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5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers (pair)
Every studio, be it a professional recording studio or just a home studio, needs a good set of monitor speakers, with a flat frequency response so you can hear exactly what the recording will sound like. If this describes your own needs, then you should get a pair of these 5-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers from Monoprice!
These speakers are professional quality studio monitors, designed to produce a flat frequency response for studio recording, mixing, and mastering duties. Each speaker is separately powered, is bi-amped with two dedicated amplifiers, and uses both balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS/TS audio input paths.
The tweeter is a 1" silk dome design with magnetic shielding for a flat frequency response and accurate musical reproduction. The woofer is a 5" DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber cone with magnetic shielding, rubber surround, and a high-temperature voice coil, for long hours of high volume work.
Each monitor enclosure includes two separate power amplifiers totaling 70 watts of music power. A 30 watt amplifier is used to drive the tweeter, while a 40 watt amp drives the woofer. This use of dual amplifiers ensures that each driver has the power it needs without compromising the output of the other driver, ensuring that the audio output remains crisp, clean, loud, and distortion free at all times.
A four-position selector switch on the back of each speaker allows you to adjust the high-frequency bias, with either a -2dB, -1dB, Flat, or +1dB shelving of frequencies above 2000 Hz. The purpose of this circuitry is to adjust the high-frequency response to the characteristics of the room being used. In a "bright" musical environment, an attenuation of the high frequencies is needed to produce a flat frequency response, while a more sound absorbent environment may require a boost of the high-frequencies to achieve a flat overall response.
|Speaker Type||2-way Near-Field Studio Reference Monitor Speakers|
|LF Amplifier||40 watts continuous|
|HF Amplifier||30 watts continuous|
1 XLR connector for balanced connections and 1 TRS connector
for balanced and unbalanced TRS and TS connections
|Input Impedance||10k ohms unbalanced, 20k ohms balanced|
|Sensitivity||90dBA output SPL at 1 meter with 85mV pink noise input|
|Woofers||5" Kevlar® cone with high-temperature voice coil and magnetic shielding|
|Tweeters||1" silk dome with magnetic shielding|
|Frequency Response||56 Hz ~ 22 kHz|
|S/N Ratio||> 100dB (typical, A-weighted)|
|HF Level||Switchable, -2dB, -1dB, Flat, or +1dB boost to frequencies above 2000 Hz|
|Power Requirements||100 ~ 120 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|Power Cable||IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||10.0" x 6.9" x 7.8" (254 x 176 x 198 mm) each|
|Weight||9.7 lbs (4.4 Kg) each|
Included in the Package:
- 2x 5-inch powered studio monitor speakers
- 2x AC power cord (IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15)
- 1x User's manual
- User's Manual (Dec 28, 2012)
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
PROS: * Solid build quality
* Professional design
* Built in amplifiers
* Excellent sound and clarity from upper-bass all the way to beyond the limits of human hearing
* Individually powered
CONS: * Don't have deep bass response
One potential downside is that the have blue a LED on the front. Normally blue LEDs bother my eyes, although these are not too bad. It would be nicer if they used white LEDs.
Did I mention they are LOUD?
PROS: Seems like a great value for the money. Solid construction. Good sound. Look great on my desk.
CONS: The fit and finish on one of the speakers is a little off. Nothing major, there is apparently something under the laminate skin because it has a bump and the rear panel does not sit quite flush. I took a star off for it because 10=perfect.
PROS: Sound, Price
PROS: See previous review. Same rating based on that.
I set them up in my house, and did a test run, and they are truly flat. What does this mean? There are no frequencies boosted in the speakers themselves. They reproduce however the tracks were mixed. I've heard other monitors that cost more (KRK Rokits) that are supposedly flat, but clearly have low end being cut. I'll run a pink noise test to truly confirm.
The price simply can't be beat. If you go on any other musicians gear website, the cheapest monitor you can find with close to the same specs are: 1) M-Audio BX5 $299 - it doesn't have the HPF knob, and most reviews say they sound terrible.. 2) KRK Rokit 5 $149.50 each! - Remember I mentioned, that these really aren't flat. There are some low freqs that have been cut.
These Monoprice monitors are $165.78 for a pair are seriously have more features and better audio quality than many of ones out there that are twice the price!
Big thumbs up to Monoprice and I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a some 5inch studio monitors!
PROS: 1) Price!
2) Sound Quality
3) Build and Features
PROS: Fast, fast ship to Canada, and no Duty! Love the speakers, great service
PROS: fast set up
great sound for the money
CONS: for the price....none
only reason they are not 10 is because I have heard 1000+ monitors.
PROS: Powerful with incredible sound separation
CONS: Separate power switches on rear can be awkward to access
(but a dedicated power bar solves this easily)
PROS: I like the sound quality
CONS: No cons so far.
PROS: Excellent sound. Great Power. Great Lows and Highs.
CONS: Only one con. Does not have RCA plug.