1961 Monitor | Arendal Sound

1961 Monitor

Legacy product

Make an impression in any room

This speaker is for you if


you have a room up to 25m² and listen from up to 3.5m away


you need universal speaker for stereo, home-cinema, or studio use


you looking for a perfect speaker to pair with a subwoofer

If you do not want to use a subwoofer and still want a full-range sound we recommend the 1961 Tower. A great step up in terms of overall sound quality is our 1723 Monitor S. Better dynamics, better detail, wider soundstage, higher SPL capabilities.

Reviews from our customers

  • Excellent

    4.9 out of 5

  • Value is incredible. Sound is huge. Super pleased with purchase.

    Jeffrey Mercado
  • Heads & shoulders above any other audio buying experience in my 53 years of living!

    John Collier
  • Fast delivery. Best product i have ever tested. Good customer service!

    Håvard D. Jenssen
  • Speakers sound amazing and the build quality is top notch. Couldn’t be happier.

  • …quality build very impressive and sound for home the best alI have had…

    Tom Witziers
  • Even my wife was like, those speakers are great!

    Richard Lawrence
  • What made my experience great; that the level of customer service was outstanding.

    Garvin Worrell
  • Above and beyond! They really stand by their products.

  • …these speakers are of the highest quality build and provide excellent performance…

    Scott McKanna
  • My highest recommendation even for those who can afford much more expensive gear!

1961 Monitor


Quality sound starts with quality drivers. High-performance tweeter in custom waveguide backed up by 2×5.5″ woofers.

1961 Monitor

Slim design

With 15cm in depth, the 1961 Monitor can be used in multiple installations with its space saving design. On stand. On-shelf. On wall. No limits.

1961 Monitor

VESA 100 ready

On-wall? No problem. Use our optional VESA 100 bracket kit for a sleek wall mount option.

1961 Monitor


We don’t use cheap pins. All our speakers have magnetic grills with a perfect fit and HDF Premium quality cabinets.



    We did not cheap out on looks. Cheap plastic pins did not feel right. We custom designed and tooled our own grills including neodymium magnets in both the cabinets and grills, with a protective rubber surface to avoid scratches.

    1961 Tower comes with two-piece grills.


    Quality bass starts with quality drivers. Our 5.5″ woofers are High Performing bass drivers which delivers at Premium level standard. Extreme dynamics is key for effortless and thrilling listening experience. Starting from single driver units to whopping quad drivers on the 1961 Tower!


    28mm soft dome built on the award winning 1723 range, with customized waveguide – the trademark of all our speaker designs. Sleek design covering all screws for Premium looks and feeling.


    1961 is our Entry Level Series yet Premium details and performance. No plastic cups on the 1961 speakers, quality aluminum panels with solid speaker terminals.

Technical specifications

  • Design


    Dimensions (H/W/D)

    42.5 x 16.3 x 15 cm
    (16.6 x 6.4 x 5.9 in)


    7.25 kg
    (16 lbs)



    Enclosure material

    High Density Fiberboard (HDF)

  • Sound


    Frequency response
    73Hz-20KHz (+/-3dB)

    2 x 5,5”


    4-ohm nominal

    Crossover frequency



    87dB / 2.83v / 1m

  • Other
    Break-in for optimal performance

    50 hours

    Recommended amplifier

    Up to 250W RMS @ 4ohm


    Grilles. Manual. Rubber pads.

    Optional accessories

    1961 Wall Mount




Frequency response does not reflect maximum output but shows its true response in a anechoic chamber. Typically you will see an elevated response in the bass response below 40Hz in room due to room gain, which can add around 6dB pr. octave under 40Hz depending on the size of your room.


The charts display frequency response measured at different angles, the sum of which is referred to as power response. Much scientific research has been undertaken on this subject and a linear power response has proven a substantial impact on the overall sound, because the frequency response is more even in all directions. This means an Arendal Sound speaker will be more tolerant of differences in room shape, size, construction and materials.


The impedance charts are electrical measurements of the loudspeaker’s resistance vs frequency.

Product Compliance

CE marking is an administrative marking with which the manufacturer or importer affirms its conformity with European health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

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RoHS is an abbreviation for “Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Equipment”. This directive restricts the use of ten hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.

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Professional reviews

  • Great bang for your buck!

  • “The speakers transported me to the performance space. It sounded like I was sitting in the best seat in a concert hall for this performance.”

  • Every time we test Norwegian products, we are accused of being overly positive, but could it simply be that the products made here are so well thought out and proper that they deserve all the praise they get?

  • “…for some small factor speakers these throw out an amazingly huge detailed sound stage.” “…these are premium built speakers that throw out premium sound.”

  • Performance across the range showcases a detailed, energetic but neutral approach, equally suited to dramatic movie mixes and nuanced music. Styling and build quality impress too – it’s a speaker series that outshines its price tag.

  • Real home theater speakers should also be able to satisfy picky ears when playing music. This is demanding, but Arendal delivers masterfully.