Monoprice MP-T65RT Floor-Standing Loudspeaker Review

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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
One new speaker that caught our attention recently was the Monoprice MP-T56RT. This is a floor-standing version of the MP-65RT bookshelf speaker that we ran a full review of last year (Monoprice MP-65RT Review). The MP-65RT was a great speaker considering its extremely low cost, and we wanted to see if the MP-T65RT could maintain the enormous value of that speaker line. Monoprice has sent us a pair of the MP-T65RT speakers, and what we found astonished us. This is a low-budget tower speaker with one very unusual property. Despite all of the compromises in its design to achieve its very low cost, there is a performance attribute that it does better than many far more expensive speakers. Read our full review of this highly affordable tower speaker to see what it is doing that has us so surprised.

READ: Monoprice MP-T65RT Floor-Standing Loudspeaker Review
 
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Kvn_Walker

Kvn_Walker

Audioholic Chief
Wow that's impressive!

It would've been worth it to throw in a few extra LCR components for a 2nd order crossover and sell it for $200.
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Ninja
Nice, Shady. Keep it coming!!! Love reading your reviews and getting hints and tricks about how to play with gear.
Cheers!
 
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D Murphy

Junior Audioholic
Thanks Shady. I'm not sure how the tower maintains such broad dispersion in the upper midrange, lower treble. Although planars can go lower than ribbons, all else equal, that must be one inexpensive tweeter, and it's hard to believe it could go low enough to allow a crossover point that would avoid beaming at the upper end of the woofer's response. Any idea what the crossover point is? It looks like the tower would make an excellent crossover upgrade candidate, but the low tweeter height is a real problem. Still, if anyone is interested in my smoothing things out, just PM me. But you would have to agree to buy the final product at my cost + shipping.
 
ryanosaur

ryanosaur

Audioholic Ninja
Thanks Shady. I'm not sure how the tower maintains such broad dispersion in the upper midrange, lower treble. Although planars can go lower than ribbons, all else equal, that must be one inexpensive tweeter, and it's hard to believe it could go low enough to allow a crossover point that would avoid beaming at the upper end of the woofer's response. Any idea what the crossover point is? It looks like the tower would make an excellent crossover upgrade candidate, but the low tweeter height is a real problem. Still, if anyone is interested in my smoothing things out, just PM me. But you would have to agree to buy the final product at my cost + shipping.
When I saw it didn't really have a crossover, I thought of you! ;) Would love to be a fly on your wall if you did that project!
 
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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
Thanks Shady. I'm not sure how the tower maintains such broad dispersion in the upper midrange, lower treble. Although planars can go lower than ribbons, all else equal, that must be one inexpensive tweeter, and it's hard to believe it could go low enough to allow a crossover point that would avoid beaming at the upper end of the woofer's response. Any idea what the crossover point is? It looks like the tower would make an excellent crossover upgrade candidate, but the low tweeter height is a real problem. Still, if anyone is interested in my smoothing things out, just PM me. But you would have to agree to buy the final product at my cost + shipping.
I think that the shape of the tweeter is what is giving it this broad but even horizontal dispersion. But yeah, I don't know how this speaker is keeping such a well-controlled directivity pattern down to the low end of this tweeter's response. The tweeter obviously has a 1rst order filter and I think it really kicks in at about 3 kHz or maybe a bit lower, but I think that gradual slope has a lot to do with what is occurring here. I almost think this is some kind of happy accident, that the woofers are blending into the tweeter in just the right way to create this off-axis response. Anyway, it is a really cool little speaker, and I am considering projects around it for further down the road.
 
slipperybidness

slipperybidness

Audioholic Spartan
I think that the shape of the tweeter is what is giving it this broad but even horizontal dispersion. But yeah, I don't know how this speaker is keeping such a well-controlled directivity pattern down to the low end of this tweeter's response. The tweeter obviously has a 1rst order filter and I think it really kicks in at about 3 kHz or maybe a bit lower, but I think that gradual slope has a lot to do with what is occurring here. I almost think this is some kind of happy accident, that the woofers are blending into the tweeter in just the right way to create this off-axis response. Anyway, it is a really cool little speaker, and I am considering projects around it for further down the road.
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Kvn_Walker

Kvn_Walker

Audioholic Chief
Thanks Shady. I'm not sure how the tower maintains such broad dispersion in the upper midrange, lower treble. Although planars can go lower than ribbons, all else equal, that must be one inexpensive tweeter, and it's hard to believe it could go low enough to allow a crossover point that would avoid beaming at the upper end of the woofer's response. Any idea what the crossover point is? It looks like the tower would make an excellent crossover upgrade candidate, but the low tweeter height is a real problem. Still, if anyone is interested in my smoothing things out, just PM me. But you would have to agree to buy the final product at my cost + shipping.
Can you say "Affordable Accuracy Towers" boys and girls? :p

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bradymartin

Full Audioholic
Thanks Shady. I'm not sure how the tower maintains such broad dispersion in the upper midrange, lower treble. Although planars can go lower than ribbons, all else equal, that must be one inexpensive tweeter, and it's hard to believe it could go low enough to allow a crossover point that would avoid beaming at the upper end of the woofer's response. Any idea what the crossover point is? It looks like the tower would make an excellent crossover upgrade candidate, but the low tweeter height is a real problem. Still, if anyone is interested in my smoothing things out, just PM me. But you would have to agree to buy the final product at my cost + shipping.
has anyone pmd you about this? im interested in the results.
glad to see you didnt give up on the hobby completely. looks like you still want to have fun with it.
 
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D Murphy

Junior Audioholic
No pm's yet. I have a plan B that may get me a pair supplied by the factory.
 
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D Murphy

Junior Audioholic
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Wojtek

Audiophyte
Hi guys!

I've just found your video about those speakers on yt and really like it, I'm just starting with audio and I'm wondering if those would be good fit for NAD 310 stereo integrated amp?
 
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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
Hi guys!

I've just found your video about those speakers on yt and really like it, I'm just starting with audio and I'm wondering if those would be good fit for NAD 310 stereo integrated amp?
Yeah, the MP-T65RT speakers should work fine with pretty much any amp.
 

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