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.