IK Multimedia iLoud MTM studio monitor review

The iLoud MTM is an ideal choice for those looking for a compact studio speaker for professional mixing, or for those who have little space to place the speaker. Sounds rich in detail, also great for home studios.

Features of IK Multimedia iLoud MTM

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Type: 2-way / 3 speakers with two amplifiers, digitally controlled studio monitor
LF drives: 2 x 3.5 ”polypropylene, custom center speaker
HF drive: 1 ”low distortion, rear chamber silk dome tweeter
Acoustic design: DSP tuned bass reflex
Number of amplifiers per speaker: 2
Amplifier type: High efficiency class D.
Total power: 100 W RMS
LF power: 70W RMS
HF power: 30W RMS
Crossover type: Linear phase variable sequence
Crossing frequency: 3.1 kHz
Frequency transmission: 50 Hz to 24 kHz +/- 2dB (40 Hz -6 dB if not suitable, -3 dB if cal)
Phase response: The system remains coherent within +/- 15 ° between 200 Hz and 20 kHz
Sensitivity for + 4dBu: The 0dBu signal generates 100 dB SPL at 1 m
Sensitivity for -10dBV: 100 dB SPL @ 1 m for -11dBu signal
Maximum SPL @ 1 m, playback of one speaker on the axis: 103 dB from 200 Hz sine wave, 95 dB on 100 Hz sine wave, 93 dB pink noise
Position setting: Manual switches for LF Extension, LF trim, HF trim, Desk position
LF extension: switch Sets the -3dB point of the frequency response at 40, 50 or 60 Hz
LF switch: Low shelf, + 2dB or -3dB from 100 Hz down
HF switch: high shelf, + 2dB or -2dB from 8 kHz upwards
Desktop switch: -4dB at 160 Hz and + 1dB at 1.8 kHz
Calibration: Fully automatic and built-in digital calibration, microphone included
Measuring microphone: Circular, Mems-based precision measuring microphone
Full DSP control
Connectors: 1x combined XLR-1/4 ”TRS balanced input; 1/8 ”TS ARC microphone input, 1 type B USB (service only), AC POWER jack
Power requirement: 90-240 V AC, automatic range, 50 or 60 Hz, 120 W maximum consumption

The iLoud MTM is a compact, active studio monitor. Its size is 264x160x130mm, it weighs only 2.5 kg. The iLoud MTM features a linearization system that provides real-time performance improvement for great sound. The special design ensures optimal, even sound, which is one of the basic conditions for proper acoustics. With its compact dimensions, it fits practically anywhere. The rubber sole allows the speaker to be placed horizontally. The iLoud MTM can be tilted up to 20 degrees when placed on the table.

You can choose from three calibration settings. IK’s proprietary ARC calibration system uses a measuring microphone to compensate for room acoustics.
It has a total power of 100 W and a maximum sound pressure of 103 dB. Thanks to the on-board DSP, the sound of the speaker is natural and realistic. Produces solid bass.

The speakers look like three-way monitors, but actually have two-way / three speaker settings, so it includes two center speakers and one tweeter. This design provides a sound that minimizes ear fatigue. Other companies, such as Genelec and Pioneer, also use coaxial designs where the tweeter is located in the center of the subwoofer. Here, the center subwoofers are located on either side of the tweeter to provide a similar design and effect.

Subwoofers are called midrange speakers, so you might think that subwoofers are not intense enough. In reality, however, they are designed with a bass enhancement of up to 40 Hz, and IK’s Physical Response Linearization (PRL) system is used to “achieve a balanced and definite low point”.

Automatic calibration

The IKM boasts that the speakers are completely flat, neutral in response, but in fact the frequency response can be adjusted by calibration to suit the room, so that means they deliver accurate, flat sound regardless of the room.

These settings are very easy to make on MTM studio monitors. Simply connect the included ARC reference microphone to the back of the speakers and place it in the desired listening position. Hold down the button and each speaker will immediately calibrate itself to try to provide a response that compensates for the acoustics of the room. The process takes less than 30 seconds. Of course, for perfect acoustics, it is absolutely necessary to acoustically treat the walls of the room, especially in the case of a studio. Special sound-absorbing panels and diffusers specially developed for acoustic purposes are required. Only with the right studio acoustics can you produce sound materials that sound ideal in any room.

Sound

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We tested the speakers in a very tiny home studio. Fortunately, the acoustics of the studio were ideal as leather membrane acoustic sound absorbing panels and QRD diffusers were placed on the walls. The compact IK Multimedia monitors sounded restrained compared to the width and depth of the larger, three-way Dynaudio Core 59 monitors, although the percussive depths were not lacking. We heard extensive sounds, silky smooth, tight mids and controlled bass. Compared to the much cheaper JBLs, MTMs are much more definite in the mid-range.

Verdict

This small pair of studio monitors didn’t lag behind in sound compared to the larger models at all. Its size allows it to be easily accommodated even in very small studios. Its sound is absolutely appropriate for studio work, neutral enough. The sound field is a little less wide than on larger monitors, but that’s not a big deal. The basses were controlled. With the help of the calibration system, we can further optimize the sound. Overall, this is a great little speaker that we wholeheartedly recommend to everyone.

Written by Róbert Polgár