Today’s topic is studio monitors for me, I will test them on my workstation The speaker on test is ADAM, it’s one of my favorite makes. I sure a lot of you have heard and know about ADAM from Germany F5 active monitor Hello everyone I’m Kok-yan and welcome to feverSound.com today on test is the ADAM active monitors F5 the “F” series is their latest entry-level series a pair of 2-way bookshelf size active monitors to be placed on desktops at an arm’s length from you and perhaps very close to the wall use as DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) monitors or computer speakers first thing, let’s un-box them manual UK type power cable speaker first layer, second layer careful not to grab the drivers by mistake when taking them out of the box as you can see H x W x D 11.5″(290mm) x 7.5″ (185mm) x 9″ (230mm) not too big but not really that small either doesn’t come with any grilles a 3″ X-ART tweeter this is one of their big selling point an all new 5″ weaved glass fiber/paper X-ART mid-bass driver take a look at the back you can use either XLR/ Balanced, 1/4″ TRS Balanced or unbalanced RCA inputs XLR type TRS 6.3mm plug because XLRs in professional use is for mic level inputs TRS 6.3mm are for line level so you can use the TRS or your familiar XLR line levels also the RCA line level too the control knob in the middle is gain level so either if you are using the F5 with a console from a preamp or directly from a DAC DACs may need a little more gain consoles may be too much a preamp should be just about in the middle so this gives you the last chance to correct the gain I’ll start will the “0” reference first two more adjustments, just above and below the Gain control knob a lot of active speakers may not have these what are they? on the bottom is the bass trim for below 300Hz (Low shelf EQ) not the sub – sat adjustment that’s further down here a range of + or – 6dB below 300Hz on top is the High Shelf EQ , + or – 6dB for>5 kHz (above 5KHz) also will leave it on “0” reference for testing both of these are very important adjustments depending on your application and personal listening preference they would definitely will have an important effect on tuning your speakers even they are a little big but I’ll try to place them on my desktop about here where my Genelec 8020 are now time to move some speakers as you can see the F5s are quite a bit larger than the 8020s but the Genelec costs more than these F5s simple switch, just the power and XLR input cables all done no big deal just power and XLR balance input looks okay, not too big actually I thought the 8020s were a little too small so far I found the 8020 weren’t up to what I needed but the 8040s I have are a little too big the F5s are just about in the middle they are on auto-standby as soon as you plug them in (Red light) if they detect a signal then they will switch on immediately Green light is on what is it connected with? my computer, this is the MacbookPro 90% of my videos are edited here a late 2013, 15″ model a Thunderbolt interface Universal Audio Apollo Twin computer audio I/O there are 2 settings on the line-out level I’m using the low gain line-out let’s play a little music on the computer it seems I need to increase the gain on the Adams to +3 to +6 let me give that a try yes that did help, the signal was a little low I can also increase the output from the Apollo Twin instead when I increased the output the gain is now just right the sound is much more lively and dynamic to be honest, I’ve listened to quite a few Adams before from low-end to hi-end, passive to active Hi Fi to Professional….. from my experience Adams usually like a little bit of “toe-in” the F5 is no exception their X-ART tweeters won’t get overly aggressive even if you listen to them on-axis especially the newer generations of ART drivers have a much more gentle output by default this type of X-ART have the ability to move more air than the traditional soft-dome tweeters by a factor of 4 times if you think it is about the same size as an one inch dome tweeter it actually much larger, because it’s just folded if you unfold the driver the diaphragm is many times larger what you see that’s why these X-ART drivers can easily handle more dynamics without clipping, their distortions are much lower their outputs are more linear from mid to even high levels the bass is also much better than I thought they source a new supplier that manufactures a weaved bass driver cone from glass fiber and paper material their characteristic is speed which matches very nicely with their X-ART tweeters a very seamless combination the sound is very dynamic too the tone decay and 2nd harmonics are very detailed the over all performance is very subtle and well-layered with the spatial cues very detailed with a lot of textures even they are not totally new but I think they still need further burn-in let’s give them another night to play a little more this live recording is only for demonstration, please note you are still listening to your own speakers this live recording is only for demonstration, please note you are still listening to your own speakers this live recording is only for demonstration, please note you are still listening to your own speakers first, the HF by default setting is much lower than before if you’re not using them as near-field monitors you will need to +3 or +6 if you are sitting more than 6 to 8 feet away you will need to increase the HF output for the bass this new driver is much more musical than before not as analytical as before the default tuning is more musical a richer sound may I say, better suited to music lovers or Hi-Fi enthusiasts I think this is a good approach because for most listeners they don’t know what to do with the controls on the back so it won’t be “lean” or analytical out of the box anymore but that’s how studio monitors are but for those who are interested in setting up for monitoring just a couple of simple fine-tuning is all you need to restore for near-field monitor sound either it’s because of the form factor or driver size maybe both, I can hear much more with these F5s than the Genelec 8020s the F5 is a very flexible performer either for near-field , or in larger settings for monitoring or for pleasure and enjoyment with their very easy to use control functions you won’t be left out with this all-round performer this brings us to the end of my equipment review of The Adam F5 active speaker from Germany if you liked this video please give me a “Like” please subscribe if you haven’t already also click the little bell for my new video notifications see you on my next video review on another active speakers another new and higher grade Adam active speaker very soon this time I will test it in the studio subscribe and watch out for my new video notifications on the other pair of Adam active speakers bye bye….. sigh….. what am I going to do now? it is going to fit? side note, some viewers ask why do I have 3 Genelec 8040’s on the floor not doing much I was going to use them to set-up an active surround system but if I use active speakers then I can’t review surround AV amps they have also gone up in price too let’s see if I can put them to use here if they can fit, at least I can get some use out of them if I didn’t review the Adam F5, the 8020 would still be fine but after listening to the Adam F5…… what you do know? they fit wor! hmmmmmm done deal!