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Adam Audio F5 5" Powered Studio Monitor 888365056005

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ADAM Audio monitors are found in top recording and post production studios all over the world, and now take their extensive knowledge of studio speaker technology and have created a more affordable entry line of monitors. The F5 is the smallest of the near field monitors in the F-series and has been designed for listening environments with somewhat...  Click To Read More About This Product

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ADAM Audio monitors are found in top recording and post production studios all over the world, and now take their extensive knowledge of studio speaker technology and have created a more affordable entry line of monitors. The F5 is the smallest of the near field monitors in the F-series and has been designed for listening environments with somewhat limited space.

The F models feature a newly designed version of ADAM' highly acclaimed ART tweeter. Slightly smaller than the X-ART tweeter, it is the next step in this continuous evolution in tweeter design.

As the name suggests, the F5 sports a 5 woofer made from carbon and paper and a 25mm voice coil. Despite the size of both the woofer as well as the cabinet, the F5 is capable of an astounding deep yet tight bass response.

Several controls to adjust the monitors to the environment are located on the rear panel: two room EQ' for both the high (>5kHz) and the low (<300Hz) frequencies as well as a volume knob (-ˆž to +6dB).


  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: 2-way
  • Low-frequency driver: 5"
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 1.5"
  • Full-range driver: Not applicable
  • Driver type: Glass fiber/paper
  • Frequency response: 52Hz – 50kHz
  • Max peak SPL: 106 dB
  • Amplifier class: A/B
  • Output power: 35W
Onboard Features 
  • Input connectors: XLR, RCA, TRS
  • Standby mode: Info not available
  • Acoustic space control: Yes
  • Power indicator: Yes
  • Width: 7.5" 
  • Height: 11.5" 
  • Depth: 9" 
  • Weight: 15 lb.
  • Enclosure type: Ported
Number 1
Basket ˜ 5" (127 mm)
Voice coil ˜ 1" (25 mm)
Cone material Glass fibre/paper
Number 1
Type ART
Velocity transform ratio 4:1
Built-in Amplifiers
Mid-Woofer 1
Type A/B
Amp. power RMS / music 25 W / 35 W
Tweeter 1
Type A/B
Amp. power RMS / music 25 W / 35 W
Control panel
Input Sensitivity -ˆž to +6 dB
High Shelf EQ > 5 kHz ±6 dB
Low Shelf EQ < 300 Hz ±6 dB
Input connectors
Analog XLR / RCA
General data
Frequency response 52 Hz - 50 kHz
Max. peak ‰110 dB
Weight 15 lb (6,8 kg)
Magnetically shielded No
Height x Width x Depth 11.5" (290 mm) x 7.5" (185 mm) x 9" (230 mm)
Warranty 2 Years
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Adam AudioF5 5" Powered Studio Monitor

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Speaker that made me spend over my budget.

By Jae Sung Youn

from West Lafayette, IN

Comments about Adam Audio F5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

I am fairly new to 'serious' mixing. Until now, I have been using my Sennheiser HD 280 pro headphones or Shure SE535 earphones. I knew I needed a monitor speaker if I wanted to start some serious mixing and hopefully, get pleasing results. So I did some research (as you are doing right now) and I narrowed my search down to Yamaha HS50M, KRK Rokit 5, and Tannoy Reveal 501A. I listened to all three of them and here's what my impression on them was. Yamaha had so much mid. I was really surprised how much mid rangy it was. I thought that it was 'too' mid rangy so that it would affect how my final results sound like: 'less' mid range. I excluded the Yamaha. The KRK was okay. As soon as I listened to it, I knew why it was used so so many people, especially dance music producers. I would like to compare it as Dr.Dre headphone type of sound. I has great bass.. but it was little muddy. I felt like it was damped all over the frequencies. So I excluded these. Finally the Tannoy speakers. These were the best compared to other two. It was just perfect. Not too mid randy and not too muddy. It seemed to me that the Tannoy represented what the song was supposed to sound like. But not very over-doing it. Then I listened to the ADAM F5. Pair of these speakers are $500 and it was well above my budget. I was like,, why not just take a listen? and I was blown off. Very very crisp higher frequency due to their special tweeter design. The bass was very tight and full of attack. To be frank, Tannoy sounded similar to the Adam. But I paid $140 more because I loved this better. Besides, it comes with 2 year manufacturer warranty. Believe me and try it. You'll enjoy it. But, don't believe me too much and just go to your local shop and listen to the speakers. You'll 'agree' with what I said here.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Very good value; does what it should well


from Salt Lake City

Site Member

Comments about Adam Audio F5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

I like these monitors. I've lived with them a few weeks and have probably 20 hours on them so far. I have a fair amount of decent gear. I listen with several low power single ended tube amps through very high efficiency loudspeakers. And I have a couple of very large power handling amps that I use to drive some big speakers to fill larger rooms. So I have some idea of what it means to use gear as it was intended, and how flexible some gear is to a variety of situations. Whether you will like them may depend on how you use them. These monitors shine when used properly (as I define it from my experience so far.) Here are things they don't do very well. To be fair, some of these things they were probably not designed to do: they won't energize the space/air in a large room. They are not loudspeakers. You cannot expect them to deliver a big sound into a large space; and by large, they got lost in an 1,100 sq st room if you backed up 20 feet. Again, these aren't loudspeakers. They are near field monitors, so one shouldn't try to use them to fill a room with sound. Related to this, they don't play especially loudly. You don't need it very loud when listening within a meter or so to the cabinets. But more than once I had the source output all the way up, the volume pots on the monitors all the way up, and I could have used more volume. This was mostly true for older, quieter recordings. Stuff mastered loudly delivered enough source voltage to drive the on board amps to decent levels. And they don't have heaps of bass energy. They will extend down a decent ways, but there isn't a lot of energy down there in the lower octaves. This shouldn't surprise anyone who considers the size of the bass drivers, the size of the cabinets and the size of the price tag. My four star rating considers these three factors in calling it a good value: for the size of the drivers, cabinets and price tag, these are good monitors. Now for what they do well: they shine on good piano recordings. They get the lower octave energy for piano right on good recordings. They get the bloom from that upper middle range into the high octaves right, too. They separate woodwinds into the individual instruments and the difference between oboes and English horns for instance is obvious without being colored. Buried pop vocals come out of the mix the way much more expensive monitors. The tweeters have a good, fun, lively, presence. Maybe not silky smooth, but again, take a look at the size of the cabinets and price tag. The thing I think they do the best is a very black background against which they play music. This quality is something I appreciate and expect from much more expensive systems. You get plenty of detail against that black background. This is good for mixing, especially stuff with lots of transients in the details. Classical pipe organ recordings are ok on these monitors, but acoustic guitar recordings playback like much more expensive monitors. Same with good drum recordings. Good details. Adam seems to have done a nice job matching the amps to the drivers and cabinets in a way that they all work together to make music rather than working against each other and music comes out, sometimes in spite of a component. If you can afford gear two, three times as much, you probably should. If you're looking in this price point, I'd be very surprised to find something that outshined these guys.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Adams big let down

By David Ashford

from Huntsville Al

Comments about Adam Audio F5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

From a company so good I thought I couldn't go wrong with it but I have to try real hard to mix and make it sound good on other systems. The main downfall is the frequency range lacks pretty hard on the top end making everything sound boxy and with a lot of mid. This problem somehow even affects the reverb, as it isn't as noticeable on these. These were a huge let down. I'd say good things about everything else but the frequency range is extremely important when mixing.

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