I couldn’t resist the sale price combined with my curiosity, so I just bought a pair of coaxial monoptice monitors. I have the 8" monoprice monitors and the tweater has always bugged me. It’s too harsh, and at nearfield, there’s too much phasing going on with the tweeter being so high up. I’m was curious to see if a coaxial design would solve the things I don’t like about the 8" monitors. Or maybe it will introduce a whole new set of issues.
In any case, I just bought these because I couldn’t resist the $100 price tag. I’ll let you know if they suck or not when they show up.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear a pair of 6 or 8in Insignia non-powered bookshelf speakers my amplifier tech had for his gear testing. Considering the price, they sounded fantastic. Looking at Best Buy website, they don’t make them anymore
From the Monoprice review section: This speakers are quite acceptable in terms of sound, however, there is a for a strong tweeter hiss. To put in perspective, placing the speakers in one end of the living room and standing in the other, the hiss is very audible. It is present in both speakers equally, and without any input cable (except power) connected in the back. Turning the volume knob changes it and strangely at 5/10, the hiss is loudest, a little quieter at 10/10.
I would have thought that, but it matches this exactly:
If I have it cranked up all the way, the noise goes down, but it’s still annoyingly loud. If I have the volume set to 5/10, it’s really really loud. I thought maybe the guy who left the review was exaggerating or may not have had his gain staging set up right, but nope. It’s worse than I would have expected possible.
I love trying out cheap stuff to see if I can find good stuff for almost no money, but so far I’m 0/2 with anything Stage Right (Monoprices audio brand). The SM57 knockoff I got from them had a transformer just rattling around inside not hooked up to anything. I sent it back and got a new one, and the second one had the same thing, only that time it was glued in place, not hooked up to anything.
I try not to judge a brand from a single product, because I know that brands like these are just sourced from whatever manufacturer will get them the price, but it seems like Monoprices method has become to find the absolute cheapest thing and bank on the fact that people will be too lazy to return it.
I was very pleased with my Monoprice guitar, and the 8" monitors are not terrible even though they have some issues. But these monitors? Bad bad bad.