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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.
|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 ±0.5dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||20 Hz ~ 20 kHz / 1 watt 0.05%|
|Damping Factor||200 @ 8 ohms / 400 Hz|
|Conversion Rate||30 V / US|
|LED Indicators||Power and left/rigth channel signal|
|Protection||Over temp, overload, short circuit, clipping|
|Treble Control Range||±10dB|
|Bass Control Range||±10dB|
|Input Connections||Balanced phoenix connector, dual RCA, stereo 3.5mm|
|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|
- User's Manual (Jul 1, 2013)
Questions and Answers
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.
But he wasn't wrong, these speaker sound great. Really good low end, sharp but not piercing hi's, nice clarity and presence. What blew me away, though, was how much volume these produce for 25 watts. Said exec tends to stay late and crank up his music after other folks leave, and with these speakers he can't crank the volume all the way up or it's uncomfortably loud (but also clear).
My only complaint(s) is the speaker wire connectors use these modular connectors where you insert the wire into a plastic connector and tighen it with a screw, then plug the connector into the speakers. The connector you put the speaker wire into is a little on the small side and it's really hard to get 12 gauge wire into the holes and securely screwed down. They're a bit flimsy. It would also be nice if the volume, bass/treble and power switch were accessible from the front of the speaker. They're in the back and would be a pain to get to if the speakers were wall mounted.
All in all, these are great speakers at this price point.
8 months ago
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