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 - Changing of the Guard, New References  -  

             ¡° Like Elvis, the Apogees have now left the building... But the new day is dawning on our fresh champion and the Maximus Monitor Mk2 will now take on the role of in-house reference... The spouse approves and the room is alight with sunshine and song. ¡±




             ¡° It¡¯s legitimately full range, leaving many supposedly full-range floorstanders looking bass shy. It¡¯s so rich in features, technology and materials that it can run head to head against tough competition many multiples of its price and doesn¡¯t suffer in the attempt... It can be beaten but prepare to bring a sizable wallet. That makes the Mark & Daniel a benchmark budget reference - our personal reference.¡°



- Writer: Glen Wagenknecht / Reviewer  -


      ¡° Actually, the ambitious Mark & Daniel Maximus Monitor MkII reset my ~40Hz in-room target for an Über monitor by roughly 10 cycles, room and amplification permitting. Sporting an integral and adjustable omni super tweeter which as an aftermarket add-on might nab 2,000 or more elsewhere becomes the cherry on top.  

         From build to bandwidth to performance to relative value, this stone-faced compact speaker ticks off all the boxes with real fanfare. With two more M+D reviews from their new range to come, this exciting story is far from over. Clear already is that Mark & Daniel are back stronger than ever. Cheers to that! ¡± 


Postscript: ¡° We¡¯d signed up for three M&D reviews at once, each assigned to a different writer/s. Each writer had given ¡®his¡¯ or ¡®her¡¯ model top marks. Had we only done one, it wouldn¡¯t have mattered which. An award would have been automatic. With three however, we¡¯d have to focus down on just one since we don¡¯t issue awards for an entire range... As the middle model of our three, it seemed to me that the Ruby MKII had enough bandwidth and output potential to work without a subwoofer in even larger rooms to make it the one most within reach. The Monitor MKII..., the Mini Monitor... It¡¯s an honour however which the other two should most fairly bask in as well! ¡± 

- Srajan Ebaen, www.6moons.com Publisher -




           The goal of creating the Maximus-Monitor-Mk2 was clear: to make the finest bookshelf hi-fi speaker ever made -- and we have done it!  Mark & Daniel again demonstrates to today¡¯s hi-fi speaker industry another major achievement using leading-edge technologies to create a revolutionary milestone in the audiophile world.
            After long and painstaking research, M&D has developed the modular DM-7b wideband AMT driver, which incorporates our unique QMA design found in our extraordinary SX woofers. Further, we integrated our omni-directional Super Tweeter onto the top of the speaker enclosure to create a huge dimensional sound stage for high frequencies. This new Maximus-Monitor-Mk2 speaker has proven that a bookshelf speaker can create a true, huge sound and unparalleled performance from a small enclosure that is comparable, even superior, to most floor-standing speakers. The second generation (Mk-2) speakers by M&D once again shatter all audio preconceptions, enabling us to accept the challenge of ¡°Mission Impossible¡± ¨C and surpass it!

* See DM-7b: