can rely on what I hear and the sweetspot is huge. I would highly recommend these to anyone that is looking for PRO monitoring!
from Cincinnati, OH, United States
January 30, 2012Music Background:
Songwriter, vocalist, keyboardist, home studio recording
Review of the sE Electronics Munro Egg 150 Monitoring SystemI've had my SE Munro Egg 150's for a couple of weeks now and couldn't be happier. The setup was intuitively easy. The manual is brief but gives the all the essential information and setup advice I needed. The speakon connections have a nice, secure feel to them. The 'aiming LEDs' work great. I still haven't turned mine off...they're not that annoying to me.
I have my Eggs sitting on my studio console, on acoustic foam padding, angled downward to the listening position, ~4 feet apart and ~2 feet from the back wall. The sound is outstanding. My experience was consistent with the published reviews to date but the psycho-acoustic experience goes beyond that description. The transparency is incredible. The imaging is precise and remarkably 'durable' if you're a little out of position. Even though I had read the bass response was exceptional for monitors of this size, I was totally unprepared for the experience. The bass is tight, well-defined and very clear with no appreciable smearing that I could hear on my reference material. I was very pleasantly surprised at how low the monitors reached. Just as a note, I have found the mid range cut/boost to be very subtle to my listening experience. Finally, the monitors do have plenty of clean, undistorted power...more than I will ever need.
I highly recommend these to anyone looking to upgrade their studio monitoring.
Studio monitor design is an exercise in compromise, since there are so many variables. One example is the cabinet that houses the monitor. The materials that comprise the cabinet make a difference, and the physical shape of the monitor makes a difference. Parallel surfaces within the cabinet create resonances, edges on the exterior can create diffraction, and on and on.
Theoretically, an ideal monitor would be a perfect sphere, with no edges and no parallel surfaces. Now, , working with acclaimed acoustician and monitor designer Andrew Munro, have come up with a design that approaches that perfect ideal with the new monitors.
The Eggs (as you might guess from the name) are egg-shaped, which is a very good compromise between eliminating parallel surfaces but still being practical. They're made from a very lightweight synthetic material and feature integral stands. There's a port on the lower front of the cabinet. Onboard electronics would interfere with the interior acoustics of the cabinets, so all of the electronics are housed in an external rackmountable unit that offers dual inputs and subtle mid-shaping EQ control. As a nice feature, the Eggs have built-in LEDs that make proper setup for ideal listening a snap. (You can turn the aiming LEDs off so they aren't shining in your eyes all the time.)
In use, I was impressed with three aspects of the Eggs: First, for this size of monitor (6.5-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter), they have astounding low-frequency output. The bass is tight, solid, and full, and extends quite low. Second, the midrange clarity. The Eggs are revealing without sounding sterile. Third, how loud they play while retaining clarity. There's plenty of juice here for "visceral" listening!
Some may be inclined to write off the Eggs as a gimmick, but I can tell you that these monitors deliver on all that is promised. I found them a breeze to both track and mix on, and was loath to let them go from my studio! Once you hear these monitors, you'll be convinced that Eggs are the way to go.