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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|
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.
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!!
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
These speakers fit the bill perfectly...great quality sound, not too big nor too small, and all the controls and inputs you could ask for. My only two complaints that cost the product one star on the rating are both the A/C cord and the speaker wire that connects the main speaker to the other are way too short. I had to replace both before I could set them up.
Other than that, I doubt you could find better sounding speakers at this price point. I bought the white ones that were significantly lower in price than the black ones and they look great in our office.!
PROS: Price, quality build, controls, and multiple inputs. Also, the included mounting brackets may come in handy down the road.
CONS: A/C cord and speaker wire included are way too short. Shipping box was pretty banged up and had several holes punched through it, although speakers were packed well inside and didn't sustain any damage.
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: Very good sound quality.
CONS: I don't have any cons for these speakers
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
When I first got the speakers, I hooked up my iPad directly to the speakers, using the supplied connectors and speaker wire. I could hear a good deal of distortion when I cranked the speakers up to the highest volume. With the volume on the speakers to about 75%, I could increase the output of the iPad to 100% with just a bit of distortion. However, I doubt I will ever play the speakers at that level. Still, I was a bit disappointed by the distortion.
When I adjusted the treble and bass, I noticed a significant difference in the sound quality. The treble adjustment was very wide. When the treble was turned up all the way, the clarity was amazing, if not too crisp. This would probably be very fatiguing for listening.
The bass adjustment was similar in that at 100%, the bass response was greatly increased, though the sound was not pleasing. The bass response does not have the clarity and richness that I'd hope for. Considering the size of the bass drivers, it's somewhat understandable. But, so many new portable speakers have impressive bass for their size that I expected better bass from these speakers.
As I mentioned, I mounted these speakers in a screened porch. I use an 'Mpow® Bluetooth 4.0 HD Music Audio Receiver Adapter' to connect my iPad or iPhone wirelessly to these speakers. The sound quality is about the same as when I connected the speakers directly to my iPad. It was at this point that I played a variety of content and discovered that there was always a bit of underlying distortion to the sound coming from the speakers. Not bad enough to make me want to return the speakers, but enough to be a little disappointed. The clarity of the vocals is always a bit fuzzier than I'm accustomed to. Again, it's not bad enough to make me return the speakers.
Overall, I'm okay with the speakers and their sound. They're not audiophile quality by any means. But, for the price and the situation that I'm using them in, I can live with them.
PROS: -Easy set up
-Good treble & bass adjustments
-Comes with easy to install wall mounts
-Solid build quality
CONS: All these 'cons' come with the caveat that I have connected the speakers to the source with a Bluetooth receiver from an MP3 source:
-Slight distortion, even at low levels [even with direct connection, i.e. NO Bluetooth]
-Bass lacks definition
-Overall lack of clarity
-Awkward on/off switch when wall mounted
-Provided speaker wire is too short.