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Monitor Audio ASB-2

Monitor Audio ASB-2
alaScore 91

23 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Monitor Audio ASB-2. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the design. The price is also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability. There are some less positive comments about the size.

usability, price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Monitor Audio ASB-2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Monitor Audio ASB-2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Some have doubts about the reliability and usability.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Monitor Audio - ASB-2 - AirStream SoundBarMonitor Audio - ASB-2 - AirStream SoundBar

Aug, 2018

Editors choice

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Monitor Audio ASB-2


A lavish high-end soundbar that melds classy design with top-drawer sonics

Sublime sound quality ; Luxury design ; AirPlay support

Relatively expensive ; Tricky PC Wi-Fi setup ; No Bluetooth

There’s no HD audio decoding or even Dolby Digital/DTS support, but it’s no problem as the ASB-2 accepts 5.1 and 7.1-channel linear PCM.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Monitor Audio ASB-2 review


Best soundbar £800+, Awards 2013. Still great, but the fresh competition is ruthless and capable

Solid build Three HDMI inputs AirPlay and DLNA Sensational sound quality Good bass despite lack of separate subwoofer

Now outclassed by the best newcomers

And so it is with regret that we must take away the Monitor Audio’s fifth star. It’s had a great run, but the competition is ruthless. Review updated on 23.12.14 MORE: Best soundbars to buy in 2014

Dec, 2014

hcc best buy

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Monitor Audio ASB-2 review


The vast majority of soundbars on the market are of the budget persuasion, marketed as simple, cost-effective upgrades for lacklustre TV speakers. Sometimes you get a soundbar that's cut from a different cloth, taking a more refined approach to design...

Commanding, detailed sound; supreme build quality; AirPlay and DLNA support; generous connections

Expensive; fiddly PC Wi-Fi setup; rudimentary onscreen menu; 3D Audio processing not worth bothering with

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Cliff Heyne (

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Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel Kumin (

Monitor Audio ASB-2 Soundbar


Fine vocal and musical balance from an elegant, though not inexpensive, soundbar.

Neutral tonal balance; Honest vocal and dialogue presentation; Handsome, understated looks

Limited volume output; Ergonomic shortcomings

May, 2014

Expert review by : Darryl Wilkinson (

Monitor Audio ASB-2 Soundbar


Darryl Wilkinson has trouble finding fault with one of the best sound bars currently available. Even without a subwoofer it delivers the "theatrical sound" without all the speakers and wires.

The Monitor Audio ASB-2 is, quite frankly, one hell of an active soundbar. If you're looking for a soundbar that doesn't absolutely need a subwoofer to sound like a real audio system, the ASB-2, even at $1,649, is one hell of a deal. It's simple enough...

Mar, 2014

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The ASB-2 is large but the soundbar includes 5.5 inch speakers so it cannot be much smaller without losing its sound production qualities

Feb, 2016

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Dec, 2015

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Sound is amazing very musical brillent for movies


Nov, 2014

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I normally buy Bose products and was demonstrated there equivelant which did sound good, I also read the reviews of Monitor Audio ASB2 so gave it a try, am I glad I did as the sound blew me away and saved me over £1500 compared to the offering from...

Sep, 2014