Mordaunt Short M10 (Black) is rated out of 5 by 268.
Mordaunt Short M10 (Black)
Speakers Per Pair
£59 RRP £69
Soft dome tweeter
Although budget speakers, Mordaunt Short hasn't compromised on the quality of its drive units. The soft dome tweeter gives a far smoother and more refined sound compared to hard dome types, and it has a cut-out on the bottom of its mount, allowing its axis point to be closer to that of the woofer. This makes the sound more focused as it radiates from both drive units closer to a single point.
The woofer unit uses a long-throw, lightweight bass cone giving a tuneful and surprisingly powerful bass response. A neat touch with both drive units is the absence of visible fixings. This not only provides clean, good looks but also enhances the sound imaging as smooth surfaces enhance staging precision.
The Mordaunt Short M10 has a cabinet constructed of heavy duty MDF for a rigidity and solid feel that you'd usually only get from a more expensive design. This rigidity actually helps the sound quality as it ensures the cabinet doesn't distort and bring unnatural colouration to the sound. Compact dimensions and a charcoal finish help the M10 blend in to its surroundings.
For surround sound or stereo, single room or multi-room applications, the Mordaunt Short M10s simply can't be beat.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Superfluous42 from Good sound for a very good price I bought these 3 weeks ago and after having some difficulties setting them up they are now working excellently. For the price I paid they provide great sound, though I think they would struggle in a larger space
Date published: 2021-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris Young from Good sound Good sound from these speakers very happy with them. Also sales guy really helpful
Date published: 2021-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by RS_001 from Superb speakers for the price One of the reasons I have continued to purchase kit over the years from Richer Sounds apart from their excellent customer service, is you can be assured that they do not sell rubbish. More than twenty years down the road, I still own a pair of Eltax speakers which will probably keep on going for another twenty. This is no mean feat, as the audiophile market is a difficult one to please, as the “perfect” sound is so subjective and customers often hard to please. I needed to replace the cheap sound bar for my television as it gave up the ghost recently, after less than 18 months use. We live in the middle of nowhere, and sadly, sudden power cuts are a fact of life. Despite being on a power filter, it no longer powers up correctly after a recent outage. With hindsight, I should have been less of a cheapskate and bought one from Richer Sounds, but most sound bars seem to me extremely expensive for what they are. Irrespective of that rationale, I now had a choice to make - purchase a "premium" sound bar or “make do and mend”? Very reluctantly, I was considering going down the former route when I remembered I had a cheap, Nobsound amplifier in my electronics collection, previously used for experimenting with Hafler pseudo-quadraphonic circuits. Whilst by no means audiophile quality, teamed with a reasonable pair of speakers, this setup would be light years ahead of the abysmal speakers found internally in most flat screen televisions, my LG included. It might even surpass the lacklustre quality from the now defunct, black paperweight, gathering dust in the corner. I already had a TOSLINK converter, so the hunt was on for suitable candidates. Having learnt my lesson, I started my quest here. On a tight budget, it was a clear choice between the Wharfedale Diamond 9.0’s or the M10’s. I have not been greatly impressed with Wharfdales in the past, they just don’t seem to have any “life” to me. Nevertheless, my inner cheapskate was rallying for them, until it realised they were below the free carriage allowance. An irresistible opportunity to deprive Royal Mail of some revenue and the sleek, classical looks of the M10’s finally won me over, along with the promise of maybe something less acoustically bland than my historical Wharfdale encounters. The deal was done, but would I be disappointed? The short answer is an unequivocal “no”. I was a bit concerned that the weedy Nobsound, which is based on the Texas Instruments TPA3116 chip, would struggle to drive the M10’s effectively, but I needn't have worried. Part of the reason for that, I believe, was my use of a decent power brick, which was capable of delivering 100W (20V at 5A). The Nobsound supports speakers between 3.2 and 8 ohms, with the rated maximum 50W per channel being specified for 4 ohm units. This means in reality, I wouldn’t get anywhere near 25W per channel, but to use the immortal words of Michael Caine, I wasn’t trying to blow the doors off. Out of the box, the M10’s were clearly well built and finished, and despite being mass produced in China, showed no signs of quality control failings. The only design feature I found strange was the standard banana / screw terminals were angled at 45 degrees, but on consideration this is quite an ingenious idea, as it allows the speaker cabinet to be pushed back further into a recess without risking damage to the cables. The front grille was raised via an air gap about 7mm all around the front of the cabinet, which facilitates easy removal, but at the same time, might prove to be an irresistible curiosity for a small child or sharp claws. While the speakers are not ported, they look good with or without the grilles in place. The inclusion of a pair of wall mounting brackets was a considerate touch, but the M10’s would need to be securely mounted, as they are very solid. Sound wise, I used a wide combination of media (Live television, recordings of The Sweeney, the movie Layer Cake and numerous YouTube clips) to test the M10’s against. While I was not looking for earth-moving bass, I was aiming for an “immersive” sound, without any tell-tale subconscious irritations. Most (substitute "cheap") sound bars in my experience have really muddy bass, and frequently the vocals are indistinct. Some YouTube intro content is mixed very aggressively, and one contributor, I’m convinced, is on a world-wide quest to wreck speakers, so grating is the low-end distortion. In other words, I didn’t want to have to playback sections of dialogue to pick up the subtle nuances, nor have the resident audiophile in me cringe with horror. I really can’t praise these M10’s enough. Crisp, clear, without any trace of overbearing pedantry or tinny harshness, they matched the Nobsound surprisingly well once cranked up to a reasonable volume, proving once again the old audiophile adage that speakers are amongst the most critical component in any system. Unlike many cheap speakers, the top end didn't dominate, nor did the lack of bass seem grotesque. The stereo separation was well detailed at just over 5 foot apart, and while there was no clear depth to the sound stage, that was to be expected given such a minimalist setup. Despite this limitation, it was clear that the M10’s were bringing more to the party than just a pair of transducers, but at the same time, they were quite “invisible” and didn't dominate. They passed my test with flying colours, and I was treated to hearing subtleties in Layer Cake I had not heard previously. For the money, these budget speakers are excellent value for money if you are looking for a pair of small, low wattage units. They obliterate the countless dedicated PC audio speakers I have encountered over the years, and even with a cheap and cheerful pocket amplifier, wipe the floor with my previous soundbar. Whilst some ears might require a sub-woofer to bring the bass levels up, I suspect a better amplifier would go a long way in that respect. For I get the impression I only scratched the surface of the M10’s potential.
Date published: 2021-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by RogerF19 from Ideal speakers These are high quality small speakers that, most importantly, fit my bookshelves. They also sound fine.
Date published: 2021-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by LeeWood from Nice speakers in a neat package I bought these to replace my Cambridge Audio Minx speakers when the X200 sub died. As an all round speaker they are an improvement but I feel they are lacking a little bit of crispness and clarity at the top end. But maybe I'm expecting too much. On balance a good speaker considering my wife wouldn't let me have anything much bigger :-)
Date published: 2021-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adrianpjr57 from Very pleased Bought to replace some very good, but very old, Sony speakers. As I have relocated the hifi in a much smaller room they fit in perfectly. Really pleased with the sound. Can't say I've pushed them to the limit....and probably never will, I am now beyond those days, but for my purposes they are great.
Date published: 2021-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by John R H from Very pleased with the sound I have an old hifi system which works fine but the speakers were battered. After much deliberation I went for the Mordaunt Short M10. Very pleased. Compact and smart plus excellent sound quality. A great improvement on my former speakers. I also replaced the old copper cables with silver plated ones which I assume adds to the effect.
Date published: 2021-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by SiF1234 from Not really HiFi Speakers Bought these in memory of some 90s MS's that my wife loved. But they are not really hifi sounding, although they only had 10 hrs burn-in. They are bright and lively, but there is no texture to the treble. But fundamentally, voices don't sound like voices at all. They appear to be 20ft behind the speakers, and all sound the same, whereas they should be an instrument in their own right. There is obviously a complete dip in the mid-range where all the music happens. Small, and probably ok for low volume listening, low quality spotify, on a cheap microsystem. Replaced with the QA 3020s for an extra £50, and wow, these sound amazing for the money and an entry to real hifi.
Date published: 2021-01-30