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Monoprice Monolith K-BᾹS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker Preview



  • Product Name: Monolith K-BAS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Monoprice
  • Review Date: September 17, 2016 08:00
  • MSRP: $249.99 each
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Frequency Response: 39Hz-20kHz +/- 3db
  • Woofer: 5 ¼” Polypropylene + mica cone
  • Tweeter: 1” Titanium diaphragm
  • Crossover Frequency: 3kHz
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 6-8 Ω Lowest 4.2 Ω
  • Power: RMS 50W; 150W peak music power
  • Dimensions w/grill & terminal posts: 7 1/4“W x 15 5/8”H x 13”D (184x397x330mm)
  • Weight: 17 lbs each (6.34kg each)

Online audio company Monoprice unveiled their Monolith K-BAS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker at the 2016 CEDIA Expo show in Dallas, Texas. The Monolith K-BᾹS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker utilizes their K-BᾹS (Kinetic Bass Amplification System) technology to provide more bass extension for the size.  The small speaker with the big sound comes with a great price of only a penny shy of  $250/each.  They feature a 5 1/2" polypropylene woofer, and 1" titanium dome tweeter. The goal of Monoprice was to create a bookshelf speaker with the sound of a tower.

Our Initial Impressions

kbasWe got a chance to listen to them on the CEDIA floor and were wowed by the amount of low end bass coming through.  Monolith wanted to give people the ability to have a lot of low end sound without taking up valuable space in a small room or apartment.  I jokingly conveyed that they might have over achieved their goal and low ended their way right out of the apartment genre. The secret behind these speakers is their K-BAS enclosure that makes the speaker sound much larger than its diminutive size suggests. A large internal chamber, Premium crossover electronics, and internally sealed cabinet all help achieve this goal with heart thumping, dinocrashing results.

We're hoping to get a pair of these units in when they are released this fall for a price of $250 each for a full review so keep checking back for more information on these great sounding low end bookshelf speakers.

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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