Monitors for Surround

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



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Sonodyne SM100ak

Sonodyne SM100ak
The SM100ak two-way active near-field monitor, designed to appeal to musician/engineers, includes a 6.5-inch Kevlar cone woofer in a diecast chassis and a 1.25-inch silk-dome tweeter with integral waveguide firing through a twin, vented port. Frequency response of 60 Hz to 22 kHz, ±2 dB, with max SPL of 108 dB. Amplification is 80 watts to LF, 40 watts to HF, with 4th-order Linkwitz-Riley crossover at 1.8k. Front controls include power switch and volume; rear controls include Gain and four DIP switches for bass/ treble tilts and bass roll-off, with balanced XLR and TRS inputs.

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Tannoy Reveal 601P

Tannoy Reveal 601P
The low-distortion 6.5-inch LF/MF driver and 1-inch soft-dome wide-bandwidth tweeter (coupled to an elliptical waveguide) of the Tannoy Reveal 601P extends the amplitude response from 63 Hz to 30 kHz; the passive two-way design recommends 50W to 100W RMS. The sculpted and rigid front baffle design is said to minimize diffraction, and response has been optimized for quarter-space near-field operation, such as on a meter bridge or on a desktop. A front firing reflex bass port negate boundary-coupling. Balanced XLR and unbalanced jack connectors.

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Trident Audio HG3

Trident Audio HG3
The unique cabinet configuration of the HG3 was designed to solve problems: cabinet resonance, phase distortion, intermodulation distortion, edge diffraction…but it’s the rotating 6-inch-diamter cylinder housing the midrange and tweeter that catches one’s eye and provides ultimate listening flexibility. Dual-voicecoil longthrow subs extend smooth response down to below35 Hz, while the midrange and tweeter, with separate 60W amp, take response to 19.5 kHz. Crossovers, critical in a separate sub enclosure, are set at 320 Hz and 3.5k. The amplification section houses three high-power MOS modules; THD is at .05 percent, with noise level typically below -104 dB.

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Yamaha HS80M

Yamaha HS80M
The HS80M two-way bass-reflex, bi-amplified near-field studio monitor was designed with flat, accurate response in mind, much in the tradition of the venerable NS-10. Featuring an 8-inch cone woofer and 1-inch soft-dome tweeter (120 watts total power), frequency response is stated at 42 Hz to 20 kHz. XLR and TRS inputs accept balanced or unbalanced power, and the rear includes Mid EQ, Room Control and High Trim switches, along with a Low Cut switch.

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