Hands-On Review:The Most Truthful Studio Reference Monitors You'll Ever Hear!


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By E.A. Tennaway

Monitor One, Two & Point Seven

If you've been around the music biz as a player or sound engineer, you know that Alesis has a reputation for top-notch gear that sets the standards for other companies. From recording to signal processing to keyboards to power amps, Alesis delivers great gear to many of the finest studios and hottest bands in the land.

 

Today, you'll find Alesis reference monitors in project studios and top-line production facilities for a good reason. They deliver true sounds that could be the difference between success or failure in a mix. Alesis now offers three great monitors: Monitor One Near Field Reference Monitor, Monitor Two Mid Field Reference Monitor, and the Point Seven Shielded Reference Monitor.

Alesis Monitor One: Designed Specifically for Near Field Monitoring

When the Alesis sound engineers set out to develop the Monitor One, they knew that most real-world mixing rooms have severe acoustical defects. Typical home and project studios have parallel walls, floors and ceilings that reflect sound in every direction. These reflections can mislead you, making it impossible to create a mix that translates to other playback systems. But in the near field, where direct sound energy overpowers reflections, reverberant sound waves have little impact. The Monitor One takes full advantage of this fact and is built from the ground up specifically for near field monitoring.

 

Working close to the sound solves the room problem but creates other difficulties, such as high frequency stridency and listener fatigue (typical of metal-dome and composite tweeter designs). Alesis monitors have a soft-dome pure silk tweeter design that not only solves these problems, but delivers pure, natural incredibly accurate frequency response, even in the critical area near the crossover point (carefully chosen at 2500Hz).

You probably know that the inability to reproduce low frequencies is the most common problem with small monitors. Most of these speakers have a small vent whose effect at low frequencies is nullified by random turbulence, or they're sealed, which limits the amount of air the driver can move.

SuperPort™ Speaker Venting Overcomes Wimpy Bass Response

Alesis designed ingenious SuperPort™ venting technology to eliminate the choking effect of small diameter ports. As a result the Monitor One gives you excellent low frequency response in spite of its size.

 

While most near field monitors average about a 60W capability, the Monitor One handles 120W of continuous program and 200W peaks. And its 4 ohm load impedance allows most reference amps (like the Alesis RA-100) to deliver more power to the Monitor One than they can to 8 ohm speakers.That means the Monitor One provides higher output, more power handling capability, and sounds cleaner at high sound pressure levels. If you like to mix loud, you can.

 

The Monitor One's 6.5" low frequency driver has a special mineral-filled polypropylene cone for stability and a 1.5" voice coil wound on a high temperature Kapton former, ensuring your woofer's long and healthy life. A 1" diameter high frequency driver is ferrofluid cooled to prevent heat expansion of the voice coil. Combined, these two drivers deliver and incredibly accurate frequency response from 45Hz to 18Hz, +/- 3dB. The five-way binding posts accept even extra-large monster wire, banana plugs and spade plugs. The Monitor One is even coated with a non-slip rubber textured laminate so when your studio starts rockin'. the speakers stay put.

Monitor Two Designed For Mid Field Reference Monitoring

Designed with the same attention to clarity and detail as its smaller sibling, the Monitor Two offers a larger perspective and image, with extra deep bass, exceptional mid frequency detail, and a broad but natural frequency response. To accomplish this, a Alesis used a 10" 3-way speaker design with a unique asymmetrical crossover and a combination of second and third order filters. The Monitor Two also takes advantage of SuperPort™ venting technology to produce powerful extended bass. Its frequency response is flat from 40Hz to 18kHz, and peak power handling is 200W.

 

Whether you need a larger reference source, or simply need to get more kick out of your mixes, the Monitor Two gives you much more punch and power than other monitors, even those costing a lot more.

Point Seven Shielded Reference Monitor

Designed for use in close proximity with a computer or video monitor without damaging the screen, the Point Seven is perfect for multimedia and post-production audio applications. It's small ­ 7.1" x 7.25" x 11.2" high ­ but delivers great bass transients with its unique carbon fiber woofer and a dual front-vented SuperPort™ system.

 

The Point Seven's tweeter uses a silk dome for crisp detailed highs. It also offers excellent power handling (50W continuous program, 100W peaks) for a small-sized studio monitor, making it a great choice for any mix application where studio space is a consideration.

 

Talking about a speaker is never as good as listening to it. Call Musician's Friend today, and they'll deliver the Monitor that's right for you at the best price you'll find anywhere.

Features & Specs:

 

Alesis Monitor One Features

  • 120W continuous program (200W peak)
  • Exclusive SuperPort™speaker venting technology
  • 6.5" low frequency driver
  • 1" silk-dome high frequency driver fed by a crossover network at 2500Hz
  • Frequency range: 45Hz to 18kHz +/- 3dB
  • Connectors: 5-way binding posts on .75" centers
  • Dimensions: 15" x 8.5" x 9.25" high.
  • Weight: 15 lbs. each

Alesis Monitor Two Features

  • 150W continuous program (200W peak)
  • Exclusive SuperPort™ speaker venting technology
  • 10" low frequency driver
  • 5" mid- frequency driver
  • 1" silk-dome high frequency driver
  • Crossover: 1500Hz and 6kHz, combin- ation 2nd order, 3rd order, asymmetrical design
  • Frequency range: 40Hz to 18kHz +/- 3dB
  • Connectors: 5-way binding posts on .75" centers
  • Dimensions: 14" x 14" x 20" high.
  • Weight: 34 lbs. each

Alesis Point Seven Features

  • 50W continuous program (100W peaks)
  • Exclusive SuperPort™ speaker venting technology
  • 5" low frequency driver
  • 1" silk-dome high frequency driver
  • Connectors: 5-way binding posts on .75" centers
  • Dimensions: 7.1" x 7.25" x 11.2" high
  • Weight: 11 lbs. each