The desktop speaker category took off during the pandemic as tens of millions of consumers walked away from their desk jobs. Brands like Audioengine, Q Acoustics, PSB and Edifier have seen a huge surge in demand for their powered speakers and it looks like the Monoprice is jumping into the category with both feet – and plenty of drivers.
The Monoprice Monolith MTM-100 Powered Speakers are the latest addition to the growing line of Monolith models and could be ideal for gamers looking for that extra degree of punch on the desk.
These speakers are a matched pair consisting of a powered primary speaker and a passive secondary speaker. The main loudspeaker contains the amplifiers and connections for the two loudspeakers.
They can be used as part of a desktop audio system for your PC/laptop or as a compact stereo system for your CD player or other compatible devices (including USB sticks).
Point: You can also connect a record player, but depending on the make/model you may need to connect a phono preamp between the record player and the analog audio input of the MTM-100 speaker system.
In addition to physical connectivity, the system also incorporates wireless Bluetooth® with Qualcomm aptX HD Audio for high-quality audio CD-level music playback from compatible devices, such as smartphones.
Point: The MTM-100 does not send audio signals to Bluetooth headsets or other Bluetooth speakers.
A 3.5mm headphone jack on the front panel is provided on the main speaker.
With their passive speaker/radiator complement, these speakers are designed to deliver more powerful sound than you’d expect from their compact size. However, they are larger than your typical desktop computer speakers.
Plus, if you want more bass boost, you can add a subwoofer to the system via its dedicated subwoofer output.
A wireless remote control is provided. The main speaker also provides a multi-function volume/source selection control on the front panel.
- Product number: 43241
- Amplifier type: Class D
- Amplifier output power: 2 x 50 watts (100 watts total)
- Woofer (each speaker): 2 x 4 inch cone
- Tweeter (each speaker): 1 x 1.25 inch silk dome
- Passive radiators (each speaker): 2 x 5.25 inches
- Response frequency: 50Hz ~ 20kHz
- Wired inputs: stereo analog RCA, optical digital S/PDIF, USB
- Wired outputs: Mono analog subwoofer, 3.5 mm stereo headphones, speaker connections between the main speaker and the secondary speaker.
- Bluetooth®:Version 5.0
- Bluetooth audio codecs: SBC, Qualcomm aptX HD
- input power: 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 150 watts
- Dimensions (WHD – each speaker): 6.3 x 14.0 x 7.9 inches (160 x 355 x 200mm)
What’s in the box
- main speaker
- Secondary lecturer
- Remote control with batteries.
- Speaker interconnect cable
- RCA analog stereo cable
- Foot mat
- AC power cable
Availability and prices
The Monoprice Monolith MTM-100 Powered Desktop Speakers are available for $499 on Monoprice.com.
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