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Monoprice Debuts Monolith K-Bas and Air Motion Speakers at CEDIA 2016
The Monolith line of high-performance, low-cost AV accessories began with a single amplifier, the Monolith 7. Now, Monoprice has introduced a new line of speakers under the Monolith moniker including the K-Bas reference bookshelf speaker ($250 each), and two Air Motion models, a two-way bookshelf ($200 each) and a three-way center channel ($300 each).
The K-BAS reference series bookshelf speaker combines a 5.25" poly/mica woofer with a 1-inch titanium tweeter in a 7.25" (wide) x 15.625" (high) x 13" (deep), 17-pound enclosure. Monoprice says K-BAS stands for Kinetic Bass Amplification System and that the design allows the speaker to reproduce low bass that you can feel from a compact cabinet.
Specs for the K-BAS bookshelf include 87 dB/W/m sensitivity, 39 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-3dB) frequency response, a 3000 Hz crossover point, 50-watt RMS, 150-watt peak power handling, and an impedance that ranges between 6 and 8 ohms (4.2 ohm minimum).
The Monolith Air Motion series speakers currently consists of two models. The bookshelf ($200 each) is a two-way design featuring an air motion transformer tweeter and a 5.25" paper-cone mid/bass driver. The braced enclosure measures 11.25" (high) x 7.4" (wide) x 9.75" (deep) and weighs 14.3 pounds. Maximum input power is rated at 200 watts and recommended amplification is 15-180 watts. The sensitivity rating is 87 dB/W/m, the crossover is set at 2800 Hz, and it is compatible with 8-ohm amps.
The Monoprice Air Motion 3-way center channel ($300) features the air motion transformer tweeter, a 3" paper-cone midrange, and twin 5.25" paper-cone woofers. Its braced enclosure measures 9" (high) x 18" (wide) x 9.85" (deep) and weighs 26.4 pounds. Power handling is rated at 200 watts maximum and recommended amplification is 15-180 watts, just like the bookshelf model. The sensitivity rating is 87 dB/W/m.
These new speakers and additional Monolith gear (including several new amplifiers plus a prototype subwoofer) will be on display at CEDIA 2016, I'll update this post once I get a chance to check it out.
Mark Henninger, Senior Editor at AVS Forum
Last edited by imagic; 09-14-2016 at 08:47 AM.