Monsoon MM-1000 Flat Panel Speakersby Mike Andrawes on August 5, 1999 1:41 AM EST
Smooth frequency response
Very directional sound
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|
|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