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10-Inch Powered Studio Subwoofer
Accurately mix and master your bass-heavy music using this 10-inch Powered Studio Reference Subwoofer from Monoprice!
This studio-quality subwoofer designed to be integrated with your studio monitors, for use with recording, mixing, and mastering duties. It features a built-in 200-watt (RMS) class AB amplifier. Designed for professional use, it features two balanced XLR, two balanced TRS, and two unbalanced TS audio inputs and outputs.
It boasts a 20 ~ 150 Hz frequency response with a signal-to-noise ratio greater than 90dB (A-weighted) and less than 0.03% total harmonic distortion at its rated power. It uses a 10" fiberglass composite cone and produces 110dB peak sound pressure level at 1m.
It features a 1/4" TS input for use with a foot switch (not included). The foot switch allows you to bypass the subwoofer and its crossover, allowing the original, full-range signal to be sent to the outputs. This allows you to compare your mixes with and without the subwoofer handling the lower frequencies.
|Amplifier Type||Class AB|
|Frequency Response||20 ~ 150 Hz|
|Low Pass Filter Frequency||50 ~ 150 Hz (Variable)|
|S/N Ratio||>90dB (A-weighted)|
|THD||<0.03% @ Rated Power|
|Amplifier Power||200 watts (RMS)/ 400 watts (Peak)|
|Peak SPL at 1m||110dB|
|Woofer||10" fiberglass composite cone|
|Inputs||2-XLR Balanced, 2-TRS Balanced/Unbalanced|
|Outputs||2-XLR Balanced, 2-TRS Balanced/Unbalanced|
|Input Gain Control||-30 to +6dB|
|Polarity Switch||0 or 180 degrees|
|External Mains Fuse||T4AL 250V|
|Input Power||100 ~ 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|Cabinet||Vinyl-laminated MDF with cloth grille|
|Dimensions||12.5" x 14.5" x 15.0" (320 x 369 x 381 mm)|
|Weight||34.2 lbs. (15.5 kgs)|
Unboxing was rather undramatic, mostly because there wasn't so much as a scratch on the shipping container. The sub came DOUBLE-BOXED, which is a GREAT way to protect anything during shipping, and the subwoofer was in perfect shape. I also ordered a pair of XLR cables to connect my JBL studio monitors to the sub. I already had/have XLR cables that I used to connect my Focusrite DI (Digital Interface) to JBL monitors, so I just unplugged them from the speakers and plugged them into the inputs on the sub.
Using the newly acquired XLR cables from Monoprice (VERY good quality cables, by the way), I connected the JBL monitors to the sub outputs, set the cutoff frequency to 120 Hz, the volume knob to 0db, powered up my JBL monitors, plugged in the power cord on the sub and turned the On/Off switch to the On position.
The On/Auto/Off switch was already in the 'Auto' position, and since the Focusrite DI was turned off, there was no signal going to the sub, so it stayed Off. I powered up my computer and the DI, launched Foobar2000, loaded a few 24-bit audio tracks into it and hit the Play button. HOLY CRAP this sub is LOUD! I turned down the volume control to about -6db, listened to the audio track, tweaked the volume on the sub a tiny bit more and settled back into my office chair to evaluate the sound quality.
I have to say that I was immediately impressed with this sub, even though a brand new, right out of the box sub isn't EVEN broken in yet. I suspect it'll take 100 hours or so before the sub really starts to shine, but that's okay. I went through the same thing with my JBL studio monitors, my AKG K712 cans, my tube headphone amp, the two tube preamps I use as buffers for guitar inputs to my Focusrite DI ... well ... everything has to break-in/burn-in before things starts to REALLY sing.
Getting back to the sub's sound quality, for the money, this thing is THE bargain of the century. Bass response is very clean, tight and punchy. It's NOT boomy or in your face and it reminded me very much of the same level of bass quality my AKG K712 headphone exhibit, which is perfect (at least to my ears).
While audio quality is a very individual and subjective topic, my last high-end home theatre system set me back in excess of $20K and was comprised of nothing but high-end gear. So, I'm used to high quality components and shelling out LOTS of dough to get the sound quality I want.
That said, my home studio is just a hobby, I had a hard time justifying spending megabucks on most of the hardware I selected, and virtually everything I purchased was either on sale or highly discounted. The Monoprice studio subwoofer was/is my last and final purchase, in terms of speakers, and I couldn't be happier. Not only did I get it on sale, but it FAR exceeded my expectations in EVERY area. I was telling my son about it and now HE wants one. He sets up/installs studios for a living, so he know his gear and he swears by ALL things Monoprice.
The bottom line is this subwoofer is an incredible buy and the sound quality is as good as anything I've ever heard (studio and/or home entertainment gear). I can HIGHLY recommend this subwoofer without hesitation. Sound-wise, it matches up perfectly with my JBL studio monitors, which was one of the BIG things I was concerned about. I WAS going to purchase the matching JBL subwoofer ... at OVER twice the price of the Monoprice studio sub ... only because I thought it would match better (sound-wise) with my JBL studio monitors. Obviously, that's NOT going to happen and I am THRILLED that the Monoprice sub works so amazingly well with my JBLs.
If you're in need of a studio sub, wait for this one to go on sale and then JUMP on it! I'm sure you'll be just as blown away as I am and continue to be with this sub. The more I listen to it, the more I love it. While I can't vouch for any other studio monitors, sound-wise it matches perfectly with my JBL monitors, which is the ONLY thing I really cared about.
THANKS, Monoprice. You guys ROCK!
PROS: Price, workmanship, features, sound quality, fast shipping (it shipped the day I ordered it), good packaging, EVERYTHING!
CONS: Nothing, nada, zip.
PROS: Great Price, lot's of connections
CONS: None for this price
PROS: Cost, Build Quality, Sound Quality, Volume.
CONS: None that I have found.
No joke, I had an Rokit RP-10s sub, that supposedly delivered equally in the power ratings, at a price 2X this. Going from memory, and recent visits to a freinds studio which also has one of the Rokits, I think Monoprice wins. That's even if you take the price differential and toss it out the window, even money, I'm not sure I'd trade this for it, if I had to go with what I was hearing. For half the money, No-Brainer in my opinion. We'll see how well that stands over time, but if this lasts 6 months, It's still a great deal.
PROS: Solid. Connections Galore. Balanced XLR in and Out, crossover works nicely, option to A/B via foot switch. Auto Power on/off/standby, great rubber feet. Built well, includes removable grille.
CONS: Not a major brand name, uncharted territory with reliability, and long term quality.
PROS: Nice build quality
Plenty of power
CONS: none so far
PROS: well built, subtle design, nice quality finish
CONS: not one thing...
The obvious choice is the JBL LSR310S, which has a 10” woofer and a 200 watt class D amplifier. But $400 seems like a lot to spend for a sub when the 305s are about $260 for a pair. So I started researching other options, of which there are plenty.
One little-reviewed sub caught my eye, the Monoprice 605999. Its specs are similar to the 310S, and costs $176 (about $150 on sale).
When I read the Monoprice description, I thought that perhaps Monoprice is positioning this as a low-budget alternative to the 310S. I decided to try it, feeling that I always could send it back.
So far I am very happy with this sub. It came well-packed, looks and feels really solid, and was very easy to set up.
Since I’m far from an audiophile, I asked a friend who is a musician and a recording engineer to listen to it to provide a good review for you. He describes himself as “hard to please” in audio. He’s owned and used a number of subs in his studio and as a musician, and uses the Focal CMS65s in his studio (I mention this to help you to evaluate his responses, which are below).
His comments as we listened to The Dark Side of the Moon in a very large room (25’x25’ with a 15’ ceiling), source was high-quality Spotify (320kbps AAC) through a Chromecast Audio, using two LSR305s and the Monoprice sub:
“This is astounding. For the money it’s extraordinary, it’s a great sub for the price. I’d have guessed it would cost $500 or more. It’s tight, articulate and clean. It’s musical and sounds really good. I’m going to get one to use with my Focals.”
I think it's a keeper.
PROS: Great sound
Works great with JBL 305s
CONS: None apparent.
PROS: bass heavy sound back options slot port no distortion
CONS: price lowered $50 day after i bought it. shipping 5 days
I'm driving this with a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 preamp, down with Monoprice TRS-XLR cables to the sub, and back up to Rokit 5 G2s with Monoprice XLR cables. I was a little worried in the beginning about the sub because I was having trouble getting it balanced with Rokits, but after a few days and fiddling with some of the monitor/sub settings, I think I found the perfect combination. I also think the sub has had time to settle and break-in. For anyone wondering about the settings I use, the Rokits are neutral except for +3db on volume, the sub is set to 2nd notch above the lowest for volume and about 85hz for low pass filter. The Rokit specs say 53hz for the lowest, but I found they roll off sharply about 75-80hz. The rest of the settings are stock. I am not doing anything to the source signal (EQ, processing, etc).
Overall the system would rival anything out there. The sub really adds a clear low end that the Rokits are missing. I'm very happy with the purchase.
PROS: Fantastic power, clarity (once broken in), unbranded front grill, and ease of hookup.
CONS: Large size