Monitor Audio Speakers & Sub review


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In a world where it may seem like wireless speakers dominate, there’s still plenty of folks who love a good hardwired home theatre system.

Monitor Audio is a British company specializing in speakers and I recently got my hands on some to test out and review in my home. They are:

Monitor MRW-10 powered subwoofer
Monitor 50 small bookshelf speakers
And the slightly larger Monitor 100 speakers.

We’ll take a look at each of them here, what they can do and how they all work together.

These speakers are really cool looking. You might not know it with the covers on, but pull them off and take in the tangerine view. These look really fun.

Set up Monitor speakers

To get things set up, you likely know what to do; connect them to your amp or receiver; in my case, the ONKYO TX-NR686 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (that will be reviewed separately here on the blog soon). Take care to make good connections from speaker to amp.


The subwoofer needs AC power and an RCA cable. You can also use a dedicated subwoofer cable, but since those are twice the price of an RCA, I decided to save the bucks for some new music.

Let’s dig in on each of these:

Monitor MRW-10 Subwoofer features & specs

The MRW 10 powered subwoofer gives you bass down to below 30 Hz and offers a more immersive movie, music, or gaming experience thanks to those thunderous vibrations.

The Monitor MRW-10 has an MDF-built cabinet and it houses a 10”, long-throw MMP II bass driver and a rear port that allows optimal output from the powerful on-board 100 watt class D power amplifier.

You’ve got some settings you can use with it too: there are three pre-set bass modes labelled Music, Movie, and Impact.

If you’ve got a more complex set up than I do in the test kitchen, there’s also the option to use the 12 V trigger which will give you switching control over your AV amp, processor, or home automation control system.

I wrote this review for Best Buy Canada’s blog. Please click here to read the full article over there.

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