ADAM S3H Active Midfield Studio Monitor (Single)
The S3H builds on the successes of ADAM Audio's most popular studio monitors, the S3A and S3X-H, and, like its predecessors, sets new standards in terms of technical innovation and design.
- Active midfield studio monitor with dual 7 inch drivers
- German handmade precision S-ART Tweeter on HPS Waveguide
- 4 inch Dome / Cone Hybrid (Carbon Composite)
- 2 x 7 inch ELE Woofer (Hexacone)
- Amplifier Power RMS: 1350 W
- Frequency Response: 32 Hz - 50 kHz
- AES3 Digital Inputs And Various Expansion Options
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The dual 7-inch bass drivers, each powered by separate 500 W Class D amplifiers, offer flawless reproduction of frequencies all the way down to 32 Hz. ADAM Audio's newly developed DCH, a 4-inch hybrid dome/cone mid-range driver, is powered by a 300 W Class D amplifier and handles audio above 250 Hz and below 3 kHz, its leading-edge hybrid design offering the sonic advantages of both cone and soft-dome drivers in a single, one-piece unit. Frequencies above 3 kHz are routed to the innovative combination of the S-ART treble driver (each handmade at ADAM Audio's Berlin factory), the new precision HPS waveguide, and a 50 W Class A/B amplifier. The result of all this innovation is a beautifully transparent three-dimensional soundscape, with an extensive sweet spot.
The S Series' custom-designed DSP optimises the loudspeaker crossovers to create linear responses for the entire range, as well as providing user equalisation and in-room tuning/voicing functions. A unique feature of the S3H's DSP options is a built-in factory EQ preset that emulates the response of ADAM Audio's legendary S3A monitor. The DSP also handles the limiter-based high-frequency driver protection, processes the signals from the AES3 digital inputs, and will in time facilitate various expansion options. Software updates can be carried out with ease via the associated USB port, which also allows users to connect computers and control the speakers' DSP functions via a software front-end.
With its massively powerful amplification and three-way design (optimally configured for use horizontally), the S3H was conceived as a midfield monitor, but can be employed equally well in more compact listening environments. As with all ADAM Audio designs, the sound is punchy but musical, with crystal-clear reproduction of the all-important mid-range. The S3H's wide-ranging frequency response, its power amps' instantly available, plentiful headroom, and the lack of need for additional subwoofers should appeal to any audio professional looking for a stand-alone, full-frequency active solution for their recording studio, one which provides equally detailed audio information at any volume setting, loud or quiet. Whatever your preferred output level, the S3H's vibrant authenticity is a spur to creativity for producers, engineers and musicians everywhere, and its sound remains remarkably unfatiguing, even when working uninterrupted for extended periods.
Newly Developed S-ART Tweeter, Custom Designed HPS and MPS Waveguides
The S-ART tweeter is the latest iteration of ADAM Audio's renowned accelerated ribbon design, manufactured to much tighter tolerances, and a new custom waveguide has also been produced, milled from solid aluminium, to improve dispersion, projection and imaging, and to widen the sweet spot.
New Bass Drivers with ELE™ and SMA™ Technology
Looking at the changes included in the S Series in more detail, the redesign of the bass driver has included the creation, entirely from scratch, of: a new low-mass but highly rigid honeycomb driver cone, a highly efficient, self-cooling linear magnet assembly, a low-loss speaker surround, linear suspension and damping systems, a vented symmetrical voice coil and a new driver chassis/basket.
These innovations allow the driver to handle more extreme excursions in a linear fashion without experiencing cone breakup, while the ventilation-orientated design minimises power compression. Even the bass reflex tubes and ports have been completely redesigned.
Taken together, all of these changes make for a more accurate LF driver that can produce higher SPLs, with reduced distortion, and permit listeners to work with raw, uncompressed audio at higher levels for longer without suffering fatigue.
Groundbreaking DCH™ Midrange Driver
Looking at the mid-range driver in a similarly more detailed way, the new 100 mm (4-inch) mid-range driver is a dome/cone hybrid design offering the advantages of both dome and cone designs: excellent dispersion characteristics, low distortion, high power handling and a flat response. Many of the innovations designed for the new woofer also informed the design of the mid-range driver, including its new linear magnet assembly, speaker surround, suspension and damping systems, and chassis.
High Performance DSP Module
The newly developed, high-power DSP engine is based on the most recent generation of SHARC chips and provides perfectly tuned crossovers for enhanced frequency response, dynamic range and resolution, custom EQ for in-room optimisation, and digital connectivity, along with the potential for future expansion options.
Fundamental Redevelopment Of Cabinets
The aesthetics of the range reflect ADAM's heritage as a manufacturer of precision tools in a country renowned for the quality of its industrial engineering – but all aspects of the design are the result of practical considerations. The thick, weighty cabinet construction minimises unwanted vibrations and coloration, and its rounded edges reduce unwanted diffractions. Mounting points are also built in to S3 models to allow them to be suspended.
ADAM S3H Specifications
Basket Ø: 7 inch (178 mm)
Voice Coil Ø: 1.5 inch (39 mm)
Cone Material: HexaCone
Type: Dome / Cone Hybrid
Basket Ø: 4 inch (100 mm)
Voice Coil Ø: 2.4 inch (60 mm)
Cone Material: Carbon Composite
Diaphragm Area: 4 inch² (2420 mm²)
Equiv. Diaphragm Ø: 2 inch (56 mm)
Velocity Transform Ratio: 4:1
Diaphragm Weight: 0.17 g
Amp. Power RMS: 500 W
Amp. Power RMS: 300 W
Amp. Power RMS: 50 W
Input Sensivity: Adjustable
Parametric EQs: 6
Room Compensation High-Shelf EQ: 1
Room Compensation Low-Shelf EQ: 1
Preset Memories: 5
Delay: 0 ms to 5 ms
Input Impedance: 48 kOhm
Max. Input Level: +24 dBu
Frequency Response: 32 Hz - 50 kHz
THD > 100 Hz: ≤0.4 %
Input Sensitivity (for 90 dB SPL at 1m): -5 dBV
Max. SPL per pair at 1 m: ≥126 dB
Crossover Frequencies: 250 Hz / 3 kHz
Weight: 26.6 Kg / 58.6 lb
Dimensions (H x W x D): 280 x 585 x 380 mm / 11 x 23 x 15 inches