Every now and then a speaker comes along that resets the bar in terms of value by delivering more than expected in the all-important trio of price, performance, and build quality. Monolith by Monoprice Encore speakers is exactly that, speakers that rescue the notion of "punching above their weight" or "sound like speakers more than twice the price" from being worn-out cliches. In this case, you are clearly getting more for your money: Encore speakers offer more features, better looks, and higher performance than you'd expect for the asking price.
There are currently three models in the line, the T6 tower ($399.99 each), the B6 bookshelf ($179.99 each), and C6 center channel ($249.99 each).
The T6 is a 3-way design with dual 6.5” woofers and a 6.5” mid-woofer, plus a 1” silk-dome tweeter in a deep waveguide that enhances imaging. The drivers work in tandem with a tuned premium crossover network to deliver a smooth and accurate response.
5-way binding posts allow for bi-amplification. The only catch is you’ll need a decent amp or AVR to run them to full potential, they have a 4-ohm nominal impedance, and recommended amplification is up to 180 watts. Sensitivity is a bit low at 87.8 dB, but the compensating factor is a wide frequency response that gets down to 37 Hz and extends up to 20 kHz. Each tower weighs 49.2 pounds and comes with adjustable outrigger feet.
The Encore B6 is a 2-way model with the same type of drivers as the T6 tower, including the deep waveguide for the tweeter. This model is also 4 ohms, is rated for up to 150 watts of power, and has a sensitivity of 85 dB. The main attraction here is the excellent sound, these bookshelf speakers offer excellent imaging that I found comparable to me GoldenEar Triton Seven tower speakers. Use as surrounds, or add a sub for a killer sub/satellite system.
With the Encore C6 Monolith rounds out this series, making it possible to put together a full surround-sound system. The price/performance ratio of these speakers is off the hook, making it possible to build out a powerful system without busting your budget.
These speakers are great on their own, even better when combined with a capable subwoofer. There are numerous tremendous subwoofer options from Monolith by Monoprice to choose from. The 12" THX Ultra ported model for $699.99 is a great match.
How do they compare to their THX line?