Danish Scansonic may be the sister brand of Raidho, but its affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is starting to make waves in its own right as we found out recently when we reviewed a pair of their standmounter M-5s. Now, it enters the Bluetooth arena with the new wireless active M BTL-series.

Scansonic is owned by Dantax, the same parent company as Raidho and the brand’s loudspeakers are designed by Michael Børresen, creator of the  Raidho range.  As a result, they have much of the Raidho family DNA and pedigree but at a fraction of the cost.Scansonic M6BTL living room

Børresen’s initial designs for Scansonic’s HD range were the first models in the MB-series (named with his own initials), closely followed by the astoundingly affordable M-series.

The new active M BTL-series, comprising a standmount and two floorstanders, features wired analogue, digital and wireless aptX Bluetooth audio connections.

One of each pair of speakers features a built-in amplifier stage – but not the class D design that one might expect in this price range, since this has never been the Scansonic way (keep in mind the Raidho connection). Each of the three models in the M BTL-series sports a powerful class A-B amplifier: 50W in the 2-way M-5 BTL standmount, 60W in the 2.5-way M-6 BTL floorstander and 80W in the 3-way M-9 BTL.

All three models are designed around the same ultra-light ribbon planar tweeter as used in the Raidho-inspired MB-series. Its membrane is formed by a kapton-aluminum sandwich just 20μm thick and with an extremely low mass – approximately 50 times less than any conventional textile, ceramic, beryllium or diamond dome.

The tweeter is partnered with a paper-polypropylene coned 4.5-inch mid/bass driver (one in the M-5 BTL standmount and two in the M-6 BTL and M-9 BTL floorstanders) with underhung magnet system. The M-9 BTL floorstander adds an 8-inch side-mount bass driver.

The cabinets feature a heavily braced, ventilated box design with front-loaded port, and the system also comes with a learning remote control.

Technical specifications

 

  M-5 BTL M-6 BTL M-9 BTL
Type 2-way wireless active stand-mount 2.5-way wireless active compact floorstander 3-way wireless active floorstander
Enclosure Heavily braced, ventilated box design with front loaded port
Inputs Wireless: 2.4GHz aptX

Wired digital: 1 x optical (Toslink) & 1 x RCA

Wired analogue: RCA line-level

Tweeter 1 x sealed ribbon tweeter with kapton/aluminum sandwich membrane
Mid/bass driver 1 x paper-polypropylene coned 4.5” bass/mid driver with underhung magnet system 2 x paper-polypropylene coned 4.5” bass/mid driver with underhung magnet system
Woofer         1 x 8” woofer
Crossover 3.5kHz 2nd order acoustic slope 3.5kHz 2nd order acoustic slope;

300 Hz 1st order

 

Amplification 50W Class A-B 60W Class A-B 80W Class A-B
Frequency response 55Hz – 30kHz 50Hz – 30kHz 40Hz – 30kHz
Impedance > 6 ohm > 4 ohm > 6 ohm
Dimensions mm

(w x h x d)

151 x 265 x 151 151 x 900 x 198 151 x 900 x 298
Weight 5.4kg 17.8kg 23.6kg

 

Pricing and availability

The Scansonic HD M-BTL series is available now, priced as follows (incl VAT). All models are available in a choice of two finishes: black-piano or white-piano.

M-5 BTL 2-way wireless active standmount                    £599

M-6 BTL 2.5-way wireless active compact floorstander  £1,199

M-9 3-way wireless active floorstander                          £1,799

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