The name(Monitor)is special to Polk Audio. The original Polk Audio Monitor Series, produced in the mid-1970s, ushered in the modern loudspeaker era by setting the standard for performance and value. The original Monitor Series is the line that made Polk Audio famous with its simple, sturdy construction, clear, accurate sound, powerful bass and superior imaging all at a price that made great sound available to everyone. The newly reborn Monitor Series is classic Polk: a quality-built, affordable line of high performance loudspeakers for music and home theater. They are highly efficient, so they can be driven easily by unpretentious receivers, and they are voice matched for lifelike surround sound environments. The Monitor Series boasts a stylish look that complements todays flat screen technology, with wood grain finishes and mod Titanium faces, and beefy stabilizer feet on the tower models.
These are a beautiful pair of speakers. They require a burn in and a good amp. They don't perform well in the bass department, unless you don't need to much base but my Klipsch sub took care of that problem. They're design is phenomenal with a nice silver lining around a black grill. I had them with they're grills off and they looked great as well. The highs come out well; hearing an orchestra is amazing with these speakers. Polk boasts that they have a surround effect, and to some extent they do. They have some distance to them (they make the sound appear deep and cinematic). I've had to pause my media since i've actually been confused as to whether it was the speaker or reality.
Overall, they are beautiful and are priced well. Maybe i'll upgrade soon, but these fit the bill.