Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review: Towering sound

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review – This wireless speaker from a famous British hi-fi company isn’t new, but its price has recently fallen to a very reasonable level, is a low-tomiddling budget for a quality Bluetooth box, and in this case it buys you something that both looks and sounds distinguished.

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review

The 10-inch pillar, in grey, white or gold, has a rounded square cross-section that bends back at the top, giving it the look of a futuristic skyscraper. A traditional speaker cloth covers the front, but can be detached to reveal two bass drivers and a shiny ceramic-coated dome tweeter. The drivers are slightly angled to the left and right, and when you connect up a Bluetooth device and output your favorite music, audiobook or radio station, you’ll notice this gives a broader sound stage than you’d expect from a single speaker.

We were surprised by how much bass the S150 could generate, but this wasn’t at the expense of mid-range or treble.
These were clear and even delicate, maybe not quite as detailed as the likes of Bowers & Wilkins’ T7, but that costs over twice as much. The S150 sounded equally good at low volume on a quiet evening or pushed to maximum to fill a large room.

You don’t get fancy extras like multi-room or Apple AirPlay (that was a feature of the S200, which seems to have been discontinued), and nor is this a portable speaker – you’ll need a mains socket. But the S150 does what it does extremely well.

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review: SPECIFICATIONS

2x 25W woofers • 10W tweeter • 40W RMS • Bass radiator • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX • 3.5mm analogue stereo input • USB charging output • 274x120x137mm (HxWxD) • 2.3kg

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review: VERDICT

Solid engineering pays off in excellent sound quality from a nicely sized and attractive wireless speaker

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review: ALTERNATIVE

Libratone One Click

If you want a classy speaker but need portability too, this fits the bill, albeit with less bass

10 Total Score
Editor choice Monitor Audio Airstream S150 Review

Solid engineering pays off in excellent sound quality from a nicely sized and attractive wireless speaker

  • Powerful, detailed and composed sound
  • Chic, compact design and first-rate build quality
  • Easy to accommodate and setup
  • No remote
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