Tech Focus: Remote Audio Monitoring, Part 2 — A Look at Some Options
It’s a narrow niche in the diverse universe of monitor speakers, but monitoring audio in a truck environment calls for a robust, full-range speaker solution. Here are the market leaders.
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Blue Sky’s monitoring system, comprising its SAT 6D speakers and SUB 12D subwoofer with new analog/digital Audio Management Controller (AMC), delivers pristine, accurate, full-range near-field monitoring configurable in 2.1, 5.0, and larger for broadcast surround-sound applications. Each 450-W bi-amplified SAT 6D features state-of-the-art A/D and D/A converters with USB calibration input. Each satellite speaker deploys a 6.5-in. woofer with a radial magnet structure and 1-in. Scan Speak ring radiator tweeter. The SUB 12D woofer features a single long-excursion 12-in. woofer and a 600-W low-distortion power amplifier with USB calibration and state-of-the-art A/D and D/A conversion. The AMC provides analog and digital inputs with SRO speaker calibration, selectable presets, and solo and mute switches with level control. www.abluesky.com
The 8330A SAM studio monitor features Genelec’s MDE and DCW technologies, a flow-optimized reflex port, high SPL, and wide uncolored response in a very compact enclosure. A new and intuitive Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM 2.0) control network and software allow adjustment of all aspects of monitor settings and full system control. AutoCal automatically aligns every monitor on the network for level, timing, and equalization of room response anomalies. The 8330A is designed for challenging room acoustics in TV and outside broadcasting. www.genelec.com
The first in JBL’s new 7 Series line, the 705i and 708i models answer the call for next-generation multichannel monitoring in postproduction, broadcast facilities, and trucks. Leveraging patented technologies developed for its flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, 7 Series monitors deliver detailed imaging, extended frequency response, and remarkable output from compact enclosures. Centrally amplified and tuned and easily installed, 705i and 708i are the heart of a scalable system for broadcast and postproduction facilities working in immersive audio formats. www.harman.com
The self-powered HD-1 audio monitor is designed for precise near-field monitoring. Optimized to approximate a point-source radiator, the HD-1 yields broad directivity with a generous “sweet spot.” Its patented circuitry minimizes time delays and deviations from linear phase. The THX-approved HD-1 incorporates an active crossover with optimized pole-zero filters for acoustical transparency and a flat frequency response. It delivers a high-peak SPL with a dynamic range of more than 100 dB, with extremely low distortion. www.meyersound.com
The KH 120 nearfield studio monitor has a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion waveguide (MMD), flexible acoustical controls, analog class-AB amplifiers, a large-headroom analog input, and an extensive range of mounting hardware. It is also available in a digital version, the KH 120 D, launched last year. Neumann also offers the KH 310 three-way active tri-amplified MMD monitor, flexible acoustical controls, various input options, and an extensive range of mounting hardware. It is designed for use as a near-field monitor, as a front loudspeaker in midsize multichannel systems, or as a rear loudspeaker in a large multichannel system. www.neumannusa.com