Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System Review: Great Sound for Budget Audiophiles

By Yvonne

Monoprice HT35 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Review: A Great Sound System for Budget AudiophilesThe Monoprice HT35 home theatre system is simple to use and excels in smaller or medium-sized spaces. Monoprice HT35 was tested for more than a month. It played movies, TV, music and video games. It may not suit the most ardent audiophiles but it is an affordable sound system that can be used by casual home theatre fans and those who aren't too religious.

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Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

We like this

  • Excellent value at a great price

  • Modern, minimalist design

  • Secure mounting options available

  • Ideal for immersive sound in small- to medium-sized spaces

The Things We Hate
  • Speakers with spring-loaded binding posts won't take banana plugs

  • It is not great for listening to music only

  • Mounting hardware not included

  • An AV receiver is required

Monoprice HT-35 has been updated and is now a small home theatre system. It offers an immersive 5.1-channel surround-sound experience and won't cost too much.

This article explains
  • Design
  • Installation
  • Audio
  • Prices
  • Concurrence
  • Final Verdict
  • Specifications

Monoprice HT35 Premium 5.1-channel Home Theater System is a great option for those who are looking to add a premium surround sound system to their home. This compact, 5.1-channel home theatre system can fill small to medium-sized spaces with surround sound. Even better, the satellite speakers blend into your living space, concealing themselves on shelves or on end tables.

Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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Design: Modern Designs that are versatile and adaptable

The 5.1-channel home theatre uses four satellite speakers to provide a rich sound experience. Instead of audio being sent directly from the soundbar or television, it uses a combination of a central speaker and subwoofer. This allows you to bring the joy of a robust sound system from the theater into your home—and it's a game-changer for movie nights and the weekend binge.

Monoprice is a well-known brand for creating quality speakers at an affordable cost. They have taken the clunky 33309 5.1-channel home theatre system and revived it using the new HT-35. The result is a system with great overall performance in a sleeker, more modern design as compared to its blockish counterpart—a much needed facelift.

Monoprice is a well-known brand for creating quality speakers at an affordable cost. They have taken the shabby 33309 5.1-channel home theatre system and revived it using the new HT-35.

Monoprice HT-35 has a compact design that makes it versatile. There are a few things you should consider when adding the Monoprice HT-35 to your home. Are you planning to place your satellite speakers on an end table or bookshelf? Do you prefer mounting them on a wall, or on a stand mounted to the floor? These universal connectors are available, however, no hardware or mounting hardware is provided. If you want these options, you will need to purchase any additional pieces ahead of time.

Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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Installation: DIY

Monoprice HT-35 comes in a big package that contains four satellite speakers and one central channel speaker. There is also a user manual and a subwoofer.

It is easy to set up and can be done by anyone. The entire process takes about 2 hours, including wiring our crawlspace. You'll connect the speakers to calibrate the sound. The user manual is very detailed and will help you to understand the process. However, a handyman can also set this up. Before you start, there are some key points you should consider.

The Monoprice HT-35 requires an AV receiver that can output 100 watts. It acts as the central hub for the home theater. This is the hub of your home theater. It receives signals from various devices, such as a Blu-ray player or cable box and distributes them to where they are needed. Whether it's the audio signal to the speakers or the video from your Nintendo Switch to your television's display—everything filters through the AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-385 was my choice, a simple and affordable AV receiver.

Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

You must also consider how to connect the speakers. Monoprice HT-35 does not have a wireless connection. You will use speaker wire for the bridge between the AV receiver and four satellite speakers. Monoprice HT-35 can accept wire from 10 to 18 gauge. The 100-foot 16 AWG package was sufficient for my needs. Don't forget a pair of wire cutters—you'll need them to trim the plastic wire from the tips so that you can feed the bare wires into the speakers' spring-loaded binding posts. They do not take banana plugs.

Once the connections are wired, the calibration process will depend on the AV receiver you've purchased, but many AV receivers are able to automatically calibrate the audio levels with an included acoustic optimizer—effectively a fancy microphone that emits a series of tones to check the balance of sound. After the installation is complete, you will need to allow the Monoprice HT-35 to warm up for 50-80 hours before your speakers can be used at full volume. Otherwise, distortion may occur and the system could become damaged.

Please note that Monoprice HT-35 requires a Warm-up Period of between 50-80 Hours before your speakers can be used at their maximum volume. Otherwise, distortion could occur and the system may become damaged.

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Sound: Excellent quality, suitable for small and medium rooms

Monoprice doubled down on the compact size of its home theatre systems, which are not well-known for having great sound quality. The HT-35 is still able to deliver crisp dialogue through the central speaker and smooth-sounding highs and mids from satellite speakers. It also has low frequencies thanks to the subwoofer. It emits a surprising amount of bass for such a small size. And, for a small sound system, it can really crank up the volume—especially on movies.

The HT-35 is still able to combine crisp dialogue from its center speaker with smooth-sounding highs and midtones from satellite speakers and low frequencies of the subwoofer.

The Monoprice HT-35 isn't as powerful or robust as larger home theaters. If you want to put it in larger rooms, there will be a significant impact. The Monoprice HT-35 is an ideal home theater solution for smaller and mid-sized rooms. Each component of the speaker system complements each other, which makes it a great choice.

The speakers aren't as good for streaming music than they are for movies or TV. It's worth the investment if you are a serious music lover and have the budget to invest in a better home theater system. The Monoprice HT-35's good performance is sufficient for the average user.

Monoprice HT-35 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Prices: Affordable prices

Due to the wide variety of products and requirements, a 5.1-channel home theatre system can have a dramatic difference in setup costs. The cost of speakers can vary from $150 to $1,000+. It's common to spend at least $500 on a complete home theatre system. This is especially true when you consider the costs of speakers, AV receivers, as well as any parts or accessories.

The Monoprice HT-35, a simple and affordable model that offers good sound quality at a reasonable price, has an MSRP of just $220. You will also have to purchase an AV receiver for it to work. This extra cost should be around $150. It's still a fantastic deal considering both the price and quality of the HT35 speakers.

Monoprice HT-35 vs. Bose Acoustimass 10 Series V

The Monoprice HT-35 has a simple set-up and a very affordable price. You can enjoy an excellent entry-level, 5.1-channel surround-sound system after a quick afternoon of effort. Because it is compact and easy to use, the system can easily blend in with any background. It's perfect for small- to medium-sized spaces, but it can be a little lacking in larger rooms. If you are a serious music lover who appreciates depth and sound, it is not the best system.

The Bose Acoustimass 10 series, if price is not an issue, is another strong contender. Bose is known for making high quality audio products and has done it again. It also measures a remarkable 7.5 inch and has a sleeker modern design than Monoprice HT-35. The satellite speakers are equally small and can emit powerful bass and crisp dialogue without distortion.

The price point is significantly higher, however, coming in at a whopping $1,000 (see on Amazon)—and, like the Monoprice HT-35, it doesn't include an AV receiver. The Bose is the most expensive 5.1-channel surround sound system, however, it is a good choice if you are looking for a budget-friendly home theater system.

Monoprice HT35 Premium 5.1-channel surround sound system offers a significant upgrade to the standard out-of-the box audio found in most TVs. This system does not disappoint at a reasonable price. Although it has some limitations, like not being shipped with an AV receiver, and its inability to fill large spaces with rich, deep surround sound, this system is an outstanding choice for home theater enthusiasts, weekend movie fans, and even cine buffs.


  • Product name HT-35, 5.1-Channel Home Theater Systems
  • Monoprice Product Brand
  • SKU 39357
  • Prices from $220.00
  • Weighing 3 pounds
  • Dimensions of the product 10.2x4.3x6.3in
  • Frequency Range 110Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Ported Yes
  • Crossover Frequency 3.5kHz
  • Limited Warranty 1 Year
  • Include Satellite speakers and a subwoofer

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