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When it comes to 5.1-channel surround sound, there are some pretty good soundbars out there. But, some people might enjoy the true 5.1-channel sound versus the soundbar’s simulated sound (read more about surround sound).
While it might be nice to have true surround sound, systems can often get pretty price. However, that is where the Monoprice Home Theater Speaker System comes into play. It combines the affordability of a more budget setup with the premium feel of a higher-end system.
In this review we’ll be taking a look at the features, performance and usability of the Monoprice Speaker System (Model: Monoprice 108247) along with if it’s worth the price. So, let’s get into it!
Starting off with the features of the Monprice 5.1 Speaker. Firstly, this is a true 5.1-channel setup, so you get a subwoofer and 5 satellite speakers. One satellite speaker is for a center channel, two are for rear/side channels, and two are for front channels. The subwoofer covers low-end bass responses.
The center speaker uses two 3-inch mid-range cones that help to propel voices in movies or TV forward. In addition, the other satellites (rear/side and front) all use one 3-inch cone with a 0.5-inch tweeter. The cone helps provide mid-range sound with the tweeter covering high-end frequencies. Each speaker can handle 8 ohms and together can provide up to 125 watts of power.
Next, the subwoofer is powered by a 60 watt (RMS) amplifier. Meaning that, the subwoofer has it’s own power source for a higher performance. The sub itself is downfiring with an 8-inch cone. It has line or speaker-level inputs so you can even use it with an older amplifier or another home theater setup. Additionally, the subwoofer has adjustable crossover frequencies along with volume balance controls.
There is also a premium version that includes a 12-inch subwoofer.
The speaker shells seem to be built from a decent quality material. Additionally, the grills are a solid feeling material that does a good job of protecting the fragile cones. Coating the outside of the speakers is an attractive black color.
When connecting the speakers up to the setup, it is fairly simple. Each speaker has a spring-loaded clip to connect speaker wire making it very straightforward.
Also in the box are four C-brackets so you can mount the satellite speakers to the wall (a nice touch considering the price of the entire set). All necessary hardware is also included and seems to be of decent build quality.
Overall, we were impressed with the build quality, especially considering the price.
In the performance category the Monoprice 5.1 Speakers did fairly well. Now, we have to remember that this system doesn’t cost a ton of money in the audio world. So, if you’re looking for a more premium experience, check out our Onyko HT-S3910 Review. You move up in price, but get a lot more bang for your buck!
But, as far as the Monoprice system goes, we were pretty impressed. For the price, you do get a fair amount of power and speaker. The 5.1-channel surround sound works as expected. There isn’t any crazy algorithms working in the background, but with a 5.1-surround movie, you’ll get the experience. Or, if you’re looking to listen to music “all-around”, then these will get the job done as well.
The setup is very simple and straightforward. Pretty much anyone, even those with no audio experience, should be able to set this system up on their own. The center speaker provides a clear voice experience with the satellite speakers performing as expected. With the subwoofer, it provides a deep thumpy bass that can occasionally be a bit muddled.
In conclusion, should you buy the Monoprice 5.1-Channel Speaker? If you know exactly what you’re looking for, a relatively cheap 5.1-channel system, then absolutely. Unfortunately, in this price range you can’t expect to have it all.
But, for those of you who aren’t audiophiles and are just looking for a simple upgrade over their base TV speakers, then you won’t be disappointed. The Monoprice 5.1 System is a very easy-to-install upgrade over a lot of TV speakers that will improve your media consumption (gaming, movie watching or sports games) without a doubt.
Although, if you’re interested in a more premium audio experience, then we would highly recommend checking out our Onyko HT-S3910 Review.