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Arcam Muso

Bookshelf speaker

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Our take on the Arcam Muso

by Kristen Schaub
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Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Muso to your ears

You've just come home from a long day of work at the office. Your eyes are tired from looking at the computer screen, but your ears are yearning to hear something other than office chatter and printer noise. So fire up Arcam's Muso bookshelf speakers and immerse yourself in the delicate soprano voice of Madame Butterfly, or the sultry sound of "Satchmo's" jazz trumpet. Arcam designed the Muso speaker to complement their Solo receivers, making them a great addition to a stereo setup or computer desktop system. Just add a powered subwoofer to get full-range, room-thumping bass.


Metal drivers and enclosure produce anything but "tinny" sound

Arcam Muso

Each Muso speaker has a 1" ultra-light aluminum tweeter for crisp, clear highs. A 3-1/2" aluminum woofer fills in the mid- to low-frequency range, while a front bass port offers a little extra low-end kick. It also means this speaker can be placed close to a wall and still deliver exceptional performance. Overall, you'll hear big, full sound that just might surprise you coming from such compact speakers.

The cabinet is made from a clever combination of aluminum and steel components bonded together with the latest adhesive technology for the lowest possible resonance. It means you'll be greeted by pure, clean sound every time you power up your system.

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"I also had an opportunity to listen to the Muso speakers. It was actually somewhat of a blind test and then I saw that there were two pairs of speakers in the front of the room. One was a floor-standing column of speakers and another pair of small bookshelf speakers on stands. Those were the Musos. And lo-and-behold when the trainer walked in front of the room, he changed the pair of speakers and said, "Oh, by the way, let's compare these to these floor-standing columns." And I went, "What?" Yeah, that was the Musos. Incredibly impressive speakers. Very, very good bass. Yes the columns had a little bit better bass, but they were also three times bigger. So that was an amazing display of quality from such small speakers."

Dallas, Crutchfield Advisor

Highlights:

  • frequency response 70-20,000 Hz
  • handles 30-100 watts
  • sensitivity 85 dB
  • 4-ohm impedance — suited for high current amplifiers
  • 1" ultra-light aluminum dome tweeter
  • 3-1/2" polymer/aluminum woofer
  • flared "L-shape" port offers extended bass response
  • high-quality eight component crossover for superbly balanced sound
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to tube TVs
  • combined aluminum and steel enclosure dampens cabinet resonance
  • comes with rubber isolation mat
  • gold-plated binding posts
  • 4-3/4"W x 9-1/16"H x 6-1/8"D
  • weight: 6.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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Yes
Tweeter Type
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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3.5
Woofer Composition
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Polymer/Aluminum
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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30-100
Sensitivity
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85 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Frequency Response
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70-20k Hz
Connector Type
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5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Height (inches)
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9-1/16
Width (inches)
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4-3/4
Depth (inches)
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6-1/8
Weight (pounds)
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6.3
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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28-31
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Satellite loudspeaker
  • Detachable grille
  • Rubber mat
  • Handbook
  • Owner Registration Card/Thank You Letter

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Two-Way Design: The Muso is a two-way satellite loudspeaker that uses high-quality material throughout. This satellite loudspeaker has been designed to produce an accurate, powerful, and musical sound in a compact, bass-reflex cabinet. The Muso two-way loudspeaker offers a midbass performance far beyond that of a typical "satellite" speaker.

Note: The Muso is a satellite loudspeaker designed to produce midbass, midrange, & high frequencies. For low bass frequencies, pair this speaker with a powered subwoofer (sold separately).

1" Aluminum Tweeter: The Muso satellite loudspeaker features a 1"aluminum dome tweeter for exceptional clarity, transparency, and dispersion. The 1" aluminum dome tweeter features a light-weight neodymium magnet for higher efficiency & greater power handling.

3.5" Polymer/Aluminum Woofer: The Muso features a 3.5" polymer/aluminum cone woofer with rubber surround for dynamic midbass response. The woofer magnet's vented pole piece offers higher power handling capabilities with lower distortion.

Crossover Network: The Muso satellite loudspeaker employs a 6 component crossover (2.5kHz, 12dB/oct) with air-cored HF inductor on glass fiber PCB.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Muso satellite loudspeaker employs a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet. Its front ported design allows positioning close to walls or in cabinets. The smooth flow, flared "L-shape" port offers extended bass response.

Low-Resonance Cabinet: The Muso satellite loudspeaker's enclosure is made from a combination of aluminum & steel components bonded together with the latest adhesive technology for the lowest possible resonance. The "SDA" (sound dead aluminum) further dampens cabinet resonance. The resin damped metal-to-metal bonding has no visible fixings.

Magnetic Grille: The satellite loudspeaker comes with a detachable magnetic metal grille. The grille is acoustically transparent.

Connections

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The gold-plated 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 12-gauge), pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).

Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Mounting Options

Application: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker can be used in a stereo (music) or home theater (movie) application.

Placement: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker is designed for placing on a stand, shelf, or wall bracket. For optimum results the speaker should be placed 4"-12" from a rear wall, at least 2' from any side wall, and 6.5' apart. The Muso satellite loudspeaker should be mounted so the tweeter is at, or just below ear height when the listener is seated.

Note: The Muso speaker should never be placed on the floor or in corners.

Rubber Isolation Mat: The included rubber isolation mat fits inside the recessed area of the speaker base and provides a stable, non-slip surface that helps to acoustically decouple the speaker from its support.

Wall-Mounting: The Arcam Muso has dual threaded inserts (4mm) on the rear of the cabinet for wall mounting the speaker, using an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

Magnetically Shielded: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker is magnetically shielded for safe placement beside TVs, video displays, and computer monitors.

 
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5 out of 5

Exceptionally good reproduction

Written By Geo, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, March 22, 2012
 
Having bought these as temporary speakers for a mid-fi setup in a medium sized room, I have been very happy with tonal, soundstage and image reproduction. After using them for 3 years, I am only now getting the "change" bug to go look at a new setup. Currently being driven by an old Rotel seperates setup. These have not once created any of the listener fatigue that many inexpensive speakers seem to leave me with. Provide surprisingly large presence for such small boxes.
Pros:
Good sound in a small box; non-fatiguing; good reproduction; great bass for the size and good soundstaging (even sitting a few feet in front of one of the speakers, I cannot discern that the music is coming from the speaker, but just seems to appear in space around them.
Cons:
Because of the size, cannot produce the lowest of bass, but not terribly noticeable (especially to the neighbors).
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