Mh pound MH150TEX 5.1 ppeaker pys­tem

NOVO - - PRODUCTREVIEW - Puave ha­jko

Have you ever won­dered about what kind of au­dio sys­tems pro­fes­sional stu­dios use for en­gi­neer­ing movie sound­tracks? MK Sound has long been a pop­u­lar choice for pro­fes­sional stu­dios and over the years has made its way into thou­sands of home the­atres around the world. MK Sound speak­ers have been used for sound mix­ing and edit­ing of count­less block­buster movie sound­tracks such as Star Wars Episodes I through III, the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy, Pearl Har­bour, Black Hawk Down and Iron Man - just to men­tion a few. It is also the speaker brand of choice by com­pa­nies like Dolby Labs and DTS. Heck, even the fa­mous Skywalker Ranch is equipped with an MK Sound sys­tem. The com­pany at­tributes much of the success thanks to its MK 150THX Sys­tem which we’re look­ing at in this very re­view. There really is a lot of his­tory to get ex­cited about here. For those of you who haven’t heard of MK Sound be­fore, here’s a brief back­ground. The com­pany’s ori­gin dates back to the early 1970s in Cal­i­for­nia, where the com­pany was founded un­der its orig­i­nal name - M&K Sound - by an owner of an au­dio store and an au­dio de­signer. Among its many ac­co­lades, in 1997 M&K Sound in­tro­duced the in­dus­try’s first in­ter­nally pow­ered sub­woofer. In 2007, af­ter count­less ac­com­plish­ments and nearly forty years in busi­ness, the com­pany closed its doors but was quickly res­ur­rected by a Dan­ish com­pany with a re­fined name of MK Sound. Luck­ily, in­stead of re­design­ing the prod­uct line com­pletely, the new own­ers de­cided to stick with the orig­i­nal speaker de­signs, with only slight up­dates.

The 5.1-chan­nel MK 150THX sys­tem that I ex­am­ine in this re­view con­sists of five S-150MKII speak­ers ($1,500 each) and the MX-250 sub­woofer ($1,950). As the sys­tem’s name im­plies this is a THX Ultra2 cer­ti­fied sys­tem, guar­an­tee­ing that it meets the rig­or­ous THX stan­dards for ac­cu­rate sound de­liv­ery. The to­tal price for this sys­tems amounts to $9,450. Two other speaker models are avail­able in the MK 150 se­ries – the S-150T Tripole speaker and the MP-150 on-wall speaker – as well as a larger sub­woofer called the MX-350MKII.

Un­like most speaker man­u­fac­tur­ers, MK Sound does not of­fer a choice of fin­ish or colour. What you see in the pic­ture above is what you get – a black satin fin­ish. In­stead the com­pany fo­cuses strictly on the per­for­mance of its prod­ucts. The five S-150MKII speak­ers are al­most iden- tical to each other, with the ex­cep­tion of driver con­fig­u­ra­tion. There are two con­fig­u­ra­tions of this speaker – a Left chan­nel model and a Right/Cen­tre chan­nel model. Each speaker is nearly a per­fect cube – mea­sur­ing 12.5” x 10.5” x 12.5” – and weighs 21 lbs. Re­mov­ing the cloth grille re­veals that th­ese speak­ers don’t fol­low a con­ven­tional de­sign. The front baf­fle houses two 5.25” polypropy­lene woofers and an un­usual num­ber of tweet­ers - three 1” fab­ric-dome tweet­ers to be ex­act. The tweet­ers are ar­ranged in a ver­ti­cal stack, each housed within its own damp­ened cham­ber, and sep­a­rated on the out­side by foam ridges. This tweeter ar­ray presents a wider than usual hor­i­zon­tal dis­per­sion and prom­ises out­stand­ing ac­cu­racy and de­tail.

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