Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Platin Audio has created a solution to provide full surround sound in a small, wireless platform. When I tore open the box I did not know what to expect. As always, I was just excited to open some fresh new speakers. What I discovered, however, was genuinely surprising.
As I unwrapped the first speaker, I was impressed with its sleek design. Being a huge fan of matte black everything I found these speakers to be very attractive. The woven carbon fiber look of the mid-range driver and the black brushed steel in the back of the speaker complimented each other and presented a coherent design. I was looking forward to hearing the system and I was curious if they sounded as good as they looked.
Each speaker was paired with an electrical cord since they all, including the subwoofer, are self-powered. This design eliminates the need for external amplification. This seems great, but sometimes the inconvenient placement of power receptacles creates the need to run extension cables. If this was the worst issue, though, it was quite alright.
After unboxing the speakers, I pulled out the subwoofer. The 6.5” woofer was placed inside of an enclosure measuring 15" wide and 5.3" tall, allowing it to fit almost anywhere: Under a bed, behind a sofa, or even inside a cabinet.
The set included the Axiim LINK wireless USB Transmitter. It is a bit bigger than a hockey puck, and facilitates the wireless connection between your XBOX, PC, or select LG flat screen and the speakers.
I hooked the wireless transmitter to my PC. It was recognized right away. I was then instructed to download the app to my iPhone. It all synced up much faster than I had anticipated. In my experience it usually is an uphill battle to configure wireless speakers. Not this time! I pressed the small sync button on each speaker and the app discovered them quickly. I was up and running in less than five minutes from initiating the first connection.
I fired up YouTube Music as my source on the PC. It played the music loud and clear. The subwoofer was synced to the speakers seamlessly. The speakers sounded as expected: clean and bright. I controlled the volume via the mobile app… and I turned it up loud! The tiny drivers on the satellite speakers came to life and screamed! The subwoofer did not play too low but it had enough output to let you know it was there.
It has been more than 10 years since I’ve had a 5.1 “home theater in a box”. But calling the Platin Monaco system a HTIB would be an insult, since this immersive system, tuned by THX, is ready to play your favorite movie or allow you to enjoy your top playlists and immerse you in high-quality audio. This system is a total win. I encourage those in need of a space-continuous wireless solution to consider the Platin Monaco 5.1 system.
Check out the video unboxing and review I did: https://youtu.be/PJSPZNaIFGg
If you'd like to buy it: https://amzn.to/3caSUBZ
To find out more about the WISA Association: https://www.wisaassociation.org/