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Monsoon MM-1000
Flat Panel
Multimedia Speakers

The Good

$229.99 MSRP

+ Smooth frequency response
Crisp highs, full mids, deep bass
+ They look too slick!
+ Very directional sound

The Bad

- Very directional sound
- Remote volume control "puck" a little flaky
- No satellite angle adjustment

Flat panel technology is the latest and greatest craze in the computer market. We've already seen the Benwin BW2000 take the market almost by storm. That set featured technology licensed from NXT that sought to broaden the size of the listening sweet spot. The BW2000's definitely succeeded in that respect as the little speakers felt like they filled the room quite well. Unfortunately, they just didn't cut it as a complete system with an extremely weak sub and volume output.

Almost immediately after posting that review, AnandTech received a number of requests for Monsoon's flat panel line that everyone was claiming was vastly better. We had to see for ourselves, so here we are...

Monsoon is known for the excellent systems they have produced for a number of cars, such as the Chevrolet Camaro and the AM General Hummer. However, as soon as we started looking into their multimedia speakers, it quickly became apparent that these were not actually made by Monsoon, but rather a company called Sonigistix. They worked out a deal to manufacture the speakers while selling under, and taking advantage of, the Monsoon name.

MM-1000 System Specifications:
Satellites: 4 X 8 inch dipole-radiating planar magnetic
Satellite enclosure: None
Amplifier power*: 25 watts, woofer; 2 X 12.5 watts, satellites
Crossover: Active, third order at 200 Hz
Woofer drive unit: 5.25-inch, Xmax = +5 mm (per DUMAX measurement)
Woofer cabinet: 8.2 liter, tuned to 53 Hz; 11"H X 10"W X 11"D
Controls on woofer: Volume, bass volume and bass punch (6 dB boost at 55 Hz)
Controls on puck: Volume and mute
System frequency response: 50 Hz to 20 kHz +5 dB in workstation environment
System time response: Less than .25 ms dispersion to -20 dB
Maximum SPL at 1 meter: 102 dB RMS using EIA 426B noise
*Short term, continuous average with less than 1% THD over powered driver?s frequency range.

Specifications courtesy of Monsoon

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  • investigo - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - link

    wanted tranformer only or whole unit to power monsoon speaker 1000 series, model :SY-15300, input 120 volt 60hz 1000mA, output 15 volt DC 2500 mA
  • Biondi - Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - link

    See post of April 20th 2010 for details of a good replacement power supply
  • SpeedyClip - Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - link

    Replacement power supply is available at www.alliedelec.com. Their stock number is 653-0275. It cost me thirty-seven-dollars plus shipping and works better than the original power supply.
  • rusty55s - Monday, October 18, 2010 - link

    Does any know where to get a volume pulk for a set of monsoon mm1000

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