British audio manufacturer Unity Audio announced The Rock MK-III, the latest revision of its 2-way active nearfield studio monitor. Unity appears to have preserved what made the second generation a success and expanded on it with suitable changes and enhancements.
In their words, the speakers’ overall sonic footprint remains untouched, owing to the SP64 input/crossover stage, 50kHz folded ribbon tweeter, same cabinet dimensions and Corian front baffle. That’s not to say there aren’t any important changes to consider.
The Rock MK-III has a new Crystal Membrane 180mm woofer which is of the same physical size, but supposedly “far superior” in terms of electronics and mechanics. Thus, Unity has achieved lower distortion, improved dynamics and higher SPL. Furthermore, the new voice coil mounting method has expanded the woofers’ transmission range by nearly an octave, says the manufacturer. Finally, the speakers have been updated with new Class D amplifiers capable of 360 watts per cabinet output.
It all sounds very impressive, and it ought to at USD 2938 a pair (sans tax). The Rock studio monitors have been compared to the old Yamaha NS-80s for sounding forward and uncompromising. More information will be available on the manufacturer’s website soon. In the meantime, check out the PSI Audio A23-M monitors for additional premium speaker goodness.