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

Bookshelf, mini monitor? Looking from my side of the Atlantic there really isn't any significant difference. The term "mini-monitor " is largely of USA usage that has evolved somehow rather than being anything that has a technical definition. Maybe it started with the LS3/5A (a genuine monitor) and has since become attached to any speaker from around that size to 3 or 4 times its internal volume.

Us Brits call "mini-monitors " "stand mounts". Bookshelf was a term used a few decades ago until it was realised that a bookshelf is really a bad place to put a loudspeaker. Beside which many "bookshelf" speakers are too large to actually place on a bookshelf. So we also call "bookshelf" speakers " stand mounts". Fits both 'coz that's what you do with 'em.

The word "monitor" has been attached to numerous speakers which are without any claim to actually be used in this fashion. Just think of it as a marketing term like "wonder ingredient" ( excepting a few speakers in the hobby market that are also used as monitors for real by audio professionals - normally made by companies with established pro resum├ęs).



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