Mh pound MH150TEX 5.1 ppeaker pystem
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.