sE Electronics Munro Egg 150 by MarcJBeard
Yesterday I took a trip down to dv247 in Acton to test out the new sE Egg 150 monitors and amp combo, after hearing about the hand made ‘matched amp’ that is supplied with the audio ergonomic speaker design.
To give a good reference I decided to test them against the Adams and KRK’s in the same range (and price bracket)
At first glance the speaker units did seem a tad on the B&O side, with it’s funky design and stands, but was told by sE that this design actually helps with the natural flow of sound, given that sound actually oscillates as it moves, which is scientific fact, So when we are only offered ‘box’ type designs, this raises the question, is this design actually correct for housing speakers, as a box would always create tangential modes (google it), before exiting the front of the speaker. So the egg design would therefore allow the sound to exit and envelope the speaker in a more natural way, giving a more natural response of sound.
I chose to use an acoustic track featuring piano, and acoustic guitar, in order to get a good audio reference..
First up was the KRK’s, which I had to lean into to get the mid range, which by definition was missing.. The colouration on the bottom end did seem way too much and to be honest I was instantly not impressed. (eek my mate just bought some!)
With a quick flick of a button the Adams was now in play and I was then confronted with the complete opposite of the KRKs… loads of mid range came at me, which was quick, punchy and bright.. which made me think that after monitoring for a few hours your ears would indeed be suffering. (Just to point out I never monitor loud and was testing all the monitors at just below normal hearing, which means ‘not loud’).
Then came the eggs.. and the overall flat response I got from these speakers was amazing.. no leaning forward to get the mid range..the top end was clear and actually sat at the top.. the bottom end was perfect, not to heavy or coloured in anyway. I could here plenty of definition within the sound overall, which I had noticed due to the piano sound sitting very well with the acoustic guitar with no one sound masking another.
The fullness of the overall sound was incredible, as with the other monitors, the bass end seemed to roll around the front of the speaker and then the room, but with the sE’s the bottom end seemed to sit very neatly within the sound field. This I believe has something to do with the shape of the box.. as the egg shape acts like the human head and rolls off its reflections rather than bouncing off.
I flicked back to the KRKs and Adams for a quick 10 secs of the same song.. and again the sound become cloudy and somewhat misty.. but as soon as the eggs came back on the sound seem to be so definite, immediate and responsive.
Also offer a zero downtime on this product, which means that if they fail in anyway, would take them away and give you a replacement set of monitors and amp, while yours are being fixed. So why would you NOT want to buy these!!? Simple.
This is the truth…
I am in the market for a set of quality monitors.. And if you are like me and do not have a endless stream of money.. and like me, you do your research for any product and buy for longevity, not just because it’s the latest cool thing… then the eggs has to be on your list to check out..
And this, in part, is responsible, due to the companies research and development, which in very simply terms means..
“they give the kids what they want”.
Marc J Beard. 10/10
footnote: i did try the Genlecs too.. (briefly) but was put off immediately due to price.