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Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair) Black

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The Avantone MixCubes are shielded, full-range mini reference monitors. Their design is inspired by the legacy of the 5C Sound Cubes used in virtually all-major studios for the last 25 years.ApplicationActive Recording / Mixdown MonitorsEngineering ObjectiveThe Avantone Active Mixcubes are designed to be high-resolution, full-range powered mini-ref...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Avantone MixCubes are shielded, full-range mini reference monitors. Their design is inspired by the legacy of the 5C Sound Cubes used in virtually all-major studios for the last 25 years.

Application
Active Recording / Mixdown Monitors

Engineering Objective
The Avantone Active Mixcubes are designed to be high-resolution, full-range powered mini-reference monitors for fixed or remote locations. The secondary engineering facet was to create a timeless design that compliments a single full-range transducer.

Performance Objective
Studios primarily use 2-way & 3-way larger monitors designed to represent a wide range reference viewpoint at higher listening levels. However, in this newly developing age of High Definition Audio, there is still a need to also hear what your mix will sound like when played back over small "bass-challenged" systems such as televisions, clock radios, computers, car stereos, iPod docking stations, etc. It is important to make mixing judgments based partially on listening to reference monitors that will not impart tonal anomalies caused by crossovers or inferior full range drivers. Particular attention is always paid to the critical mid-range vocal/guitar/keyboard areas. This is where having a full-range monitor without a crossover is truly revealing. Ten months of R&D comparative listening & tweaking went into the voicing of the AVANTONE MixCubes. The result is a very smooth sounding, full range upgrade from the original 5C Sound Cubes. Listening tests reveal that the MixCubes have a smooth, more open, transparent top end response with extended bass while maintaining their basic original character.

Cabinet Design
The original 5C Sound Cubes were made of ½" particleboard covered with a glue-on wood grain contact paper. Avantone chose to use thicker, denser MDF board because of its high rigidity and inherent low-resonance characteristics. They started with a 165mm (6 1/2") sealed cube design with radiused edges, then chose an elegant Polyurethane high gloss "RETRO-CREAM" finish. The originals had either screws or on later models plastic binding posts mounted on a recessed plastic cup.

Avantone upgraded to high-end nickel plated, machined solid metal binding posts (Dual banana spacing) mounted on a black anodized ,milled and silk-screened aluminum terminal plate. Next they added a 7mm thick neoprene pad embedded into the base of the cabinet to serve as a skid-resistant acoustic isolator. Additionally, for creative mounting situations, Avantone recessed an industry standard 5/8"-27 mic stand mount into the base.

Driver Design
The originals were a basic 5" stamped frame design. Avantone designed a proprietary 5.25" die cast aluminum frame driver/cone assembly to exceed the performance of the originals. The mounting bezel is then polished for an elegant appearance. The paper cone, chosen for its musical character, is custom designed & crafted using the finest New Zealand pulp with mica fibers added for lighter weight & rigidity. The cloth surround is made in Japan to exacting uniform thickness tolerances. The Top Plate and T-Yoke of driver are made of Sumitomo 1008 low carbon steel enabling the highest modeled flux density in the gap. The magnets are Y- 40 GRADE (MIL-SPEC) yielding a 43oz. High Power-low distortion motor structure.

Amplifier Design
Avantone designed the amp module from the ground up to be a true professional-grade amplifier. It incorporates "overkill" concepts in component selection as well as safety. The result is a "no-compromise" amp with robust headroom characteristics that will rival the performance of much higher priced studio rack mount amps.

Balanced Input
This "combo XLR" input accepts a BALANCED male XLR plug as well as a 3-conductor BALANCED TRS ¼" or a 2 conductor UNBALANCED TS ¼" male plug. For unbalanced operation with a TS connector the minus signal is automatically grounded.

System Gain
This variable control adjusts the sensitivity of the signal that appears at the input. Rotating the control clockwise increases the sensitivity while a counter-clockwise rotation decreases sensitivity. The adjustable gain range is from -30 to +6 dB. A setting of +6 allows a full, unimpeded signal to be sent to the amplifier. The detented gain positions allow for repeatable settings between speakers for proper matching. Please Note¦ when the signal appearing at the input is too hot, the amplifier can overload causing distortion and possible damage to the speaker. If overload occurs, attenuate (decrease) the input level by turning the knob counter-clockwise a few clicks.

On/Off Switch
This illuminated switch turns the amplifier section on and off. The unit is still receiving power from the transformer however.

AC Input
This input is only to be use with the proprietary AVANTONE Power Supply. Tighten the cable/connector securely for reliable operation. Note: There is a switch on the power supply for selecting the proper AC/MAINS operating voltage for your location.

Ground Lift Switch
By engaging this switch the pin 1 shield is lifted at the input jack. This can be used to aid in ground loop control of the incoming analog line signal.

Placement
When positioning the Avantone Active MixCubes on stands or console bridges it is best to keep them at ear level and slightly angled in towards the engineer. Since they are shielded it is ok to place them near a CRT video monitor or TV without causing any problems. The bottom mic stand mounts will also allow you creative positioning options in unusual studio playback situations.

Features

General
  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: full-range
Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • Full-range driver: 5.25"
  • Driver type: Paper cone
Sound
  • Frequency response: 90Hz – 17kHz
  • Max peak SPL: 104 dB
  • Amplifier class: A/B
  • Output power: 60W
Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: XLR/TRS
  • Standby mode: No
  • Acoustic space control: No
  • Power indicator: No
Other
  • Width: 6.5"
  • Height: 6.5" 
  • Depth: 6.5"
  • Weight: 7.5 lb.
  • Enclosure type: Sealed 
Specifications
  • System Type: Active (Self-powered) shielded full-range stereo pair
  • Frequency Response: 90Hz - 17,000Hz (useful musical range)
  • Driver Impedance: Nominal 8 ohms
  • Max SPL: 104db @ 1 meter = 1%THD (PINK NOISE)
  • Amplifier Type: Class A/B
  • Amplifier Power: 60 watts RMS@ .005% THD (1KHz)
  • Amp Frequency Response: 22Hz-50KHz +0dB/- 3dB (90Hz-50KHz +/-0dB)
  • Noise: S/N -113 dB
  • Sensitivity: 0dBu (.775VRMS) input at maximum volume (+6dB) = 104dB SPL
  • Driver: Proprietary design 5.25" cast aluminum frame / paper cone / shielded
  • Cabinet: sealed / 18mm MDF / Dacron acoustical stuffing
  • Inputs: XLR & TRS (COMBO JACK) +4/Balanced and -10 unbalanced
  • Weight: 7 lb 5 oz (per speaker)
  • Dimensions: 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
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AvantonePro Active MixCube (Pair)
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

The MixCubes Pair is what I need to complete my mixes

By Loopio

from Union NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair):

    The MixCubes are amazing. I need to have speakers that resemble car, computer, and phone listening experience. I mix on 6 different speakers in order to achieve well balanced mix that will play on any device and the Cubes were my missing link. I need speakers that don't respond under 90Hz in order to control low end of my mixes. Someone would ask why??? Well, I want the bass and drum kick to be there in the mix even if you listening on your phone. But that's not all. The Cubes also sound amazing in the mid and high end. I can hear (better than on other devices) what to correct in order to get a good mix without going to my car 15 time before I decide the mix is done. Please notice that I am describing a certain aspect of mixing that the Cubes are great for. The Cubes would not be (in my opinion) good speakers if you were to buy only one set of speakers for your studio.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Alternate Mixing Speakers

    By MJT

    from Cincinnati, OH

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair):

      I use these as an alternate set of mixing speakers to check my mix for compatibility on various playback systems. The quality of these units is impressive and becomes obvious as you unpack and install them. These are perfect for an alternate mix comparison as they are purposely built to have limited frequency range to represent lower end audio devices that might play your finished mix. I work my mixes alternating between these speakers and my near field monitors to make sure my mixes will sound good on a range of audio playback systems.

       
      5.0

      Perfect helper for mixing

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair):

      These let you hear the frequencies that you might miss on your regular monitors. It's also awesome to be able to switch back and forth to these to see what your mix sounds like on laptop or other low quality speakers.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      How I can know if are new?

      By Keko

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair):

      I received it with red paint in some parts! Bad thing!

       
      5.0

      Avantone Mixcubes

      By Chris

      from Portland, OR

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Avantone Pro Active MixCube (Pair):

        I use these as a secondary set of monitors for mixing. I was looking into getting some used NS10's, or Auratones, but they would require a power amp, etc. These are powered, so connectivity and ease of use is much better. These do exactly what I was wanting them to do with regards to flat, mid-range response for mixing.

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