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



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M-Audio BX5-D2

M-Audio BX5-D2, BX5a Deluxe, CX5
The BX5-D2 from M-Audio features a bi-amplified design with 70W of distributed power, a 5-inch driver with Kevlar cones and a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter with integrated waveguides, optimized rear ports, and XLR balanced and ¼-inch balanced/unbalanced inputs/outputs.

Also, the Studiophile BX5a Deluxe update the BX5a system with improved waveguide and a new low-frequency transducer.

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M-Audio CX5

The CX5, released in 2009, utilizes Acoustic Space controls to optimize frequency response to the room and employs an Optimage IV waveguide to expand the sweet spot. It has a 5-inch Kevlar low-frequency driver and 1.25-inch silk-dome tweeter, and it utilizes 90 watts of distributed power.

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Mackie MR5MK2

Mackie MR5MK2
Mackie’s MR5MK2 powered reference monitor features a 5.25-inch woofer, 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and Class A/B amplification (55W for LF, 30W for HF) with an optimized waveguide and adjustable high and low frequency controls. Inputs include XLR, TRS and RCA, and the enclosure boasts minimum diffraction through molded baffles.

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KRK Rokit 5

KRK VXT-4, Rokit 5
Weighing in at a mere 14 pounds, KRK’s bi-amped VXT-4 features a 4-inch woven Kevlar woofer (30W), 1-inch silk tweeter (15W) and a radiused enclosure to eliminate diffraction. Frequency response is stated down to 56 Hz and peak SPL is rated at 107dB. Inputs are XLR and TRS. The active, two-way, front-firing Rokit 5 has a 5-inch glass-aramid composite woofer with 1-inch neodymium soft-dome tweeter (30 W and 15W, respectively) and a frequency response down to 52 Hz. Inputs are unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR and ¼-inch TRS.

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The JBL LSR2325P features a 5-inch long-excursion woofer and a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter (bi-amped, 55W/35W), with a frequency range from 43 Hz to 20 kHz. A detented level control and Low and High Trim controls let you tailor output and room response. Inputs are XLR, TRS, RCA; mounting points are included.

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Avantone MixCube

Avantone MixCubes
The self-powered 6.5x6.5x6.5-inch cube enclosure from Avantone houses a 5.25-inch, 8-ohm full-range driver (60W RMS, Mosfet, Class A/B amp) that has a range of 90 Hz-17 kHz and a max SPL of 104dB @ 1 meter. Inputs are XLR/TRS combo jack, +4/-10. Each speaker weighs a mere 7 pounds and comes with standard threading for mic stands.

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Neumann KH120

Neumann KH120
The KH120s from Neumann, the first speaker in the new line, feature a 5.25-inch, composite sandwich LF driver (50W) and a 1-inch HF titanium driver (50W). Other features include Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide providing smooth off-axis response, bass, mid and high EQ adjustments, low and high limiter protection circuitry, input gain and output level control and XLR inputs.

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Behringer TRUTH B1030A

Behringer TRUTH B1030A
Using a 5.25-inch Kevlar woofer and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter powered by a 50W and 25W amps respectively, the TRUTH B1030As feature Servo-balanced inputs with XLR, ¼-inch and unbalanced RCA connectors. The cabinet’s waveguide technology promises a large sweet spot while the magnetically shielded cabinets allow placement near computer monitors.

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