Monoprice 9774

The Good The Monoprice 9774 speaker set is all but identical to our favorite home theater speaker system, the Energy Take Classic 5.1, yet costs $150 less. The speakers are compact with a beautiful piano-black finish that makes the budget price a surprise. The sound quality is exceptional for these speakers' size, especially with movies. No other 5.1 surround-sound speaker package offers nearly this much value.

The Bad Bigger speakers still sound better, and the Monoprice system has a relatively short one-year warranty.

The Bottom Line The Monoprice 9774 speaker system is the best home audio value we've ever seen: gorgeous, incredible-sounding home theater speakers for just under $250.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 10.0
  • Sound 9.0
  • Value 10.0
9.2 Overall

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Review

A discount clone of our favorite speakers

Feb 2013

Editors' note: As a result of a legal settlement between Klipsch and Monoprice, these speakers have been discontinued.

Monoprice wants to disrupt the home theater industry. The company got its start selling cheap HDMI cables, and has recently expanded to full-fledged consumer electronics, with a bold mission of rolling out new products only when it can charge about half the price of traditional retailers.

The Monoprice 9774 ($249, plus shipping) 5.1 speaker set is the company's most audacious effort yet: a clone of the outstanding Energy Take Classic 5.1 ($394 street) speaker system for nearly $150 less. And "clone" is barely an exaggeration. The 9774 system performs and looks almost exactly like Energy's speakers, with only the most negligible of cosmetic differences, such as different logos. If we had to guess, we'd say they came from the same factory. This isn't a case where Monoprice is merely aping Energy's design aesthetic, a la the HP Envy with its resemblance to the MacBook Pro. These are essentially the same damn speakers.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $249
  • Brand Monoprice
  • Color Black
  • Speaker Type satellite speaker
  • Connectivity Technology Wired
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