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RE: What's the difference between a bookshelf speaker and a minimonitor

It use to be just 'bookshelf' loudspeakers because people typically placed them in a bookcase like shelf against the wall.

Then they began calling them 'monitor' loudspeakers when they decided that they sound much better on loudspeaker stands situated away from the wall. These monitor loudspeakers could then become bigger. The term comes from studio monitors which were their original use.

Then the subwoofer was brought out as a consumer item, which allowed the monitors to be strunk down to 'mini-monitor' size, like mini-me on Austin Powers movies.

The bottom line is that mini-monitors will be bass deficient. So, get yourself some bookshelf speakers or be prepared to also buy a subwoofer.

(I have no idea of the actual history and just made up this narative as my understanding at this time ;-)



Edits: 02/25/17

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