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Premium Select 5.1 Channel Home Theater Satellite Speakers & Subwoofer
How do you improve on a good sounding speaker system at a great price? Easy. You make a great sounding system at an even better price! If you think that a 5.1 system should be heard and not seen, this system is the one for you. The very low-profile 3" satellite speakers produce spectacular mids and highs, while robust and beefy lows are the product of the compact, 200 watt 8" subwoofer. Reviewers and customers loved our 10565 Premium 5.1 Channel Speaker System, wait 'til they get a load of this one!
Deep Rich Sound | Attractive Design | Small Footprint
Select 5.1 Channel Home Theater Satellite Speakers & Subwoofer
Sound Quality: Life is too short for speakers that don't sound great! We believe that the whole point of listening to music is to hear it as the artist intended. Our engineers and audio experts have spent countless hours listening to and comparing various speakers until we were satisfied we had found models that fit our demanding standards.
Style: While Monoprice believes in function over form, there is nothing wrong with having speakers that look good, too. The chamfered black cabinets give a subtle air of elegance and refinement to the system.
Compact: Tiny but mighty. The tiny satellite speakers combine with the subwoofer to produce huge, room-filling sound. Sometimes an audio system should just be heard and not seen.
Focused and crisp highs, pronounced and well-defined mids, lows that rumble and punch.
These tiny satellite speakers measure only about 4x4x6 inches, yet produce mighty big sound with focused and crisp highs from the 0.5" PEI tweeter, plus pronounced and well-defined mids from the 3" woofers. Meanwhile, the compact 200-watt subwoofer sports a forward firing 8" paper cone driver, which makes the lows rumble and punch with authority.
Five Satellite/Center Speakers
- 30 watts maximum input power
- 3" paper cone woofer with rubber surround
- 0.5" PEI tweeter
- 90Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response
- 8 ohms nominal impedance
One Powered Subwoofer Speaker
- Built-in 200-watt power amplifier
- Ported cabinet with forward firing driver
- 8" paper cone woofer with rubber surround
- 40Hz ~ 1.3kHz frequency response
- 46 ~ 250 Hz variable low pass crossover
The five satellite/center channel speakers measure only 6.3" x 3.9" x 4.2" and weigh only 1.8 lbs. each, so you can mount them anywhere in your home theater using the standard 1/4"x20 threaded mount. The compact subwoofer measures only 15.0" x 10.6" x 12.8", allowing you to place it almost anywhere in your room. The subwoofer offers maximum input flexibility with a single dedicated mono LFE input, line-level stereo RCA jacks, and speaker-level five-way binding post terminals, making it compatible with any amplifier or receiver. The variable crossover and phase switch allow you to fine tune the system for sonic perfection.
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SATELLITE / CENTER SPEAKERS
|Mid-Range Type||3" paper cone with rubber surround|
|Tweeter Type||0.5" PEI dome|
|Nominal Impedance||8.0 ohms ±15% at 550Hz 1.0V|
|DC Resistance||7.2 ohms ±15%|
|Frequency Response||90Hz ~ 20kHz -10dB|
|Input Power (RMS)||15 watts|
|Input Power (Max)||30 watts|
|Dimensions||6.3" x 3.9" x 4.2" (160 x 100 x 107mm)|
|Weight (each)||1.8 lbs. (0.8 kg)|
|Woofer Type||8" paper cone with rubber surround|
|Amplifier Power (RMS)||100 watts into 4 ohms @ 1% THD+N|
|Amplifier Power (Peak)||200 watts into 4 ohms @ 1% THD+N|
|Nominal Impedance||4 ohms|
|Frequency Response||40Hz ~ 1.3kHz|
|THD+N (@ 100 watts / 4 ohms / 100Hz)||0.5%|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||> 96dB|
|Line Input Sensitivity||205mV|
|Adjustable Low Pass Crossover||46 ~ 250 Hz|
|Low Pass Filter||270 Hz @ 30 dB/oct|
|High Pass Filter||28 Hz @ 22 dB/oct|
|Bass Boost||12dB @ 45Hz|
|Auto On Sensitivity||3mV|
|Auto Off Time||22 minutes|
|Power Consumption (Standby)||0.2 watts|
|Power Consumption (No Input Signal)||12 watts|
|Power Consumption (Maximum)||158 watts|
|Dimensions||15.0" x 10.6" x 12.8" (380 x 270 x 325 mm)|
|Weight||18.5 lbs. (8.4 kg)|
- User's Manual (Aug 14, 2015)
I've owned a lot of 5.1 systems in the time that I've been around movie rooms and surround systems. Some were expensive, semi-custom systems that could blow your socks off and others were more humble. This system falls more into the former category than the latter.
First, let me walk you through the overview and setup. These are 3" speakers, each of the 5 speakers is identical, something incredibly practical when you're unpacking the box for the first time. You can just drop a speaker in each of your designated corners and go from there. The setup was very simple - unfortunately the back hookup connections don't seem to support banana plug configurations, but simply unspooling your speaker wire, clipping it and running it into the back is a piece of cake (far easier than some of the screw-top speakers I've worked with). Simply press down on the lever on the back, insert the exposed copper and these little wonders are hooked up. Took about 15-20 minutes to hook them all up and that's considering I had to run new wire from my existing 3.1 system to make it into a 5.1 system to fully test them out for this review.
Next, sound quality. The fidelity of these speakers is impressive. At $199 for the entire package, it almost seems too good to be true. While my current setup, with 60W per speaker does sound a bit better, I'm not sure it was worth the nearly $100 extra I had to put down when compared to the Monoprice system. The value is tremendous, especially for novice speaker aficionados and budget-minded buyers. The mid-range is just as good as equivalent speakers, the only real differences are in the high end (a bit) and the low end. On the low end, the subwoofer puts out a lot of noise, which is both a good and bad thing. On the one hand, this means you can have noise-rumbling power even at this low of a price point. On the other hand, it means that if you (like me) live in an apartment complex with sticky rules about annoying your neighbors, be prepared to turn the sub down considerably. If you favor a more acoustically neutral sound profile, the low end struggles a bit to blend into the kilohertz range of the main woofers that are in the 5 satellite speakers. In layman's terms, you'll definitely know when the subwoofer is going off versus when the low end reaches the range of the woofers (which for bass heavy enthusiasts is a plus).
Testing the system on a range of different mediums, it seems to most excel with music. I tested the system with both a vinyl player and your run-of-the-mill Spotify web stream and it handled both with aplomb. The speakers seem to have no trouble at all with music and in fact I had difficulty discerning the difference between their sound reproduction and my existing system - quite a feat for a lower-wattage system to accomplish.
For movies and games, the only thing that may benefit from an upgrade one day is the center channel, as it can occasionally get a bit tinny with voices, causing you to over-compensate on the receiver side. However, that being said, even if you went out and bought an individual center channel for your setup, it would likely cost almost as much as half of this setup currently, so bang-for-your-buck, keeping that center channel and compensating on the receiver is hands down the way to go.
Overall, I'm very impressed with these speakers. They managed to go toe-to-toe with much more powerful systems and time and time again impressed me. If you're looking for an entry-level, $200 speaker system, then this is the way to go. Only thing Monoprice has to do now is develop a receiver to go with this and sell them as a combo, then you'd essentially have a perfect place to point beginners for a complete system-in-a-box.
As a friendly reminder, don't forget to buy speaker wire with this speaker set as the box only contains the power cable for the subwoofer. You'll need 16 AWG speaker wire at the very least - sound reproduction seemed to work best when using a dedicated drop for the subwoofer versus your run of the mill speaker wire.
PROS: Speakers have a very small footprint
Large sound for their size and wattage
Shipping box is nice and compact as well
Mid-range sound quality is excellent
Incredible price value
CONS: Less dynamic and loud than 60+W speakers, but that's expected
Subwoofer is a bit too loud, even equalizing volume, tricky to get it to blend with the speakers on the first try (consider this a pro if you like a lot of bass)
PROS: Sound great
Can't beat the price
CONS: Speakers don't have any felt or rubber feet on them but that's a $3 expense at the hardware store.
I used a Pioneer 700W 5.1 channel Home Theater Receiver when testing these speakers. Arranging the speakers around the room was easy as the satellites are very small. I tested the speakers with playing games, music and movies. With the subwoofer I used the single dedicated mono LFW input. When the system first kicked on I was instantly impressed with how clear and bright the satellite speakers were as well as how much punch the subwoofer produced.
Playing music for the first day included genres of classic rock, 1940's and 50's swing / jitterbug, Blues, Country, R&B, Rap, EDM and Pop. I had a difficult time trying to find a setting on the subwoofer because some music such as Country and Pop the bass was too much and was overbearing making other frequencies muddy yet with other music such as EDM and RAP it was hard hitting and provided a good punch.
Gaming the bass from the subwoofer was intense and gave extra depth to the experience. The satellite speakers provided amazing clarity and soundstage giving me situational awareness I didn't expect.
Movie night gave a good chance to show what these speakers can do. Played Top Gun to get the feel of the surround as the jets flew across and over head. The bass from the subwoofer gave depth to the sound of action movies however it once again needed adjusting for less dramatic movies. I found that as long as the center channel was pointed directly at the listener and the surrounding speakers were placed correctly the sound stage for most movies was shockingly open, spacious, and had you kind of wanting to look around at the different noises happening around the room.
Aside from needing to adjust the subwoofer volume / frequency for each application of audio whether it be gaming, music, movies as well as not maxing out the volume on the subwoofer I couldn't find many things to complain about these speakers. The Satellites provide a bright clear high that isn't harsh or glaring as well as a steady firm mid range in which the subwoofer picks up the lower end of the mid range and all of the bass. The bass of the Subwoofer can be overbearing at times but with tweaking it hits hard with a great punch and full depth of sound.
PROS: Satellite speakers are small and easy to concele.
None descript making it easy to blend with nearly any decor
Threaded mount on satellite speakers give extra options for speaker placement
Multiple different jacks for connecting audio to the subwoofer.
CONS: Subwoofer bass can muddle and or drown out audio.
Difficult to find a good balance setting for the subwoofer between music, movies, gaming as the bass for one thing may be overbearing for another.
Maxing out the frequency range and volume on the subwoofer caused artifacts with bass heavy audio.
I ended up upgrading my own system in order to fully test this system and got a nice and new Sony STR-DH520 receiver from Craigslist for pretty cheap. I ran new speaker wire around my living room and screwed the speakers into the existing mounts that I already had installed previously. There was no figuring out which speaker goes where because they were all identical. This makes it one step easier than some other systems where the cent speaker is slightly different.
I did have a little trouble with the powered speaker connected to my system. It exhibited a hum that I finally pinpointed to my cable box being connected to my receiver. I did a little research and found out I needed a coaxial ground level isolator. This is a common problem with differently grounded electronics being connected to the same system. Not a hard fix. I was just unfamiliar with the ins and outs of having a powers subwoofer.
I put these speakers through the ringer to break them in. These were hooked up to a Sony STR-DH520 system with my Cable Box, PlayStation 4, HI-Res Music Player and PC connected via HDMI, Optical, and A/V inputs. I left them on to play music in the background to break them in before I really sat myself dead center to listen.
Since I had the problem in the beginning with the subwoofer hum, I ran the system with just the satellite speakers. Those alone sounded great. They produced good highs mids, and lows. I almost didn't need the subwoofer. Explosions did sound great with the satellite speakers alone. The sound did not sound muddled at any level. Sound was crisp at all levels.
Once I got the proper cable to hook up the sub, it added a whole new dimension to the sound. It totally enhanced the sound field, but also detracted from it when it was little too high. The subwoofer is almost too powerful. Luckily it has its own volume and frequency settings so one could adjust the sound to their tastes.
I watched several movies with great surround sound. I sat myself dad center and watched Jurassic Park, Star Trek, Tron Legacy, Wall-E, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (that was long), and some Marvel Phase 2 movies in 3D. I was very impressed and felt totally immersed. These speakers definitely packed more punch than my previous set.
I listed to a lot of great music via a digital optical connection from my PC. I played with the different sound fields. Music from five speakers is way better than 2, especially when sitting dead center.
Since my receiver can actually do 7.1, I will probably buy 2 more speakers. I really love how these sound in my living room.
These are a great upgrade for someone that owns an all-in-one system. The speakers are a good replacement/upgrade for those the an existing system that can handle 8O impedance speakers.They're great for their price range and look great.
Disclaimer: This speaker system was provided to me by Monoprice for review purposes.
PROS: Efficiently packed
Look simple and great
Easy to install
5 identical satellite speakers
Standard mounts in the back
CONS: Need speaker wire. Only power cable is included.
Sub is almost too powerful
This was my first order with Monoprice. The transaction was smooth, very fast and hassle free. The packaging was top notch.
I would recommend this product to a friend. In fact, I already have.
PROS: Great sound range.
CONS: Low power handling.
Sound from the satellites is crisp and clear, and the sub is powerful enough that I had to adjust its placement to keep from rattling items in a nearby cabinet - something that was never an issue with its predecessor. It delivers a lot more punch.
The sky is the limit when it comes to prices for home audio gear, and I'm sure these are a far cry from fancy, expensive speakers. But I'm confident these are by far the best 5.1 speaker set for the money, with Monoprice's own higher-end set as the nearest competitor.
PROS: Nice quality sound for an untouchable price.
I am using this 5.1 system with a Pioneer 4K receiver as part of the home theater system in our master bedroom. I have a $1000 Definitive Tech speaker system for my main home theater that we got at the Magnolia Room at Best Buy. Honestly, there isn't $900 worth of difference.
I am impressed. It's a bit harsh in the upper midrange, I haven't calibrated the eq in the receiver yet with these speakers, so maybe that will tame the peakiness in that area. I also expect them to get a little sweeter sounding after a break in period.
But again, I am impressed.
PROS: Great deal for little money.
CONS: Nothing significant enough comes to mind.
After I turned it on and turned it up I am completely amazed. This little guy sounds great. Dialog it very present, I can feel explosions, and my Pandora has never sounded better.
I don't know these other reviewers problems are. I am not a sound person, I just plugged in the speakers, turned the two knobs on the sub up half way, and put the receiver on Dolby Digital. BOOM total awesome sound. Made some popcorn and watched all 6 episodes of Star Wars.
Satellites: As the manual advises, the satellites needed a little bit of time for break-in. At first the highs seemed a bit shrill and voices sounded a tad thin, but after a few days the highs toned down and the mids became smoother and much more forward and present. They even sound great on their own without the sub despite their small size. Where they do begin to drop out is in the low-mids. This becomes noticeable with baritone voices, as you start to hear the sub trying to fill in this frequencies that the satellites cannot reach.
Subwoofer: Initially I didn’t feel like I was getting much out of the sub, but after fiddling with the crossover and volume levels a bit it really started to compliment the satellites quite well. This is not a sub that will rattle the walls (or the neighbors), but it does round out the overall sound in the frequencies that the satellites can’t reach. One minor issue I had is that the auto power-on feature of the sub isn’t quite as sensitive as it could be. I tend to keep my volume quiet at night to avoid disturbing my roommates and neighbors, but at quiet volumes the sub doesn’t always kick on until a loud bass signal (such as a movie explosion) comes through.
Monoprice graciously provided me a demo unit for this review.
PROS: - looks decent and sounds okay most of the time
- sub-woofer can really rumble with the right settings (only the sub-woofer, though)
- you paid how much!!?
- acceptable sound can be obtained with lots of receiver-level digital sound processing
CONS: - satellites are VERY tinny on basic 5.1 standard settings
- sub-woofer is HUGE, but limited to interspersed low frequency sounds.
- instructions are pitiful
- sub-woofer challenging to configure for average user
- No speaker wire