Monitors for Surround

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors



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Dynaudio DBM50

Dynaudio DBM50
The DBM50 two-way active near-field monitor includes a 7.5-inch extended–excursion woofer, 1-inch high-resolution soft-dome tweeter, powered by a 2-channel 50-watt amp (crossover frequency at 1500 Hz, with 6dB slope), all in a housing that incorporates a front baffle tilt for desktop placement and a smooth HF waveguide securing optimal near field sweet-spot. Frequency response is stated as 46 Hz to 21 kHz (±3dB), with max SPL of 117 dB at 1 meter.

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Emotiva airmotiv 6

Emotiva airmotiv 6
All airmotiv monitors are fully bi-amplified, with a separate amp for the woofer and high-frequency transducer, each offering 210 watts per channel of power—audiophile-grade, with toroid transformer, large electrolytic power capacitors, and stacked metalized film capacitors used throughout. Mixers can use either balanced or unbalanced inputs, tweak the response to fit a studio or room with active crossover controls, and have the convenience of 115V/230V user-switchable AC power, with full override protection. The high-frequency gain, low-frequency gain, and overall gain of each unit are calibrated to within 1.0 dB of reference standard, which allows every pair to deliver stunning imaging and pinpoint placement of instruments in the sound stage.

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Equator Q12

Equator Q12
Featuring a coaxial design, the Equator Audio Q12 studio monitor offers an SPL of 114 dB before distortion powered by 500 W to the woofer and 200 W to the horn. The drivers include a 12-inch woofer and a 1.3-inch titanium dome rear firing compression driver. The magnetically shielded cabinet features a 1-inch HDF baffle and 3/4-inch 13 layer Baltic Birch.

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Event Electronics Opal EX8

Event Electronics Opal EX8
The two-way Opal EX8 features a 1-inch metal-dome tweeter mounted in a unique elliptical waveguide and an 8-inch woofer. The Opal’s EX8 mid-low driver is a technical innovation. As a raw speaker it provides a frequency response of 30Hz -10kHz and power handling up to a staggering 1000 watts. The EX8 is capable of reproducing midrange frequencies with the clarity and speed of dedicated midrange drivers. At the same time it can deliver defined and accurate frequencies down to the Opal cutoff of 35 Hz, without resorting to rear-porting and manipulation of the listening space. Two proprietary Event technologies allow for this performance from a single driver: X-Coil and XBL.

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Focal SM9

Focal SM9
One of the many innovations within the SM9 are the two independent monitoring systems housed within the same speaker cabinet: a 3-way monitor equipped with a 1-inch pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter, a 6.5-inch midrange driver, 8-inch bass driver and an 11-inch passive radiator; and the same cabinet includes a two-way monitor utilizing the same inverted dome tweeter and a 6.5-inch mid-bass driver. By engaging the Focus mode switch on the side panel of each speaker, the three-way system becomes a two-way monitor with different crossover electronics. The all-analog amplifiers developed specifically for the SM9: 600 watts of Class-A/B amplification drives the SM9 on three separate channels, respectively 400 W (woofer), 100 W (midrange) and 100 W (tweeter). Independent left and right speakers are offered at a suggested retail price of $3,995 each.

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