My love affair with the ADAM
Audio speakers began during a trip to the Munich High-End show about 7 years
ago. One look at
their speakers and you know there is something very exceptional happening here.
Cutting right to the chase within the very beginning of my
ADAM Audio A5 powered monitor review I wrote, "The ADAM A5 is not
an audiophile loudspeaker. Now before you died-in-the-wool audiophile-types stop
reading, in perhaps a massive error
of quick judgment, the ADAM A5 recording studio monitor is so good that every
audiophile should go right out and hear these amazing units". Sure that was a
bold statement back in 2008, yet the A5 had remained my reference for the
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and small monitor verification. This is normal
as mastering engineers use not just their large floorstanding reference
speakers, they also
switch to small desktop monitors to verify the sound ‘scales’ well to
So what does a true studio-quality
powered reference monitor have to do with audiophiles?
Hmm, that last sentence is a bit, well, brave
perhaps. It brings up connotations of audiophiles wanting Sound X with
single-ended tube amplifications and nice bottle of red wine whereas sound engineers
want Sound Y and a big mastering desk with both physical knobs and touch screen
at their fingertips. Fortunately for us music lovers, today the chasm between
these two are now virtually nonexistent if one so chooses. And this is where the ADAM A7X
powered monitor comes into play.
During the RMAF about two years ago I was chatting with fellow reviewer extraordinaire Steven Stone about my love for the ADAM Audio A5 speakers. He said to try the ADAM 7 series as they really are wonderful. Well, that was around two years ago and recently my much-loved ADAM A5s kinda, well, you see it was kinda like this.... The speakers took a nosedive off the platform they sit upon and went bang onto the floor. Long story short, I bumped the main table quite hard and, thus, the platform wobbled and you guessed it, the speakers went flying! To my astonishment they still work, but it did make me realize, ummm, didn’t Steven Stone tell me the 7 series are better than these now beat up old A5s? Hey, give us reviewers any excuse to upgrade and.... C’mon, admit it. You’d be thinking the same thing too if you were me.
My fiancé, soon to be wife on
Valentine’s Day, said "Well Steven, those speakers are a bit precariously
balanced on that platform". She then continued by saying "You know you wanted
new speakers" and then kissed me followed by a big smile and giggle. Yes dear,
you’re right dear, anything you say dear. Hey, can I pick ‘em or what!?!?!?
ADAM Audio A7X Amplified
Eh hem, getting back to my serious ‘audiophile
voice’, the long story short here is that your $699 get truly high quality
components. So what about that new, upgraded X-ART tweeter you ask. According to the
company, "The changes made to the A5X and the A7X are not simply developments
but a fundamental revision of the A-Series. ADAM Audio took all aspects of the
performance of the original A-Series and overhauled and improved them. One of
the main improvements is… the X-ART tweeter, now replaces the ART tweeter in
the new AX versions. The X-ART tweeter features an even higher efficiency and
maximum sound pressure level as well as a frequency response up to 50 kHz. All
woofers and amplifiers have also been reengineered from scratch, featuring
larger voice-coils and amps with twice the power for higher linear excursions
and more output. Last but not least, the cabinets have been redesigned; all
models sport two bass reflex ports." On the front lower plate of the speaker is a simple On/Off
power switch rocker and volume adjustment knob. Of course there is more, yet their website
is highly detailed and no use in wasting more of your time on the finer
here. My fave Kimber Kable Select all silver RCA cables were used from the
FrankenDAC to the A7X. And before someone points out the obvious, yes the cables
are nearly the same price as the speakers. The ADAM Audio speakers deserve these
cables, yet am sure lower cost copper cables would work too, though perhaps not
as well as these all-silver Kimber Kable gems.
Imaging you ask? Outstanding! Unlike most
traditional setups, I find that angling the speakers outward (toe out) works
better than toe-in. It is a personal preference and if you have nearfield
monitors you really should try it and see how the soundstage really opens up
tremendously. Given the proper music material, what I hear is gloriously big,
deep and wide sound. Being nearfield monitors, it is that ‘reach out and touch
as one immerses themselves in all its glory’ variety. Magnificent!
Same thing with the A7X yet in a small monitor instead of floorstander. Without a doubt the Adam A7X are the best powered monitors I have heard for under $1000 each. At only $699, the A7X with its impressive X-ART tweeter, specialized mid-woofer and amplification plus adjustability and balanced input are easily a real-world PnP bargain!
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