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For anyone looking, this was recently released so there are no reviews on it anywhere. Also, since there are very few WiSA compatible devices I doubt we will see reviews before the end of this drop.
Just looking at it's dimensions, the 6.5" sub-woofer could be accounting for a lot of the lower frequencies of the bookshelf speakers since they are pretty small. Unless they pull some kind of Micca RB-42 like miracle. I would guess a crossover of 120Hz or more. Also being a 6.5" slim subwoofer, it won't be able to extend that low or with enough power for a large room. If it extends down to 40Hz I'd be surprised.
I personally think a Sonos system would be a lot more capable for both sound and functionality if you can get the speakers for pretty cheap (Beam, 2x One SL, Subwoofer). That is considering you want the small form factor and convenience of wireless. If you don't care about wires, there are a ton of options at this price point.
I believe the satellite speakers extend down to 100 Hz for it's crossover to the subwoofer. The subwoofer extends down to 38 Hz. The Sonos setup you described is almost $1400 on sale
Got a source on that crossover and frequency response? I'm just curious since I couldn't find anything.
I recommended the Sonos speakers if you can get them pretty cheap, either on sale or used. I've seen a pair of One SLs or equivalent for $250, the Beam for around $200, and the subwoofer for $500. Sonos is not that great in terms of sound for their price either (for dedicated HT duty), it just offers the same convenience of a completely wireless system. It also integrates with any TV or source and be able to play music from other apps.
1 recommendation for a wired system around this price point is 2 pairs of Micca RB-42s, a Micca RB-42-C, JBL 550P (on sale for >$200), and a Denon X2500H.
A wired system has the potential for improved performance over this setup due to mixing and matching components. But the purpose here is a for a simple plug and play solution without manual wiring and an AVR to setup hence WiSA.
I worked on the Monaco system so I have first hand knowledge. Having separate left and right speakers creates a wider and more realistic soundstage compared with any soundbar (despite virtual signal processing).
Let me know if you want any other info on the system in question.
Hey, man. Recently bought a WiSA-ready TV and I’m interested in the tech, though I’m relatively clueless about audio in general. The Monaco system stands out as being the only reasonably priced WiSA system by a pretty significant margin (currently $699 on Amazon). Having worked on it, can you attest to the build quality and sound? Should consumers wait for more of these products to arrive before jumping in?
You are right in that the Monaco is the most reasonably priced WiSA system which and was part of the overall goal. The build quality should be there. It's hard to say when newer systems will emerge and at what street prices. That price you listed is probably on the lower range of future full 5.1 WiSA setups and is more of a promotional one at that. If there is any weak point in the system, it likely the subwoofer output SPL. Don't get me wrong, it has the bass extension and should satisfy 90% of consumers at reasonable playback levels. When really pushed it limits a bit early but a larger and more powerful subwoofer would put the system in the $1000+ range. You can always upgrade any of the speakers later as they are all compatible. This and many other WiSA systems are practically equivalent to getting loudspeakers and an AVR in a one package except the amplifiers are separate into each speaker.