Desktop Studio Monitors

Mar 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors



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Pelonis Model 42

Pelonis Model 42
This active, 4-inch, two-way system from Pelonis Sound and Acoustics is powered externally by four 100-watt amplifiers and controlled via 96k DSP, with access to 5 bands of parametric EQ. It fits in a 1U chassis and is expandable to 5.1/7.1 with addition of the Model 42CS (Center/Sub). Frequency range of 63 Hz to 37 kHz; 106dB peak; 4-inch multi-fiber cone; .75-inch titanium dome tweeter; nominal impedance 4 ohms.

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Equator D5

Equator D5
Just reviewed in Mix’s February 2012 issue, the D5s from Equator house a 5.25-inch woofer and 1-inch silk tweeter in a 9.75x7x8.5-inch frame. With a frequency response from 53 Hz to 20 kHz and front-baffled port, they also feature internal DSP, a rear-mounted sensitivity adjustment, XLR and TRS balanced inputs, and three boundary controls.

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Genelec 8020B

Genelec 8020B
The Genelec 8020B’s die cast aluminum Minimum Diffraction Enclosure houses a 4-inch driver and .75-inch tweeter (20W/20W) and incorporates the Directivity Control Waveguide for smooth on- and off-axis response. Frequency response of 66 Hz to 20 kHz and a max SPL of 105 dB at 1m. A 7050B sub can be added for a bass-managed multichannel system.

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Alesis M1 Active 520

Alesis M1 Active 520
The rear-ported Alesis M1 Active 520s feature bi-amp design (25W/50W; 5-inch woofer and ¾-inch soft-dome tweeter), XLR and ¼-inch balanced inputs, Hi, Mid and Lo frequency EQ switching, and a top-mounted, integrated power switch/clip light bar. The 520 is also available in a USB version for desktop/laptop applications straight out of the computer. A smaller-version M1 Active 320 USB includes a 3-inch magnetically shielded woofer.

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Yamaha HS50M

Yamaha HS50M, MSP3
The Yamaha HS50M two-way, bass-reflex monitor features a 5-inch cone with .75-inch tweeter and 70 watts bi-amped power. It has XLR and TRS inputs, with Mid EQ, Room Control and High Trim switches.

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Yamaha MSP3

The MSP3, meanwhile, is a two-way powered monitor with built-in 20W amplification that drives the 4-inch woofer, and 7/8-inch tweeter. A bass reflex enclosure enhances the low end while the company’s Waveguide technology works with the highs. Inputs include balanced XLR, ¼-inch and unbalanced RCA; two inputs can be active simultaneously, with separate volume and tone controls.

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