Arcam launch a New Muso Speaker and Subwoofer

Review - Arcam Muso 2017

Arcam Muso 2017

Arcam launch a New Muso Speaker and Subwoofer
A rcam have relaunched the £199 Arcam Muso speaker and added a brand new subwoofer. The all metal new, Arcam Solo Muso speaker & the Solo Sub have been designed to complement Solo Movie & Music systems, with the same audiophile sound quality and unobtrusive but stylish aesthetic as the rest of the Solo range. Ease of placement and effortless high quality sound are the signature of Solo speakers.

Arcam Muso - high-performance "Metal Mini Monitor” Speakers £398 a pair

Arcam Solo Sub - high-performance universal subwoofer £499 each

Arcam Muso Solo 2.1 speaker system - 2 x Muso speakers with Solo Sub £897

■ Key features for the new Arcam Muso are –

- Compact & stylish mini monitor

- Remarkable sound quality for the size

- Critically damped aluminium chassis

- Proprietary paper/fibre sandwich main cone

- Pure aluminium dome tweeter

- Two-way design, with five-element crossover

- Front-facing port for ease of placement

- 80W power handling, nominal 4Ω impedance

- Available in black & silver with matching wall brackets and floor stands

Construction of the new Arcam Muso speaker uses the very latest techniques including dual-layer aluminium / steel enclosures and ultra-modern driver technology. Available in fully flexible combinations, the Muso offers bass performance far beyond that of a typical small speaker, meaning it can be used as a simple stereo pair in most rooms.

The main drive unit utilises a proprietary paper-pulp and fibre sandwich cone resulting in an optimally light yet stiff cone. The drive unit’s chassis is die-cast, which has been used over the more common and cheaper steel chassis as it allows for thinner supporting structures which in turn allow sound to pass from the back of the speaker cone to the inside of the cabinet more easily and reduces reflected sound back towards the cone, which would add distortion.

Within the cabinet, speaker wadding further damps internal reflections and increase the apparent volume by slowing air movement which extends the low frequency response. Additionally, the walls are lined with adhesive vibration damping material to greatly reduce and sound being radiated from the cabinet.

The Muso tweeter is a pure aluminium dome tweeter. As with the main driver, sound passes from the tweeter both forwards and backwards. When travelling backwards through the tweeter, the sound reaches the back surface of the tweeter and is radiated into the cabinet. To combat this, the rear surface of the tweeter is damped, significantly reducing this distortion and improving the clarity of the sound, particularly the fine detail.

By employing a front-facing port, the Muso speaker can be used close to walls without interfering with the port response. To achieve bass extension without “chuffing” a long port of large cross sectional area is needed. As the Muso cabinet is not large enough to accommodate a long port, the port is bent internally and is custom moulded with thick side walls to support itself with minimal vibration even when the speaker is playing at loud volumes.

Also available are matching wall brackets and stands.

■ Arcam Solo Sub

With the addition of the Solo subwoofer, a full range system can be configured for stereo music or movie systems. In full 5.1 or 7.2 systems the Muso / Solo combo shines.

The Muso is also sold singly at £199.

■ Key features for the Arcam Solo Sub are –

- Matches Solo

- Fast Agile Bass

- Highly flexible crossover

- Use with any speaker, Hi-Fi or AV

- A perfect upgrade for any system

The Solo sub features a 300 watt amplifier and a downward firing 10" woofer. It can be connected wirelessly or wired. With exceptionally flexible crossover controls, the Solo sub also can be used in association with more complex AV systems, sounders and other AV speakers, to enhance bass and replace/upgrade poor-quality subwoofers.


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