Monitors for Surround

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



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Alesis M1 Active 620

Alesis M1
The M1 Active 620 is the third generation of the acclaimed Alesis M1 Active Series. With a bold new look, redesigned driver, bass density control and EQ, this affordable, high-precision active reference monitor delivers superb sonic clarity. Specs include a 6.5-inch woofer, magnetically-shielded, with ultra-stiff polypropylene cone with rubber surround and high power handling voice coil (65 watts), 1-inch silk-dome tweeter (30 watts). Frequency response is stated at 49 Hz to 20 kHz; crossover frequency is at 2.8 kHz. The speakers include high, mid and low frequency EQ switches to accommodate user preference and subwoofers.

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The compact SCM16a active loudspeaker is a robust monitor designed for the accurate reproduction of stereo and multi-channel audio in small- to medium-sized studios or in remote locations. Incorporating technology called Constrained Layer Damping, the SCM16a features two lightweight driver cones that sandwich a constrained damping layer, said to be more efficient than conventional damping because of the way it shears when the cone flexes. In addition to the CLD-designed 150mm mid/bass driver, the SCM16A features a neodymium 25mm soft-dome tweeter. The upgraded onboard amplifier pack provides 200 watts to the mid/bass driver and 50 watts to HF; the ultralow-distortion design is capable of continuous sound pressure levels greater than 108 dB. Controls include bass level EQ and high-frequency attenuation.

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ATD2 FAR Active

ATD2 FAR Active
The FAR Active monitor systems in the AV Series include high-quality analog amplification and powerful DSP and CPU, offering easy, convenient and central control of setup via dedicated PC software and remote control. The two-way AV monitors feature a front-ported bass reflex that allows flush mounting and easy placement in the room.

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Behringer B3030A

Behringer B3030A Reference Monitor
The B3030A incorporates an ultra-high-resolution, 2-inch velocity-ribbon transducer and a long-throw, 6.75-inch Kevlar-coned woofer (built-in 140-watt bi-amped) in a die-cast aluminum chassis and an active crossover network with 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filters. There are separately controlled limiters for low and high-frequency overload protection, and servo-balanced inputs with XLR and ΒΌ-inch TRS connectors.

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Blue Sky SAT 6.5 MK II

Blue Sky SAT 6.5 MK II
Blue Sky entered the monitor market with an emphasis on surround systems, and the SAT 6.5 MK II is a reliable, high-performance THX pm3-approved active monitor speaker with a 6.5-inch hemispherical woofer and a 1-inch dual-concentric diaphragm tweeter that has a built-in waveguide for excellent off-axis response. The speaker delivers clear, accurate sound with a low noise floor and an adjustable gain range. A pair of custom-designed 100W amplifiers with optimized electronic crossover power the speaker. The rear panel offers a gain control, 12dB input attenuator, and 80Hz highpass filter for acoustic adjustments, while audio input is via a balanced XLR connector.

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