One of my favorite 1950’s “B” sci-fi films is Monolith Monsters. The gist of the story is that a meteor crashes to earth and its fragments start growing when exposed to water – as the fragments grow, they become skyscraper-size Monoliths. As a result, they topple and shatter, causing a multiplying effect where new Monoliths grow that could cover the world. 

So what does a 1950’s movie have to do with this article? In an analogous fashion, Monoprice has its own Monolith strategy…to dominate the A/V space.

The Monoprice/Monolith Brand

Monoprice landed in the AV space several years ago and emerged as a popular maker of low-priced, but high-quality HDMI cables. Since then it has expanded exponentially by branching out into many other product categories. With its Monolith brand, it is making a big impact on audio and home theater fans. From turntables, amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers, and speaker systems, consumers, press, and competitors have taken notice.   

With that in mind, Monoprice is following up on the previous release of their already affordable Monolith Encore 6 and 5-series home theater speaker lines, with a new Audition speaker line that is designed to provide good sound quality at even more affordable price points. 

Monoprice Monolith Audition Speakers

The Audition series includes T5 and T4 Tower, B5 and B4 Bookshelf, and C5 and C4 Center Channel speakers (six speakers total). 

The speakers are sold individually which allows for flexible setup configurations. 

  • Just as with the Encore series, you can use the Audition T5 or T4 tower speakers as front speakers in combination with the audition B5 or B4 bookshelfs as surrounds and the center channel. 
  • You can use the audition towers for both front and surround speakers combined with the audition center channel speakers. 
  • You can use the audition bookshelfs as both your front and surround speakers combined with the audition center channel speaker. 
  • For a complete home theater setup, you can add one or more subwoofers, such as the Monoprice Monolith M-10 V2, which we previously featured in a Preview and  Affordable Subwoofer Shootout articles. 
  • You can assemble a 2-channel stereo setup with just a pair of Audition T5/T4 towers or B5/B4 bookshelfs.  

What All Six Audition Series Speakers Have in Common

Cabinet Design: Rectangular MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinets with internal bracing.

Bass Reflex: All the speakers include rear-mounted ports (aka vents) for an extended low-frequency response.

Impedance: 4 ohms

Tweeter Waveguide: Each speaker has a 20mm silk or cloth dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet that sits inside a large waveguide for better dispersion, a wider sweet spot for stereo listening, and more precise imaging. 

Monoprice Monolith Audition Tweeter

Midrange and Woofer Driver Material: Polypropylene cones with NBR surrounds.

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Connections: 5-Way Binding Posts (The T5 and T4 include two sets to support Bi-amping/Bi-Wiring). 

Monoprice Monolith Audition Binding Posts

Finish: Black PVC

Monolith Audition T5/T4 Tower Speakers 

Monoprice Monolith Audition T5 Tower Speaker Front and Back
Monoprice Monolith Audition T5
Specifications  Audition T5 Audition T4
Product Number 43155 43158
Speaker Type 3-Way 3-Way
Main Woofers Two 5.25-inch  Two 4-inch 
Mid-Woofer One 5.25-inch One 4-inch 
Tweeter One 20mm Silk Dome  One 20mm Cloth Dome
Sensitivity 86.9dB  85.5dB 
Frequency Response 48Hz ~ 20kHz 56Hz ~ 20kHz
Low-Frequency Crossover (6dB/Octave) 220Hz 250Hz
Mid-Frequency Crossover (12dB/Octave) 2.4kHz 2.5kHz
High-Frequency Crossover (18dB/Octave) 2.4kHz 2.5kHz
Dimensions (LWH) 9.8 x 6.5 x 35.4-inches (250 x 165 x 900 mm) 7.0 x 5.5 x 31.5-inches (180 x 140 x 800 mm)
Weight 23.4 lbs. (10.6 kg) 17.86 lbs. (8.1 kg)
Price at Monoprice.com $249.99  $199.99

Monolith Audition B5/B4 Bookshelf Speakers

Monoprice Monolith Audition B5 Bookshelf Speaker Front and Back
Monoprice Monolith Audition B5
Specifications Audition B5 Audition B4
Product Number 43156 43159
Speaker Type 2-Way 2-Way
Woofer One 5.25-inch  One 4-inch 
Tweeter One 20mm Silk Dome One 20mm Cloth Dome
Sensitivity 84.3dB 83.7dB
Frequency Response 61Hz ~ 20kHz 57Hz ~ 20kHz
Low-Frequency Crossover (6dB/Octave) 3.4kHz 4.4kHz
High-Frequency Crossover (12dB/Octave) 3.4kHz 4.4kHz
Dimensions (LWH) 7.1 x 6.3 x 13.6-nches (180 x 160 x 345 mm) 5.5 x 5.5 x 11.0-inches (140 x 140 x 280 mm)
Weight 7.3 lbs. (3.3 kg) 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)
Price at Monoprice.com $124.99 $99.99

Monolith Audition C5/C4 Center Channel Speakers 

Monoprice Monolith Audition C5 Center Speaker Front and Back
Monoprice Monolith Audition C5
Specifications Audition C5 Audition C4
Product Number 43157 43160
Speaker Type Two-Way  Two – Way
Woofer Two 5.25-inch  Two 4-inch 
Tweeter One 20mm silk dome One 20mm cloth dome 
Sensitivity 86.7dB 85.4dB
Frequency Response 73Hz ~ 20kHz 81Hz ~ 20kHz
Low-Frequency Crossover (6dB/Octave) 2.4Hz 2.5kHz
High-Frequency Crossover (12dB/Octave) 2.4Hz 2.5kHz
Dimensions (LWH) 7.1  x 18.7 x 6.3-inches (180 x 476 x 160 mm) 5.5 x 14.96 x 5.5-inches (140 x 380 x 140 mm)
Weight 10.8 lbs. (4.9 kg) 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)
Price at Monoprice.com $159.99 $129.99
Monoprice Monolith Audition C5 Center Speaker Parts Exploded
Monoprice Monolith Audition C5
Monoprice Monolith Audition B5 Bookshelf Speaker Parts Exploded
Monoprice Monolith Audition B5
Monoprice Monolith Audition T5 Tower Speaker Parts Exploded
Monoprice Monolith Audition T5

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