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Platin Monaco 5.1 Wireless Surround Sound Speakers Review – A Speaker System That Thinks Outside The Box

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EXAM – Here’s a scenario for you: For years I had a DIY surround speaker setup hooked up to our smart TV via a good receiver. The two front left/right speakers are really good quality and left/right surround speakers are also good. Then there’s that big 10-inch subwoofer that we keep behind the TV cabinet that pumps out powerful sound. Everything is properly connected and works very well together. All was well in the world – or so I thought.

Out of the blue, an offer arrives to review the Platin Monaco 5.1 wireless surround sound speaker system, all in one box. Being a skeptical but curious audiophile, I thought, “What is this? I can always pack them up after testing is complete and go back to our previous surround setup.”

When the Platin box arrives, I open it, unpack everything, place the speakers in the room, and turn on the system. And what I thought was another typical speaker system in a box blew my mind. How is it possible ?

What is that?

The Platin Monaco 5.1 Wireless Surround Sound System is a 6-speaker setup offering full surround sound connected to a flat screen TV—wireless.

The Monaco consists of four small front and rear left/right speakers, a single center speaker, a flat style subwoofer and a WISA hockey puck style controller (more on this topic later in the exam)

Hardware specifications

  • WiSA-certified
  • SoundSend (included)
  • 24-bit 48kHz uncompressed audio
  • Latency factor less than 5.2 milliseconds
  • Two front satellite speakers 6.7″ x 4.3″ x 5.5″ (HxWxD)
  • Two rear satellite speakers: 6.7″ x 4.3″ x 5.5″ (HxWxD)
  • Subwoofer: 5.3″ x 15″ x 12.2″ (HxWxD)
  • Center channel speaker: 4.3″ x 10.2″ x 5.5″ (HxWxD)
  • WISA Audio Transmitter
  • WiSA SoundSend app
  • Six power cables

Design and features

Spoiler alert – I really like the Platin Monaco 5.1 wireless speaker system. And it’s even with Platin’s less-than-easy setup (despite their claim), too-short power cords, and my nigh-impossible living room setup, that explain why my photograph is not good.

Let’s deal with the hard stuff first, then move on to why I love this system so much.

My living room: From an audio point of view, I have a terrible living room. It does not have full walls. There’s a monstrous stone fireplace (circa 1975) on one wall, tall, narrow windows on another wall, and that’s it. Not much to work with. As a result, our 55-inch Samsung TV sits in a corner on a triangular stand. Our speakers are placed where they fit. Like I said, not great. In fact, when not listening in surround, I have to store the two rear speakers because there is no permanent place for them.

A perfect setup is shown in the Platin illustration below. Note that the supports shown are a paid option.

Install: Platin advertises a quick and easy setup. I’m sure most people experience exactly that. Not me. No matter what I tried after downloading the app and connecting the speakers, they just wouldn’t work – no sound. However, I’m not sure it’s Platin’s fault. It may be a translation issue between Platin and our Samsung TV or the connected Apple TV or whatever. I never understood it. Eventually I did something that made everything work – and I still don’t understand what I did! It doesn’t matter anymore because once it worked I had to lift my jaw off the floor.

Wireless: Even though the Monaco 5.1 system is technically wireless, it is not actually wired.less. Each object to have to be plugged into a wall outlet. This means that the Monaco comes with 6 power cords, so it’s best to have outlets nearby for each component. One issue I have with power cords is their 5 foot length. For one of the speakers, the cord is barely long enough – it crawls up the wall. I would have preferred 6-8 foot cords or at least some longer cord alternatives included. As it stands, I have to buy a separate cord so the one that’s very visible doesn’t drive my wife crazy.

Alright, now for the good stuff.

At first I thought the Platin satellite speakers were a little small. However, for our space, they turned out to be quite large. Like I said, each speaker needs to be plugged in. The speakers can then be easily moved for optimum sound and effect. Each speaker has a small sticker on the back indicating its position. For example, the left front speaker sticker says “LF”, the right rear one says “RR”, etc. Nothing easier.

The center speaker looks like two side satellite speakers glued end to end. It has two woofers but shares a single tweeter.

Speaking of tweeters: When I opened the box, two of the speaker’s tweeter cones were pressed inwards, as if a child had pressed a finger into the cone. After unsuccessfully trying to use tape to remove the sunken cones, I contacted Platin technical support. Platin said it wouldn’t affect the audio, but still offered to send two replacement speakers if I wanted. I agreed and prepared to pack the “damaged” speakers for the return. However, within 24 hours of opening the box, the cones had attached. Maybe it was the humidity, shipping air pressure, or whatever, but the problem went away!

The 6.5-inch subwoofer is a flat style that may fit under some sofas, depending on the design. I’m interested in placing it under our sofa, but at the moment the sub sits behind the TV cabinet where the original sub sat. Our stock sub has an 8 inch woofer, so I was worried about weaker bass coming from the Platin sub. So far, however, I haven’t noticed any lack of bass yet. It seems powerful enough for our use.

The circular hockey puck style WISA controller is the heart of the Monaco system. Note that he requires a smart TV with ARC or eARC compatibility. ARC stands for Audio Return Channel. ARC sends uncompressed music or movie audio directly from a TV to the speakers – no receiver or amp needed. It works either by HDMI (Platin provides the appropriate cable) or by optical cable (not provided).

WISA stands for Wireless Speaker and Audio Association. This association has more than 60 members whose goal is to standardize wireless, high definition and multichannel audio. WISA does not rely on Bluetooth or your home Wi-Fi network. It’s its own thing, which is perhaps why it works so well.

Platin uses a smartphone app called SoundSend by WISA. When the app is first set up, it searches for speakers and lists them. The app allows the user to adjust the volume of each individual speaker as well as adjust the master volume.

The app also has audio settings, such as source, audio mode (movie, music, night, Direct), bass management and graphic equalizer. There is also a “Virtual Dolby Atmos” on/off setting. The Monaco doesn’t have real Dolby Atmos. We couldn’t hear any difference, so we let the fake Atmos kick in. The Monaco 5.1 system is tuned by THX which provides optimal sound for movies and shows.

How does the Monaco 5.1 wireless speaker system sound? Sounds pretty good, but more importantly, it sounds immersive. Yes, it sounds like a marketing term, but it’s true. With the speakers positioned around you, the surround effect is so convincing it puts you in a movie or show. I thought I had surround before I used my receiver and speakers, but that’s in another league. Yes, it costs a thousand dollars – a big chunk of change for a speaker system. But when you consider everything the system has and in a wireless configuration, the price starts to look like a bargain. It’s just not sound as a low-cost system. You have to hear it to appreciate it.

A note about wireless lag – that delay between what you see on the screen and the audio voice. There is no point. All the sound is perfectly adapted to what we see on the screen. Platin makes it all so easy.

What I like

  • When they say immersive, they mean it
  • Affordable (considering what you get)
  • Wireless
  • WISA-tested

What I would change

  • Setup may not be as easy as advertised
  • Power cords could be longer

Final Thoughts

Everything about the Platin Monaco 5.1 Wireless Surround Sound System screams convenience. It replaced our dusty nest of wires hidden behind our receiver. But then you hear it and your mind goes to “Darn, that sounds good!” And it’s still a good place for the mind and the ears.

Despite our less than perfect living room, this speaker system is a keeper. It’s time to pack up the expensive speakers and subs. Platin Monaco is so good.

Price: $999.00
Or buy: Platinum Audio, Newegg and Amazon
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Platin Audio.