ADAM S5H Active Mainfield Studio Monitor (Single)
The ADAM Audio S5H is a powerful main monitor custom-designed for the demanding rigours of reference listening in the world's most expansive studios and control rooms.
- German Handmade Precision S-ART Tweeter with HPS Waveguide
- 4 inch Dome / Cone Hybrid (Carbon) with MPS Waveguide
- 2 x 10 inch Woofer (Hexacone)
- Amp. Power RMS: 1800 W
- Frequency Response: 24 Hz - 50 kHz
- Max. SPL Per Pair at 1 m: ≥131 dB
- AES3 Digital Inputs And Various Expansion Options
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The three-way S5H was conceived, as its name suggests, to be used in a horizontal orientation and features two 10-inch Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) bass drivers, newly designed by ADAM Audio expressly for the S Series. Like the LF ELE units on all the other members of the range, the S5H's woofers feature ADAM Audio's proprietary Symmetrical Magnet Assembly (SMA) guaranteeing that low-frequency audio remains tightly controlled and free of distortion at all times. The all-important mid-range frequencies are handled by ADAM Audio's new hybrid DCH. This innovative 4-inch MF driver was also newly developed by ADAM Audio exclusively for the S Series and combines the sonic advantages of cone and dome drivers in a single, one-piece unit.
Together with the S-ART treble driver — the latest iteration of ADAM Audio's widely respected folded-ribbon tweeter, now produced to tighter tolerances than ever before — the resulting combination produces a powerful but unfatiguing sound, with a palpable sense of depth: the last word in high-resolution, natural-sounding audio reproduction.
The off-axis responses of the treble and mid drivers remain extremely accurate thanks to the addition of high- and mid-frequency waveguides milled from solid aluminium: ADAM Audio's newly developed Mid-range and High-frequency Propagation Systems (MPS and HPS). The resultant stable, wide-ranging dispersion ensures that teams of more than one person can work in the loudspeakers' sweet spot simultaneously, as is often necessary in larger control rooms.
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.
No fewer than four separate amplifiers power the drivers: a 700 W Class D design for each of the bass drivers, a 300 W Class D for the mid-range and a 100 W Class A/B unit for the S-ART tweeter. With its innovative features, advanced design, generous headroom and enormous dynamic range, the S5H takes its rightful place as ADAM Audio's flagship reference monitor: an extraordinary loudspeaker offering audio reproduction to the very highest standards of fidelity.
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.
ADAM S5H Specifications
Basket Ø: 10 inch (223 mm)
Voice Coil Ø: 3 inch (76 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: 700 W
Amp. Power RMS: 300 W
Amp. Power RMS: 100 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: 24 Hz - 50 kHz
THD > 100 Hz: ≤0.3 %
Max. SPL per pair at 1 m: ≥131 dB
Crossover Frequencies: 250 Hz / 3 kHz
Weight: 72.6 Kg / 160 lb
Dimensions (H x W x D): 430 x 885 x 500 mm / 16.9 x 34.8 x 19.7 inches