For this special, we’re focusing on the massive range of studio monitors – the heart and soul of any studio set-up – glancing our eyes over everything from entry level creative reference monitors through to high-end solutions for mixing and mastering professionals.
Wayne Jones Audio Jones-Scanlon
Key Features: Australia mightn’t be the first country that springs to mind when you think of premium studio monitors, but that could very well change once you cop a load of Wayne Jones Audio’s Jones-Scanlon monitors. A collaboration between two of Australia’s most respected names in audio, bassist Wayne Jones and mix engineer Steve Scanlon have joined forces to combine power, punch and pristine quality, with the end result being an absolute behemoth of a studio monitor.
Loaded with a mighty 10” aluminium cast woofer with a eucalyptus–pulp Kevlar-re-enforced cone and using an Italian-made silver bullet tweeter to handle the high frequencies up to 20 kHz, the Jones-Scanlon monitors are, quite frankly, monstrous. They weigh a whopping 25.5kg each and are powered by a Danish-designed Pascal two-channel Class D amplifier to deliver up to 500 watts RMS to the driver and a further 150 watts to the tweeter, which should provide some hint as to just how powerful they really are.
With a full frequency response of 38 Hz – 20 kHz and a switchable high-pass filter to cut out infrasonic frequencies should you need, the Jones-Scanlons will cover a wide sonic spectrum, and will rise to the occasion whether you’re tracking, mixing or mastering. The Jones-Scanlon monitors also pack DSP to handle cross-over and time-alignment, and make use of a unique USB port on the back that’s custom-made for any future software updates from Wayne Jones Audio.
There’s also digital SPDIF and balanced XLR inputs on the back of the unit, as well as two dedicated room EQ switches to immediately flex the sound of the monitors to suit whatever listening environment you’re in. Finally, the ruddy Red finish is incredible, and even if you’re not a fan, you can order another custom colour should you wish.
Mixdown Says: As a bass aficionado myself, it’s exciting to see Wayne Jones deliver such a low-end friendly studio monitor, but the Jones-Scanlons aren’t just for bass. These big red machines provide flawless audio across all fields, with their transient response being immediately apparent – I can guarantee you’ve never heard fragile reverb tails or glistening artefacts sound quite like this in your mixes before.
Of course, a monitor as massive as the Jones-Scanlon deserves to be heard loud, but it’s surprising how precise they are even at low volumes. It’s also worth noting that Wayne Jones Audio also offer a more compact version of these monitors should you require something smaller, and if you require something even bigger than these 10” weapons, there’s a larger install type version as well.
Overall: They’re big, they’re red, they’re amazing. It’s incredible that there’s products like the Jones-Scanlon monitors coming out of Australia, and this particular set just affirms their status as phenoms on the market.
Head to Wayne Jones Audio to secure a pair of Jones-Scanlon monitors for yourself today.