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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

Old term vs. newer term.

Bookshelf speaker is an old term when folks actually positioned small loudspeakers on a bookshelf within the den of a home. Since the advent of the internet, not many folks have books on a dedicated bookshelf anymore, nor a den for that matter, as well as better judgment about where to place a loudspeaker of any size.

Monitor originated as a recording studio term, then spread into home audio terminology meaning a small stand-mount loudspeaker, usually a 2-way design. Mini monitor is simply a very small monitor, often with an inference that a subwoofer is required if a meaningful bottom-end is desired.


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  • Old term vs. newer term. - Duster 19:06:12 02/27/17 (1)

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