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Adam Audio ARTist 6 Active Speakers

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Introduction to the Adam Audio ARTist 6 Active Speakers

ADAM Audio of Germany is known for two unique design features. One, the use of air motion tweeters which ADAM calls X-ART. Two, a complete line of active speakers ranging from entry level to flagship models. Active speakers have become the standard in the professional studio world yet struggle to get acceptance in the home despite their many advantages over passive speakers.

ADAM Audio provided a 5.0 set of their new ARTist speakers to evaluate. The arrangement consists of dual ARTist 6 mini towers for the front left and right, an ARTist 6H for the center, with a pair of ARTist 5 monitors for the rear channels. The ARTist sub was not provided as my listening space has been tuned specifically for my existing subs.

One advantage of active speakers is space. Traditionally If you want maximum channel separation you use mono block amplifiers. In a five speaker set up you now need a minimum of five separate amplifiers. Each amp taking up space. Now you could also bi-amp each speaker so now you need space for 10 amplifiers. With active speakers you get ideal channel separation and superb driver integration by having amplifiers for not only each speaker, but each driver, all saving space by being housed in the speaker.

The difference between a powered speaker and an active one also revolves around the crossover. An active design crossover works at the line level stage. Rather than using a passive speaker level crossover, a line level active crossover means you can use lower power amplifiers to achieve the same level of output as a passive design using more power. There are other performance benefits as well, active speakers tend to have better dynamics and are usually not as affected by power compression compared to passive designs.

The only issue with active designs has been the lack of models designed for home use. For years I've been using studio monitors in my home theater. Studio models leave much to be desired when it comes to looks, an issue which the ADAM Audio ARTist series has beautifully resolved. The ARTist is an active speaker system designed for home use in both looks and sound.

SPECIFICATIONS

ARTist 6 Active Tower Speaker

  • Design: 2-1/2-way
  • Drivers: One 2" Tweeter, Two 4.5" Carbon Fiber Woofers
  • MFR: 48 Hz - 50 kHz
  • Amplifiers: 35 Watts for Tweeter, 35 Watts for Woofers
  • Input Connectors: RCA/XLR Analog
  • Finish: Gloss Black, Gloss White
  • Dimensions: 33.5" H x 5.5" W x 7.5" D
  • Weight: 20.3 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $2,000/pair USD

ARTist 6H Active LCR Speaker

  • Design: 2-1/2-way
  • Drivers: One 2" Tweeter, Two 4.5" Carbon Fiber Woofers
  • MFR: 55 Hz - 50 kHz
  • Amplifiers: 35 Watts for Tweeter, 35 Watts for Woofers
  • Input Connectors: RCA/XLR Analog
  • Finish: Gloss Black, Gloss White
  • Dimensions: 19" H x 6" W x 7.5" D
  • Weight: 18.1 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $1,100/each USD

ARTist 5 Active Bookshelf Speaker

  • Design: 2-1/2 way
  • Drivers: One 2" Tweeter, One 5.5" Carbon/Rohacell/Glass Fiber Woofer
  • MFR: 50 Hz - 50 kHz
  • Amplifier: 50 Watts
  • Input Connectors: RCA/XLR/3.5mm Mini-stereo Analog, USB
  • Dimensions: 11.5" H x 7" W x 8.5" D
  • Weight: 15.4 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $1,200/pair USD
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