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Adam T5V Review (Studio Monitor)

infinitesymphony

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Ok, got it. But the Adam looks not so much different compared to the JBL.
The Adam T5Vs have a high-frequency boost at 5K+ but otherwise the rest of the frequency range is relatively flat.
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This could result in a different perception of frequency balance than a gradually rising slope. Some people perceive this high shelf as brightness, others as adding "air" or treble extension.
 

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Ach my only reason for not ending up with these is that they're so deep, I can't reasonably tilt them towards me
 

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Silly notion, but given the treble boost on these, can you get away with angling them slightly off-axis, i.e., less towards you than other monitors?
 

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I was thinking... Will using very high capacitance XLR cables reduce the elevated treble shelf on these?
 

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I was thinking... Will using very high capacitance XLR cables reduce the elevated treble shelf on these?
certainly not. The input impedance on these is high enough that any preamp or DAC output will easily bridge.
 

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None here pretend a cable can change the frequency response… guess a cable with few db shelving at upper treble…!!!! Naaa
Naaa indeed, cables can alter *audible frequency response under certain conditions. After a bit more reading though, I think not in this case under non-deliberate and non-extreme measures
 

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I was thinking... Will using very high capacitance XLR cables reduce the elevated treble shelf on these?
Naaa indeed, cables can alter *audible frequency response under certain conditions. After a bit more reading though, I think not in this case under non-deliberate and non-extreme measures
The story goes that many guitar players including Slash, Santana, and Jimi Hendrix intentionally played through long (50+ feet) high-capacitance cables because they acted like subtle low-pass filters. Maybe apocryphal, maybe not.
 

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The story goes that many guitar players including Slash, Santana, and Jimi Hendrix intentionally played through long (50+ feet) high-capacitance cables because they acted like subtle low-pass filters. Maybe apocryphal, maybe not.
Exactly. Guitars are also more susceptible to this phenomenon due to inductance. It's not practical for me to run hundreds of feet of cable within the confines of my living room so I will have to abort this plan :D
 

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For multimedia purpose (watching movies, series, youtube, playing games, listening to music) aren't these too good or too revealing?

I understand these are studio monitors, and the JBL 305p MKII and KALI Audio LP-6 has a slightly more pleasing (veiled?) sound. They aren't that far apart from each other in pricing so i'm wondering which one would be better and easier on the ears. I would be using them from 1m to 2-3m distance. I heared the 305ps that floating sound were awsome and clean, but maybe a bit bright for my taste and male vocals sounded thinny sometimes.
 

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For multimedia purpose (watching movies, series, youtube, playing games, listening to music) aren't these too good or too revealing?

I understand these are studio monitors, and the JBL 305p MKII and KALI Audio LP-6 has a slightly more pleasing (veiled?) sound. They aren't that far apart from each other in pricing so i'm wondering which one would be better and easier on the ears. I would be using them from 1m to 2-3m distance. I heared the 305ps that floating sound were awsome and clean, but maybe a bit bright for my taste and male vocals sounded thinny sometimes.
I have a pair of JBL LSR30X (special coated and frequency-matched version of the mk 1 305) and am thinking of replacing it with the T5v. Although not the clearest sounding, it is quite wearisome to listen to, something I can only attribute to higher distortion levels and maybe potential resonances. I don't think the elevated treble on the T5v would be too much of an issue for me given the -2dB attenuation with the flick of a switch, and the option to angle the speakers slightly off axis for some treble roll off in the affected frequency region
 

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The story goes that many guitar players including Slash, Santana, and Jimi Hendrix intentionally played through long (50+ feet) high-capacitance cables because they acted like subtle low-pass filters. Maybe apocryphal, maybe not.
high impedance + very small voltage swing (no larger than maybe 300mV RMS if that) will do that. Cable losses are pretty severe at that point. Average guitar cable has a hot to shield capacitance around 100pF/m. That gets to be noticeable.

For multimedia purpose (watching movies, series, youtube, playing games, listening to music) aren't these too good or too revealing?

I understand these are studio monitors, and the JBL 305p MKII and KALI Audio LP-6 has a slightly more pleasing (veiled?) sound. They aren't that far apart from each other in pricing so i'm wondering which one would be better and easier on the ears. I would be using them from 1m to 2-3m distance. I heared the 305ps that floating sound were awsome and clean, but maybe a bit bright for my taste and male vocals sounded thinny sometimes.
Nope! The myth that studio monitors are "too revealing" or what have you is total hogwash. These do need a shelf down to correct that high end bump.

As for the other two, 305p MKIIs definitely have a bit of an upward slope on-axis; why this is, I'm not sure. The Kalis are commendably flat on axis minus a couple of resonances around 1k which may or may not be noticeable. The Kalis have better distortion behavior overall than the 305s, but arguably not as good as the Adams (the tweeter seems to behave itself better - there is a pretty severe narrow band spike that looks like an undamped resonance around 4k in the Adam which from experience I can tell you gets very ugly if you hit it with the right tone at high levels).
 
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For multimedia purpose (watching movies, series, youtube, playing games, listening to music) aren't these too good or too revealing?

I understand these are studio monitors, and the JBL 305p MKII and KALI Audio LP-6 has a slightly more pleasing (veiled?) sound. They aren't that far apart from each other in pricing so i'm wondering which one would be better and easier on the ears. I would be using them from 1m to 2-3m distance. I heared the 305ps that floating sound were awsome and clean, but maybe a bit bright for my taste and male vocals sounded thinny sometimes.

I have had a pair of Adam A7 active speakers as desk top speakers for nearly 10 years. My son is an accomplished musician and now uses them as monitors for his home studio. They have not missed a beat in all that time - so reliability is obviously excellent.

I have not heard the Adam T5V, JBL305p or Kali, however, on the first (or second page) of this thread Amir states the Adams are vastly superior IHO. Have a read again of his conclusions in his review.

FYI Adam studio monitors were used to mix the "Love" album of The Beatle's classics and are preferred by many professional sound engineers. I love mine and I am obviously biased.
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Just picked up a pair of these based on the review by Amir. I meant it when I wrote that I’m not buying anything that doesn’t get ASR’s seal of approval.
 

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Just picked up a pair of these based on the review by Amir. I meant it when I wrote that I’m not buying anything that doesn’t get ASR’s seal of approval.

I've had a pair of Adam A7 for over 10 years (which I love) and interested in your thoughts on sound quality of the T5V.
 
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