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Monoprice 10565 (pictures): Superb-sounding speakers a little short on style

The Monoprice 10565 speaker system tops our longtime-favorite Energy Take Classic speakers in sound quality, but lacks their stylish look.

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Matthew Moskovciak

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Monoprice 10565

Monoprice's last home theater speaker system was literally too good to be true: a near-clone of the outstanding Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers ($350 street) for a fraction of the cost. The copycat 9774 speakers ended up as the subject of a lawsuit from Energy's parent company, Klipsch. The proceedings were settled out of court, and the 9774 speakers were discontinued.

Now the company is back with the 10565 speaker system ($249), with the same price, but a different look. The new speakers still share many of the same specs as the Energy speakers, but there are just enough differences that the two systems don't feel identical.

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Monoprice satellite speakers

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Monoprice satellite speakers

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

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Energy (left), Monoprice (right)

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Energy (left), Monoprice (right)

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

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Monoprice center channel

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Energy (top), Monoprice (bottom)

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Monoprice subwoofer

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Monoprice subwoofer

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Monoprice subwoofer

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

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Monoprice (left), Energy (right)

For more information, read the full review of the Monoprice 10565.

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