ADAM Audio U.S. offers a collection of four different sized 2.1 bundles—monitor and sub woofer combinations to handle any studio, project studio or home theatre system. They range from smallest to largest: A3X-SUB7 (tested here), A5X- SUB8, A7X-SUB10 and A8X-SUB12.
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Common to all the monitor speakers used in these bundles is the X-ART ribbon tweeter high-frequency driver rather than a dome tweeter or horn. Handmade in Germany, I have found the X-ART to be far less ear fatiguing during long recording sessions. I set up my A3X-SUB7 kit in a near-field position on wooden plinths on my desktop and either side of my computer screen. I placed the Sub7 directly on the floor below and equidistant from the left and right A3Xs and on the center-line of my studio’s width dimension.
In my small mixing studio the A3Xs reproduce all the spatial feeling I put into my mixes and now with the Sub7 running, I don’t have to lose much of the subsonic energy when comparing the sound of my mix to the way it sounds on my larger main monitors.
I tried the Stereo Link feature that’s great for mobile laptop DAW users who don’t have a monitor controller. Instead of headphones, plug in a pair of A3Xs and control the volume of both of them simultaneously using the volume control of only one of them.
Pricing and more about all ADAM Audio 2.1 bundles can be found online.
BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com