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M-Audio adds flagship Studiophile DSM monitors

updated 09:00 pm EDT, Mon August 25, 2008

M Audio Studiophile DSM

M-Audio, in collaboration with Digidesign, has announced the addition of two new reference monitors to its line of tools for musicians, the Studiophile DSM1 and DSM2. These new monitors include DSP engines for crossover and EQ control. The DSM1 features a 6.5=inch aluminum cone low frequency driver, while the DSM2 uses an 8-inch driver. Both monitors support analog XLR or 1/4-inch inputs and digital signals up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Both monitors use a 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled neodymium magnet tweeter with a Teteron soft fabric dome, pushing frequency response to 27kHz. The low frequency drivers reproduce sound down to 42Hz. The system uses bi-amplification, with 100 watts dedicated to the low frequency and 80 watts to high frequency.

The DSP allows for a variety of equalizer and filter settings, and compensation for phase differences found at the crossover point. Each speaker can be tuned individually, controlled through high or low frequency roll-offs, octave settings, or acoustic space controls. These Studiophile monitors are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of this year, with prices for the DSM1 and DSM2 set at $650 or $750, respectively.

[Studiophile DSM1]

[Studiophile DSM2]

by MacNN Staff




  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hmm, aren't we missing a dust cap here? I know this looks nice and sleek, but without the conical or dome rising in the middle of the woofer, you have to deal with reflections that distort the sound.

    Maybe the engineers have worked some angles to make this a non issue, but traditionally it would be a must have for studio monitors. I've got some of their BX5a's and a BX10s, myself, so I know those get good sound.

    Anyone up on current monitor design have any clues? Maybe this is an issue between near-field monitors and traditional speakers, but I'd have to hear these up against their predecessors to truly compare.

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