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Keep the furs: Monoprice drops uber-affordable new home theater gear

When shopping home theater setups, you’ll find no shortage of high-priced speakers, decadent amplifiers and receivers, and a host of other exorbitant carvings of aluminum, steel, and rich woodgrain that make your heart go all atwitter and send your credit card hiding under the bed in a cold sweat. But Monoprice does things differently by offering a host of home theater products with a radically high value quotient.

With its latest slice of home theater goodness, Monoprice is offering screaming deals on setups that cover the full gamut of your home theater needs, from a hybrid tube amp/speaker set, to a full 5.1 home theater speaker setup — with prices riding comfortably in the $200 range. With those kinds of deals, no matter what your budget, it’s definitely worth giving Monoprice a good, long look.

Retro Bluetooth Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp System ($200)

Blending the present with the past, Monoprice’s new hybrid tube amp matches the smooth warmth of vacuum tubes with the modern convenience of Bluetooth streaming for a “best of both worlds” scenario. The amp comes in both gloss piano black and classic chrome designs, and dammit if it isn’t a gorgeous little machine. But aside from looks, Monoprice underlines the vacuum tube amp as a better way to unfurl the compressed tracks coming from your smartphone or streaming service.

And that’s not all — your two Benjamins also secure a pair of two-way chamfered bookshelves sporting four-inch midrange drivers and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeters. The rig even comes with a pair of 10 foot 14AWG speaker cables. If you’ve got your own speakers already, you can also get down with just the tube amp for a mere $150.


Select 5.1 Channel Home Theater Satellite Speakers and Subwoofer ($200)

Those looking for a highly-affordable way to fill out their 5.1 setup will want to pay attention here. At just a couple hundred dollars, this system offers all six pieces needed to spread your sound around the room — just add a receiver. The setup includes five two-way satellite speakers sporting 3-inch drivers along with an 8-inch powered sub loaded with a claimed 200 watts of juice. The sub isn’t your average cheapskate bass box either, offering stereo line-in, LFE mono, and speaker level connection ports for a variety of ways to play.


Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers with USB ($230)

If a more simplified sound solution is what you’re after, you’ll find it in Monoprice’s standalone bookshelves, which are powered by a claimed 200 watts of power, and connect via Bluetooth for one-stop streaming from a mobile device. The added USB input also allows you to ramp up the sound quality via a 24-bit DAC to source hi-res tracks at up to 24bit/96kHz from a PC, Mac, CD player, or DVD rig. A remote for wireless control with or without your smartphone is also included.


Select Series Bookshelf Speakers ($60, $100)

Finally, for those just looking for a speaker supplement for a system already in place, Monoprice offers these uber-affordable bookshelf speakers, offered in both 4-inch and 5-inch driver configurations for $60 and $100 respectively. Both setups are paired with 1-inch silk dome tweeters, and promise a wide frequency response for versatile playback.

All of Monoprice’s new setups are available today, and we’ll likely be giving them a listen ourselves soon, so stay tuned.


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