Review: Monitor Audio Climate 60

The joy of playing weighs up

Monitor Audio Climate 60 has an energetic playing style that works for the most part.

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Monitor Audio Climate 60
We think
Clear sound, good with life and rhythm.
Slightly dark tone on strings, the midrange sounds colored.
Specifications
  • Type: 2-way with passive radiator bass
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20-120 W
  • Sensitivity / impedance: 88 dB / 8 ohms
  • Dimensions: 18.5 x 32.5 x 18 cm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 4.62 kg
  • Colors: black or white
  • Waterproof: IP55
  • Other: Rotatable wall bracket, 15 ° wedge included
  • Web: soundgarden.no
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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.

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Climate 60 in white. Photo: Monitor Audio

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.

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Photo: Monitor Audio

Conclusion

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.

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Klipsch AW-525

High party factor

Don't let size fool you. The Klipsch AW-525 speakers love to play loud.

Super efficient and easy to operate, potent bass for the size, and sparkling dynamics.
A little too woolly and grained sound for our taste.

Focal 100 OD 8

Speakers for outdoor parties

The Focal speaker is the best choice if you need a speaker with impact.

Bouncy dynamics and plenty of bass. High party factor.
The size can be a drawback and the sound lacks sophistication.

Canton Pro XL.3

Anonymous and unengaging

Canton follows an old speaker recipe with the Canton Pro XL.3, but here there is something gurgling.

Fuller sound than the size suggests. Compact dimensions blend nicely with the facade.
Trapped sound, twists in the bass when you turn up the volume. Flat dynamics.

Sonos Outdoor

Too expensive

Sonos Outdoor works for the most part, and does little harm. Unfortunately, it sounds boring, and the price tag is a bit steep.

Pleasant midrange on vocals, and the sound is rich enough. It is also clear enough at the top for it to work well.
It sounds pretty flat and tame. It's especially dynamics that are missing, it simply sounds too boring. The price tag is also galimatias.

Bowers & Wilkins AM-1

The best outdoor speaker

The Bowers & Wilkins outdoor speaker is very elaborate, and so is the sound.

Beautifully balanced, refined and resolved soundscape, plenty of bass and sound pressure.
Requires a potent amplifier to perform at its best.

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