MONKEY BANANA GIBBON 5 STUDIO MONITORS: Coloured But Loud

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The last time I reviewed a set of studio monitors, they were the Monkey Banana Turbo 8 set. It was tough, but I’ve finally been able to stop smirking when I see the logo. Luckily for the brand, these monitors look good. Let’s find out how they stack up compared to other options in their range.

What is it?
The latest studio monitors by Monkey Gibbons, the Gibbon 5s, are powered by 2 amplifiers: 45 W driving the lows and 35 W for the highs. They come with an extensive array of connecting options by offering unbalanced (RCA) and balanced (TRS and XLR) connectors at the rear.

Who’s it for?
New producers working from a small home or bedroom setup.

Style
The bright red shell of these monitors adds a dash of colour and personality to the studio.

Usability
The set packs a punch way above its price category by delivering surprisingly loud sounds.

The Upside
Decent price point. Great for monitoring at loud levels. Good looking. Decent stereo imaging when placed close to each other.

The Downside
Colouring in the high frequency spectrum. The lows are more pronounced than expected, but you’ll still need a subwoofer if you’re into bass-heavy music.

Final Call
If you’re not bothered by the slight colouring in some parts of the frequency spectrum, these monitors might be ideal for home use. However, there are other options to consider at this price range, such as the Mackie MR5 and the KRK Rockets.

What’s in the Box Tech Specs
• 2 x monitors
• 2 x AC power cords
• User manual
• Woofer: 5 1/4 inch
• Size: 215mm x 277m x 190mm
• Weight: 5.9kg
• Frequency Response: 48Hz – 22 kHz
• Inputs: XLR Connector, TRS Connector, RCA input
• Amps: LF – 45W, HF 35W
Approximate Price: INR 30,000 (pair)

 

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