Danish Scansonic may be the sister company of the highly covetable Danish brand Raidho, but its impressively affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is winning over audiophiles and music lovers in its own right. Just added to the range is the new MK-5 stand-mount model.

Scansonic’s new MK-5 is a compact two-way mini-monitor, featuring the same ultra-light sealed ribbon planar magnetic tweeter found in the brand’s Raidho-inspired M-series. The tweeter’s membrane is formed by a kapton-aluminum sandwich just 20μm thick which has an extremely low mass – approximately 50 times less than any conventional textile, ceramic, beryllium or diamond dome. This lower mass translates directly into higher resolution and less material coloration.

The tweeter is partnered with a brand new 4.5-inch Kevlar coned mid/bass driver (hence the ‘K’ in ‘MK-5’) with underhung magnet system. Kevlar is a lightweight, durable and extraordinarily strong material that was first used commercially in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tyres. Today it is probably best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armour. In a loudspeaker driver cone, Kevlar’s low mass and very high tensile strength combine to deliver a smooth, accurate and detailed sound.

Styling-wise the MK-5 bears a strong resemblance to Scansonic’s Raidho-inspired and sleek-looking MB-series, and is available in a choice of black-piano or white-piano finish.

It is yet another virtuoso solution from Scansonic HD, giving music lovers a persuasive opportunity to enjoy high-end performance at a mid-range price.

Technical specifications

Type Compact 2-way bookshelf/stand-mount
Tweeter 1 x sealed ribbon tweeter with kapton/aluminum sandwich membrane
Mid/bass driver 1 x Kevlar coned bass/mid driver
Nominal / max power 2 x 50W / 2 x 80W
Frequency response 60Hz – 25KHz
Nominal impedance/sensitivity 4ohm / 88±2dB
Dimensions 151 (w) x 275 (h) x 208 (d) mm
Weight 7.9 kg (per speaker)

The Scansonic HD MK-5 is available now in a choice of black-piano or white-piano finish, priced at £749 (incl VAT). Price excludes stand.