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Monitor Audio Radius 45

Ultra-compact satellite speakers (High-gloss White)

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Overview

Our take on the Monitor Audio Radius 45

We weren't sure if it was really possible for a speaker this small to still perform effectively. Boy, were we surprised! Even though the Radius 45 may be the smallest speaker Monitor Audio has ever built, this tiny cube delivers Monitor's signature wide-open sound in spades. With its front-firing 3" mid/bass driver and rear-firing gold dome tweeter, the R45 will fill your living space with a tonal presence and spaciousness that must be heard to be believed. Pair these speakers with Monitor Audio's Radius 380 subwoofer to create an ultra-discreet, high-performance music or multichannel surround sound system. 

Pure concentrated fun

We weren't sure if it was really possible for a speaker this small to still perform effectively. Boy, were we surprised! Even though the Radius 45 may be the smallest speaker Monitor Audio has ever built, this tiny cube delivers Monitor's signature wide-open sound in spades. With its front-firing 3" mid/bass driver and rear-firing gold dome tweeter, the R45 will fill your living space with a tonal presence and spaciousness that must be heard to be believed. Pair these speakers with Monitor Audio's Radius 380 subwoofer to create an ultra-discreet, high-performance music or multichannel surround sound system. 

Monitor Audio's secret sauce 

The Radius 45 benefits from many of the technical advances, materials, and construction techniques found in Monitor's top-of-the-line speakers. Its 3/4" dome tweeter is made of a high-tech ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy. This exceptionally stiff, lightweight material allows the driver to respond swiftly and precisely to the audio signal for greater accuracy. The tweeter also gets an anodized coating of gold that helps ensure smooth, extended highs.

Gorgeous build quality and design

Monitor Audio speakers have long been known for their sturdy, vault-like cabinet construction. The R45's rigid MDF enclosure feels solid and substantial, with an exterior clad in a beautiful high-gloss black or white finish.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 120-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • recommended amplifier power: 15-50 watts
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • ultra-rigid, lightweight C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) cone material provides high efficiency and low distortion
  • rear-firing 3/4" C-CAM gold dome tweeter
  • 3" MMP® II (Metal Matrix Polymer) mid/bass driver
  • acoustic-suspension (sealed) cabinet design
  • five-way binding post speaker terminals
  • 3-15/16"W x 3-15/16"H x 4-7/8"D
  • weight: 2.25 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Satellite loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (attached)
  • 8 Rubber feet
  • Grille removal tool
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
Reviews

Monitor Audio Radius 45 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Fills need to very small speakers

Mark S from Chicago, IL on 9/20/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

We needed surround speakers that were as small as possible that still produced quality sound for our movie viewing. After much research, we found that this is a specific niche, and from our choices these were the obvious pick. Their walnut finish fits perfectly with our furniture, and by using existing tables we could set them up without having to use any speaker stands. We also are using a wireless speaker system to operate them without wires, which made the entire setup even more convenient. These speakers bring in a great sound that was missing prior to their installation.

Pros: Size Appearance Quality of sound vs their size

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Great Sound, Small Satellites

GLR from New Jersey on 11/28/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Needed 2 satellite speakers to replace 2 existing larger Polk's in a 5.1 configuration. Was not comfortable going with the TS1 or TS2 as side view was a consideration and seemed like anything Bose had needed to include their sub (although other sellers claimed that was not "necessarily" the case). In wanting to get a simple one for one replacement of the two, I went with these on Crutchfield's recommendation. Sound great and look great as well. Very small cubes resting on 2 end tables around elbow height. Yeah, I know, not text book optimization but I don't care. They sound great there, crisp and full with the rest of the speakers, namely Wharfdale (L, C, R) and a basic sub.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 3
Woofer Composition Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 15-50
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 120-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 4
Width (inches) 4
Depth (inches) 4-7/8
Weight (pounds) 2.25
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Applications: The Monitor Audio Radius 45 satellite loudspeaker is perfect for discrete sound around your home, or partnered with a Radius powered sub (sold separately) for big stereo sound, or used as surround and surround back speakers in your home theater.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Monitor Audio Radius 45 features a two-way speaker design with one rear-firing 3/4" C-CAM gold dome tweeter and one front-firing 3" MMP II cone woofer. The tweeter is rear-firing to enhance sound dispersion characteristics. The tweeter and woofer share similar audible consistency producing a smooth transition of frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.

  • C-CAM Gold-Dome Tweeter: The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy, gold anodized to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modeling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats. The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
  • Metal Matrix Polymer (MMP II) Woofer: Metal Matrix Polymer driver cones have a polypropylene diaphragm injected with metallic particles to offer a rigid and responsive structure. They are manufactured using a sophisticated high-pressure injection process, which modulates cone thickness at critical points to optimize stiffness and consistency, resulting in a superior sonic performance.
Note: The Radius 45 incorporates a thermal protection device, which helps to protect the woofer and tweeter from permanent damage.

Single Through-Bolt Mount: The tweeter and woofer are fixed to the cabinet with a single through-bolt driver fixing mount. This single-through-bolt mount design provides mechanical de-coupling and enhanced midband clarity and resolution. The through-bolts also act as rigid cross bracing to give a very solid non-resonant cabinet.

Stylish Cabinet: The Monitor Audio Radius 45 features a beautiful precision cabinet in a gloss black, gloss white, or walnut finish. The cabinet's smooth rounded edges, silver trim, and metal mesh grille add to the style and look of the speaker.

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Radius 45 is fitted with gold-plated binding post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up 12AWG), pin-connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual).

Mounting Options: Self adhesive rubber feet are provided to prevent movement due to vibration when using the Radius 45 loudspeakers on a table, shelf, or stand. And thanks to its rear-panel 1/4"-20 threaded insert, the Radius 45 can also be fixed to a wall using an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

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Why did you buy this?

good reviews [ Ricardo De  Jan 13, 2016 ]
I choose this to complement my Polk speakers that I currently have. These speakers were recommended by one of your experts. [ Kenneth J.  Oct 28, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I currently have the speaker mounted on the walls and the sound is fantastic [ SHAWN P  Sep 23, 2015 ]
I am using them as rear speakers with infinity center channel and the sound great. [ Ricardo De  Dec 03, 2016 ]
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