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10-Inch Powered Studio Multimedia 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)|
Questions and Answers
I have equipment to measure the frequency response. The low end reach is 35Hz at -3dB and 30Hz at -6dB. It is inaudible at 20Hz, so the spec if clearly wrong (even at unspecified attenuation).
PROS: + Well constructed.
+ Quality knobs & sockets.
+ Runs cool.
+ Auto standby.
CONS: - 30-35Hz low end, not 20Hz like in the spec table.
- Bass port makes wind noise and colors the sound. Overtones can clearly be heard from the port.
- Mine came with a bend corner from a drop, but the box was not damaged. It must have been dropped in the factory.
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.
CONS: Doesn't even begin to reproduce sound at the stated specs. Chuffing oise from ports.
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: well built, subtle design, nice quality finish
CONS: not one thing...
My first sub came defective, but the RMA team replaced it free of charge or shipping, which is great because I live in Mexico.
Second unit arrived and worked like it was supposed to. In my secondary studio it sounded good, but there's not much treatment there. Main studio is well-built and it sounds perfect with the JBL LSR305's.
I am considering a second sub, and this one fits the bill. Will definitely buy this again.
11 months ago
PROS: Great Price, lot's of connections
CONS: None for this price
PROS: Plenty of depth and power. Trouble-free installation. Plays well with 8" Monoprice studio monitors.
CONS: Muddy when first installed, before full break-in. Hang in there - it gets more and more defined as the speaker goes through the first 50 hours or so.
So I started looking around for a 10" sub with balanced connections to be paired with my 5" monitors, and there didn't seem to be many reasonably priced options. This sub seems to directly compete with 10" subs like m-audio's bx sub, krk10s, presonus t10, behringer k10s, and some others. The only problem is that all of those are ~$350-$450, with the exception of the behringer, and others didn't go down to 20Hz.
So for me, it came down to the behringer and this one. Finding the frequency response for the behringer was way harder than it should've been. An employee at BandH said in the product Q&A that it's 40-150Hz. So the frequency response doesn't go as low, it costs like 20 bucks more, and it's less powerful (180W RMS). Monoprice's sub seems like a no-brainer to me as far as bang for your buck is concerned.
Got across the US in less than 5 days. Packaging wasn't the best (plastic bag around the sub, a piece of styrofoam on all 8 corners of the sub, and inside a large box, which fit snugly inside another box) but it did a real good job. No cosmetic problems with the sub or any technical issues from what i seen so far (I've had it for a couple days now).
This thing gets loud much louder than i can imagine anyone should ever need if its being used in a home and/or studio. When turned all the way up, this thing pushes a serious amount of air out the rear port. The volume and crossover knobs make it easy to tune the sub to your liking (I have volume nearly at the minimum of -30dB and the bass is really full without being overpowering).
If you're looking for a fuller sound from your audio, at this price point, this definitely seems to be the best option. Construction seems really solid, so as long as I take care of it it should last me a while (assuming no component failures). That's the one thing that concerns me at this price, but I'm really happy with this purchase so far! Can't give it a 10 because nothing's perfect, but i really don't have any complaints other than my concern of longevity (which really only stems from my disbelief that they are able to sell this product for much less than competitors while still making money).
PROS: - price (why i chose this over others)
- frequency response down to 20Hz (no other subs at this price with balanced audio that can do that)
- XLR and 1/4" in/out
CONS: this is monoprice's first sub designed for use with studio monitors i believe