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Monkey Banana - Baboon 6 Active Studio Monitors - Pair (Red)
Pickup In Store
2 Available in Newcastle Store
There are balanced (Combo XLR/TRS Jack) and unbalanced (RCA) analog and S/PDIF digital input/output into each speaker. An input switch allows you to select which method of input you would like to use. There is also another switch for selecting whether the speaker is set to left or right in its position. There are also 3 pots, for volume, high and low freqency adjustment.
Monkey Banana was formed in Germany in 2004 with a goal of creating audio products with exceptional design and engineering quality at a competitive price. After years of testing, design research and perfecting manufacturing techniques, their first studio monitors were released to the public in 2010. Monkey Banana's audio products have generated a lot of passionate interest and are used by professional producers, DJs, musicians and studios around the world.
- Woofer: 6 1/2 inch kevlar membrane
- Tweeter: 4750mm² air motion transformer (AMT)
- Frequency range: 50 Hz–30 kHz
- HF-Level: -6dB ~ +6 dB adjustable at 10kHz
- LF-Level: -6dB ~ +6 dB adjustable at 100Hz
- Crossover frequency: 3kHz
- LF – amplification power: 50W
- HF – amplification power: 30W
- Level HF / LF: 90dB / 95dB
- THD + N at rated output HF / LF: 0.02% / 0.05%
- Inputs: XLR/cinch - Neutrik® combo connectors, cinch, S/PDIF – cinch input for digital signals
- Outputs: S / PDIF – cinch output for digital signals
- Input selection switch: analogue or digital
- Channel selection switch: Left or right (in digital mode)
- Input impedance: 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
- Input sensitivity: +4 dBu (Balanced), -10dBV (unbalanced)
- Available colours: red, black
- Weight: 7.6 kg
- Measurements: L260 x W229 x H328 mm
Who Are Monkey Banana?
Monkey Banana are a small German studio monitor company with a range of visually distinctive active monitors and an equally memorable name. Instead of just focusing on traditional speaker designs, they have come up with some truely unique features uncomparable to anything else on the market. Monkey Banana are the first brand of monitors (that we know about) that has ever build active modelling studio monitors. As guitarists we all love our processors and moddellers such as the Kemper, Helix, AxeFX etc etc, but up until recently our studio friends have never had the same choices as we have. The Lemur5 is the first monitor to effectively 6 monitors in one. It models the classics such as Genelec, Yamaha, KRK, Avantone, Hifi Speakers and of course their own voicing. To be able to save the money, let a lone the space in your home studio to have 6 different reference monitors is a blessing to all engineers.
Some of their other designs have other innovative features such as Bluetooth for someone who just wants to mix and listen to music from their devices, and most importantly.... switched filters instead of pots. This means there is no callibration needed between speakers!
Musos & Monkey Banana?
We met with Markus from Monkey Banana in Germany many years ago and were absolutely blown away with their speakers upon listening to them. At that point they were not being brough into Australia. Come 2019 we are excited to finally have these speakers in store. Musos Corner attended the Monkey Banana product launch at Abby Road Institute Frankfurt for the last product release, the instant classic, Lemur5 modelling monitors.
What Sets them apart?
One of the mistakes often made by buyers on a strict budget is to choose a set that ‘sounded fantastic in the shop!’ This is in fact a trap that many bedroom and hobbyist producers fall into; they choose the set that has the biggest bass or the ‘phattest’ sound as opposed to a pair of speakers that sound as flat and unimaginative as possible.
The irony of this scenario is that the more expensive the studio monitors get, the less they do to make music sound awesome. But this is the actual point of investing in accurate studio speakers; to buy a set that does not lie to you.
This is where Monkey Banana set them selves apart from the masses; Not only are they remarkably well balanced studio monitors at an incredibly affordable price point, the story behind how the company formed and why these speakers came into being, suggests that they are aimed at the plethora of home studio owners who need decent, reliable feedback on their mixes, but do not or cannot afford to buy the bigger, better known brand names which cost thousands of dollars.
Monkey Banana was born out of Seasoned speaker designer and DJ/Producer Markus’ desire to create a superior product for a better price.
“Still today the aim is to produce affordable speakers. We’re always aiming to produce speakers that aim to be at least as good as two price levels above us."
“But we have always said we want to have a fair product for a fair price. I’m also happy when I go to the market and buy something, whatever it is, and the price quality ratio is fair.
“It’s a good feeling when the customer feels confident in your product and can trust that it is good value.”
Why the name Monkey Banana?
When interviewd by IDM Magazine Markus was askes where does the name Monkey Banana come from?
“Let’s just say a heavy night,” he laughs.
“Lots of drinks.”
“And we had some stupid ideas on the table and we were selecting the most stupid ones to see if it was something we’d remember; in other words if the name was actually so silly that it was actually good. That’s why we took it.
“But to be honest it was hard at first. People did not take us too seriously, thinking that we were maybe a toy company. But I always say that there is a company out there which is one of the top companies in the world and their logo is a half eaten fruit. Nobody actually cares about the name. So why should I?”
More than just a name
"…why go for the normal shape if it’s possible to do it in another way which looks a bit different and fits our name so well.”
The thing about the Monkey Banana range of speakers is that it’s not just the name that is unconventional. Their colour schemes and cabinet shapes are also unique.
“The main purpose was first to focus on the sound.
“And when it comes to the shape we played around with different shapes and we got to the point, actually my carpenter got to the point, when he was trying different shapes and taking measurements and we could not identify any significant difference to the sound spectrum.
“So I said why go for the normal shape if it’s possible to do it in another way which looks a bit different and fits our name so well.
“The hexagonal shaped speakers do have some effect on the acoustic side otherwise we would not have selected it but it was more of a case of realising that there was no significant benefit to just using a traditional square shape.”
Aesthetically the Monkey Banana range is very appealing. But any serious producer should look beyond the groovy colours and funky shapes.
What makes the company so confident that their speakers are better than their competitors in the same price bracket?
“We still use Class A/B amplifiers and a normal crossover inside – not a big deal.
“A flat response of the speaker is always good because when you get out what you put in, this is what you want.
“Sometimes the curve shows you one thing but your ears are telling you something different and then it gets to the point where you cannot only trust the curve or your measurements.
“One needs to understand how people judge sound. How they mix. What they prefer. So it’s a combination of measuring and also a listening experience, trials and errors. I can also say that we failed in the beginning and we worked on them for maybe two or three years. Then all of sudden we arrived at the point that they satisfied us. Then we went public with them.
“Physically, components are a limitation; a 5 inch speaker cannot go as low as an 8 inch for example, because there are physical limitations. But we aim for the best results we can create with the components we are able to use without creating a speaker that costs ten times the price.
“When you do a mixdown and then play that mix on a club system, or in your car, it does not help discovering that there is no bass because the speaker was boosting the bottom end, for example. You want a speaker that sounds honest.”
Please do not use a PO BOX for any deliveries.
We cannot ship guitars to a PO BOX under any circumstances. Australia Post will not accept deliveries over 105cm LCM, we cannot change their policy.
Is this product in stock?
We try our best to have everything in stock, but sometimes items sell out faster than we can update the website, as this is a manual process. If this is the case we will call or email you and let you know if your order cannot be fulfilled, and what your options are as soon as possible. We have multiple warehouses around the country so the "in stock" and "out of stock" is an indication of if the item is able to be shipped from one of them, our store, or one of our distributors. Most of the time there is no difference in turn around depending where it is shipped from but if there are any delays we will contact you immediately. We do also ask if you plan on picking up an item, please contact us so we make sure it is in our store ready for you.
I want a certain product but I don't see it on your site, Why don't you have it!!!?
We have a HUGE store here in Newcastle (which we would love to see you in) and not every product we stock is online & vice versa, but if you don't see what you are after, give us a call or email and we will chase it down for you!
Is everything on your website in stock?
We try our best to have everything in stock, but sometimes items sell out faster than we can update the website, as this is a manual process. If this is the case we will call or email you and let you know if your order cannot be fulfilled, and what your options are as soon as possible.
Do all the guitars come set up & with strings?
They sure do! All the guitars are set up at the factory & often once in the country as well! Every guitar we sell is ready to play (after a quick tune of course)
Do you price match?
Yes we do! We will do our very best to match & beat any genuine Australian quote!
Just email us a link to the cheaper product and we will match or beat it for you (Prices valid for 48 hours) The Musos Corner Price Match option only applies when comparing identical products in the same condition, where payment is made in full by cash, eftpos or credit card. It is subject to verification and does not apply to ebay, american or overseas sites (come on guys), global sounds, grey importers, bulk buy discounts or site licence prices apply or to prices of other sellers that are available for less than one week. Price Match does not apply if original price retailers are out of stock or if Musos Corner is out of stock of the product in question. That said, we will always endeavour to pass on the very best price we possibly can.
All of our prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and include Australian GST (Goods and Services Tax). All transactions are processed in AUD.
In this industry our suppliers can often change their prices quickly and without notice. Sometimes the website or the store will not accurately represent these price changes and sometimes there may be genuine pricing errors due to either technical or human error. In these instances we are not bound by the information offered in error and may not be able to honor the incorrect price, but we will explain the error to you and do everything we can to pass on the best possible deal.
Do you guys Lay-by?
We certainly do in store, for an online lay-by each one is selected upon its own merrits with a 50% Deposit if approved. For in store Lay-bys: 20% Deposit, followed by weekly or fortnightly payments for 8 weeks. If cancelled, a 20% of RRP Fee will incurr.
How do I know if my item ships Free?
Many products we stock have free shipping to certain locations.
Please put in your address into the freight calculator and if there is free freight there will be no charge for delivery. Some Items on ZipMoney, ZipPay, or Studio19 Finance may not be eligable for free delivery. We will contact you if this is the case.
Some large/heavy items (over 20kg) , or items deemed not able to be delivered by our standard courier, fastway, may have an extra shipping charge.
Free Postage Details
Some items such as certain pedals and stomp boxes, accessories and effects may have free postage. This will go via the cheapest method. Courier/Express/Insurance/Registered Post would be extra. Please contact us.
Sometimes we can Express Post/Courier your items if necessary but additional charges may apply. Orders generally leave at 2:00pm daily so if you need an item ASAP, make sure it is ordered by 1pm (please call 1300 687 672) to ensure there is stock of the item and to get an estimated time of arrival. Express post is to capital / major cities only (for next day service). This service is for small items under 3KG only!
How can I track my order?
Check your email and you will have been sent a tracking number, input the number into either Fastway Couriers, Startrack or Australia Post's Track & Trace engine. If you have any problems, please call us and we will call the couriers on your behalf.
Do you take international orders?
Sorry, we do not take international orders, we only sell and ship around Mainland Australia & Tasmania. For remote & Island locations please contact us.
How much is shipping?
To work out a shipping cost, please go through the cart and our system will work out a freight price to your area.
If you think there may be an error, or want to clarify the price, you are welcome to contact us and we will work out the best shipping price for you.
There may be some exceptions for heavy or large items (over 25kg), remote locations or some regional areas. We will contact you if this problem arises prior to shipping the goods.
Do you offer freight insurance?
We certainly do, and highly recommend it as Australia is a big country. Insurance / Shipping protection is available and is only 1.5% of the value of the goods.
Can I pick my goods up in store?
Of course! Unlike some stores, we do not charge for you to pick up in store. We are open 7 days for your convenience, but please give us a date and time of pick up so we can make sure your goods are ready. Orders that are left for over 1 week and not picked up will be returned to stock, unless other arrangements have been made. Valid ID will be required for picking up goods that have been paid for online or over the phone.
What if I am not home for the delivery?
IF you are not home, the driver will leave a card in your mail box so you can pick-up from the local depot/post office or arrange a re-delivery.
We have found it to be much quicker & easier to have all items sent to a business address where someone will be present.
Can I ask for the courier to leave the goods at my door?
Whilst it Is possible, we highly recommend that you do not do it. All freight warranty & insurance will be void. Only do so at your own risk, if someone steals it, Musos Corner & The freight company will not be held accountable.
If you will not be able to take the delivery, it might be worth asking a friend or neighbour to take delivery of it for you.
What if it appears my goods have been freight damaged?
Please check all items before signing for them! This is very important. Do not sign for an item that appears damaged, to sign for them means "Signed for in good working order" and subsequently is out of the couriers hands, and voids insurance. If this was not possible, there can be a 24 Hour window to try and claim insurance, please contact us & the courier immediately. This only applies to orders that have paid for Insurance & are sent via courier.
Can the courier or delivery person call me prior to delivery?
Unfortunately as often as we request this, we get denied as many times. No courier or Australia post worker will call you prior to delivery despite any bribes we may try and offer.
If you select courier we will send you a tracking number which you can use to find out an estimated time of arrival for your goods, or alternatively have it sent to a business address.
Can I have my goods delivered on the weekend or after hours?
Unfortunately this is not possible at the current point in time, however you are welcome to pickup in store late night Thursday or on weekends from our Newcastle store. Please contact us to set a pickup time.
Do i need to set up my product?
All guitars come fully set up ready to play (after a quick tuning). Banjos will need to be set up after delivery as they cannot be shipped set up unless they are bought with a case. Some products like piano stands require some basic assembly as they are flat packed for shipping. Digitial pianos and clavinovas may require some simple assembly.
Are all products brand new?
Yes! Everything we sell, unless clearly specified, is considered brand new with full warranty. Some items, especially guitars will have been taken out of their boxes for inspection, demonstration or quality assurance. This in no way effects your warranty supplied to you by Musos Corner or Australian consumer law.
Are the items individually photographed?
All images are for illustration purposes unless otherwise specified. While we wish we could take photos of every exact item, this is not always possible and we use the pictures supplied by either the a) Australian Supplier or b) Manufacturer.
If you requier an specialty photo of your instrument prior to purchase, just contact us to see if this is available.
Does my item come with Australian warranty
All items we sell come with Australian Warranty, please read our returns policy fo rmore information. Some manufactuers provide aditional warranty over the 12 months once registering the product with them. This warranty is between you and the manufactuer, but we will be happy to help should any is needed.
All product descriptions and specifications listed online are subject to change without notice and all images are for illustration purpose only.