IK Multimedia iLoud Micro active studio monitor review
The Italian company IK Multimedia has expanded its range in recent years with synthesizers, drum machines and studio monitors. Of the two, the larger IK Multimedia iLoud MTM is a mid-range close-up monitor that focuses on accurate sound reproduction and neutral sound. We have previously tested the iLoud MTM studio monitor.
Features of IK Multimedia iLoud Micro
MTMs also have a little brother; IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor. This model features two smaller active speakers, each with a 3 ”subwoofer and a ¾” tweeter, as well as a front panel subwoofer port and a calibration EQ. One stereo RCA and one 1/8 ”TRS stereo input are available for connection. You can also stream music or a movie with a Bluetooth connection.
MTM iLoud monitors are very popular. The smaller size of the iLoud Micro is likely to target another market due to the lack of Bluetooth connectivity and XLR or ¼ ”TS inputs.
IK Multimedia iLoud Micro monitors are really small in size. The XLR and ¼ ”TS jack outputs are missing, so for some connections – we had to get a separate cable. For basic content playback, such as watching a movie, we simply plugged our laptop’s headphone output into the speakers and you’re ready to start watching movies.
The iLoud Micro Studio monitor differs from the MTM Speaker in that only one power supply operates both speakers. It is likely that due to portability, both power and sound come to one speaker, which then transmits the sound and power to the other speaker.
Regardless of the size of the studios , we can place the speakers in both directions, and are also equipped with fold-out feet that make it easy to separate from the desk or shelf. There’s a microphone stand connector on the bottom of both speakers, so you can even put it off the table completely.
The specified frequency range is also better than average, towards the 55 Hz range. The switches on the back of the speaker allow for different EQ settings to suit your room.
Calibration EQ systems alone are not enough to improve room acoustics. We need acoustic sound-absorbing panels and acoustic diffusers for proper room acoustics. In studios, it is even more important that the recorded or mixed music is perfect. The walls and ceiling reflect sound, and only panels designed for acoustic purposes can be used to eliminate echo.
The IK Multimedia iLoud Micro speaker has been designed with the needs of studio and music production makers in mind. From the calibration EQ program to the coupling feet; they help you create high-quality studio work with practical solutions. We recommend this speaker primarily for smaller studios.
Thanks to the Bluetooth connection, you can also use streaming services. You can watch Netflix or listen to Spotify playlists. They are also excellent for making and mixing musical mixes.
Unfortunately, the speakers quickly overheat. The DSP should regulate this.
Unfortunately, the speaker grilles cannot be removed. Although these metal grilles are used to protect the speakers, they negatively affect the sound quality. It’s true that one of the main benefits of iLoud Micro studio monitors is portability, yet it would be better if the speaker grilles could be removed.
There is a small waveguide on the front of the tweeter. The location of the tweeter prevents the scatter at the top ranges from being too wide. The narrow baffle eliminates diffraction problems, which is also necessary because the tweeter is close enough to the speaker box.
Size: 180mm x 195mm x 90mm, weight: 1.7 kg. Frequency transmission: 45Hz to 22kHz.
One of the main advantages of this active studio monitor is its portability, compact size, and Bluetooth connectivity. Thanks to DSP correction, even low ranges are clear. We recommend it mainly for smaller studios.
It is an ideal reference monitor due to its accurate, dynamic sound. It broadcasts sounds clearly and evenly, regardless of your listening position. Great choice for musical mixes.
Negatives include the lack of XLR or ¼ ”TS inputs and early overheating. EQ settings are not optimal. The speaker grille is not very aesthetic and also degrades the sound quality a bit.
Written by Róbert Polgár