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Adam A5X Active Studio Monitor Pair

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A5X PAIR

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Not just happy with dozens of hugely positive reviews and tons of awards Adam Audio set out to make the AX Series a significant step up. That's why the X-ART tweeter and all the woofers in this range have been completely redesigned. From the compact A3X to the mid-field monitors A77X & A8X there's an AX Series monitors for everyone from home studios to professional facilities.

Adam Audio AX

    Adam AX Series Studio Monitors

  • Adam A3X - The signature Adam sound at an incredible price and smaller footprint.
  • Adam A5X - Award winning and jaw dropping sound in a format that's perfect for reference.
  • Adam A7X - It was the A7 which started it all with countless pro studios relying on it as their primary nearfields.
  • Adam A77X - Takes the famous A7 formula and increases headroom and projection. A major mid field contender and winner of multiple awards in it's own right.
  • Adam A8X - Deep low end and superb projection make the A8X ideal for main studio monitor applications.

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The similar dimensions and name could make one believe that the A5X is nothing more than a new version of the A5. A quick listening however leaves no doubt that the A5X is much more than that.

Like all other models of the AX-Series it features the proprietary X-ART tweeter. The very data of this technology shows that it is at the forefront of what tweeters can accomplish. Numerous listening tests have confirmed this.

A 5.5” Midwoofer reproduces the frequencies below 2.5kHz. The diaphragm is made from Carbon fiber/Rohacell/Glass fiber, which is the same composite structure shared in the next two bigger models. This material with minimum weight and maximum rigidity prevents break up resonances, resulting in an outstanding dynamic behaviour and impeccable sound characteristics.

Stereolink

A very handy and exclusive feature found in the two smaller AX monitors is the Stereolink. This is accomplished by a pair of additional RCA connections that allow for a bypass of the second stereo channel to the other speaker.

This new technology connects two A5X speakers in such a manner as to allow the user the option to control the overall stereo volume of the system from either speakers gain control. This makes the A5X a natural for “mixer-less” desktop applications where overall system volume needs to be adjusted easily.

Controls and Connectors

The front of the A5X sports dual ports for surprisingly low frequency response down to 50Hz. The front panel also has power and gain controls. The rear panel includes a tweeter gain control as well as balanced (XLR) jacks and unbalanced (RCA) jacks, allowing for greater connection flexibility. There are also two M6 (6 mm) metric strew threads for stand/wall mounting.

Features:

Mid-Woofer

  • Number: 1
  • Basket Ø: 5.5" (145 mm)
  • Voice coil Ø :1.5" (32 mm)
  • Cone material: Carbon/Rohacell/Glass Fiber

Tweeter

  • Number: 1
  • Type: X-ART
  • Diaphragm area 4 inch² (2420 mm²)
  • Equiv. Diaphragm Ø: 2" (56 mm)
  • Velocity transform ratio 4:1
  • Diaphragm weight 0.17 g

Built-in Amplifiers

  • Mid-Woofer: 1
  • Type: PWM
  • Amp. power RMS / music 50 W / 75 W
  • Tweeter: 1
  • Type A/B
  • Amp. power RMS / music 50 W / 75 W

Control panel

  • Input Sensitivity -∞ to +14 dB
  • High shelve > 5 kHz ±6 dB
  • Low shelve < 300 Hz ±6 dB
  • Tweeter gain ±4 dB

Input connectors

  • Analog XLR / RCA

General data

  • Frequency response 50 Hz - 50 kHz
  • THD 90dB/1m > 100 Hz ≤0.6 %
  • Long term output ≥102 dB
  • Max. peak ≥110 dB
  • Crossover frequencies 2500 Hz
  • Input impedance 30 KOhm
  • Weight 14.6 lb (6,6 kg)
  • Magnetically shielded No
  • Height x Width x Depth 11" (280 mm) x 6.5" (170 mm) x 8.5" (220 mm)
  • Warranty 5 Years

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Adam A5X Active Studio Monitor Pair Reviews

10/10

Adam A5X buying rationale & review

In this review I concentrate on buying choice and out of the box experience.

This was a choice between the Adam A5X and Genelec 8020B but also in the price range I considered e.g. Yamaha 80HSM, KRK VXT 4 & 6, Mackie HR624mk2. I have experience of KRK VXT 8, Mackie HR824 & NS10s. My priorities were firstly music production requirements/music style, room size then budget. I felt the larger 8" speakers would be too much in my room and I tend to write acoustic to jazz/rock and prefer a lot of mid/top detail with the bass to be light 'n' tight. The VXT8's are very 'flat' to my ears and the HR824s too aggressive (although both very good!). If I was thinking more commercial/dance/metal I would definitely consider the larger AX7/Mackie/VXT/Genelec 8030's for bass extension.

Compared to the A5Xs The 8020s have reportedly a bit more bass than the A5Xs but not so much detail. The 8020s are only 20watts and the A5xs 50w. The Yamaha's are reportedly a bit too mid-forward.

In use, the A5Xs have very good stereo imaging and smooth response. They are certainly not lacking in bass which sounds nicely controlled in my setup. Mids and highs are detailed, but not aggressive or tiring. A number of bass, balance and mode problems immediately jumped out at a first listening which is good! Volume wise they are plenty loud with only a hint of noise creeping in at high volumes. They've also completely stopped some nasty, digital 'zipper' interference I was getting from my old setup so I'm delighted with that!

There are pots to adjust lo/hi shelving and tweeter room balance, a power/clip LED. balanced and unbalanced phone/xlr i/p to the rear and a stereo link allowing both speaker volumes to be controlled from one speaker volume control.

True, they aren't going to have the tingle-inducing effect of Genelec 1038s but they are over £4000! All in all, excellent value for the money and I'm very pleased with them. Hope this review helps you.

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