Recording Mag has featured iLoud Micro Monitors in their November 2018 edition. Reviewer, Mike Metlay of Recording Mag answers the question: "How small can a powered reference speaker be?" Exploring many features of the speakers over a multi-page spread, Mike touches on the specs and features, the span of the nearfield to your ears, the sound quality, and more. Here are a few highlights from the feature:
"Is it possible to build a reference monitor that’s so small you can put it in a briefcase, while retaining usable audio quality? IK says yes, and offers the iLoud Micro Monitor as proof."
"How does it work in practice? Surprisingly well…highs are extended, clear and crisp, not quite brittle, and mids are nicely seated when the speakers are set flat and noticeably pushed forward when the Desk switch is on. What’s most impressive is the bass, which definitely doesn’t have the boom of a big woofer but is clear, well-defined, and blessedly lacking in resonant honk or muddiness."
"Working with these speakers is a unique experience; it’s almost like mixing on head- phones that aren’t actually on your ears. The soundfield is close and intimate, full of detail, and the phantom center is solid without being “slightly wider mono"."
"In recent months we’ve reviewed several monitors that offer impressive results in a very small space, but the iLoud Micro Monitors definitely take the prize for max- imum volume in minimum, well, volume. They took some getting used to, but the quality of the audio they deliver was sur- prising to everyone that heard them."
"At four pounds of weight and fitting in any computer backpack, the iLoud Micro Monitor is another option for a reliable and portable monitoring environment for field mixing, live recording, or taking a tracking session to a client... and yeah, they’re really cute."
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