ADAM S3V Active Midfield Studio Monitor (Single)
The ADAM Audio S3V is a three-way studio monitor optimised for vertical use and designed primarily for midfield applications, although it may also be used in more compact listening environments.
- German Handmade Precision S-ART Tweeter with HPS Waveguide
- 4 inch Dome / Cone Hybrid (Carbon Composite)
- 9 inch Woofer (Hexacone)
- Amp. Power RMS: 850 W
- Frequency Response: 32 Hz - 50 kHz
- Max. SPL Per Pair at 1 m: ≥124 dB
- AES3 Digital Inputs And Various Expansion Options
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Bass frequencies from 32 Hz to 250 Hz are handled by ADAM Audio's entirely new 9-inch Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) LF driver, which incorporates the company's equally groundbreaking Symmetrical Magnet Assembly (SMA) and delivers a powerful, extremely accurate low end extending right down into the sub-bass region. Mid-range and HF information is reproduced with equally analytical precision thanks to the combination of ADAM Audio's newly developed 4-inch DCH mid-range driver and the highly-refined S-ART folded-ribbon HF driver. Together with the brand-new HPS waveguide, the latter offers high-frequency reproduction with an extremely broad sweet spot with fine, highly detailed imaging and a natural-sounding sense of depth.
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. 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.
The S3V's built-in amplification is generously specified, comprising Class D units for the bass and mid-range drivers (500 W and 300 W RMS respectively) and a 50 W Class A/B amplifier for the S-ART tweeter.
Offering flawless reproduction of audio frequencies between 32 Hz and 50 kHz, the S3V is a standout offering for anyone demanding highly accurate imaging and localisation from their reference monitors.
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 S3V Specifications
Basket Ø: 9 inch (223 mm)
Voice Coil Ø: 2 inch (50 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
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 %
Max. SPL per pair at 1 m: ≥124 dB
Crossover Frequencies: 250 Hz / 3 kHz
Weight: 25 Kg / 55.0 lb
Dimensions (H x W x D): 536 x 293 x 380 mm / 21.1 x 11.5 x 15 inches