Monoprice Monolith THX-365T Mini-Tower and THX-365C Center Speaker Review

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everettT

Audioholic Ninja
How does mixing brands work ? Don’t they have the same tweeters?? Very cool mono-price stuff looks so good .


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You typically want your front 3 to match brand and series. Exceptions would be manufacturers like Salk and Dennis Murphy designs were they are voiced similarly, especially when drivers crossover. Another would be when a manufacturer dosent offer a center speaker, and that would warrant a neutral center to tailor the sound it needed.
 
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Adam2434

Enthusiast
I recently grabbed the front three thx speakers and am very impressed considering how much I paid for them. I guess I got lucky but I was able to get them all up here in Canada for under $1,500 Canadian taxes and shipping included. I am thoroughly impressed with how they sound and they can play louder than I will ever need them to be played.

Even though they are 4ohm, my Denon x3600 has no issue driving them to very loud levels.

Would like the 365ts to lose the upfiring Atmos drivers because I will never use them. I feel like they would sell more without the top firing speakers.
Good deal!

Just curious - what speakers were you running prior?
 
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JRED 1219

Audioholic
Good deal!

Just curious - what speakers were you running prior?
Some klipsch entry-ish level reference series towers and centre. They were too bright and I was having listening fatigue and finally it got annoying enough to upgrade! Super happy.
 
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JRED 1219

Audioholic
Some klipsch entry-ish level reference series towers and centre. They were too bright and I was having listening fatigue and finally it got annoying enough to upgrade! Super happy.
One con however is finding speaker stands that are adequate. These are very large bookshelf speakers and they are kinda top heavy...
 
Kingnoob

Kingnoob

Audioholic Chief
One con however is finding speaker stands that are adequate. These are very large bookshelf speakers and they are kinda top heavy...
If you find good cheap stand post pics I wonder how hard diy speakers stand are to build? Vs buying them and the price difference. I’ve never built any
Yeah I’m going to try adjusting the high end treble sometime on my onkyo , might be able to lesson the brightness on my klipsch icon , which are essentially what best buy sells as reference now .
Which essentially just synergies reverts to look better to get people to spend a premium price for low end speakers.
Best Buy loves do do this stuff .

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Adam2434

Enthusiast
Mr. Larson,

Just mildly curious about a couple geeky things.

Do you recall if the tweeter and midrange have plastic or aluminum cans/enclosures on the back, and whether you recognized design elements that point to a specific driver OEM company?

I also noticed the that the Monolith and XTZ THX (both designed by Claridy and Dan Roemer, I believe) use common, specific design terminology for the woofers: “long fiber pulp” and “NBR surrounds”. This makes me think that maybe Claridy uses the same OEM and similar design elements for both. Like perhaps Claridy came up with cone and surround formulations that work well, and have applied them across multiple speaker lines. The common terminology seems like more than a coincidence, but who knows…

Anyway, just a little geeky minutia.
 
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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
Mr. Larson,

Just mildly curious about a couple geeky things.

Do you recall if the tweeter and midrange have plastic or aluminum cans/enclosures on the back, and whether you recognized design elements that point to a specific driver OEM company?

I also noticed the that the Monolith and XTZ THX (both designed by Claridy and Dan Roemer, I believe) use common, specific design terminology for the woofers: “long fiber pulp” and “NBR surrounds”. This makes me think that maybe Claridy uses the same OEM and similar design elements for both. Like perhaps Claridy came up with cone and surround formulations that work well, and have applied them across multiple speaker lines. The common terminology seems like more than a coincidence, but who knows…

Anyway, just a little geeky minutia.
The housing for the midrange driver and tweeter was made from plastic. I don't know the OEM, sorry.

Yes, no doubt that Claridy uses the same OEM for many of their products, especially those going for THX certification. They tend to have a lot in common as far as construction goes. Why reinvent the wheel for every new product? What they are doing works very well.
 
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Adam2434

Enthusiast
The housing for the midrange driver and tweeter was made from plastic. I don't know the OEM, sorry.

Yes, no doubt that Claridy uses the same OEM for many of their products, especially those going for THX certification. They tend to have a lot in common as far as construction goes. Why reinvent the wheel for every new product? What they are doing works very well.
Yeah, agree, applying good engineering designs/materials to multiple product lines is smart and efficient. Seems like Claridy-designed speakers are very solid, across the board.

As a side note, I have some of the DCM TFE and TP series speakers in secondary systems. I believe Dan Roemer was involved in designing these when he was with Mitek. These DCM speakers sound very good for the money. He has a great track record for designing/engineering speakers.
 

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