In 2004, something of a revolution took place at Mordaunt-Short. The legendary loudspeaker manufacturer produced the flagship Performance model which re-wrote the rule book and used some truly groundbreaking technologies never before seen in the hi-fi world. Performance has since won countless awards around the globe and is considered to be a modern classic.
Many of PerformanceÕs most significant features have now trickled down to the company's new range - Mezzo. All this means that true hi-fi bliss is available to a wider audience, most notably you and all at a phenomenally affordable price.
Comprising a full loudspeaker series and a blend of scintillating sound and truly graceful aesthetics, Mezzo affords you the opportunity to experience music and movies as those involved intended, and what can be better than that?
The Mordaunt Short Mezzo 9 is a truly incredible subwoofer and the result of an exhaustive research and development process with one aim Š to produce the ultimate sub at an affordable price. The results are truly mindblowing. Using dual opposed 8Ó CPC ultra long throw woofers in forced cancel configuration for ultra stability and minimal vibration, the sub metes out a thumping 375W of power and all from an incredibly compact cabinet which integrates perfectly into any listening environment.
The Mordaunt Short Mezzo 9 is designed to be used in any combination from 2.1 right through to 7.2 set-up and is a Class D design for efficient running.
But the Mezzo 9 is not just about delivering controlled bass extension to your movies and music, it is also infinitely user friendly and lets you take control via an ergonomic Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter and remote control in one handset.
This boon is normally the reserve of subs costing four or five times as much and so from the comfort of your preferred listening position, you can tailor the Mezzo sub to respond to exacting standards. Two notch filters, boost options and dynamics can all be adapted accordingly. A Music/Movie/Game select mode allows the sub to be tailored for specific use and can be quickly switched between thanks to presets.
This kind of technology and ease of use is phenomenal in any subwoofer and unheard of at this price point. All this means you will be selling popcorn at the front door as your friends flock to enjoy your home cinema experience.
Mezzo 9 DSP Engine
The Mezzo 9 subwoofer features a powerful DSP engine which can be tailored to your exact set-up and room acoustics.
Notch filters allow response anomalies (room modes) to be equalised out and a Phase Compensation Filter (PCF) enables accurate step-by-step phase adjustment at the crossover point rather than the usual basic phase inversion switch. The crossover point is fully adjustable and the roll-off rate selectable. A special test CD and combined Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter/remote control are supplied making set-up surprisingly simple.
In use the DSP's engine is able to implement 'Night' modes and other dynamic processing so that for instance low level sounds are made louder whilst at the same time explosions appear quieter, ideal for late night listening.
Night - this setting helps to bring up soft signals while limiting the louder signals - great to avoid disturbing the neighbours!
Warmth - this setting increases the level of the subwoofer as the signal gets softer. This helps music to retain its fullness at all volume levels.
Extra bass - this setting increases the level of subwoofer to provide more impact while limiting the very loud signals to protect the speaker from being overdriven.
The response of a speaker in any room will have peaks that are created by acoustic reflections. The dimensions of the room and the acoustic properties of the surfaces within the room determine the location and size of these peaks or room modes. The room modes are much more severe at low frequencies and the Mezzo 9 provides two filters to help restore a flat response to the system.
The notch filter has three parameters: Frequency, Depth and Width
Boost filters enhance the sound of the subwoofer by giving a little extra punch at a desired frequency.
The boost filter has two parameters: Frequency and Height
Phase Compensation Filter
A key factor in the performance of a subwoofer is its integration with the full range of speakers, or how well it blends in with the rest of the system. The speakers do not always sum together as well as they should due to differing distances from the listening position, different amounts of delay through electronics, and differences in the phase response of the speakers themselves.
Traditionally, subwoofers have used a phase invert to help achieve better integration. Mordaunt-Short has taken this concept a step further with its Phase Compensation Filter (PCF). This filter allows the user to increase the phase offset by degrees until the optimal integration has been achieved. The unit "degrees" refers to the number of degrees the phase of the subwoofer response is being shifted at the low pass filter frequency.
All these features can be easily controlled from the intuitive display panel and this kind of technology once again puts Mordaunt-Short at the forefront of home cinema entertainment.
Mordaunt Short Mezzo 9 Performance Features
- Curved cabinet design to reduce standing waves
- Dual opposed 8" CPC ultra long throw woofers in forced cancel configuration for ultra stability and minimal vibration
- Designed to be used in any combination from 2.1 right through to 7.2 set-up
- Digital Sound Processing (DSP) for tailored room set-up including:
- Notch/boost filters
- Phase Compensation Filter (PCF)
- Dynamics - Night, warmth, extra bass
- Control via an ergonomic Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter and remote control in one handset
- Audiophile grade components throughout
- Available in stunning light oak or and dark walnut finishes
Mordaunt Short Mezzo 9 Specifications
- Frequency response 30Hz - 200Hz
- Nominal impedance Input impedance: 10k Ohms
- Drive units 2) 8" aluminium CPC long throw woofer
- Crossover Active/variable
- Recommended amplifier power 375W Active / Max power consumption: 450W
- Magnetically shielded Yes
- Dimensions (h x w x d) 315 x 338 x 350mm (12.4 x 13.3 x 13.8")
- Weight 21.1Kg (46.4lbs)
- SOLD as EACH
Established in 1967, Mordaunt
Short is responsible for the development of some of the world’s most critically
From the beginning, Mordaunt Short has produced loudspeakers
of the very highest order which is underlined by that fact that our first ever
range enjoyed exclusive distribution through Harrods of Knightsbridge, London.
The very essence of Mordaunt Short can be found in each and
every speaker they create. Whilst Mordaunt Short is proud of their heritage
and the fact that there one of the few remaining British owned and engineered
speaker brands, they never rest on tradition. Instead, Mordaunt Short is always
in search of new technologies to take you as close as possible to the music
An incredibly forward-thinking company, Mordaunt Short produces
some of the most technologically advanced loudspeakers available today. All
Mordaunt Short products are a testament to this innovative spirit and style
but it is most apparent in models such as Genie and Performance. Their expertise
allows them to constantly challenge the status quo – does a speaker really
have to be made from wood? Why does it have to be rectangular?
But the most important resource they have, are the people who
work for them. With a dedicated team of ten engineers and a purpose-built research
and development centre in London, Mordaunt Short has some of the best resources
in the industry.
With an engineering pedigree second-to-none, you won’t
be surprised to hear that Mordaunt Short designs each and every component in
their products to their own specifications.
After a lengthy development programme, all Mordaunt Short products
are put before the ultimate test – the human ear. And not just any ear
will do. Before you get to listen to Mordaunt Short speakers, Mordaunt Short’s
head of acoustic engineering signs off each and every design.
Since its foundation, Mordaunt Short has produced legendary
designs including the Festival, Carnival and Pageant models of the early-Seventies
which was followed by the Pearl Edition range of the late-Nineties right through
to today’s Performance and Genie ranges. Every one of these models was
conceived from one continuing vision - to build the best loudspeaker money can
buy, combining engineering excellence, an enthusiasm for innovation and carefully
controlled manufacturing processes.