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2-Way Active Wall Mount Speakers (Pair) - 25W - White
Active loudspeakers eliminate the need for a separate power amp providing easier installation options than when using traditional passive speakers. They also have the advantage of having an amp that is custom tuned to the speakers they are driving.
This Monoprice powered stereo loudspeaker is just such a speaker set. It consists of an active loudspeaker with a custom amp built in for one channel and a passive slave loudspeaker for the other, to complete the stereo pair. It is an ideal choice for AV applications such as meeting rooms, multi-media usage, small presentations, and even as a powered speaker for your computer or portable music player. The active loudspeaker package comes with volume and tone controls and built-in a stereo Class D 2x 30 watt amplifiers. They are also magnetically shielded to prevent interference with other devices.
- User's Manual (Jul 1, 2013)
|Amplifier Power Output||25 watts/channel RMS @ 8 ohms|
30 watts/channel maximum @ 8 ohms
|Output Sensitivity||0.7 volts|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz ~ 20 kHz / 1 watt +/- 0.5 dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||20 Hz ~ 20 kHz / 1 watt 0.05%|
|Damping Factor||200 @ 8 ohms / 400 Hz|
|Conversion Rate||30 V / US|
|Channel Degree of Separation||75 dB|
|Signal-Noise Ratio||95 dB|
|LED Indicators||Power and left/rigth channel signal|
|Protection||Over temp, overload, short circuit, clipping|
|Treble Control Range||± 10 dB|
|Bass Control Range||± 10 dB|
|Input Connectrions||Balanced phoenix connector, dual RCA, stereo 3.5 mm|
|Physical Dimensions||8.7" x 9.4" x 11.4" (220 x 245 x 290 mm)|
|Weight||22.2 lbs. (10.1 kg) per pair|
While these speakers are not considered outdoor speakers, the box and grille are metal, and I don't anticipate an issue.
Since they are active speakers, I just simply plug in the MP3 directly into the back of the main speaker, and we are good to go. I also ordered a 12 foot 3.5 MM plug cord, and this allows the MP3 player to be used by anyone at the BBQ Island. The speakers are mounted nicely under the countertop Overhang.
While these speakers will not produce chest-pounding bass, they certainly fill the back yard area with good stereo with no effort.
Lastly, you simply cannot beat the service I received from Monoprice. I ordered on Monday evening on the 4th of July, and received the shipment on Wednesday morning via overnight currier. And the 12 foot cord mentioned above was all of $1.12, compared to what would have been a 15 dollar purchase at Best Buy. YOU CANNOT BEAT THAT!!
I was worried that the low price meant poor quality, but that is not the case at all. I'm completely satisfied with them, and if I needed more, would not hesitate to buy again.
PROS: Great sound
Easy mounting with sturdy brackets
Many input options
PROS: quick and simple to use, excellent and big sound
CONS: Wire provided way to short - not a big deal
PROS: Very good sound quality.
CONS: I don't have any cons for these speakers
To level-set my review, I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, though I do appreciate good sound. My home theatre has M&K speakers fed from a Denon amp.
I tracked the prices of a few other powered outdoor speakers, including Yammies at Amazon, JBLs and Polks at Best Buy, etc. But I never really wanted to drop 3 to 4 hundred for this application - too many other priorities on the list. I kept looking at these and wondering how they would sound. So when they dropped to around $65/pair for the July long weekend, I thought it was a low risk. Glad I got 'em!
With powered speakers, I can simply grab my Airport Express and bring it outside where there's a 3.5mm miniplug waiting. I just plug in the speakers and Bob's your uncle. Great sound in my backyard, where we spend a lot of time in the summer.
Very good speakers, period.
But for the price, these are a great value!
PROS: Very impressive low end!
Good detail at the top end.
Very natural sound.
Can generate very very good volume! It was a concern because I'm using this in my backyard, so sound can get lost in a bigger space. But no problem at all!
CONS: The speaker connections are flimsy. I had to steal some smaller gauge speaker wire from a friend because all I had was stiff 12 gauge speaker wire which kept popping the connectors out. This is my biggest beef and the reason I didn't give them a 10. I would prefer standard speaker connections
Mids are a bit weak. I had to crank the bass and treble to get good sound, which is contrary to what I usually do (which is leave the EQ relatively flat - to maximize mids)
The power cord is too short. Picky, I know, but it's hanging from the outside walls and it makes wire management a smidge more difficult. Not a problem, a small annoyance :)
The documentation is not great. Was tough to figure out which one is on the right and on the left.
The amplification of these speakers make it possible for me to watch TV or iHeart radio even in the rain.
PROS: I have been using these speakers on my patio for over a year now and have had no issues. They are great for outdoor use and provide a very good sound quality.
I wall-mounted the speakers beside the projector screen and connected the speakers to the teacher's computer headphone jack (using Monoprice 1/8"/3.5mm cables). Now each room has interactive multi-media with good sound. Volume is controlled through the computer's settings. Good coverage for ~600 ft2 rooms.
Would be better if speaker volume and power switch were on the front speaker face.
Factory-supplied speaker wire, used to connect the left speaker to the right, is short plan to buy your own.
PROS: Good price, good quality, internal amplifier, adjustable bass and treble, easy installation
CONS: Slightly tinny, 2x25W, appropriate for moderate sized rooms, hard to access power switch, factory supplied speaker wire for connecting left speaker to right is ~4ft, plan to buy your own additional wire
As others have said, forget about using the speaker wire that came with it as it is way too short. I found that the power plug was too short as well and had to end up using an extension. I guess I'll look on monoprice for a longer power cord.
The instructions were not good. Although mounting was a no-brainer, I had to google some of the inputs in the back. Also had to figure out the proprietary banana plug system. Not rocket science, but could've been a lot easier with some instructions.
Overall good purchase. The larger size is what stands out for me, so if space is not an issue, then these will work fine.
PROS: Sounds good
Easy to mount
CONS: Speaker wire too short
Electric cord too short
Instructions not so good
PROS: Great price, couldn't find anything else even close to this for a powered speaker with built in amplifier.
CONS: A little bigger and heavy than what I was looking for, but I'm being pretty picky. The speaker wire that comes with the speakers is not long enough but for $2 I got 8 feet at the hardware store. The on off switch is really hard to get at if you have them mounted to the wall - I'd suggest plugging them into a wall switch controlled outlet and use the wall switch to power on and off instead of the power switch on the back of the speaker.