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        Updating M-Audio's bestsellers with waveguides and enhanced driver integration.

        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
         

        Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors 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, 230V~50/60Hz
        • 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
         
        4.4

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        Very Fine Speakers for the Price

        In my opinion, the BX5a speakers are excellent overall. The sound, though not perfect, is very good, and the price is unbeatable. For the price for the pair, you get soaring...Read complete review

        In my opinion, the BX5a speakers are excellent overall. The sound, though not perfect, is very good, and the price is unbeatable. For the price for the pair, you get soaring highs; clear, well-defined midrange notes; and plenty of bass.

        If you will be listening casually to recorded music, as I often do, I recommend having some attenuation (overall reduction) of the preamped signal, as well as some amount of control over tone (for example, I have a 7-band, stereo equalizer). Since the sound you get from these monitors is relatively accurate across the range of hearing, a slight reduction in the high frequencies (i.e., very high pitches) might be necessary at times, to reduce harshness (which may cause a false perception of "distortion").
        This speaker feature Kevlar woofer cones, not common for speakers of this price. That means that they're about as durable as bullet-proof vests, though I wouldn't recommend shooting them to find out for sure!

        The only drawbacks, featurewise, are (1) the volume controls are in back, not in front; (2) there are no tone controls, so I recommend that the user have some type of tonal equalization when listening for pleasure; and (3) there are no outputs from of any kind from them. However, these are small issues when you consider the low price and good sound quality.
        If you have heard anything negative about the quality of these or any other M Audio products, ignore it. These are outstanding speakers for the price. You often have heard the adage, "You get what you pay for," in a negative context. Well, I will use it in a far more postitive light. You DO get what you pay for, and probably more, when you purchase the BX5a's. My wife bought me these for Christmas this year (2011), and since there now is a newer version of the BX5, the price was hard to beat for a pair of 70-watt, biamped speakers. They sound great with my 88-key digital piano, my acoustic/electric guitar, my acoustic/electric ukulele, any musical special effects (i.e., fuzzy guitar, echo, reverb, etc.), miked voice, recorded music, and even DVD movies.

        Can these speakers be overwhelmed by some music? Well, yes, but for my amateur purposes, they sound just fine. They would be a nice addition to any home studio. The BX5a's probably would not be adequate for the descriminating needs of a studio recording engineer, but they were not meant to be thus. They were meant for folks on a very tight budget who nevertheless want high-quality sound.

        Are these speakers built solidly? That's a definite "yes." I don't know whether they would hold up to heavy travel, but for a relatively permanent studio setup, they are rock-solid. You won't hear any rattle from loose parts; the BX5a's are very well built.
        Concerning the value, I simply will reiterate that you will "get what you pay for" and more with these fine studio monitors. The new version of these is a bit more expensive (understandably), but it still seems to be quite a good value. Whether you use the BX5a's or the latest updates, you are not likely to find a better pair for the price.

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        Don't believe the Hype!

        I'm writing this review after having owned a pair of these BX5a's for a mere 18 months. I bought these new from Guitar Center and used them in a home recording studio setting. The...Read complete review

        I'm writing this review after having owned a pair of these BX5a's for a mere 18 months. I bought these new from Guitar Center and used them in a home recording studio setting. The monitor were not abused or drivin hard by any means. They were used in an environment were there was one primary engineer and performed ok over a wide range of musical styles and genre's. The monitors were pleasing to the eye but the sound was slightly muddy. BUT that could be overlooked given the price.Then after about 6 months I noticed that my mixes, when played on other systems were no longer representitive of what I was hearing in the studio. What was "clean" in the low volume studio mix was now very mid range and bottom heavy. This was more apparent on album projects where similar mixes where applied to several songs. The corrections were made via eq for the most part. Then 2 months ago and a very annoying hum began emanating from the left monitor. Turns out to be a very common problem with these monitors. Apparently an internal amplifier in them is given to failing and causing this loud very audible hum. The monitor plays, but the sould is of course totally compromised. Also when the unit is turned off it souds like the woofer blew! (Even when volume is turned all the way down.) When the monitor has power it just hums away. Of course they are out of warranty by 6 months so Avid (The manufacturer) doesn't want to help at all. In face three repair places told they are having a hell of a time getting parts for MAudio/Avid products. I really gave these a chance but Its a big thumbs down. No company should be as hard to reach or as aloft as Avid is.

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        4.0

        Very nice

        By Whiplash92

        from North Carolina

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        These are really quite nice, and in fact I don't really see the need for any kind of upgrade. I had been using a decent consumer grade speaker system for mixing for a few years and had learned how it translated elsewhere quite well but figured I was missing something still. These were certainly a big bump up in terms of how much more I hear in my mixes, and it certainly takes less effort to EQ things, and figure out how things translate. I'm still spending time learning the monitors and how they sound in my room, but so far its really nice. I might make another upgrade to some 8" woofers later on, but these have plenty of bass response, and get plenty loud for the time being.
        They got all the features you need...TRS/XLR input, seperate power amps/switches, etc.
        I've only had them for about 2 months, but everything seems good to me.
        Now that they've been dropped in $$ they're a STEAL. At the old price they were still good, but I think you could argue there were better alternatives at a similar price.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice monitors for home use!

        By David Robinson

        from California

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        These are a great set of powered monitors for anyone setting up a small home recording studio. They are simple to use and for the price I paid I give them a "10". Make sure to order the cables that you will need. I ordered two 6 foot mogami TRS to TRS cables. The cables are a little expensive, but they are well built and work great with the speakers.
        70 Watts active studio monitors. Two input connectors (TRS or ELR) in the back, a power switch, and a volume knob.
        They seem very well built and sound great.
        These are a great value for the features and price.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic pair of speakers

        By papakevin

        from Louisville.

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        Purchase these for use with my home computer and I'm really impressed with the overall sound quality. Quickly learned they really point out any flaws in any audio you're listening to, but if you are serious about recording or are playing back HQ audio, then you will be pleased.

        These do require cables and a plug for each speaker, so keep that in mind prior to purchasing. I have both going into a dedicated power strip so they can turned on and off easily. Well worth the money.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Monitors!

        By Remmi James

        from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        I bought them for my studio about a year ago because they were cheap. I figured they'd work for now and we'd replace them once we got mor money. We recorded a few bands with them, got enough money to buy new ones and we didn't! We got two more of these and two new subs and our studio needs nothing else. The power that these little monitors have is nothing short of astounding. We can literally stand 10 feet behind these speakers and feel the air coming out of the back of these things. The most important part: Low End! For 5 inch drivers I never even thought it was POSSIBLE to have good low end but these speakers do! These are certianly the only monitors you will find at this size and price range the you don't absolutely NEED a subwoofer with! Yeah, if you're trying to record professional quality music you should have a sub, these things can go sooo deep for small speakers and sound amazing. Also, the kevlar cones are mind blowing. That's very rare for this price range. Basically: if these were thousand dollar monitors, they would be average value, they are just mind blowing.
        Features? Pretty standard, though it is nice that there are both 1/4' and MXL inputs on it. The volume knobs have a nice amount of resistance so fine tuning is much easier than most others. Blue power light on the front is very visible without being too bright.
        Build extremely well, very solid construction. These are some amazing monitors!
        At this price its downright robbery for these beautiful babies.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great flat response monitors for home studio awesome price!!!!!! bx5a

        By wcbj2001

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        overall the bx5a's are exactly as advertised no gimmicks here. dont expect this monitors to replace high end monitors cause they wont. pros can use these as small home studio monitors & everyone else will use them as primary mixing tools. like any other monitors u must get use to their sound and what their sound means in your mix. these have a very thin bass response which means u must compensate in your mix. these will beat radio speakers hands down so go out and buy them.
        there arent many features on this product it is what it is. for the price none are expected imho.
        i think they are built very well and if taken care of will last as long as you allow them
        great value. u would have to spend twice as much to get the quality and value of this set. this is not the best set of monitors but in their category they are great.oooooono

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Fine Speakers for the Price

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        In my opinion, the BX5a speakers are excellent overall. The sound, though not perfect, is very good, and the price is unbeatable. For the price for the pair, you get soaring highs; clear, well-defined midrange notes; and plenty of bass.

        If you will be listening casually to recorded music, as I often do, I recommend having some attenuation (overall reduction) of the preamped signal, as well as some amount of control over tone (for example, I have a 7-band, stereo equalizer). Since the sound you get from these monitors is relatively accurate across the range of hearing, a slight reduction in the high frequencies (i.e., very high pitches) might be necessary at times, to reduce harshness (which may cause a false perception of "distortion").
        This speaker feature Kevlar woofer cones, not common for speakers of this price. That means that they're about as durable as bullet-proof vests, though I wouldn't recommend shooting them to find out for sure!

        The only drawbacks, featurewise, are (1) the volume controls are in back, not in front; (2) there are no tone controls, so I recommend that the user have some type of tonal equalization when listening for pleasure; and (3) there are no outputs from of any kind from them. However, these are small issues when you consider the low price and good sound quality.
        If you have heard anything negative about the quality of these or any other M Audio products, ignore it. These are outstanding speakers for the price. You often have heard the adage, "You get what you pay for," in a negative context. Well, I will use it in a far more postitive light. You DO get what you pay for, and probably more, when you purchase the BX5a's. My wife bought me these for Christmas this year (2011), and since there now is a newer version of the BX5, the price was hard to beat for a pair of 70-watt, biamped speakers. They sound great with my 88-key digital piano, my acoustic/electric guitar, my acoustic/electric ukulele, any musical special effects (i.e., fuzzy guitar, echo, reverb, etc.), miked voice, recorded music, and even DVD movies.

        Can these speakers be overwhelmed by some music? Well, yes, but for my amateur purposes, they sound just fine. They would be a nice addition to any home studio. The BX5a's probably would not be adequate for the descriminating needs of a studio recording engineer, but they were not meant to be thus. They were meant for folks on a very tight budget who nevertheless want high-quality sound.

        Are these speakers built solidly? That's a definite "yes." I don't know whether they would hold up to heavy travel, but for a relatively permanent studio setup, they are rock-solid. You won't hear any rattle from loose parts; the BX5a's are very well built.
        Concerning the value, I simply will reiterate that you will "get what you pay for" and more with these fine studio monitors. The new version of these is a bit more expensive (understandably), but it still seems to be quite a good value. Whether you use the BX5a's or the latest updates, you are not likely to find a better pair for the price.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WHAT A DEAL!!!

        By Guy Ferguson

        from Maryland

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        I highly recomend these to anyone who is looking for monitors that give a nice flat response.
        Got them for a great price to start with!! The flat response has helped me not to over do the Bass track. I was using headphone to mix before and my mixes had too much Bass in them and since I'm a Bass player everyone thought I was doing it on purpose. Before mixing with them I listened to several CD's through them to get an idea of how the mixes sounded through them and used that as my guide to do my own mixes.
        Built like a Tank!!
        Best bang for the $

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        love them

        By Joey Moses

        from memphis

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        i am totally happpy with my monitors
        sound wonderful , clear the low end could be better but hey thier 5 in speaker but believe me they punch !
        i checked all around even used and yall better all the rst in prices

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth the price!! (they were on sale though)

        By Joe DuChesne

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        For the price, I thought these were a steal!! Very detailed. Nice flat response. Make sure you have a room set correctly (sound absorb, bass traps, etc) to get the correct sound response. Depending on the music you mix, you would probably need a sub to get the 50 hz and below. But what do you expect out of a 5" woofer.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        RANDY H

        Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

        these bx5a deluxe active monitors are so so. thay don't seem to have the power i was looking for. but thay do the job. i use them with my tascam 2488 neo digital recorder.
        i will be getting better ones soon...

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