MTX Monitor 5i 5-1/4" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair
MTX Monitor 5i 5-1/4" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair is rated out of 5by 20.
Rated 3 out of 5
from Average and justI did a capacitor upgrade (027-326), a damping mat upgrade (268-036) and also glued two small cotton balls in the rear corners of each speaker to take up a bit of resonance and "tweak" the bass. The capacitor did take the midrange down but these are still pretty bright (with less midrange). I think a little more insulation (cotton or whatever) would be welcome to increase the bass a little, I don't think they will distort if you take it easy and the woofers can go a bit lower than with the stock cabinets. If I did this again I would skip the damping sheet and just go with adding a moderate amount of insulation. What you will end up with is a pretty cheap speaker that you might be able to get to sound a little better, but I was not looking for audiophile so that's OK with me. Think how music sounds in the dentist's office and that's about what you get. If you are really looking for a good speaker, you should spend a few bucks more.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5
from Good deal as part of a configurationThis seems to be a reasonable budget solution for surround speakers.I purchased this set for under $500 total:DAYTON AUDIO SUB-1200 12" 120 WATT POWERED SUBWOOFERMTX MONITOR 60I DUAL 6-1/2" 2-WAY BOOKSHELF SPEAKER PAIRMTX MONITOR 6C DUAL 6-1/2" 2-WAY CENTER CHANNEL SPEAKERMTX MONITOR 5I 5-1/4" 2-WAY BOOKSHELF SPEAKER PAIRI’m not an expert, but from my perspective, this (or similar) configuration is all you need for a good size family room. My family room is 20’ by 13’ and it fully opens to a kitchen of the same size (all speakers are set up in the room itself). I can now hear the music load and clear, even in the kitchen. In my experience, a more difficult challenge for speaker systems is to be able to hear a conversation from a TV program at a longer distance. With this set, I can also hear a conversation from a TV load and clear (!) even when doing something in the kitchen in a distance of about 40’ (and I have some hearing difficulty). BTW, a 100 Watt subwoofer might have been sufficient, but the price was the same at the time, so I bought 120 Watts.It seems that buying this type of configuration is a better deal than a Home Theater Speaker System.However, make sure you have enough space for the speakers (pretty large) and space on the floor for the subwoofer, which is large and heavy (you may need to explain to your spouse that it just needs to be like that :-)).
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5
from Developed a buzz. Blown driver likely.After using these things for a few days at moderate listening levels, one developed a pretty noticeable buzz (listening at moderate levels, nothing crazy) on some frequencies, and the other is starting as well a bit.While they lasted they sounded good, okay low end... brilliant highs, decent mids.Not sure whether to even bite the bullet and pay 20 bucks to ship them back, or just find some higher quality bookshelves altogether. It's still listenable, but that slightly blown driver buzz is going to annoy me when I'm looking for perfect audio.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5
from Small mod makes these good speakers GREAT!!I bought a set of these MTX 5i speakers for my computer. Before I bought these I had read all the reviews. I decided that I would buy the 1.5uf caps and the damping sheet (Part Number 268-030) with the speakers and do the suggested mods right away. After changing the caps and adding sound damping to the inside bottom I thought that the highs were a bit too high. I went and looked at the caps I pulled out and noticed that they were not the 3.3uf caps that the other reviews referenced. Instead they were 3.9uf caps. I can only figure that MTX changed the tweeter. Anyways I ordered a few other caps and tested with them and settled on a 2.7uf non polarized capacitor (Part Number 027-326).In the end I changed the original 3.9uf caps with 2.7uf caps (PN 027-326). And added a half a damping sheet (PN 268-030) to the inside bottom of each speaker. Using a heat gun to heat the damping sheet before applying will ensure that it will stick good and forms well inside.As good as they sound straight from factory (I thought they were a little muddy) they truly do sound better with a couple of easy mods. (A soldering Iron and heat gun make it even easier and more professional but is not an absolute must.) I would have to say that after the mods they sound better than the much more expensive Roland DM 20 Digital speakers that they replaced.Bottom Line: If you are looking for a great sounding speaker on a budget the MTX 5i is definitely worth the money. The mods only increase the price a few dollars and take an hour of your time. Well worth it.Open your mind and let the music flow,Peace Out!
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5
from Great for the moneyI just received these yesterday, so they haven't had a proper break-in yet. First impressions, they were a bit smaller than I thought they would be. I wasn't expecting big sound to come out of these, but once I hooked em up and let em rip, they do put out a lot of sound and bass for a small size. Great imaging and nice highs and lows on these, though I imagine the crossover mod would make these sound much better (this is why I gave a 3 on features). Total steal for the price, they sound better than most in this price range. They will sound better after a full break-in.Thanks PE for a great value and customer service as always.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5
by Dennis - 32009
from Sounds Great with mods...I agree with DJ Cue on his mod suggestions. The 1.5 uF cap replacement makes the highs sparkle. I'm glad I read his review and ordered the caps at the same time. Bass response is definitely lacking so they need a powered sub for a minimum system. This is how I have mine set up for computer audio and they sound great, no EQ needed. With the DJ Cue mod, these would work great for rear channels in a 5.1 or 7.1 system.
Date published: 2012-04-05