PlanarMedia 9 speakers

Monsoon, the maker of these speakers, is no newcomer to the market — it provides audio systems for cars as well as PCs and consoles.

The PM9 is a three-piece speaker system featuring two flat panel designed satellites and a subwoofer. The black-coloured subwoofer, made of medium density fibreboard, measures 280x215x205mm (HxWxD), weighs 7.3kg and features a low compression flared port tube design. The sub­woofer also has an active crossover and amplifier built in, with a touted output rating of 19W x 2, giving the system a total rating of 76W RMS.

The individual satellites are grey in colour and are quite weighty (0.8kg each), despite their slim appearance and measurements of 178x112x19mm (HxWxD). They have an output rating of 19W each and can project audio to front and rear, a process known as dipole-radiating.

The system has a frequency response of 40Hz-20KHz.

The PlanarMedia 9 ships standard with a cabled remote that has controls for master volume, bass volume, system mute and a headphone jack.

Testing showed the PM9s can handle the mid- to high-range frequencies well, but the bass can become a little muddy when the master volume is maxed out. Fiddling with the volume dials for the master and bass can result in a clean sound, depending on the type of audio.

The PM9 was declared winner of the 2003 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, reinforcing my impression that this system is fully featured — and aggressively priced, to boot.

In brief: Monsoon PlanarMedia 9
The PM9 features powerful satellites and subwoofer despite its low price point.
Price: $229
Distributor: Quality Technology Distribution
Phone: (02) 8923 2533

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