Monitor Audio Climate 60 is more square and feels more old-fashioned than the other outdoor speakers. On our pair, the white color has a yellow stitch reminiscent of the original Macintosh computer. Or that they come from a home where they smoke indoors.
To help with the bass register, Monitor Audio has placed an oval, passive radiator bass on the back of the speaker. This does the same thing as a bass reflex port, by compensating for negative and overpressure when the bass rhythms beat. But without the gate distortion.
Installation is not difficult, just screw up the wall brackets, with or without the 15 degree wedge that can angle the speakers 15 degrees down. Remove the magnetic covers on the top and bottom of the speakers and secure them with the supplied clamps. Replace the covers. A hook on the back holds the cable.
The sound of Monitor Audio Climate 60
In terms of sound, the speakers have a lot to offer. Especially in the midrange, there is a rhythmic drive that distinguishes them positively from Sonos Outdoor. The violin picks on Good News by Mac Miller have a good touch, as has the edge beat on the snare drum in Ariana Grande’s Break Up With Your Girlfriend. The bass, on the other hand, is worse. The deep, huge bass that is supposed to explode in the beginning is hardly a faint hint. It doesn’t exactly smell like a party of this, Monitor Audio is more for background music.
We also register a rather dark sound in the violins that surround Luka Sulic’s cello during Vivaldi’s four seasons. There is speed in them compared to Sonos, but Sonos in turn has more air in the harmonics. We come to the conclusion that it will be taste and pleasure, and when you let the price decide, there is no doubt that we would rather recommend Monitor Audio Climate 60 than Sonos Outdoor. However, it is not quite enough to place them in the top tier, when you hear how much better – and more – sound Focal 100 OM 8 gives for only 40 bucks more.
Monitor Audio Climate 60 has a lot of engaging features. The midrange area in particular comes out with good speed, it almost squirts with violins and snare drum! There is only a little air left in the treble to completely convince in the harmonic range, and the bass is far from a powder keg. It is a little better than the smaller Canton XL.3, in many ways we are in class with Sonos Outdoor here, and at a much lower price. 6000 kroner is still far from free, and you can definitely get even better sound for the money. But the speakers radiate a joy of playing that is easy to like.