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Monoprice 5.1 Home Speaker System $160 + ~$40 Shipping (similar if not same as Energy Take Classic 5.1)

xur17 1,223 February 5, 2013 at 08:13 PM in Tech & Electronics (3) More Monoprice Deals
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There was a similar post with these for ~$250 + shipping a few weeks ago, and people didn't find it all that interesting, but they are now $160 after coupon, making this a much better deal.

According to several reviews and such, these are supposed to be the same as the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system that was posted a few weeks back for $299, and was decently popular.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5807710-Energy-Take-Classic-5-1-5-1CH-Premium-Home-Theater-System-299-plus-tax-FS

Price: $160 + Shipping

LINK [monoprice.com]

Code: INCENTIVE (20% off)

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#76
Thank you very much OP! Purchased and the 20% off worked fine. Total with shipping $195 with 1% cb at one of the cb sites should make it $193. Looking forward to checking these out.
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#77
Quote from binaryvisions View Post :
You're going to need a mixer of some kind. You can't just hard-wire two audio sources into one output and have it mix the audio for you.
Actually you can (assuming I'm understanding the question correctly) run two outputs into a single input. It's not ideal, and you might have a problem matching levels of the two outputs, but it should work.
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#78
Thanks square_one and BigArce for the info!
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#79
How do these compare to the Onkyo SKS-HT540?

I have those in my living room and they're okay (sub is hella weak), but I want to upgrade. If I can get away with an incremental upgrade for $160, I'd absolutely be down (I was going to spend around a grand on some Polk Audio stuff).

Thoughts?
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Quote from ocelittle View Post :
How do these compare to the Onkyo SKS-HT540?

I have those in my living room and they're okay (sub is hella weak), but I want to upgrade. If I can get away with an incremental upgrade for $160, I'd absolutely be down (I was going to spend around a grand on some Polk Audio stuff).

Thoughts?
I would spend a rack on any box system. What receiver are you going to be pushing these with? so I can compare it to the Onkyo system
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Quote from HomeTheaterByDave View Post :
I would spend a rack on any box system. What receiver are you going to be pushing these with? so I can compare it to the Onkyo system
Denon 1712
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#82
I bought a pair of these last week, they sound pretty nice. I'm pretty new to the audio world, but I had an old Kenwood HTiB system that I thoroughly enjoyed and thought sounded fine. This new set has considerably more base (makes all the pictures on my walls rattle) and I think the speakers sound wonderful. For the price, I am absolutely happy. I would definitely recommend the set to anyone. Don't look half bad, either.
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Quote from nimbus2121 View Post :
I bought a pair of these last week, they sound pretty nice. I'm pretty new to the audio world, but I had an old Kenwood HTiB system that I thoroughly enjoyed and thought sounded fine. This new set has considerably more base (makes all the pictures on my walls rattle) and I think the speakers sound wonderful. For the price, I am absolutely happy. I would definitely recommend the set to anyone. Don't look half bad, either.

Did the coupon code, incentive, work for you?...It was working for me, but not now.
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#84
The coupon is one time only per account. I ordered some stuff with the 20% coupon few days back and decided to order the speakers set today and couldn't. it showed an error that it is one time use per account. I did not bother to try creating another.
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#85
I've received mine and have started the break in period. They sound great; amazingly so at their diminutive size. Fantastic value.

(There is a slight issue: something is loose and rolling/shaking around inside of one of the speakers. Monoprice's customer support is on top of it.)

Receiver: Onkyo TX616 with latest firmware update (no issues)
Other bigger speakers: Dahlquist DQ20, DQ10, and Pioneer Andrew Jones series.
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#86
i ordered them few minitues ago. hoping they are just like the energys! thanks OP
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#87
Anyone receive theirs yet? How is it?
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Quote from Ephemeris View Post :
Anyone receive theirs yet? How is it?

Got mine a few days ago. Not much to compare with, but the Monoprice speakers replaced my existing Bose Acoustimass 7 w/redline double cubes and 8" Pioneer S-W20 subwoofer (HTIB type generic 8" sub).

The Monoprice subwoofer and speakers are clearly better sounding than the old Bose/Pioneer sub. The Monoprice subwoofer is far better (IMO) sounding. With the large room it is in, a 12" or even 10" supplemental would be better (considering finding a good larger one to add), but for an 8" it sounds really clean.

Speakers have a great sound (noticably better than the double cube with the goofy acoustimass passive 6" speaker thingy). Receiver is an old Pioneer VSX D409 (came with the Pioneer 8" sub and Pioneer speakers in an average HTIB). I know comparing any speakers to most HTIB is not fair, but these Monoprice speakers literally blow away the HTIB ones that came with the VSX D409 which I had before the Bose (which btw, the Bose was not really a noticeable improvement if any at all over the original Pioneer speakers).

It seems the Monoprice speaker set needs a better receiver to give them justice and for the large room these are in atm, a supplemental 12" sub.

So far, very happy w/purchase.
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Quote from steelwheels View Post :
The Monoprice subwoofer and speakers are clearly better sounding than the old Bose/Pioneer sub. The Monoprice subwoofer is far better (IMO) sounding. With the large room it is in, a 12" or even 10" supplemental would be better (considering finding a good larger one to add), but for an 8" it sounds really clean.
What size is your room? I was looking at this for a 15' x 19' room. Would the sub be too small?

It's too bad they don't offer this set with the 12" subwoofer that they sell. Maybe the JAMO set on Amazon would be a better choice since I think it's the Energy speakers without the sub.
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#90
Cnet did a review on these speakers. 5 out of 5 stars which is pretty rare.

http://m.cnet.com/reviews/monopri...s/35512507
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