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M-Audio Studiophile BX5a 70-Watt Bi-Amplified Studio Monitors  

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        M-Audio

        Your entire monitoring system, made amazingly affordable!

        Featuring refinements on the highly acclaimed BX5 monitors, the M-Audio BX5a Active Studio Monitors are the ideal wallet-friendly solution for high-end monitoring in your home studio. Kevlar 5" low frequency drivers produce amazingly full bass from a curved cone design with damped rubber surrounds and high-temperature voice coils. The tweeters are 1" natural silk domes that minimize ear fatigue while delivering crisp, accurate highs. Integral cab and electronic engineering work together to further enhance the bass response. 70W bi-amped power and expertly tuned crossovers.

        Features

        • 2-way studio reference monitors
        • Stylish design
        • 70W self-powered
        • 5" LF drivers with curved Kevlar cones, damped rubber surrounds, and high-temperature voice coils
        • 1" natural silk HF drivers
        • Magnetically shielded
        • XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs
        • Power indicator

        And they look cool too! Order yours today.

         

        Studiophile BX5a 70-Watt Bi-Amplified Studio Monitors Specifications:

        • 56Hz-22kHz frequency response
        • 3kHz crossover frequency
        • 40W LF power amp
        • 30W HF power amp
        • >100dB S/N ratio (typical A-weighted)
        • Polarity: positive signal at + input produces outward LF cone displacement
        • Input impedance: 20k ohms balanced, 10k ohms unbalanced
        • Input sensitivity: 85mV pink noise input produced 90dBA output SPL at one meter with volume control at maximum
        • Power: factory programmed for either 115V ~50/60Hz or 230V~50/60Hz
        • Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn-on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse
        • Cabinet: vanyl laminted MDF
        • 6-1/2"W x 9-5/6"H x 7-5/6"D
        • 11 lbs.
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        4.5

        (based on 31 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        You could do a lot worse...

        I bought these to replace my old passive monitors which were horribly damaged in my last move. I was very excited to step into the future and start using "Active" monitors.These guys...Read complete review

        I bought these to replace my old passive monitors which were horribly damaged in my last move. I was very excited to step into the future and start using "Active" monitors.These guys are great. I like 'em alot. The studio I normally work in has Tannoy PBM 5 II's and KRK K-Rok's. I would say that the BX5a's sound more like the K-Rok's without all the low end. on that note... I would say that if there is a problem with these monitors, it is that they are lacking in low frequency response and are somewhat scooped in the 1.5khz range(Of course, this is in my home studio. You might find that they are completely flat in your environment.) I just put an EQ in front of them and the problem was solved. I don't think this is a big deal. You'll be hard presssed to find near field monitors that don't need some kind of EQ to work in your room.For features, I gave these a 4.5 because I think it would be cool for them to have some kind of simple built in EQ. Maybe a switch which has two different curves and a bypass setting or something like that. Otherwise, I have nothing but good things to say about the included features. I mean... They're Bi-Amped, they work, and sound comes out of them. What other features does one really need in a pair of Monitors.For value, I'm saying 4.5 because as always... To buy these you're spending money that you could put towards buying something totally top notch. That being said... I really think these speakers will serve you well. With a little TLC and time setting up an EQ for them, they really sound quite good. Mine sure do.

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        Another average M-Audio product

        Let me begin by saying please do not expect to hear the 100% correct sound with no noise from these speakers! Yes they are good for the most part as far as money and a...Read complete review

        Let me begin by saying please do not expect to hear the 100% correct sound with no noise from these speakers! Yes they are good for the most part as far as money and a little bit of sound quality. The Tweeter makes crisp high sounds.I've had these speakers for several months in a home studio and for some reason I would get a headache after more than 2 3 hours of listening to them. So I decided to find out if there is any sound coloration or changes the speaker is making. After a few side-by-side comparison with other better speakers in a shop I realized that Bx5a has a certain way of outputing the sound. It would play very little low frequencies. So you practically hear very little bass from these monitors. Another thing I realized is it sounds like the mids are being cut. So you what you would hear is strong high frequencies and a little bit of mid's but barely any lows.I would recommend you to personally go to music shop in your area and check these out for yourself. I returned them and currently have HS50M's by Yamaha which im very happy with.

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        5.0

        M-AUDIO BX5a BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

        By LPP

        from Canada

        So I picked up a pair of these monitors for my home mixing station about 6 months ago, And I haven't looked back since. Dont let the price scare you away & make you think that the quality is not there cause their an awesome pair of Monitors. At our Home Studio we run KRK and to be honest in my personal preference I perfer the BX5a's compared to the over priced KRK's.

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        4.0

        Where are the marketing guys?

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        These monitors are the bomb! But adding a sub-woofer would make it the best ever!!!The factory should offer a package including it. Also make it only one side active and the other passive. It probably will cheap the product but will be the ideal package.

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        5.0

        best way to spend $200-250

        By wadhCZ3T9

        from Undisclosed

        i bought these about 3 years ago and even today they sound really good to me and sound good in my studio and i would prefer these over any other monitors rite now

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        4.0

        ok speakers

        By iamdunker

        from Cedar Rapids IA

        these are ok but you need better speakers for music with a lot of bass or metal. The woofers just don't cut it and clip out all the time even at low volumes when playing bass drums and low samples. I suggest purchasing a sub if you are going to get these

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        5.0

        NICE

        By Benny

        from NYC

        The bass isn't really thumpin' but these are studio monitors, and ideally should be coupled with a subwoofer if you need serious bass response(such as m-audio's bx-10 subwoofer). They are actually capable of pushing some bass, and depending on your room you may get more bass depending on your positioning. You really can get more bass out of these speakers with an outboard equalizer or plug-in for your computer, but the speakers have NO bass/treble adjustments (unlike more expensive monitors). You can adjust volume, that's it. If you are looking for super butt-kicking bass, look elsewhere, or get a subwoofer with these. The sound and clarity is really GREAT. I'm using them as nearfield monitors and they're awesome. I'm an audio engineer/musician. I plan on rigging up a subwoofer out of a cheap logitech 2.1 speaker set with a switch to turn off the satellite speakers. That way I can get the bass when necessary, which for me will be rare anyway.

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        5.0

        WOW

        By The Giant

        from Undisclosed

        Great bang for the buck. After setting this up, it took me a couple of hours to get used to the sound. These can go very loud and the clarity is pretty good. You would never want to go back to traditional desktop speakers. The only down side is these lack the bass needed for most music. I would recommend getting a sub woofer along with it

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        5.0

        really nice

        By pushit

        from Chicago

        I mixed down my bands album using HiFi bookshelf speakers. Afterward, I was able to go into a high-end studio to evaluate the mix, and the engineer and I listened to the tracks and identified a couple spots that needed work. A few days later I bought the BX5As and set them up at home and listened to the mix again, and heard the same issues that I had identified in the pro studio. I've heard people mention that these speakers are a little soft on the low-end, but if you're new to the studio environment and you don't take the time to set up bass sinks these speakers do a good job of compensating. I would definitely recommend these for Rock mixes.

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        5.0

        These sound killer!

        I was always kinda skeptical about speakers. Is there *really* that big a difference? Don't they all pretty much sound the same? Wow, how wrong I was. I'm used to listening to everything really closely through headphones & have always heard the subtleties in stereo recordings, or so I thought. As soon as I hooked these up and started listening, I was amazed at how clear everything was. Everything stood out, and I heard tones in the music that I'd never noticed before, in songs that I've listened to a million times. I really couldn't be more pleased.

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        5.0

        Great for the Money

        By Simplestrummer

        from St. Louis, MO

        I had fairly low expectations for such inexpensive monitors, but these are quite good for the money. I use them with my iMac and a PreSonus 1394 for an inexpensive music "sketch pad" system, and they are more than adequate for that task...

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        5.0

        I love these speakers!

        By Mentious

        from Portland, Oregon

        I just got these M-Audio BX5a's and I was delighted when I first listened to a mixe through them. Really tremendous! I was recently using new Yamaha HS80Ms. I was pleased with those and my mixes had improved. But when I heard these, I was amazed and actually liked them better. (Some comparisons follow.)On the M-Audio BX5a I was amazed at how well I could pick out distinct parts in complex mixes. It even showed up things that were a bit off that I couldn't hear on the Yamaha HS80M.Clearly the M-Audio BX5a presents the midranges much better, more distinctly, than the more expensive Yamaha HS80M, which is heavier on the bass. There was nothing that annoyed or the M-Audios. No screechy high end; no deficient bass tone.I also noted a cohesive sound on the M-Audios; the music gelled as a whole, yet you could hear things distinctly. That's what really amazed me. I didn't realize my recordings actually sounded that good! I wish I'd bought the M-Audios first. They will probably be my regular mixing monitors now instead of the Yahama HS80M, even though that's a great monitor.One interesting thing: After trying both, there was no great flaw or difference found between them, like "Oh geez, the bass is way too much, or way too little" like you get after monitoring with crap speakers, then trying the mix on others. So they are both accurate "reference" monitors for sure. I had that problem all the time with my old cheapy Eridol speakers. Never any match between mixing on those, then playing it on a stereo.Take care of your ears.

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