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Thursday, 01 June 2006
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The Downside
The Monster THX system sounds to me like it has a bump in the mid-bass region. While this bump didn’t muddy up the vocals, it was noticeable upon close listening to music tracks. I noticed it mainly as a slight thickness in this region, as if the bass notes were a little heavier when compared to the frequencies around it. The towers’ low-end extension was also surprisingly limited. While this prevents distortion from over-exertion and the woofers bottoming out, it makes a subwoofer necessary for movies and, I suspect, gaming as well. My testing equipment isn’t sophisticated enough to spot a design flaw, but I also was not able to place the speakers in a location in my room that completely remedied the situation. Some spots were definitely better than others. It is possible that it is my room, but it is something that must be noted.

The powered subs started off slow and thick, but after breaking in, they became much more detailed. The Monster subwoofer’s level of detail never reached the level of my reference MartinLogan Descent, but then again, they are only 40 percent of the MartinLogan’s price. Once the subwoofers were broken in, I again adjusted their level and equalized them through the Velodyne processor, which allowed me to get a good blend with the rest of the Monster THX system. However, every once in a while, I was able to discern the difference in detail between the subwoofers and rest of the system.

The Monster THX series of speakers is surprisingly good. Monster is a large audio/video company that has the experience and the resources to take on such a lofty project. With a warm and engaging sound, the Monster THX speaker system give hints of the romantic, old-school sound that audiophiles will love, paired with the spank you need for home theater and gaming applications. Do not let preconceived notions keep you from auditioning these speakers. They are better than you might think and demand that you give them a listen before you make your next speaker investment.

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