Monoprice Turns Up the Volume with New AV Gear

Monoprice, the aggressive Brea, CA-based online retailer/manufacturer that sells thousands of electronics and tech products online at lower-than-average prices, is making its presence known on the eve of CES 2019 with the announcement of an audiophile-focused 16-channel home theater processor priced at “one-third of the cost of the industry standard.”

The Monolith HTP-1, which is slated to ship in the fall at $4,000, will handle Dolby Atmos and DTS surround-sound processing and offer onboard Dirac Live automated room correction.

The company also announced plans to add 10-, 12-, and 15-inch models to its THX subwoofer series, which includes the Top Pick-designated Monolith 12- and 15-inch THX Ultra models Sound & Vision reviewed last year. At prices ranging from $500 to $1,300, the new subwoofers will be sealed designs boasting up to 1,000 watts of onboard power.

CES 2019 will also mark Monolith’s entry into the PC speaker market with the Bluetooth-enabled MM-3 powered speakers, which will sell for $200/pair.

For gamers, Monolith will unveil the Zero-G 35-inch monitor featuring 3440x1440 resolution and a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The monitor is due out in the spring and will be priced $500.

"Our continued mission for 2019 is providing greater accessibility to the sought-after product categories consumers are enthusiastic about but often discouraged by because of high costs," said Monoprice CEO Bernard Luthi. "With emerging technologies representing evolving consumer preferences on display at CES, the show is the perfect stage on which to introduce high-quality solutions that boldly disrupt industry price points."

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mns3dhm's picture

Is another $4,000 video processor? Is ATMOS needed for anything more than a professional theater or dedicated home theater application? How big is this market going to be? Will Joe and Josephine six pack want this in their living room and will they be happy with it once they buy it? Or is this another AV industry fantasy like SACD or 3D video? I remain unconvinced that the public will buy in, particularly when it comes to products that cost thousands or dollars.

ihopnavajo's picture

Just wait till you find out that there are speakers and amps that cost more than the average house.

ihopnavajo's picture

I wonder if it'll just be a re-vamped version of Emotivas. Which would seem strange, as they seem to be direct competitors in the affordable mid-range amplifier market. But perhaps less strange than Monoprice suddenly coming out with not only a pre-pro, but a high-end, 16 channel pre-pro. I'll believe it when it ships...

mars2k's picture

Dude why so negative. Just because you don't get it doesn't make it wrong. Tell me please do you remember the exact moment you lost your joy for living. The two Joes may already be happy and looking for something just like this to enhance an important hobby that brings them joy. At least that's how I see it. Nothing more fun that a good movie night with family and friends...unless its coming home from a hard day at the office and settling into the sweet spot to hear amazing music.
I love good gear, that's part of the deal. Finding it at lower price points goes to "the thrill of the chase". Yes I've wondered if this a re branded Emotiva but then Emotiva doesn't actually manufacture what they sell. This is quite common. Look at McIntosh's new surround proc $7200 retail. Its a branded Marantz nothing sacred? I'll take the Marantz thank you