LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2011: TransAudio Group, distributor of the world’s best-performing pro audio recording equipment and the U.S. distributor of Sonodyne nearfield monitors, will introduce the Sonodyne SM 50Ak and SM 100Ak at this year’s NAMM show (January 13-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center) Booth #6945.
Leveraging India’s booming economy with the company’s forty years of experience in the branded and OEM hi-fi market, Sonodyne builds nearfield monitors that are borne of rigorous research & development, built in-house of the highest-quality components, yet sell for less than equivalent American and Euro monitors.
“Ashoke Mukherjee founded Sonodyne in the late 1960s, when audio equipment was strictly an import item in India,” explained Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “Over forty plus years Sonodyne has been investing in research and development and has emerged as the most interesting loudspeaker company outside U.S. Sonodyne powered monitors are winning fans not on price but on performance and compact size. It’s time to introduce Sonodyne actives to the American market.”
The SM 50Ak is the smallest monitor in the Sonodyne range. Its active bi-amp design delivers 45-watts to the 5¼-inch woofer and 45-watts to the tweeter to smoothly reproduce 70 to 22,000 Hz. Its aluminum enclosure and well-considered shape contribute to the open high-end, honest mid-range, and tight bass that have earned the loyalty of engineers in the know. The next model up is the SM 100Ak, also biamplified, offering 80-watts to a 6½-inch woofer, and the same 45-watt powered tweeter. The Sonodyne SM 100Ak delivers more low-end response, a larger sweet spot in front, and greater SPL. Both models surprise the listener with a much larger sound than expected for the size.
MSRPs: SM 50Ak – $1,050/pair • SM 100Ak – $1,400/pair