M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors  

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Overview

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
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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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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5.0

Great Studio Monitors!

By James McLendon

from Killeen, Texas

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I have a small studio with my computer, keyboard, TASCAM recorder, and these BX5a's. They are great monitors, and have clear sound throughout the range. I have had these monitors for about two years. I would recommend them for use in any small studio set-up. I am a professional musician, working as a church keyboardist and vocalist, as well as being a high school choir director. I don't think you can go wrong with these monitors. Hey, the kevlar would be enough to make you want them!

 
1.0

M-Audio BX5a for recording playback monitors

By JAMES C HAVINS

from Glendale

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

If you're doing track recording pass on these monitors. They are not acurate at all. I rated them one star simply because I couldn't rate them any lower. You're bettor off using only headphones to mix with than trying to use these. Some frequencies almost disappear taking some instruments almost completely out of the mix. Mine are simply not usable for track recording, period. I have old Awai home stereo speakers that are much better and they are not exactly great.

(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 sound

By Brody Froelich

from slc, ut

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

these speakers sound awesome! way better (more crisp highs and lows) than any computer speakers or bose i've heard

 
5.0

Deal !

By Richard Jacobs

from Atlanta, Georgia

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

These monitors are a great investment. The only downside is the low frequency bass doesn't register well. But other than that, the quality beats the price hands down. --RickDaProducer

 
5.0

These are the best pair of monitors i've ever owned.

By Jake Vorberg

from Chicago, IL

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

I have these hooked up to a saffire 6 USB, with a couple of mics. Singing and playing guitar was heard crystal clear with these monitors. Then I started using them for music I had, and not just recording. And they were BEYOND expectations. Also, M-Audio monitors tend to break fairly quickly, so get that guitar center warranty. Foolproof.

 
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.

(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.

(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!

(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.

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