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M-Audio BX5 D2 Active Studio Monitors

Elevate your mixes with M-Audio's next-generation BX D2 studio monitor speakers -- both a favorite for home setups, and a real-world reference in pro studios. (7) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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When you snag a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2 active studio monitors, you get high-end reference monitors without the high-end price. As part of M-Audio's BX studio monitor series, the BX5 D2 features an extended frequency response for a more natural listening experience, as well as a sleek bi-amped design with 70 watts of distributed power that will rock in any studio. Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters cover the frequency spectrum from 53 Hz to 22 kHz.

A Captivating Listening Experience

Chances are that you've been recording, mixing, and mastering for a while now. But have you really heard your music? Mixes that sound awesome on your monitors might not sound so clean on others. That's where the BX5 D2s come in to play -- these active monitors are designed to be extremely accurate, letting you hear exactly how your music sounds and how it will translate to other listening environments or systems. With the BX5 D2, you get transparency and sonic definition for a modest price.

Find The Sweet Spot Fast

With these M-Audio monitors, you won't have to move about the room to find the sweet spot. The BX5 D2s will tell you when you're sitting in the right listening position by brightening a pinhole power LED.

You Won't Be Replacing These Anytime Soon

Five-inch, woven Kevlar low-frequency drivers lengthen the lifespan of the monitors; mechanically and thermally resilient, Kevlar is a long-lasting material ideal for use in speaker cones. Moreover, high-temperature voice coils reduce power compression, practically guaranteeing that the BX5 D2s won't fail on you after long listening sessions. Other notable features include a curved conical design that improves room dispersion, and high-damping rubber surrounds that provide percussive musical bass and accurate reproduction.

Clear Highs up to 22 kHz

Silk high-frequency domes eliminate any audible ringing typically associated with domes made of metallic materials, while a fully isolated high-frequency driver keeps distortion at the bare minimum, and a built-in waveguide offers an expansive sound stage and excellent imaging. All in all, the BX5 D2 studio monitors provide a smooth frequency response up to 22 kHz.

Rear-Ported, Bi-Amped Design for Low Distortion and High Headroom

The BX5 D2 cabinet has a custom rear port designed to reduce air turbulence and distortion while adding extra low-frequency extension. What's more, rounded corners give the cab reduced edge diffraction and superior imaging.

M-Audio's BX5 D2s feature a Class A/B bi-amplified design, which assigns separate power amps to the high and low frequencies, providing plenty of headroom for loud, dynamic mixes. The analog amplifiers, combined with a finely tuned crossover, ensure that each driver delivers only the frequencies that it can reproduce most efficiently. The end result is tonal accuracy and cohesive sound across the sound range.

Features:

- Active studio monitor with bi-amplified design, 70 watts of distributed power, and more
- Extended frequency response of 53 Hz to 22 kHz
- 5" low-frequency drivers with Kevlar cones for rich, defined lows
- 1" high-frequency drivers with natural silk domes and integrated waveguides for smooth, clear highs
- Optimized rear ports for extended low-frequency response
- Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
- XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, amplifiers, instruments, DJ gear, and more
- Volume control
- Includes two isolation pads zZounds is an authorized dealer of M-Audio products.
- Frequency response: 53 Hz - 22 kHz
- Crossover frequency: 3 kHz
- Low-frequency amplifier power: 40 watts
- High-frequency amplifier power: 30 watts
- Maximum signal-to-noise (dynamic range): > 100 dB (typical A-weighted)
polarity: positive signal at + input produce outward LF cone displacement
- Input impedance: 20 k ohms balanced, 10 k ohms unbalanced
- Input sensitivity: 85 mV pink noise input produces 90 dBA output SPL at one meter with volume control at maximum
- Power: factory programmed for either 115V ~50/60 Hz or 230V ~50/60 Hz
- Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn-on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse
- Cabinet: vinyl-laminated MDF
- Size: 7.7" x 7" x 10"; 19.5cm x 17.6cm x 25.2cm
- Weight: 11 lbs./unit; 5 kg.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 24 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 12 in
M-Audio Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765

Product Description

The M-Audio BX studio monitor series is trusted by more musicians and recording professionals than any other. Now, the BX5 D2 monitors extend the bestsellers' legacy with an elegant design inside and out. M-Audio leveraged technology from the high-end monitors to extend the frequency response and provide an even more natural listening experience. Custom Class A/B analog amplifiers deliver superior dynamics and tonal accuracy across the frequency spectrum--while the woven Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters provide rich, defined sound. With the BX5 D2, you'll enjoy the utmost accuracy in an engaging listening experience.

Accurate and enjoyable

Whether you're recording, mixing, or mastering, your monitors are your primary reference source. Accurate monitors let you hear exactly what's happening in your mixes--and give you the assurance that your music will translate well to other listening environments. The M-Audio BX5 D2 monitors leverage a decade of monitor engineering expertise to deliver exceptional transparency and sonic definition--allowing you to enjoy marathon mixing sessions with minimal listening fatigue.

Clarity of Sound You Can Hear

Countless pros use M-Audio studio monitors to produce and mix the music and audio you hear every day. The BX D2 series makes that same design philosophy and technology available to anyone with a passion for great sound. BX5 D2 helps you understand what's in your mix so you can make better decisions about how it will translate across a wide variety of systems -- from MP3 earbuds to car stereos to audiophile rigs.

Silk-dome, waveguide-loaded, high-frequency drivers

The high-frequency domes are made from natural silk to counter the audible ringing that is inherent in the poorly crafted metallic materials often found in other monitors. The high-frequency driver is fully isolated from the rest of the enclosure to ensure minimum distortion, providing ultra-smooth frequency response up to 22 kHz. It also features a built-in waveguide, which offers an expansive sound stage and exceptional imaging.

Kevlar low-frequency drivers

To insure a lifetime of service, they constructed the BX5 D2 monitor's 5" low-frequency driver from woven Kevlar. Kevlar's high mechanical and thermal resilience makes it ideal for use in speaker cones. The engineers also created a curved conical design that improves room dispersion. High-damping reliable rubber surrounds provide percussive musical bass, and insure that the cone reaches its optimal excursion for accurate reproduction. And the high-temperature voice coils reduce power compression, guaranteeing that your monitors will deliver full performance hour after hour.

Rear-ported cabinet design

The BX5 D2 cabinet is integrally designed with its other components for optimal performance--right down to rounded corners for reduced edge diffraction and superior imaging. The custom rear port is designed to minimize air turbulence and resulting distortion while adding additional low frequency extension.

Bi-amplified efficiency

The Class A/B bi-amplified design dedicates separate power amps to the high and low frequencies--providing ample headroom for even the loudest and most dynamic of mixes. Combined with a finely tuned crossover, the design ensures that each driver only delivers the frequencies that it can reproduce most efficiently, resulting in tonal accuracy and cohesive sound across the entire frequency spectrum.

Find the sweet spot quickly and easily

When monitoring, it's important to sit in the middle position or "sweet spot" between the two speakers--where the stereo image is optimized. BX5 D2 features a pinhole power LED that makes finding the sweet spot easy. You'll know you're in the right listening position when the BX5 D2 power LEDs appear to be brightest.

Features:

- Bi-amplified design with 70 watts of distributed power for cohesive, accurate sound
- 5-inch low-frequency drivers with Kevlar cones for rich, defined lows
- 1-inch high-frequency drivers with natural silk domes and integrated waveguides for smooth, clear highs
- Optimized rear ports for extended low-frequency response
- Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
- XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, amplifiers, instruments, DJ gear, and more
- Volume control
- Includes two isolation pads
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Overall, this product has expanded my ear to sound and is slowly giving me the upperhand."
Sound: The quality is just amazing and having such great response on all frequencies gives me much more in depth production with my music. Feature: Everything is useful here, as simple as it is! Ease of Use: It is very easy to use. Plug n Play to be honest. All i really had to do was go to Radio shack and grab 2 quarter inch cables and i was all set! Quality: Product is well made and looks like it can withstand a lot of looping. Value: great value for the price! Manufacturer Support: I haven't contacted the company yet for any problems. The Wow Factor: They sound better than they look :) though they look really sleek. Overall: For a very long time until they break.
Style of Music: drum n bass, reggae, break beat, anything really because i play drums
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Excellent entry-level studio monitors"
Sound: Wide, clean full range frequency response with no bias that my ears can pick out. Good stereo imaging. Feature: The only feature I'm not crazy about is placing the volume knobs on the back of each unit. I don't have an SPL meter, so I have to do my volume balance on them by ear. If things need adjusting I have to lean forward out of my sweet spot and reach around to fiddle with the knob in question.That's a fairly small gripe, though. Once I've got them adjusted there's nothing more to complain about, and it's a lot harder to accidentally bump a knob when they're on the rear. Ease of Use: Some might have problems connecting to these particular speakers, especially if you're working with an internal sound card with only a single 1/8" stereo line out. I have a PreSonus Firebox audio interface, which fortunately has separate left and right 1/4" TRS main outs and its own gain. Without a separate gain control I would have to use software volume control (which will give you those nasty digital jumps at lower levels) or reach around and twist both knobs all the time, and with only a basic internal sound card I'd need to split the 1/8" stereo out into two mono 1/4" TRs/TRSs using a special cable (which I haven't found yet, but is probably out there somewhere) or using a 1/4" stereo splitter cable with a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter (which could add a small amount of noise to the signal).Otherwise they work like any other pair of speakers. Turn the volume knobs to adjust their loudness. Quality: Very well made. They look built to last for several years, and they sound like they can go the whole way blaring. Value: I've not compared these speakers with anything else in the price range, but I can definitely say I'd happily spend the $300 on them again. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed it yet. My old Studio Pro 4s lasted about 7 years before going bad, and that's actually surprisingly good considering the dust problem I've got with my central air. The Wow Factor: They look good, sound great, and feel solid and well made. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for mixing speakers on a budget. Overall: I bought these to replace my failing M-Audio Studio Pro 4s, and I must say I'm very glad I opted to go with the BX5s. They have a fabulous presence with nice bright highs, clear mids, and nice crisp bass. They have solid cabinets that transmit no noticeable vibration through my wall-mounted speaker stands (bad, I know, but all I can manage at the moment), and 70 watts gives me all the headroom I need to go from quiet all the way up to blasting without having to worry about distortion.
Style of Music: mostly industrialized flavors of many different genres
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