5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605500
    5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
    Product # 605500
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    5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)

    Every studio, be it a professional recording studio or just a home studio, needs a good set of monitor speakers, with a flat frequency response so you can hear exactly what the recording will sound like. If this describes your own needs, then you should get a pair of these 5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers from Monoprice!

    These speakers are professional quality studio monitors, designed to produce a flat frequency response for studio recording, mixing, and mastering duties. Each speaker is separately powered, is bi-amped with two dedicated amplifiers, and uses both balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS/TS audio input paths.

    The tweeter is a 1" silk dome design with magnetic shielding for a flat frequency response and accurate musical reproduction. The woofer is a 5" DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber cone with magnetic shielding, rubber surround, and a high-temperature voice coil, for long hours of high volume work.

    Each monitor enclosure includes two separate power amplifiers totaling 70 watts of music power. A 30 watt amplifier is used to drive the tweeter, while a 40 watt amp drives the woofer. This use of dual amplifiers ensures that each driver has the power it needs without compromising the output of the other driver, ensuring that the audio output remains crisp, clean, loud, and distortion free at all times.

    A four-position selector switch on the back of each speaker allows you to adjust the high-frequency bias, with either a -2dB, -1dB, Flat, or +1dB shelving of frequencies above 2000 Hz. The purpose of this circuitry is to adjust the high-frequency response to the characteristics of the room being used. In a "bright" musical environment, an attenuation of the high frequencies is needed to produce a flat frequency response, while a more sound absorbent environment may require a boost of the high-frequencies to achieve a flat overall response.


     
    Speaker Type 2-way Near-Field Studio Reference Monitor Speakers
    LF Amplifier 40 watts continuous
    HF Amplifier 30 watts continuous
    Input Connections 1 XLR connector for balanced connections and 1 TRS connector
    for balanced and unbalanced TRS and TS connections
    Input Impedance 10k ohms unbalanced, 20k ohms balanced
    Sensitivity 90dBA output SPL at 1 meter with 85mV pink noise input
    Woofers 5" Kevlar® cone with high-temperature voice coil and magnetic shielding
    Tweeters 1" silk dome with magnetic shielding
    Frequency Response 56 Hz ~ 22 kHz
    Crossover Frequency 3000Hz
    S/N Ratio > 100dB (typical, A-weighted)
    HF Level Switchable, -2dB, -1dB, Flat, or +1dB boost to frequencies above 2000 Hz
    Power Requirements 100 ~ 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Power Cable IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 10.0" x 6.9" x 7.8" (254 x 176 x 198 mm) each
    Weight 9.7 lbs (4.4 Kg) each


    Included in the Package:

    • 2x 5-inch powered studio monitor speakers
    • 2x AC power cord (IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15)
    • 1x User's manual


    Support Files:





    DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.


     
    4.8 / 5.0
    59 Reviews
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    Maximization of Utility
    First off, I am skipping the "pros" and "cons" parts of this review in favor of deeper explanation than deeming a trait the product doesn't claim to have as a con. I feel this product requires more than, "I like how it sounds," as there are many variables. If you just want a good sounding pair of speakers and don't care to work on audio, then these speakers will work fine. I do suggest EQ'ing the speakers to sound how you'd like.



    I have used these for about 1.5 months, and have taken the time to really judge these monitors, as I felt these monitors are not as well documented around the web. People who utilize monitors, for a purpose such as mixing, tend to be really into expensive gear. A lot of the time good audio gear does cost a lot of money, but we are starting to some great cheap stuff.



    Notice how I referenced mix engineers using these? Let's take a second to explain why that is important. It is said that if you were to average out the frequency response of all the speakers being used, you would get a flat line. Why would you want to mix with a flat frequency response? It is a reference. This means that anyone mixing at a flat frequency response has a much higher chance at their mix being able to translate to other speakers well. It's because of this that it's extremely important to mix (track, produce, master) with monitors, baring a flat frequency response.



    You shouldn't expect to plant these monitors into your room and have them deliver. Your room takes that flat response and colors it. It's because of this fact that most audio professionals and serious hobbyists treat their room. This is a major topic to learn about, and if you care for a truly flat response and your work translating well to the most amount of speakers as possible, then you should take the time to look into treating your room. Maybe you are reading this at a time when Monoprice has their "Acoustic Treatment & Foam" subcategory up and running with more than a mud guard, (AKA isolation shield & reflection filter) and you can take advantage of their awesome quality standard and even more awesome pricing. That'd be even better.



    In my room, treated as best as I could get it, these monitors were doing a decent job. It's extremely difficult to get that truly great flat response without calibrating, and I definitely suggest calibrating, even without treating your room. The most notable problem with the response was a pretty big drop off between 100Hz and 200Hz. One speaker lost a lot more in that range than the other, although both dipped. If you do not treat your room or calibrate, you should at least throw a bell between those frequencies, evening out things with an EQ using your ears. Another thing to note is that the high frequency knob did come in handy before calibration. You want to get that line was close to flat as possible before calibration.



    Coupled with IK Multimedia ARC System 2, an advanced room correction kit for use in your DAW (Reaper, Pro Tools, Audacity, Cubase, GarageBand, etc), I was able to get these monitors to really shine. I got the frequency response nice and flat, at which point I could mix for maximum compatibility and effectively emulate the EQ characteristics of the kind of speakers people popularly listen through (Car, laptop, headphones, iPod dock, TV) to see how my mixes would effectively translate.



    These monitors do not stand out as much better than similar priced monitors, out of the box, when going by the 300 dollar compare price. I have compared them with the most popular 300 dollar monitors, and they are extremely similar. However, by the price these go for and the prices they go on sale at quite often, these things are a steal out of the box. Couple that with a properly treated room, and you will kill monitors at double the compare at price in a room not properly treated. Add in great room correction, such as ARC 2, and you will be getting a lot more than what you paid for.



    I give these monitors a BIG 10 for maximizing utility, meaning they are the best bang for your buck.



    Thanks for reading,



    Jenner B
    January 7, 2014
    Killer Desktop Speakers
    I was so impressed with Monoprice's 3 inch monitor speakers that I had to give these a try. The problem is that they do not accept RCA phono plugs. So, I contacted Monoprice Tech Support and was told that these speakers sounded about the same as the 3 inch monitors and were intended for studio mixer use-NOT HOME USE. As such, the Tech could not suggest suitable Monoprice cables. If you want to feed these from your computer with a mini phono stereo output, I suggest a mini stereo phono plug to XLR's cable, available from Amazon. However, Monoprice cables can be used. Buy the 7inch Premium 3.5mm Stereo Male to 2RCA Female 22AWG Cable (Gold Plated) Product ID: 5611 and then a pair of Premier Series XLR Male to RCA Male 16AWG Cable (Gold Plated), such as the 3 foot version Product ID: 4776. Note, they come in various lengths. These speakers really impress as desk top speakers with a fuller, more engaging sound than the excellent valued 3 inch monitors. Also, the bass is deeper with much more authority. Highly recommended!

    PROS: Incredible sound for the price. Relatively high powered, bi-amped speakers. Apparently Monoprice did not intend these as computer speakers but they are excellent.

    CONS: Requires some creativity with cabling.
    April 16, 2013
    right on
    I bought them for use as basic audio from my laptop while listening to online speach. After using them, I now use them to jam with. These little guys play loud and strong enough to keep up with my home studio bass and guitar rigs.. Being small enough to be placed on your desk, they are a great addition to any home studio or practice environment.

    PROS: fast set up
    tunable
    great sound for the money

    CONS: for the price....none
    only reason they are not 10 is because I have heard 1000+ monitors.
    April 7, 2013
    Ikea of Audio
    I used these sparsely for over a year and a half and enjoyed them greatly.
    Besides the bright blue LED, I liked the simple low-key look and feel of the monitor speakers.
    I'm sure people with better hearing than me have extolled the audio quality enough so I'll skip that.

    Recently, one of two speakers suddenly would not power on and my reason for the low review score it's short lifespan.

    However, I bought these expecting some measure of longevity and was disappointed for one speaker to fail after only light/moderate use (perhaps a dozen hours a week tops) from July 2013 to Feb 2015.

    I understand that Monoprice has listed only a one-year warranty for this and that their product support in warranty is fantastic. However, I'm out of luck as I'm past that.

    I want to warn potential buyers to consider the cost of time for products like this that may need replacement when making their purchasing decisions.

    PROS: Build quality feels solid
    Sounds great



    CONS: Bright Blue LED for power on status
    A bit lacking in low response

    February 19, 2015
    Unbelievable!
    They came in yesterday. My first impressions were that they feel very legitimately made. The weight and feel are similar to other monitors I've used in other places, like Wharfdales.

    I set them up in my house, and did a test run, and they are truly flat. What does this mean? There are no frequencies boosted in the speakers themselves. They reproduce however the tracks were mixed. I've heard other monitors that cost more (KRK Rokits) that are supposedly flat, but clearly have low end being cut. I'll run a pink noise test to truly confirm.

    The price simply can't be beat. If you go on any other musicians gear website, the cheapest monitor you can find with close to the same specs are: 1) M-Audio BX5 $299 - it doesn't have the HPF knob, and most reviews say they sound terrible.. 2) KRK Rokit 5 $149.50 each! - Remember I mentioned, that these really aren't flat. There are some low freqs that have been cut.

    These Monoprice monitors are $165.78 for a pair are seriously have more features and better audio quality than many of ones out there that are twice the price!

    Big thumbs up to Monoprice and I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a some 5inch studio monitors!

    PROS: 1) Price!
    2) Sound Quality
    3) Build and Features

    CONS: None!
    April 9, 2013
    These are awesome speakers.
    Great Speakers, Sound and quality can go up against the name branded speakers.

    PROS: These monitor speakers are great and for the price. When I was looking for some monitor speakers for home recording setup I was originally looking at the M-Audio BX5 D2 for $299 and located these speakers with the same exact specs and etc.. So I took a chance purchasing these for $167.44 (pair) and got them home set them up and was Very! satisfied with the sound and quality of the speakers. Even suggestion to my friends if they are looking for these type of speakers to purchased them from Monoprice.com.

    CONS: I have used the speakers now for a few weeks and have not found an issues.
    November 27, 2013
    FOUND!
    I AM NOT AN AUDIOPHILE however I am a former percussionist, a former sound technician, a home theater enthusiast, and a lover of truly _great_ music from every genre. Over the years I've been fortunate to have been exposed to a lot of excellent gear and live musicians in a variety of professional, semi-professional and home contexts. In the past couple of years I've bought two "highly rated" consumer-grade computer speakers, paying $100 and $150 (I won't mention brands, but you've heard of them). Both sets were okay, but honestly in both cases I felt let down with the very first track I ran through them. Adequate volume, but just no punch or presence. Finally I decided to take a risk and spend a few more bucks for these Monoprice monitors (approx $200 with the two 15' XLR-to-RCA cables). As soon as I played a track, I knew I'd found what I'd been looking for! In fact right now I am listening to some U2, with the monitor volume at 50%, and source volume at 50%, and they are beautifully filling my 16' x 12' office. I don't mean they are merely loud (though I'm just waiting for my wife to ask me to turn it down!) ... what I mean is that I can finally hear the separation of every instrument, harmony breath, string and brush stroke. I can't stop listening! Amazing. Finally.

    PROS: Powerful with incredible sound separation

    CONS: Separate power switches on rear can be awkward to access

    (but a dedicated power bar solves this easily)
    August 21, 2015
    I'm Impressed!
    I feel like I've taken a step into the audiophile world. I have used decent headphones, like the Grado SR-80's, and I thought they sounded fine. I plopped these on my desktop to try them out, and, wow. I just spent hours listening to music. It didn't even sound like the audio was coming from the speakers. It was just there. I have a hard time going back to my headphones now.



    After that, I promptly ordered more and set up a surround sound system with them. Since the speakers are powered, I can run them directly from my computer with no receiver, so that saves some money.



    Here's what I used to hook these up to my computer: 5611 (3.5mm stereo to RCA adapter) and 4777 (6ft RCA to XLR cable).



    Setting up the surround system, I originally tried using long RCA cables, then a short RCA to XLR, but I got a lot of buzzing and noise, so I sent those back and got XLR cables instead.



    PROS: Very clean and clear sound.

    Good volume.

    Comparable to $300+ speakers.

    CONS: Some very slight noise if you put your ear close to the speaker. Not noticeable if you have the speaker more than a couple feet away.

    For long cable runs (more than 5-10 ft), you will need to get decent XLR cables, which are a bit more expensive than RCA cables or regular speaker wire. If you don't, you'll probably pick up a lot of noise.
    September 12, 2013
    Awesome sound!
    As others have noted, these speakers sound incredible! I thought they were outstanding running off my old ipod, then I ran them on my theater receiver (entry level Marantz) via the pre-amp outs and I was blown away at the sound quality! These would make the ultimate surround sound setup for gaming/etc where your mobo/sound card has 5.1 channel 3.5mm jack outputs and you don't want to buy a receiver/amp to drive the speakers (note you need 3 prong/PSU power at each speaker location, ext cord or some longer Monoprice PSU cables and an under desk surge strip so you have a central power on/off switch). Two things are keeping me from replacing my theater speakers with these, my receiver doesn't have pre-amp outs for center/surround so I'd have to buy a new one and they don't have grills so I'm afraid the kids will poke them.

    As far as connecting them I didn't quite know what I was getting into at first so I went with something I knew would work, a Hosa stereo breakout from Amazon and it arrived with a loose wire (still haven't heard back on the supposed lifetime warranty replacement). With speakers in hand, back to Monoprice to figure out a better solution! If you want to use RCA inputs into the speakers get: 7176 (two of them). If you want to use 3.5mm jack inputs: 7167 but you need a stereo breakout that I can't find on Monoprice NOT a splitter (you would end up with two left channels with 667). I went the RCA route so in addition to the two 7176, I also got a 5611 with a couple 6303. With this type of combo you can get what ever length RCA cables you need. You could instead go with a 5599 and split the two cables apart as needed. I really wanted the fancy 9300 but it won't work with these speakers because you can't split the cables at the RCA end. You could also do like one of the other reviews mentioned with the 5611/4776 combo but you don't really need the XLR connectors since you aren't using a balanced signal at that point anyway.


    I hope this helps others so you won't have to worry about the connectivity. I've tried these with everything I can plug them into and they make anything sound awesome! The better the source input the more you will be wowed! Get these! You won't be disappointed! Monoprice rocks!

    PROS: Outstanding sound!

    CONS: Now that I have the connectivity figured out, no cons.
    May 13, 2013
    Best $165 Spent!
    I am an aspiring producer, and I decided to invest into some Studio Monitors and Monitor Reference Headphones. I had bought some terrible $80 AKG M220s and decided the Monoprice Hi-Fi DJ Style Heaphones were better than them, so I will be returning them, anyway, I purchased these because they were very cost effective, and I wanted to experience the studio sound for myself.

    I purchased them a few days ago, and they arrived rather quick, so I went home and started setting them up, but I have no experience setting up studio equipment such as this, so I had some difficulties, and found out I cannot line these out from my mixer, so I used my audio interface, and I could not believe what I was hearing.

    These speakers have the PERFECT amount of bass and you can hear everything as if the instruments were right in front of you. I was blown away, and would recommend these to any aspiring music producer.

    PROS: - Perfect Sound
    - Easy Hookup
    - Nice, Solid Build
    - Super Cheap!

    CONS: - Absolutely NONE!
    February 29, 2016
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    Will these speakers mount on your 602350 PA speaker stands?
    Richard B on Jan 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No, these monitors (MP# 605500 or 605800) will not mount on PA Speaker Stands MP# 602350. These monitors are more of table top monitors for studio use. They do not have the circular mount hole on the bottom that stage PA speakers have. They are flat on the bottom.
    Can these be wall mounted?
    A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I would not wall mount these speakers due to the size and weight as well as the rear port setup and the fact the the cables connect directly to the back of the speakers
    Can these be wall mounted?
    Kara S on Jan 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend wall mounting as there are no wall mount provisions on the speakers. While you may be able to use a shelf or rig up another mount option, keep in mind the power cord and either XLR or TRS cable need to come out the back and will stick out an inch or two.
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