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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:49am
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Adam A7x/ Sub 8 owner here. Really love these speakers. For ultimate flatness I like the m-audio bx series. These adam's however are more engaging and have better dynamics while still remaining very flat. If any of you have thought about a subwoofer I highly recommend the sub8 over the sub7. I have owned both and unless you are super cramped for space the sub8 wins out big time.
I agree whole heartily I've often wondered where the Adam users are or if I was imaging what I'm hearing.
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I have been using the A7x for a while without a sub and am more than happy with them,  I have heard many other monitors since buying them and have only found the Focal Twins and significantly more expensive monitors to sound more detailed.  

 

I was recently exposed to the S2x by an dealer with a soul that should be banished to hell, I am now trying to sell my children if anyone is interested.  If you are the kind of person that spends $2k on headphones and want some wonderful speakers for nearfiled listening these are worth a listen if you get the chance.  Thankfully on the day I had no credit card with me and a wife around to remind me that the speakers come with a free divorce :)

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Delighted owner of ADAM A3X, A5X and Sub7 here.

 

Near field listening is brilliant if you spend a lot of time at a desk anyway. More air and space than even the most expensive headphones, you are always in the swet spot and since you are so close you don't need the power or depth with all the problems that brings in an untreated domestic setting.

 

The A3X seemed an extravagance when my M-Audio AV40 broke down. At first.

 

Mrs Ron was so impressed she demanded a pair of her own and wouldn't be fobbed off with less expensive alternatives. This after 25 years of treating my audio purchase regime with demused bewilderment. So of course I had to get a pair of A5X for myself.

 

Don't agree with those recomending a 'Tube DAC' (sic) at all. The only possible reason to put a tube in a DAC is to add distortion. Why do that with a pair of monitors? Especially as you can add whatever effects you like on demand via plug ins.

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My tube buffer with the Voskod "rocket" is very special. I tried more expensive tubes and I agree those colored the Adam sound to much. The main point though is Adam has great monitors and we all agree on that. I am also looking at S3x V down the road but not right now since it took me this long to complete my rig and I love my new Hifiman 500's a perfect compliment to the A7x/sub8.
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I agree whole heartily I've often wondered where the Adam users are or if I was imaging what I'm hearing.

Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:48am
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As contrary to a common thought that active speakers are designed solely for studio recording only,  I have been using the  Adam audio and the Neuman for my near field and mid-field listening without the pre-amps. I am very happy with what I 've heard. 

 

After some forty years of romancing wit Hi-end audio, I have changed my direction to direct, straight forward systems without any band-aids approach. The recordings were reproduced close to the original intended, be it good or bad. No more tubes swapping of IC swapping. It is what it is approach and I get used to it. I have never looked back and I have no regrets.

 

The Adam entry X series and the Neuman KH series are also easy on m ears when I made the transition from HI-FI gear to Pro gear. They are a bit Hi-Fi-ish if I may call them that way.

 

Highly recommended for near field and mid field listening . I found myself spend more time with my Adam Audio and the Neuman KH120 than the big system in my living room. 

 

Best wish.

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:34am
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For the last forty some years, I have said the same but the dam itch keeps on coming back. I love my Adam audio A7x and my Neuman Kh 120. I acccidently put a chip on one of mine A3X so I have sold my A3x at a lost and I am angry at myself to do so.I am going order a pair of A3X for smaller application then I may call it quit.

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I have the M Audio Bx8. white I like the Hi-fi-ish of the Neuman and the Adam Audio, for heavy rock and roll, I roll out my M-audio B8x, no romancing the sound here. You get what comes in, no more no less. The BX8 is a very good value for mixing and listening to the naked truth.

 

Merry X'mas.

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I have the M Audio Bx8. white I like the Hi-fi-ish of the Neuman and the Adam Audio, for heavy rock and roll, I roll out my M-audio B8x, no romancing the sound here. You get what comes in, no more no less. The BX8 is a very good value for mixing and listening to the naked truth.

 

Merry X'mas.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:32am
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Agree, +1. Our ears are, like it or not have been conditioned to Fi-Hi sound not as those who are in business of mixing and recording.The Adam is just a bit colored but very fine for both home audio and studio recording. For the money I can afford, IMHO, the A3X for desk top and the A7X for near field or mid- field listening are the best within their  price range.

 

The M Audio B8X D2 on the other hand are very flat as you said. There is no romancing to the reproduction of the sound there. It could sound rough and mirror all the flaws in the original recordings which is painful to listen to until your ears get used to them.

 

The Neuman KH120 is also a bit Hi-Fi-ish and easy on your ears than the M -Audio but they will give you a different type of sound than the Adam Audio. Too me SQ wise, it is a toss up between the Adam and the Neuman but I tend to like the Adam Audio a bit, just a bit better for certain application.

 

Happy listening.

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:31am
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Agree, +1. Our ears are, like it or not have been conditioned to Fi-Hi sound not as those who are in business of mixing and recording.The Adam is just a bit colored but very fine for both home audio and studio recording. For the money I can afford, IMHO, the A3X for desk top and the A7X for near field or mid- field listening are the best within their  price range.

 

The M Audio B8X D2 on the other hand are very flat as you said. There is no romancing to the reproduction of the sound there. It could sound rough and mirror all the flaws in the original recordings which is painful to listen to until your ears get used to them.

 

The Neuman KH120 is also a bit Hi-Fi-ish and easy on your ears than the M -Audio but they will give you a different type of sound than the Adam Audio. Too me SQ wise, it is a toss up between the Adam and the Neuman but I tend to like the Adam Audio a bit, just a bit better for certain application.

 

Happy listening.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 2:30am
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It depends. My " jar dropping experience" In my life time was with the Apogee Scintilla full range ribbon speakers driven by the Krell KSA and a Passe' pre amp. My audiophile friend knew I owned the Martin Logan SL3 so he wanted to treat me for surprise with the SQ of the Apogee. It was a life time experience that I could not describe . I was not only heard the music but I actually could see the music.

 

He played some instrument soft Jazz music where I could see hundred of the pebbles inside the rain stick (?) that felt from the top of the speakers' panels down to the bottom of the speakers. I could not only heard the sound of the pebbles but virtually can see them rolling down few feet in front of me. My wanna be upgrade from the Martin Logan  SL3 to the Quest died instantly. The Apogee Scintilla were that good.

 

I went home and did not want to listen to my system for weeks if not months. If you know anybody who owns a pair of the Apogee Scintilla or even the Duetta, you ought to ask for a listening session.

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