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M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors

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Recording professionals around the world rely on M-Audio Studiophile reference monitors for exceptional sonic accuracy. The Studiophile BX5a Deluxe monitors update M-Audio's bestsellers with new waveguides and enhanced driver integration for a cohesive and refined sound. The 5" low-frequency driver cones are crafted from Kevlar, an extremely resilient material. Curved cone design coupled with high-temperature voice coils and damped rubber surrounds deliver excellent fidelity and durability. The 1" waveguide-loaded, high-frequency drivers are made of magnetically shielded silk domes for a crisp top end that's gentle on the ears. 70-watt bi-amped power and expertly tuned crossovers round out a first-rate pair of reference monitors with a footprint small enough to fit just about anywhere.

Deluxe edition
The Studiophile BX5a Deluxe monitors update the best-selling M-Audio BX5a system with a variety of enhancements. The updated waveguide delivers excellent imaging. A new low-frequency transducer provides well-defined bass. Custom amplifier tuning enhances the integration between the high and low frequencies, delivering refined spectral balance and a smoother response. An elegant new industrial design completes the package.

Kevlar drivers
M-Audio's Studiophile BX5a Deluxe monitors employ Kevlar for low-frequency driver construction. Kevlar's high mechanical and thermal resilience makes it ideal for use in speaker cones. M-Audio's engineers also created a curved conical design that improves room dispersion. High-damping reliable rubber surrounds provide percussive musical bass, and also ensure that the cone reaches its optimal excursion for accurate reproduction.

Silk-dome, waveguide-loaded, high-frequency drivers
M-Audio's high-frequency domes are made from natural silk to counter the high Q ringing that's inherent in the poorly crafted metallic materials commonly found in other monitors. In addition, M-Audio's waveguides refine the high-frequency response. M-Audio's FerroFlow technology uses ferrofluid liquid cooling to dissipate heat for maximum efficiency and extended usage.

Bi-amplified efficiency
Active monitors have a distinct advantage over unpowered monitors because the built-in power amps are designed to work with the drivers and crossovers in a tuned system. Bi-amplification further refines the concept by dedicating separate power amps to the highs and lows. Combined with a finely tuned crossover, this design insures that both the high- and low-frequency drivers are asked to deliver only the frequencies they are most efficient at reproducing.

Rear-ported cabinet design
The BX5a Deluxe monitor's cabinet is integrally designed with its other components for optimal performance - right down to rounded corners for reduced edge diffraction and superior imaging. Custom rear-port design audibly reduces the turbulence and resulting distortion caused by poorly designed ports.

Magnetically shielded for desktop use
Unchecked, the electromagnetic waves emanating from your speakers can wreak havoc with your computer's video monitor or a nearby TV. The Studiophile BX5a Deluxe monitors are magnetically shielded so all of your electronic equipment can coexist on your desktop without interference.

FEATURES

  • Two-way studio reference monitors
  • Deluxe edition delivers extended low-frequency response and refined sound
  • 70 watts of distributed power
  • 5" low-frequency drivers with: curved Kevlar cones, high-temperature voice coils, damped rubber surround
  • 1" high-frequency drivers with: natural silk domes, integrated waveguides, magnetic shielding
  • XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs
  • Power indicator
  • Volume control
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Frequency response: 56Hz-22kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 3kHz
  • Low-frequency amplifier power: 40 watts
  • High-frequency amplifier power: 30 watts
  • Signal-to-noise: >100dB (typical A-weighted)
  • Polarity: positive signal at + input produces outward LF cone displacement
  • Input impedance: 20k Ohms balanced, 10k ohms unbalanced
  • Input sensitivity: 85 mV pink noise input produces 90dBA output SPL at one meter with volume control at maximum
  • Power: factory programmed for either 115V 50/60Hz, 230V50/60Hz
  • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, Turn-on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse
  • Cabinet: vinyl laminated MDF
  • Size (H x W x D): 9.84" 6.92" x 7.87",(250 x 176 x 200 mm)
  • Weight: 11.02Lb., (5.0 kg/unit)
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M-AudioStudiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors
 
4.0

(based on 25 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

good value, great sound!

these speakers are great! imo, they sound a bit high, hot on the high end till you take them off the wall, about 2 to 3 feet and place yourself abotu 6 to...Read complete review

these speakers are great! imo, they sound a bit high, hot on the high end till you take them off the wall, about 2 to 3 feet and place yourself abotu 6 to 12 feet back, they are soo nicely balanced when placed properly. i recomend this set to any beginner, with the seriuosness of a pro.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

I bought a pair of these for my laptop for when I'm not at my desktop. As the way with audio gear goes, most buyers will profess these sound like fantasy products costing way...Read complete review

I bought a pair of these for my laptop for when I'm not at my desktop. As the way with audio gear goes, most buyers will profess these sound like fantasy products costing way above their said purchase. They don't. Really, they don't. The BX5a are a bit grating with the highs. While the philosophy of a good monitor is to create a flat frequency response, our ears do not hear all frequencies at the same volume relative to its actual dB. Sibilances are an offender on the BX5a, meaning in all likelihood you may under mix hihats or snares. Also BX5a lack the dispersion of higher end speakers, making them a bit finicky (Granted they are half the cost of an average pair of near field monitors). They present the material with decent detail and if you're used to cheap speakers they might surprise you with the ability to articulate detail but they're hardly beyond that of a normal studio monitor. These are the "My first monitor" of near-fields. They're decent but they're hardly worth more than the sticker price.

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(60 of 69 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good value, great sound!

By dathan

from tulsa, ok

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

these speakers are great! imo, they sound a bit high, hot on the high end till you take them off the wall, about 2 to 3 feet and place yourself abotu 6 to 12 feet back, they are soo nicely balanced when placed properly. i recomend this set to any beginner, with the seriuosness of a pro.

(44 of 64 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for

By Greg

from Eugene, OR

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I bought a pair of these for my laptop for when I'm not at my desktop. As the way with audio gear goes, most buyers will profess these sound like fantasy products costing way above their said purchase. They don't. Really, they don't. The BX5a are a bit grating with the highs. While the philosophy of a good monitor is to create a flat frequency response, our ears do not hear all frequencies at the same volume relative to its actual dB. Sibilances are an offender on the BX5a, meaning in all likelihood you may under mix hihats or snares. Also BX5a lack the dispersion of higher end speakers, making them a bit finicky (Granted they are half the cost of an average pair of near field monitors). They present the material with decent detail and if you're used to cheap speakers they might surprise you with the ability to articulate detail but they're hardly beyond that of a normal studio monitor. These are the "My first monitor" of near-fields. They're decent but they're hardly worth more than the sticker price.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I AM IN LOVE

By viatheradio

from lakeland fl

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Ok, so I think my title says it all, but let me explain. The bass that comes out of these things gives me goosebumps. its not too fat, and not too tinny, tinny is that a word? anyway. the mids sound flat which is good, cause you want to hear the mids for noise reduction. it works perfect. one suggestion is that you should get some foam props for the cabinets or your highs will squeal a little, better yet what i did was cut a memory foam pillow in half and propped them up on top. that got rid of the annoying high pitched frequencies that buzz if there is no cushion under them. WOW that's all I can say. These things are worth the small price tag.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where Have They Been All My Life?

By WT

from Houston, TX

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Good grief....can these things be for real!? After reading all of the reviews that gush about the BX5a being so marvelous, I broke down and got a pair to use with my Power Mac G5 / Cubase LE4 / Lexicon Alpha project studio just to see if it was a lot of bull. The verdict: unbelievable. I've heard things in MP3s that I've been playing for years and never heard. All the hoopla about the full, tight low end? They ain't lyin', friends. These things are perfect for a small space setup. The little silk domes are my ears' new best friends! No coloration, no distortion, no kiddin'. If you don't have a pair of these yet, why not? Consider yourselves so advised; prepare to hear your mixes for the first time.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Has its Pro's and Cons

By Chris

from Lauderhill Fl

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Great sound for the price. however i was dissapointed that 39 days later one of my monitors just mysteriously stopped working. and when i contacted M-audio to replace they were kind enough to ackowledge my 1 year warrenty. however it cost me $40 bucks to ship the monitors back to them. I dont think i should have to pay anything it was their defective product so why should i have to pay for shipping? Like i said earlier good sound for the price but the down fall i would say would be their approach of fixing an obvious production error as many people had had the same complaint about one of the monitors clunking out.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in the store for the money

By Ed

from Detroit, MI

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I listened to all the speakers side by side in the store. The BX5a was the best to my ears by far. The others had obvious coloring and I felt like I wasn't hearing all the information like I did with the BX5a speakers. Got them home and hooked them directly to my Mac Mini, fired up Garage Band and was blown away by the sound quality and volume these little thing can put out. My eyes opened wide and I just kept saying "wow!". They are really amazing for the money.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BX5a replaced my Tannoy Reveals

By Fred

from Orange, CA

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Technology has made some leaps since my last setup of passive monitors and a power amp. I'm sold on active monitors. I'll leave the power matching to the engineers who design these great products. I used the BX5a to replace an aging QSC/Tannoy setup. I couldn't be happier. Admittedly, this is for a simple small studio. But, these babies deliver. The bass response is as advertised. Tight and percussive - inspirational on fretless bass. I don't have any problems with the highs. Acoustic guitar, piano, flute all reply naturally enough through the BX5a's. Something in this price range undoubtedly will have some shortcomings. But, I haven't picked them out yet! And the PRICE? If you are considering these, don't hesitate.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

will not buy again

By Tom Johnson

from Thomaston Georgia

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Got these things home and within one week the blue indicator light went out. Next had buzzing sound to develop in one woofer took back to Guitar Center and traded for another one, I'm in to this less that one year now have a humming noise in the woofer again. I will replace with a different brand next. I love the sound I got out of them but the reliability of these things suck at best. I do not push them hard so they should have held up better even for the money.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Speakers but Beware of the Sticker

By Nat Eastham

from Edmond, OK

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I probably don't have the ears to give these speakers an accurate technical review, but I have some feedback for the "geniuses" in marketing that thought it was okay to affix a sticker to the front of each monitor touting its new features. Performance and technical features aside, when you buy a piece of quality audio gear you expect it to look absolutely perfect, just like any stereo receiver or a DVD recorder. So imagine my annoyance when each speaker had a red sticker on the front. Surely this sticker would peel off nicely, and believe me, I've peeled off many stickers in my day from various items, I know how to do it slowly and carefully, but I assure you it was impossible in this case. The sticker is the cheapest paper possible, and it tears up within the first 1/8" of peeling. The adhesive they used must have come from the depths of Hell, because this stuff is like a cross between epoxy and super-glue. You can scrape it until your thumbnail is torn up, and it just smears around and refuses to come off in its entirety. I've probably spent 30 minutes scraping on each speaker and still the ugly adhesive scars remain. So, when I look at these speakers, instead of seeing a beautiful pristine piece of audio gear I just see those ugly adhesive smears. So I wonder who the genius was that decided to have the stickers slapped onto each unit? M-Audio, if you're out there reading this, pull some units from the assembly line and try to peel that sticker off, then you'll realize that you have just infuriated every owner that has to go to the trouble to attempt to remove it, and that no matter how hard they try, the cosmetics will still be ruined. You do not need to deface a piece of audio gear with a sticker, any more than you'd slap a bumper sticker onto the door of a Lamborghini Countach and expect the owner to peel it off. It's pure insanity. You guys ruined what would have been a cosmetically perfect item.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good value

By Mitchell Casel

from Orefield, PA

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I went out for a search for monitors for my home studio that weren't too big or too expensive. Comparing monitors side-by-side, it came down to these and the Rokit 5's; both are $300 a pair, both have 5" woofers and 1" tweeters, and the power output difference between them is only 5 watts. Despite the Rokit 5 having a high-frequency adjuster, I found the M-Audio BX5's to have a fuller sound that allowed me to pick out more details from the audio, especially in the highs. The only con I found with these in my testing is that these monitors DO NOT like unbalanced cables, but I use balanced connections 95% of the time, so it's not an issue for me. It may be an issue for people with lower-end interfaces, so the Rokit 5 wins if you need to use unbalanced connections, including RCA connectors. ----- In conclusion, if the Rokit 6 is just out of your budget range, skip the Rokit 5, and grab the BX5a instead... you won't regret it.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

And another Speaker has clunked out on me.

By Chris

from Lauderhill, FL

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I would not suggest these speakers to anyone. I wrote earlier about one of my speakers going out, and now just a few months after replacing one pair now i have to get the pair that was sent to me from M-audio replaced again. The quality of these speakers are HORRIBLE! DO NOT BUY. Sounds good but trust me this speaker will one day mysteriously stop working.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pod X3 Live users - this is it!!

By Keith

from Flower Mound, TX

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Looking for an "affordable" solution for my Pod X3 Live, home jamming with headphone quality sound, I started my quest with the Harbinger HA60 PA system. After spending $$ on the POD, the last thing I wanted was to spend $$ on a live setup. The HA60 worked well and sounded OK, but was just too loud and powerful for bedroom jamming - It would shake the walls and cause ringing in my ears...lol. Anyway, I liked the sound, but wanted something smaller, so I exchanged for the M-audio AV-40 powered speakers. They sounded really good, but lacked the bass and punch that I wanted at higher volumes. Also, they distorted when playing with high gain settings, although the clean tones sounded great. Knowing that I was on to something, I exchanged these for the M-Audio BX5a's. After playing through these, I was in heaven. They sound fantastic with the POD X3L, having just enough punch to be loud without shaking the walls or distorting the speakers. Jamming with backing tracks has never been so much fun. Sounds like your wearing headphones. Unfortunately, after 1 day of use, one of them started popping and crackling. I new this to be a problem ahead of time, but didn't expect it so soon. After more research, I decided to exchang these for the KRK Rokit 5's. HUGE mistake. The KRK's lacked the punch and distorted and clipped at hi gain settings causing me to have to turn down gains and volumes. Now I could barely hear them (see my Rokit 5 review). Anyway, I returned them and went back to the M-Audio BX5a's. I will just deal with the poor quality issues with the 2 year fix/replace coverage from GC. Thanks GC!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I needed

By Rolling Hills

from Portland, OR

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I work in a home studio and need clear, precise sound control. These speakers are exactly what I needed. Now, for the money you spend on these, you can afford to invest in a sub to drive the bass. I have mine setup that way and these monitors work perfectly! As always, I'm very happy with the gear and the customer service I received at the GC in Beaverton, OR. I was able to take two hours and compare EVERY monitor setup the store offered. No pressure, no hassles, just a kid in a candy store talking shop with a buddy!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THESE ROCK. BUY THEM.

By Marc

from Palmdale

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I got these on Black Friday last year and I must say - 5 stars. These little suckers pack a powerful punch. I listen to a lot of heeavy electro and metalcore and I must say it captures the highs and bassy deep and punchy lows beautifully. You'll hear sounds that you never thought possible before. I really don't have any complaints, these things rule for producing and enjoying your own music alike.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

R u serious?????????

By TRE' HEFNER

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I just found this pair of monitors for $100!!!!!! Great price, awesome sound, and reliable. You won't go wrong with these. Trust me! I run them through my m-audio fast track, and they are phenomenal!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Sound!

By David R. Brown

from El Paso, TX

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

For a very reasonable cost (priced by pair, not individually), these small, personal-studio monitors really rock! I have had a pair of the BX5a Deluxe speakers for about a month now, and I am very pleased with them. I use them to amplify my folk guitar (cleanly or overdriven), my ukulele, my digital piano (M Audio, of course), recorded music, and even DVD movies. My only beefs with the BX5a's are that they have no tone equalization, the volume controls are in the back, and they offer no output jacks of any kind; however, these drawbacks are very minor in contrast to the great benefits of the sound and price. Each of the two BX5a's is bi-amplified, potentially sending 40 watts to the woofer and 30 to the tweeter. Believe me, they really produce the volume, and they do so with clarity! I recommend that you use some kind of tonal EQ, especially if you will be listening for pleasure. The bass and treble can be a bit strong. If you experience fuzziness when there shouldn't be any, try turning down the volume from the sound source, and then turning up the speakers. They still will produce plenty of volume, but without the unwanted distortion. If I'm not mistaken, the "Deluxe" Model is the second generation of the BX5a's. They are being replaced gradually by the third version in the series, known as the "BX5a-D2." Therefore, the Deluxe is being sold for a steal of a price. Don't miss the opportunity! Although it isn't likely that these budget monitors will suit the discriminating demands of a recording engineer (they WILL distort at very high volumes), for an amateur or light professional application, they will perform beautifully.

 
5.0

Great Value

By Only Human

from Arlington, Tx

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

BX5a's do a great job of seperating the frequencies, nice and even. If you are set up for bitmatched recording/playback the highs may sound a little pushed. This is easily fixed by turning down the input and cranking these beasts up! The monitors are worth every penny but you will need a sub. If you're like me, these are probably the best you can afford. In that case, I highly recommend complementing them with the sub from the Logitech 2330 set. Deep and cheap and has an on/off remote switch. Dont run the BX5a's off the sub, just split the line.

 
5.0

REALLY NICE SOUND

By hector

from fort worth texas

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

man i just bought these like couple hours ago and man they sound amazing i was imediately blown away by the clearness of the sound they a bit small in size but they do the perfect job really good i cant wait till i get the bx8's lol really cant

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Careful with them

By Jon

from Rockford, IL

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

They sound ok playing cds, but, they will blow the tweeters if you turn the volume knob all the way up. Q: "So why do they allow to be turned up that loud?" A: "So you can buy them again." I've looked for replacement parts for them with no luck. If you buy them, BE CAREFUL with them. Not what you wanna hear when you're buying speakers. Also, we didn't find that they were accurately displaying the sound we were recording. We ended up resorting to burning to cd, then going out to listen back to it in my car stereo. Completely worthless in my opinion. Save yourself the money, and save up for some decent passive pa speakers, and a decent amp. Or house speakers and receiver, whichever works for you. That's what I'm doing now, and wish I would've done from the start. I would not recommend these.

 
5.0

VERY GOOD for the price!!!!

By William Hubbard

from Belfair, Washington

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

These are Great! They're not too expensive, they sound very good, they're light and have a small foot print, and they're built very well. The tone and clarity of these monitors is very good. They have decent bass response for 5" speakers and the mid and high frequencies come through perfectly. They get Plenty loud for a small studio or office type room, and they don't distort until you have them cranked. I bought these with a Presonus Audiobox USB and i really couldn't be more happy for the price. Although these are a perfect buy for the price, I'd really recommend getting the BX8A's if you can afford them. My friend has them and the get louder, have better bass/low mid output, and are the same quality as these of-course.

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