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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
SPECIFICATIONS

Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors

  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Fine Speakers for the Price

By David R. Brown

from El Paso, Texas

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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.

(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 $

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice value

By mkdurkle

from florida

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Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

Buy them.
These are genuine flat response. I have them hooked up to a pod xt that is also hooked up to my laptop via the usb. The sound is great for the money. If you use this setup and mixcraft you can make some AMAZING recordings.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't believe the Hype!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

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.

(3 of 4 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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

RANDY H

By RANDY HULSE

from USA (NEW YORK)

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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...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Review of BX5a

By sebastian Zetin

from Los Angeles

Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

like i said before... too bassy/muddy for me. after i bought them i was talking to a friend of mine who had heard them and also said that he thought they sounded too bassy (he had listened to them independently from my setup).
it seems like perhaps some versions of this have frequency controls on the back (bass and treble adjustments) but mine didn't. and even though it looks like alot of the reviews on here say they are thin on bass, mine seemed wayyy too heavy on the bass. i have them decoupled from the desk with the auralex foam. they would have been much better with something to roll off (for me) or boost (for others) the bass frequencies.
in the first set i got, one of them just didn't work. exchanged it easily enough. but that seemed a bad omen. they have been working as they should for a couple years, but just recently the bass on one of them dissappeared. tried swapping cables and all of the standard troubleshooting procedures. i noticed that the back of the thing got really hot also. so maybe they don't have proper thermal protection or something... i don't know. and i wasn't playing anything super loud... actually i have never really pushed these too hard and i can't see any reason why it would have chosen now to mess up.
i got mine through someone who had a discount hookup from maudio and so the value was great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Monitors!

By Remmi James

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By the_drummer18

from Florence, SC

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Comments about M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe Active Monitors:

These speakers are just awesome. I've had them now for about 6 months, and have loved every second of it. This is one of the first things I've ever bought and truly been completely satisfied with my purchase. Infact my expectations have been blown away by how good these sound. I just have a small home studio, but I do a decent amount of mixing, and these babies totaly get the job done. People have complained that there isn't much bass in them, but I beg to differ. For the size of the speakers the bass is incredible! It won't shake your chest or anything, but crank these babies up and you'll definitely feel it. The speakers get incredibly loud with absolutely no distortion. I can't get any out of them to be honest, and I've cranked them up to full blast many times. I got these for a great price, and it's the best money I've ever spent. I'd take these over any Bose speakers. I've yet to hear a speaker that compares to my BX5a's. Believe me, unless you're opening up a large professional studio, these speakers will do you plenty good. M-Audio, you guys have outdone yourselves on these! If they ever go bad, (Which I doubt they will for a long time) I'd buy another pair in a heart beat!

(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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