M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors  

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The M-Audio BX studio monitor series is trusted by more musicians and recording professionals than any other. Now, BX5 D2 monitors extend the bestsellers’ legacy with an elegant new design inside and out. M-Audio has leveraged technology from their high-end monitors to extend the frequency response and provide an even more natural listening experience. Custom Class A/B analog amplifiers deliver superior dynamics and tonal accuracy across the frequency spectrum—while the latest-generation woven Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters provide rich, defined sound. With the BX5 D2, you’ll enjoy the utmost accuracy in an engaging listening experience.

M-Audio monitors—number one by design
M-Audio’s experienced engineers combine innovative thinking with masterful speaker design and superior craftsmanship, developing monitors that push technology boundaries and outperform the competition. From the high-resolution M-Audio DSM series to the best-selling M-Audio BX series, our monitors provide the perfect monitoring solution to complement your professional setup, project studio or mobile recording rig.

Accurate and enjoyable
Whether you’re recording, mixing, or mastering, your monitors are your primary reference source. Accurate monitors let you hear exactly what’s happening in your mixes—and give you the assurance that your music will translate well to other listening environments. The M-Audio BX5 D2 monitors leverage a decade of monitor engineering expertise to deliver exceptional transparency and sonic definition—allowing you to enjoy marathon mixing sessions with minimal listening fatigue.

Designed for pros—and beginners
Countless pros use M-Audio studio monitors to produce and mix the music and audio you hear every day. The BX D2 series makes that same design philosophy and technology available to anyone with a passion for great sound. BX5 D2 helps you understand what’s in your mix so you can make better decisions about how it will translate across a wide variety of systems—from MP3 earbuds to car stereos to audiophile rigs.

Silk-dome, waveguide-loaded, high-frequency drivers
Our high-frequency domes are made from natural silk to counter the audible ringing that is inherent in the poorly crafted metallic materials often found in other monitors. The high-frequency driver is fully isolated from the rest of the enclosure to ensure minimum distortion, providing ultra-smooth frequency response up to 22 kHz. It also features a built-in waveguide, which offers an expansive sound stage and exceptional imaging.

Kevlar low-frequency drivers
To insure a lifetime of service, we constructed the BX5 D2 monitor’s 5” low-frequency driver from woven Kevlar. Kevlar’s high mechanical and thermal resilience makes it ideal for use in speaker cones. Our engineers also created a curved conical design that improves room dispersion. High-damping reliable rubber surrounds provide percussive musical bass, and insure that the cone reaches its optimal excursion for accurate reproduction. And our high-temperature voice coils reduce power compression, guaranteeing that your monitors will deliver full performance hour after hour.

Rear-ported cabinet design
The BX5 D2 cabinet is integrally designed with its other components for optimal performance—right down to rounded corners for reduced edge diffraction and superior imaging. The custom rear port is designed to minimize air turbulence and resulting distortion while adding additional low frequency extension.

Bi-amplified efficiency
The Class A/B bi-amplified design dedicates separate power amps to the high and low frequencies—providing ample headroom for even the loudest and most dynamic of mixes. Combined with a finely tuned crossover, the design ensures that each driver only delivers the frequencies that it can reproduce most efficiently, resulting in tonal accuracy and cohesive sound across the entire frequency spectrum.

Find the sweet spot quickly and easily
When monitoring, it’s important to sit in the middle position or “sweet spot” between the two speakers—where the stereo image is optimized. BX5 D2 features a pinhole power LED that makes finding the sweet spot easy. You’ll know you’re in the right listening position when the BX5 D2 power LEDs appear to be brightest.

Features
  • Bi-amplified design with 70 watts of distributed power offers cohesive, accurate sound
  • 5” low-frequency drivers with Kevlar cones provide rich, defined lows
  • 1” high-frequency drivers with natural silk domes and integrated waveguides deliver smooth, clear highs
  • Optimized rear ports for extended low-frequency response
  • XLR balanced and 1/4” balanced/unbalanced inputs
Specifications
  • Frequency response: 53 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 3 kHz
  • Low-frequency amplifier power: 40 watts
  • High-frequency amplifier power: 30 watts
  • Maximum signal-to-noise (dynamic range): > 100 dB (typical a-weighted) Polarity: positive signal at + input produce outward lf cone displacement
  • Input impedance: 20 k ohms balanced, 10 k ohms unbalanced
  • Input sensitivity: 85 mv pink noise input produces 90 dBA output SPL at one meter with volume control at maximum
  • Power: factory programmed for either 115v ~50/60 Hz or 230v ~50/60 Hz Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn-on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse
  • Cabinet: vinyl-laminated MDF
  • Size: 7.7” x 7” x 10”; 19.5cm x 17.6cm x 25.2cm
  • Weight: 11 lbs./unit; 5 kg.
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M-AudioBX5 D2 Studio Monitors
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for the Price

So far so good. They sound great. Tight bass and crisp highs. They compliment my passive set and provide another glimpse of the sound potential of your mix. I would not depend on...Read complete review

So far so good. They sound great. Tight bass and crisp highs. They compliment my passive set and provide another glimpse of the sound potential of your mix. I would not depend on these as my only monitors. (That's because I wouldn't depend on ANY single set. You MUST have different monitors to get the full picture of what you're doing. Either that or transport your mix from system to system to get your feedback.) They're a nice addition to my control room.
Not a lot of features, but you really don't need them. Reference monitors are all about placement and the room they're used in. All monitors are "colored" so you need to get used to how your favorite music sounds on every different setup. Volume and balanced inputs are pretty much it for these guys.
They seem to be well made, but I still have reservations about powered reference monitors. I've used my passive Event 20/20 pair for almost 20 years now. Sure, I've replaced power amplifiers during that time, but the total cost of power amp replacement was less than the last set of powered monitors I purchased. (Adam A7, which were excellent, until one of them quit working.) Can't comment on how long these last as I've only had them for a couple weeks. But, if I can get three years at this price, then they're well worth it. I just fully expect to have to replace them while my passive 20/20's will keep on trucking into the next decade and beyond!
Can't beat the price for what you get.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great look, great price, mediocre sound.

While I will say that these speakers come at a great price, they only sound decent at a certain volume. I use these speakers to listen to my music on iTunes, and they...Read complete review

While I will say that these speakers come at a great price, they only sound decent at a certain volume. I use these speakers to listen to my music on iTunes, and they sound great, but when when I'm mixing music on Logic using high quality sampled instruments, they are inaccurate at certain volumes. For example, when I am listening on my Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80 headphones, I can hear all the imperfections in the sound because of the wide dynamic and frequency range. Well, the M-Audio's range is a lot smaller and what sounds balanced at a low volume (sorry, no dB measurement here), once the volume is turned up, certain frequencies pop out more and the mix has to be adjusted. I think it's because I need a sub. The frequencies that seem to pop out at higher volumes are between 200-2kHz. I don't like it. I'm just going to end up buying bigger speakers.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gr8 NF monitors! nice flat EQ response!

By Torment Faktory

from Colorado Springs CO.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Very "flat" Tonesound

Cons

  • A Hair On The Bassy Side

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

Very well constructed, very reliable, very flat sound/tone, (Yes, if you are in the studio, that IS what you want as opposed to heavy bass). The whole idea behind a set of studio monitors is that they are totally "flat" on the equalization scale. Why? Because thats how you get a baseline of what your product really sounds like. Your listener is going to add bass, midrange, and treble according to their tastes. If you record a song on really bassy speakers, it's going to sound trebly on normal speakers.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hard to Beat These For the Price!

By djeaux

from Mississippi Gulf Coast

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

    I bought a pair of these as individual items when Musicians Friend had the singles on sale for roughly 1/3rd off. I've not fully run them through their paces, but the sound is clean and flat. Imaging is very good. Hook-up is easy, volume is excellent. They are solid and attractive, too. Excellent bang for the buck.

    Did I mention that Musicians Friends' free shipping got these to me in less than 48 hours? Exceptional service!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Need To Have-Beginner or Professional

    By WildAce

    from Nellis AFB, NV

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

      I have been searching for a pair of monitors that did not break the bank, but didn't drop in quality. I have spend several weekends in music stores comparing speakers, but nothing came close to what these guys can do! Since they are bi-amplified, they separately pack a powerful punch that makes any musician happy. I have listen and recorded a wide range of music on these speakers over the last four months of owning them and cannot find one flaw! I even use them to monitor live performances and they continue to prove themselves over and over again. I will say that the 5" and 8" have a difference in bass when it comes to hip-hop, but that is not a type of music I specialize in recording. This is not a flaw but being realistic when dealing with 5" speakers. Obviously, the 8" speaker set will carry more bass response and high end due to the construction. Aside from hip-hop, they pack a mean high and low for recording. Hands down, these should be your first and only choice for monitors! I record in a relatively small room and these carry enough sound to be heard across the room. You can do your homework, but you will come back to these.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      M-Audio Has Out Done Themselves

      By WildAce

      from Las Vegas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Bi-amplified
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Simple Controls
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

        I have been hunting for a reliable set of monitors for quite some time. I was bouncing back and fourth between the KRKs, Mackies, Yamaha, and these. The problem was the price tag for a good sounding monitor above a 5" speaker. I sat down in a music store for about an hour testing out my line up and noticed I kept coming back to one particular speaker. It had a great range from low to high and was freaked loud! I looked over and saw this 5" M-Audio shining through it all. I was stunned! For the price tag, these are a great deal and was exactly what I was looking for to install in my studio. No matter if you are using them for mixing, mastering, reference, ECT these get the job done. I will say that these are so clear and able to define tracks that I am going to re-mix a few of my songs because I was horrified at what I thought were good mixes. IF you want an entry/experienced pair on monitors you have to try these out. Don't waste your money on a 3" pair or any other 5" pair of speakers, because you will be disappointed. Great buy and thank you to all of the previous owners who suggested them.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent for the Price

        By David Ranck

        from Sarasota, FL

        Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

        I needed a pair of active monitors to replace a passive Alesis set. I spent many hours reading reviews and was able to demo many different brands in the local Guitar Center. I kept coming back to the BX5D2. I purchased the next gen version and for the price, they more than meet my expectations. Clean mids, crisp highs, good lows. These are dual-amplifier monitors with a separate amp for each speaker, giving a total power of 70 watts which is enough to fill a fairly large space. My studio is probably average for a home studio (12 x 14 feet)and there is more than adequate power. The original BX5s have been the market leader for a while and I can see why. One thing you might consider depending on your genre is how the monitors handle sub bass. There is no adjustment on the rear panel to tweak the frequency db levels. For me this is not an issue. One hint: the small blue power LED on the front of the cabinet has a dual function. It also delineates the sweet spot. If the blue LED is place at ear level, you should be at the best height for listening. I expect they will even sound better after they are broken in. I'm quite happy with them.

         
        3.0

        Great look, great price, mediocre sound.

        By Ruben Carrillo

        from Bakersfield, CA

        Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

        While I will say that these speakers come at a great price, they only sound decent at a certain volume. I use these speakers to listen to my music on iTunes, and they sound great, but when when I'm mixing music on Logic using high quality sampled instruments, they are inaccurate at certain volumes. For example, when I am listening on my Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80 headphones, I can hear all the imperfections in the sound because of the wide dynamic and frequency range. Well, the M-Audio's range is a lot smaller and what sounds balanced at a low volume (sorry, no dB measurement here), once the volume is turned up, certain frequencies pop out more and the mix has to be adjusted. I think it's because I need a sub. The frequencies that seem to pop out at higher volumes are between 200-2kHz. I don't like it. I'm just going to end up buying bigger speakers.

        (4 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Crackling after a month and a half

        By Teazy

        from Kc

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Highs Decent Lows

        Cons

        • Pops And Crackles

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

        I wouldn't buy it, they have seemed to have a history of bulging capacitors that result in the crackling/popping. Id save up some money to get something nicer.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So glad I got these!

        By Tatum Studios

        from Minnesota

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

          For years I've always wanted a "demo" studio to work out all my new tunes and overdub ideas before heading to the studio to make my albums. This year was the perfect year to attack the project. I spent countless hours doing research for my studio and I always came back to these bad boys (BX5). I was told by many that I didn't need anything to fancy for demo's, but I didn't want to be upgrading in a year because I purchased something that was just good enough. I am glad I stuck to my guns, as these speakers are awesome! I had them set up and running in minutes, and in my mind are perfect for any home studio. Not to mention also great for just listening to music (as I am now) while online researching for the next addition to your studio. Sexy little blue light indicator for power on the front, easy connections and volume on rear, of most important great sound to hear your creative ideas come to life. My platform is acoustic based and my research shows these speakers work excellent for many different flavors. Very happy all the way around the board with this pair of speakers!

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          DOA.5

          By FREDERIC WENZEL

          from Katy, Texas

          Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

          Well...better check they actually work before leaving the store. I purchased these off recommendation of GC store staff, and a week later when I hooked them up only one of them powered up (yes I checked the inline fuse). I am somewhat amazed that M-audio does not perform quality control before shipments, but this is not surprising considering these speakers are manufactured in CHINA.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Speakers for the Price

          By MC2

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • true

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitors:

            I have used all types of professional monitors, from super high end, to NS-10's and beyond. The trick is to find monitors that you can afford - both money-wise and ear-wise.

            These speakers, for my ears, are by far the best bang for the buck. Easy. They are honest enough so that it doesn't sound like another mix on my car stereo (which happens when speakers have a heavy EQ built in). They have a great clarity in the highs, and a tight response in the lows.

            I recommend these often - unless you can afford Dyn's or Adams, get the BX's.

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