Sun Valley, CA (September 25, 2012)—Mixware was recently named the exclusive U.S. distributor of German manufacturer Monkey Banana's studio reference monitors.
“Mixware and Monkey Banana are both young and growing companies with a common goal and a common vision. With our experience in the monitor market, and Monkey Banana’s outstanding products and attention to detail, it’s a win-win relationship and I have great hopes for the brand’s success in the US market,” said Mixware co-founder Laurent Cohen who, alongside Mixware partner (and father) Gerard Cohen, founded the Stanton Group, which acquired KRK Systems in 2000.
Monkey Banana's Turbo Series, comprised of four digital near field active monitors (4”, 5”, 6” and 8” drivers) and a 10” subwoofer, has a bass-reflex acoustic design aimed for "maximum efficiency and optimal bass extension." The patented tweeter dome shape reportedly articulates the high frequencies out past 20 kHz and is designed to have a low resonance (for a low crossover point) but also high power handling.
The Turbo Series woofers use patented technology from the Aviation industry. The PP carbon fiber / ceramic composite cone is said to provide an "extremely fast" transient response from bass notes all the way through to the midrange. Made using "green" plastic injection molding techniques, the port is said to have been designed to maximize the acoustic output of the woofer, and the port tunes the cabinet while minimizing air turbulence noise from movement of the woofer. As the woofer moves, the port also acts to move large volumes of air in and out, and ventilate the internal heat generated by the amplifier.
The custom-made amplifier design uses professional-grade, multi-layer PC boards. The Class-AB power amplifier design also uses thicker gauge, audiophile grade cables for the woofer and tweeter wiring.
The Turbo5, Turbo6, and Turbo10s are available now, with other models following shortly.