What is it?

Monkey Banana is the rather strange tên thương hiệu for a new range of studio monitors. The entire Monkey Banana range is designed and engineered in Germany before being assembled in đài loan trung quốc and a quick inspection of their Facebook page and dab of Google translate led me to lớn the thinking behind the new brand. Turns out the founders were unhappy with the unique of the monitor they were getting for their money, so they did what most engineers wish they could, they decided lớn design and build a phối of monitors for themselves. This humble starting point provided the platform for them lớn begin building the same monitors for their friends before getting started on building the Monkey Banana brand in Europe back in 2010. So the apes make their way to lớn Africa; let’s take a look at the starting point in the Monkey Banana range, the Gibbon 5. They come in a choice of a black or striking red rear-ported cab. The Gibbon 5 is a bi-amplified monitor with a 45W amp driving the 5 1/4” polypropylene woofer cone while the 35W HF amp drives a 1” silk dome tweeter unit. The frequency range is 48Hz to lớn 22kHz and the Gibbons are crossed-over around the 3kHz mark. All this equates to a peak of 90db on the tops and 95db on the LF. The entire face is covered by a waveguide with a light-up Monkey Banana hình ảnh when they’re switched on. They are also fitted with an automatic switch that will put the monitors into a stand-by mode if they aren’t playing anything for 5 minutes. The logos will dim khổng lồ let you know they are in stand-by mode and it automatically disengages when simply playing something through them. The rear panel of the Gibbon 5s make provision for most analog inputs by offering either RCA (unbalanced) or two balanced inputs in the khung of XLR or TRS (1/4” Jack) inputs & there are adjustable EQ’s for both HF và LF right below the volume knob.

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The Gibbons are made from MDF và each monitor tips the scales at 5.9kg. Monkey Banana includes a nguồn cord and a phối of small rubber feet khổng lồ settle your monitors on.

Who Should Own One?

The Gibbon 5s are going to impress a lot of ears both trained and untrained. They would suit all sorts of applications where accuracy is vital so whether you are monitoring in your bedroom, recording in a pro-studio or editing và mixing down in a post-production suite you will be thrilled with the Gibbon 5s. Even compared lớn monitors that have slightly more wattage or bigger cones, the Gibbon 5 will still put up quite a fight.

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The Verdict

I am well impressed with the Gibbon 5. One is naturally a bit hesitant & maybe even sceptical when confronted with a new sản phẩm especially when it breaks the mould of all the scientific names pro-audio and studio gear companies normally choose. Maybe some zoology is needed. Và that is what was so amazing about the Gibbons, they really exceeded my expectations of what you can get out of a 5” monitor system priced at the budget over of the market. What really stood out for me was the incredible stereo image they presented. Most speakers và some entry cấp độ monitors sound lượt thích the audio is coming directly out the speaker (which it of course is) but with the Gibbons running in my test position and set a ½ metre apart the stereo image felt right in the centre. It’s such an important part of the mixing and mastering process & it’s often overlooked by new producers just because they are at the limits of the gear they are working on. You could really get your head into the set the Gibbons present you with and this allows one to lớn isolate, EQ and filter with far more accuracy in your own studio space to lớn get a tight & balanced mix before you attempt lớn master or send it off. Your trust would be well placed with a set of the Monkey Banana Gibbon 5 studio monitors.


R 5710.00 Supplier: Viva Afrika | (011) 250-3800

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About Dave Skinz

DJ, Music Manufacturer, Wordsmith, Record Store owner, Promoter, và gamer par excellence are some of the multi-faceted roles thatSkinz has played in his 15 year love affair with dance music. When not indulging himself in MMA footage & band practice, he spends his time waiting for Arsenal lớn take the treble.