- Manufacturer & Model
- Monoprice 8" Alpha Series In-Ceiling Speaker
8" carbon fiber driver, single 1" silk dome tweeter, easy-access high frequency attenuator, excellent build quality, low cost, very impressive sound.
Monoprice is widely recognized as one of the Internet's best sources of low-cost good-performance AV products, and its Alpha Series In-Ceiling speaker continues the tradition. Featuring an 8" carbon fiber driver and a 1" silk dome tweeter, this incredibly inexpensive in-ceiling speaker is easy to install and delivers impressive sound. Priced at $109 per pair (with occasional sales pushing overall cost below the $100 mark), the Alpha Series offers-up excellent performance to the masses. Recommended.
“Bang for the Buck” is a phrase that’s tossed around rather loosely in the audio world, even when considering gear that costs thousands of dollars. Monoprice.com is one manufacturer that’s known for offering legitimate bang for little buck across a wide range of product categories, originally grounding its reputation with audio and video cables costing a fraction of similar cables sold in brick and mortar stores across the country.
Recently, I needed a pair of decent-quality low-cost in-ceiling speakers to mate with a 1990s-era jukebox in my home’s basement. Hoping not to spend more than $200, I eventually took a chance on Monoprice’s 8” Alpha Series In-Ceiling speakers, which carry the diminutive price tag of $109 (currently on sale for $82 with free shipping). These low-cost 2-way in-ceilings feature carbon fiber woofers, which make for a lightweight stiffness intended to improve efficiency and output. They also house a 1” silk dome tweeter that’s married to a simple surface-mounted high-frequency attenuator capable of shaving-off between 3 and 6dB in situations where the speakers need taming.
With a sensitivity of 90dB and overall handling capacity of 160 watts peak, the Alpha Series speaker is relatively easy to drive and can be pushed for high output.
The following video is a semi-informal “user review" of the speaker, logged primarily because of a shortage of review content outside of Monoprice’s own user reviews. Also, it provides a first-peek at SVS’s relatively new Prime Wireless Soundbase amplifier, which is being prepped for an official review on avnirvana.com. You’ll probably note the video is heavily edited, but this was purposely done to shave-down its presentation time below 14 minutes.
So, the question remains: Are the Monoprice Alpha Series In-Ceilings for real? Click below to find out.
8" Alpha Series In-Ceiling Speaker Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-way coaxial In-ceiling
- Woofer: 8-inch carbon fiber cone
- Tweeter: 1-inch silk and aluminum dome
- Frequency Response: 45Hz-20kHz
- Crossover Frequency: 3.1kHz
- Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
- Power Handling (RMS): 80 watts
- Power Handling (peak): 160 watts
- Sensitivity: 90dB
- Dimensions: 12.1"x12.1"x4.1"
- Weight: 6.6 lbs.