ADAM studio monitors have been around long enough for most of us to recognise them at a glance. They have certainly made their way with ribbon tweeter designs and shown us all how fast transient attack times can really liven up our monitoring and create a more accurate representation of the mix. But for many, these monitors have sat just out of the price bracket that our home studios have been able to permit for monitoring budgets. With the introduction of the new T Series of monitors, it is great to see that an affordable home studio option is now very much a possibility within the ADAM design range. I was keen to hear just what was on offer from the T5V, which will most likely become the popular favourite for small recording setups where size is an issue, but sound is of great importance.
ADAM have introduced their U-ART Accelerated Ribbon Tweeter in the T Series, which takes a lot of its design from the flagship S Series, but doesn’t come with quite the price tag. This is paired up with a redesigned low frequency driver and DSP controlled crossovers to offer a sound catering for the small cabinet to fit in a small space. Backed by a D-Class amplifier that delivers 50 watts to the low frequency driver and 20 watts to the tweeter, these little speakers have the capability of delivering high SPLs, even when they aren’t really needed. So, you know that at a comfortable monitoring level, the amplifier and the drivers are not being pushed to the point of exhaustion, and you’re getting optimum performance from them at all times.
With the Accelerated Ribbon Tweeter that ADAM is so well known for, you get a beautiful, crisp high frequency response from these monitors that allows you to really hear what is going on in the mix. These make ideal editing monitors, as the fast transient attacks make start and stop points on even the fastest of sounds easily noticeable. There is no floppy, lacklustre sound here, as it is all delivered with pristine clarity. The low end is there too, even though you are only dealing with a five inch driver. The rear ported design does offer some restrictions on placement, as it can result in excessive false bottom end when placed too close to a wall, but this can be accounted for in placement and EQ.
In short, these are a great studio monitor pair for critical listening in the home studio environment. You really get a sense of what ADAM are trying to offer you in their ribbon tweeter design and can certainly hear more of what is happening in the sound than you will be used to. What’s more, they come in at well under the going rate for similar offerings from other speaker manufacturers. You’d be hard pressed to find a better studio monitor of this design for a similar price. ADAM have certainly delivered on quality for a price point with the T5V studio monitors.
Hits and Misses
Articulate high frequency response
High SPL from dual D-Class amplifiers
Smart design for both looks and sound
Rear porting offers some spatial restrictions