Unsurpassed by any speaker, at any price, and the only speaker to be given an A+ Rating. (J.Peter Moncreif. International Audio Review. USA)
Direct: Grand Monument $25,900 | All finishes.
The Osborn Monument has been designed and constructed in Australia, without compromise, in order to obtain an absolutely awesome sound quality. The only criteria in the choice of components, materials, size and cost is the achievement of the ultimate sound quality.
Previously the choice of a speaker always led to major compromises. If you wanted musical transparency and neutrality, you have had to turn to more delicate speaker systems that are less efficient, less dynamic, and cannot play as loud. You have had to trade off one set of ideals against the other. For this reason most high end speakers are small or medium size. Therefore most were of similar performance, each trading some element of the performance to gain an edge in whatever area the designer felt was the most important.
Large powerful speakers which could reproduce the weight and power of live music became slow, ill defined and lacked the dynamics and transient attack of real instruments. Large speaker systems also tended to have a less precise soundstage and did not handle intimate detail as well as smaller, less dynamic systems. One of the first speaker systems to overcome these problems and combine the best attributes of both systems was the Osborn Epitome. Many considered the Epitome, matched with the optional bass units to be virtually the mythically perfect speaker. The success of the Epitome combination led the designer, Greg Osborn to extrapolate the formula to its ultimate conclusion…The Monument.
The Monument is a monster speaker standing 1.62 meters high and weighing more than most adults. The treble is handled by a 25mm soft dome uncoated titanium tweeter weighing .8kg. This tweeter is lightning fast with a much more natural, musical high frequency then the high tech metal domes which are becoming popular.
The Grand Monument Reference uses the incredible Cresendo tweeter. This is one of the very finest tweeter available today. The Grand Monument has an excellent stereo image right across the listening area. The magnet assembly is constructed of a high efficiency ring magnet consisting of 6 radial Neodymium magnets. These rare earth magnet have a 10 times stronger and more focused magnetic field then even the best conventional magnet.
The mid range and mid bass is handled by a 180mm paper sandwich cone driver, also with a Neodymium magnet. It is known as "The best of the best" and it is used in speakers costing over a million dollars. The speed and sonic integrity of this driver is astonishing. The bass is handled by two monster 320 mm paper and foam sandwich bass drivers. These bass drivers are also used in speakers costing over a million dollars. The massive magnet structure ensured that the cone is kept under ridged control at all times. The cabinets are constructed of very heavily braced 32 mm Custom wood, with 64mm fronts, and the lead lining as described above. Each Bass driver operates in its own massively braced, ported enclosure. The finest components available are used in the hard wired crossovers. The bass inductors weigh about 18kg each.
The overall performance is extraordinary. A huge precise soundstage with every instrument locked firmly into its own position in space. Plucked and percussion instruments are lightning fast with their natural resonance's and decay clearly audible. There is no dynamic compression, regardless of the volume. The bass is lightning fast with tremendous authority. The dynamic ability of these speakers is truly shocking, with bass that will shake the entire house and the listeners body.
These speakers are totally unfazed by any type of music, no matter how delicate or demanding, from the tinkle of the tiniest bell to the full bodied roar of a brass cannon.
We are very proud of this speaker and they stand as a monument to the ideals of the designer and to the power and the majesty of the full Symphony Orchestra.
One of the amazing characteristics of the Monuments is their incredible bass control. This allows them to perform brilliantly in surprisingly small rooms, where lesser speakers overpower the room.
Monument: 1620 x 440 x 482 mm
Grand Monument Reference:1620 x 440 x 482 mm
Monument: 126kg each
Grand Monument Reference: 175kg each
Monument: 92 db for 1 watt at 1 meter
Grand Monument Reference: 92 db for 1 watt at 1 meter
Monuments: 15 to 20000 Hz +/- 3 db. -10db points 10 and 21000 Hz
Grand Monuments: 15 to 22000 Hz. Tweeter accuracy throughout operating range +0/-1db.
Cross-over points: 125 Hz and 3500 Hz @ 12 db/Octave
Minimum Impedance: 5.0 Ohm
Rec. max. power: 120 Watts R.M.S per Channel
Rec. min. power: 20 Watts R.M.S per Channel
The above specifications show why these speakers are capable of such extraordinary transient performance and yet reveal such intimate detail in the music. This fidelity is possible due to the fine tolerances and light weight of the driver cones and voice coils and the massive motor assemblies which rigidly control their movement. These are the same motor assembly, cones and basket as the bass drivers used in the GM Labs Grand Utopia, and the Wilson Audio Grand Slams.
The Grand Monument Reference features heavy lead lining to all exterior surfaces. The same heavy bracing is used, but all areas between the bracing are covered by a unique sandwich lining. Heavy acoustic felt is used to separate the heavy lead sheet from the cabinetry. A further layer of heavy acoustic felt is placed over the lead and the entire sandwich is stapled to the walls of the cabinet. This result is what is effectively a box within a box. Wrapping the outside of the speaker is similar to knocking on a brick. This totally inert cabinet construction results in the ultimate sound reproduction.
Sound quality differences between the Grand Monument Reference and Monument is that the sound is even more focused. The stereo image is more stable and larger. Inner detail is significantly improved. Bass control is surprisingly better. Bass integrity and overhang, and the effects of room resonance's are improved. The differences are quite significant. Is the extra cost justified? If you are seeking the ultimate speaker? Yes!
The Warranty on all Osborn Loudspeakers is 5 years for parts and Labour.
Typical Owners Feedback. (We have never had a negative feedback)
Grand Monument Reference
Spencer Lake - New Zealand
All I can say is WOW!!!
These are truly fantastic speakers
I had a set of the focal Grande Utopia BE for 12 months previous to the Grand Monuments- I'm not joking when I say Grand Monuments sound better.
Just more right, and way, way easier to integrate.
Obviously the Grande Utopias are great speakers, but you could only play them in big rooms and very, very picky - with source and amps.
Your speakers just seem to get on with it and play music how it should be. Very, very impressive.
Thanks for all your help.
As soon as I walked into your room at the Show, I knew I had found the sound quality that I have been looking for a long time. I got sick of buying expensive equipment that just didn't do it, so I spent a ridiculous amount of money on what was supposed to be the best. As soon as you connected your AM 833M that I had heard at the Show, to my system in place of my $150,000 Mono-blocks, I could not believe that big an improvement was possible, so my first thought was "What are the big ones like? When you bought them down I only had to listen to one track to know that these were never going to leave here. So I had to hear the RT-s against my much more expensive English Pre. But the Grand Monument References against my $90,000 speaker was just insane. Finally. The sound I had been craving. Huge, open, pin point imaging, and Ohhh. The detail and life. I couldn't wait to get my old stuff out. No I have the World's most expensive bedroom system, that I haven't even bothered to connect.
Mark J Weichard (Artist/Designer)
The ‘holy grail’ of music for the purist will always remain the live musical performance.
Many speaker designers come from an electrical engineering background and design their products to maximise the performance of the technology involved, studying test graphs and diagrams to plot the performance of their speakers.
Greg Osborn, although aware of all this, does not come from this background but pursues his design work because of an abiding passion in music and in having this reproduced as close to an original performance as is possible. One needs to look through the beauty of design and the complexity of the electronics involved to always seek the humanity and passion at the heart of every musical performance
Greg’s high point in his speaker range is the Grand Monument tower speakers, large, heavy, beautiful and very impressive in any setting. Having now owned many pairs of Greg’s speakers including a pair of Monuments, these truly are the epitome of brilliant design and performance. Visitors to my music room are shocked by the depth and breadth of the sound they are hearing, even on their own CD’s that they may have owned for years. I always explain that most reproduction systems and speakers do not accurately reproduce the recorded sound available to them. But the Monuments transform every recording into a living musical performance. Being allowed to access this quality of sound transposes your listening space into a performance space filled with all the original musicians who created the sounds that you are listening to. You feel the acoustic bass and the drums through the floor, you hear the cymbals high above you and the vocalist is right in front, performing just for you. These speakers have been reviewed as among the best in the world, but they are more than that, they are the music, because they become the performance.
Grand Monument Reference
Walter Moro (Melbourne)
I bought an Audio Aero Capitale power amp push pull 50 watts pure class A. Plus the Audio Aero Prestige Signature CD player, the Grand Monument Reference, Osborn data link cables and a Consonance power filter.
Speaker's I've listened to are the JM Labs Grand utopia, Wilson Watt/Puppy and many more in this Hi End range. I will describe the Grand Monuments... they are very big and very heavy. The sound is absolutely amazing. Transparent like you wouldn't believe; it's as if the sounds come to the back of your head, plus 3 metres to the outer side of the speakers, filling up a large room. Instruments sound like you're at a live concert, bass goes down to sub sonic regions, but all balanced with the mid and high's.
It's hard to say that $18,500 is a bargain but it's true... if you don't believe me have a listen for yourself and make up your own mind. I've been into hi end hi fi for more than 20 years and I've never owned, or seen a system like this one before. There is only one more thing to say... Greg Osborn from Osborn loud speakers makes one of the finest speakers in the world. I take my hat off to him.
Transparent beyond this world, bass mid and top end balanced, suites medium to large rooms, Bubinga timber glossed, looks fantastic on the Grand Monuments.
It's big and heavy (make sure you have a strong back), need good gear like Audio Aero, price not in the reach to all enthusiast hi end puffs but Grand Utopia costing about $140,000 Australian dollars it's bargain for the Grand Monuments Ref.
Greg Osborn is a very nice guy as he lets you try the equipment before you buy it, no pressure and he is an honest person, not like others in the industry that are money hungry and no customer service once they've got your money.
Greg Osborn keep up the good work!
Grand Monument Reference
From: "David Payes"
Subject: Re: Grand Monument Ref - comments please I am happy to share my experiences with both the Grand Monument and Grand Monument Reference speakers.
By way of background , the speakers I previously owned were;
Sonus Faber Guaneries
Avalon Ascent Mk 11
I have also extensively auditioned the Watt /Puppy 5 system. The Grand Monuments in terms of scale and resolution out perform all of the above. There is a complete lack of compression which imparts a true sense of musical reality.
Sound staging is at least as good as the Ascents and imaging was only bettered by the Guaneries. The Reference has a level of refinement above most other speakers in its class. The treble is detailed but with a complete absence of Hi Fi etchiness or brightness.
Imaging on the References approaches the levels of the Guaneries. Macrodyamics and bass slam on the Reference are the best I've heard on any system (including the Wilson Grand Slam). Its interesting to note that the Drivers on the Reference are better than those on the Grand Slam (US$75,000), with the exception of the bass drivers, which are the same Focal 13'' units. The rest of my system consists of the following;
CD - Sonic Frontiers FSCD1
Pre Amplifier - Sonic Frontiers Line 3
Amplifier - BAT VK 500
Cables - MIT 750 and 330 's
Power Cords NBS Signatures
I have driven the References with much smaller integrated amps such as the Gryphon Tabu . The Metaxas Soliloquies also sounded great with the speakers , BTW the Metaxas was the designers reference Amp . I'm pleased your customer found my comments useful.
The performance of the speaker excels in all areas. Whether it is the effect of the new tweeter or the lead-lining of the cabinet walls, micro dynamics, the so called inner musical detail that most audiophiles love so much, is superb on the Reference Monuments. Vocal inflections on good recordings (e.g. Betty Carter/Ray Charles) are rendered almost life like. Harmonic structures particularly of Cello and double bass are better than any speaker I've heard to date. Despite its awesome sense of scale, the speaker can reproduce the most delicate musical nuance, it is almost the perfect speaker (except its somewhat daunting size)