ADAM unveil all-new Audio S Series monitors

As an ADAM reseller partner, we’re buzzing about this one. They’ve unveiled their new flagship reference monitoring range – the S Series – featuring a new DSP engine for crossover optimisation and much more!

The S Series is ADAM’s latest flagship range of reference monitors. It’s made up of five models: the S2C, S3H, S3V, S5H and S5V. (The H and V are for horizontal and vertical, and let you know which orientation your speaker is optimised for.)

They key thing to know about the S Series is that these speakers don’t share the same off the shelf technology as your average loudspeaker – the list of custom technologies ADAM have developed is extensive, and includes new woofers and mid-range drivers; new waveguides for the tweeter (and mid-range driver on the S5); a new DSP engine to optimise crossover; voicing options and expansion capabilities.

The result of all these technologies? Accurate frequency response and consistent dispersion, so you hear more detail in bass and mid frequencies. The S Series has a wider frequency range than its predecessors, giving you more bass extension, more mid-range information and a higher maximum output level, all with less distortion. Let’s take a look at the models.

ADAM S Series SV2 nearfield monitor

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A two way near field monitor designed for small to medium sized rooms, the SV2 boasts a 7″ bass driver that covers the 35 Hz to 3 kHz range with low distortion and a wide dynamic range. It features ADAM’s S-ART tweeter, which was developed in tandem with their new HPS waveguide technology to give precise imaging and a generous sweet spot.

The tweeter is handled by a 50W Class A/B unit, while a 300W Class D amplifier drives the woofer, giving you a combined output that’s capable of SPLs of up to 120 dB per pair.

The S Series’ custom-designed DSP optimises the loudspeaker crossovers to create linear responses for the entire range, as well as providing user equalisation and in-room tuning/voicing functions. The DSP also handles the limiter-based high-frequency driver protection, processes the signals from the AES3 digital inputs, and will in time facilitate various expansion options. Software updates can be carried out with ease via the associated USB port, which also allows users to connect computers and control the speakers’ DSP functions via a software front-end.

S3H midfield monitor

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Building on the success of the S3A and S3X-H, the new S3H features dual 7″ bass drivers, each powered by separate 500W Class D amplifiers, which offer flawless reproduction of frequencies all the way down to 32Hz.

The S3H features ADAM’s new DCH, a 4″ hybrid dome/cone mid-range driver powered by a 300 W Class D amplifier which handles audio above 250Hz and below 3kHz. Frequencies above 3Hz are routed to a combo S-ART treble driver, HPS waveguide and 50W Class A/B amplifier, resulting in transparent, three dimensional sound with an extensive sweet spot.

The S Series’ custom-designed DSP optimises the loudspeaker crossovers to create linear responses for the entire range, as well as providing user equalisation and in-room tuning/voicing functions. A unique feature of the S3H’s DSP options is a built-in factory EQ preset that emulates the response of ADAM Audio’s legendary S3A monitor. The DSP also handles the limiter-based high-frequency driver protection, processes the signals from the AES3 digital inputs, and will in time facilitate various expansion options. Software updates can be carried out with ease via the associated USB port, which also allows users to connect computers and control the speakers’ DSP functions via a software front-end.

S3V midfield monitor

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The SV3 is a three-way studio monitor designed primarily for midfield applications, although it’ll also work in more compact environs.

To handle bass frequencies from 32 Hz to 250 Hz, it uses ADAM’s brand new 9″ Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) LF driver, which incorporates the ADAM Symmetrical Magnet Assembly and delivers powerful, accurate low end extending right down to sub-bass levels.

Mid-range and HF are handled with precision by a new 4″ DCH mid-range driver and a S-ART folded ribbon driver, which work with a new HPS waveguide to offer high frequency reproduction with an extremely broad sweet spot, highly detailed imaging and a natural sounding sense of depth.

The S3V’s built-in amplification is generously specified, comprising Class D units for the bass and mid-range drivers (500W and 300W RMS respectively) and a 50W Class A/B amplifier for the S-ART tweeter.

Offering flawless reproduction of audio frequencies between 32Hz and 50kHz, the S3V is a standout offering for anyone demanding highly accurate imaging and localization from their reference monitors.

S5H main monitor

ADAM S Series S5H
This powerful main monitor is custom designed for expansive studios and control rooms. It features two ELE bass drivers, designed exclusively for the S Series, which feature ADAM’s proprietary Symmetrical Magnet Assembly to guarantee low frequency audio remains tightly controlled and distortion-free at all times.

Mid-range frequencies are handled by ADAM’s new hybrid DCH and a 4″ MF driver developed by ADAM for the S Series, which combines the benefits of cone and dome drivers in a single unit.

These work with the S Series’ S-ART driver (ADAM’s tightest ever folded ribbon tweeter) to produce a powerful but unfatiguing sound with a palpable sense of depth.

The S5H also features ADAM’s new Mid-range and High-frequency Propagation Systems (MPS and HPS), designed to deliver stable, wide-ranging dispersion that allows more than one person to work in the loudspeakers’ sweet spot simultaneously.

The S Series’ custom-designed DSP optimises the loudspeaker crossovers to create linear responses for the entire range, as well as providing user equalisation and in-room tuning/voicing functions. The DSP also handles the limiter-based high-frequency driver protection, processes the signals from the AES3 digital inputs, and will in time facilitate various expansion options. Software updates can be carried out with ease via the associated USB port, which also allows users to connect computers and control the speakers’ DSP functions via a software front-end.

S5V main monitor
ADAM S Series S5V main monitor
The vertical version of the S5H, the S5V offers all the raw power you’d expect from a high class reference speaker, but also reproduces full bandwidth, high resolution audio with complete accuracy and clarity.

Using the same ELE and SMA combo as the S5H, the S5V’s 12″ bass driver offers a quality of reproduction that ADAM say is unequalled in its accuracy, dynamic range and freedom from colouration.  A 4″ DCH MF driver with ADAM’s unique hybrid dome/cone structure handles the mid-range, while ADAM’s S-ART folded ribbon tweeter produces breathtaking highs and ensures the most delicate detail in the sound field is reproduced.

As with the S5H, the S5V features new MPS and HPS technology, to stabilise dispersion and ensure that more than one person can be working in the speakers’ sweet spot, as is often necessary in larger rooms.

A Class D 700W amplifier drives the S5V’s bass unit, with further Class D designs providing 300W and 100W to the DCH mid and S-ART treble drivers respectively.

Combining the legendary precision of ADAM Audio’s proprietary drivers with the power of the company’s amplification, the S5V is a reference monitor for truly discerning audio professionals at work in the most expansive listening environments.

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