An incredibly smooth-sounding and accurate studio monitor designed for flexibility!
The EX66 from M-Audio is an active two-way studio monitor with dual linear-piston woofers and a titanium tweeter for excellent definition and transparency with a wide sweet spot and reduced room reflections. The drivers are also impervious to environmental conditions such as sunlight, heat, and humidity. Built-in DSP handles crossover optimization and cabinet resonance tuning for a very accurate frequency response from 37Hz to 22kHz.
The EX66 offers both analog and digital I/O connectors, and can accept signals of up to 24-bit/192kHz. A dual-flanged rear cabinet port minimizes vibrations and is practically noise-free. This bi-amplified, low distortion monitor is a great option for any studio looking for high quality, natural audio reproduction.
- Dual-woofer configuration provides wide sweet spot with reduced room reflections
- Woofers provide excellent definition and precision, while the titanium dome tweeter produces transparent high-frequencies without smearing
- Cabinets and crossover are DSP-tuned for accurate frequency response
- Analog and digital I/Os for wide system compatibility
- Accepts digital signals up to 24-bit/192kHz
- Custom designed cabinet with rear port minimizes noise
The M-Audio EX66 studio monitor uses a midwoofer-tweeter-midwoofer (MTM) vertical array configuration to provide optimal imaging. Traditional 2-way speaker designs can cause significant early reflections from consoles, floors, and ceilings, resulting in coloration and smeared details in the audio. In the M-Audio EX66 monitor's MTM design, the interaction of the two large drivers with the tweeter serves to channel the sound into a much narrower vertical pattern, thereby eliminating many of these reflection problems. The design simultaneously provides a large, coherent horizontal radiation pattern, giving you a much wider sweet spot.
Unique low-frequency drivers
The M-Audio EX66 woofers use proprietary linear-piston technology to minimize driver break-up modes and inertial effects. These drivers have exceptional intrinsic damping characteristics with absolutely no frequency response peaks or resonances in the audible band. They provide truly linear pistonic action over the entire musical spectrum, bringing all portions of each musical transient into correct alignment and revealing more of music's subtle details. As an added bonus, they can withstand extreme temperatures, moisture, humidity, sunlight, and salt without deterioration.
The 1" tweeter sounds as smooth as it looks. Titanium is known in the aerospace industry for its high tensile-strength-to-weight ratio and its resistance to corrosion. The M-Audio EX66 tweeter is crafted from titanium in order to create a stiff, yet responsive piston that moves natural resonant modes well above the 20kHz audible threshold. This allows the tweeters to reproduce every nuance of musical detail with crisp, transparent accuracy without any high-frequency energy smearing or the harshness sometimes associated with rigid high-frequency drivers. The titanium tweeter is a natural complement to the M-Audio EX66 speaker's low-frequency drivers, providing smooth, coherent reproduction over the entire audio band.
Noise-free bass-reflex port
Many loudspeaker enclosures use a port to form a Helmholtz resonator to improve bass response. In some ported speakers, however, this has the side effect of audible friction noise from air moving in and out of the enclosure. Not so with the M-Audio EX66 monitors. M-Audio engineers developed a dual-flanged rear-cabinet port to minimize the vibrations normally generated by low-frequency signals. This custom port is extremely efficient in its air transfer characteristics and is virtually noise-free. Rear placement also prevents port turbulence from interfering with the front dispersion of the midwoofers and tweeter.
Like the other components, the M-Audio EX66 speaker enclosure has an important role in shaping the overall sonic response. In order to provide more stable performance, the enclosure is made of a special high acoustic efficiency, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), along with unique interior adiabatic foam reinforcement designed to absorb extraneous vibration, standing waves, and even extreme impact. Furthermore, the custom OptImage II waveguide on the front panel minimizes diffraction and dramatically improves stereo imaging.
All speaker cabinets exhibit resonant frequencies that color the timbre of the audio being reproduced. The extent to which they are mitigated is much of what allows critical listeners to distinguish between exceptional monitors and mediocre ones. The M-Audio EX66 audio monitors employ sophisticated on-board digital signal processing (DSP) technology to eradicate all resonances and tune the cabinet with exceptional precision. The M-Audio EX66 monitors also use DSP filters to achieve its precise and maximally flat 4th-order Linkwitz-Riley crossover for the smoothest transition between the high and low driver frequency ranges.
The M-Audio EX66 speakers use two separate 100W PWM power amplifiers to drive the 4-ohm woofer combination and 4-ohm tweeter separately in an audiophile-quality bi-amp structure. The ultra-low distortion at 200W per channel rounds out the M-Audio EX66 monitor's profile as a truly world-class active loudspeaker monitor.
- Low Frequency Driver: 2 x 6" (152mm) Custom Linear-Piston Woofers
- High Frequency Driver: 1" (25mm) Titanium Dome Tweeter with Wave Guide
- LF Amplifier: 104W (IHF Dynamic Power into 4 ohms)
- HF Amplifier: 104W (IHF Dynamic Power into 4 ohms)
- Crossover: 2.56kHz, 4th Order Linkwitz-Riley Maximally Flat Alignment
- Frequency Range: 37Hz - 22kHz
- Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 109dB @ 1 meter
- 1 x XLR Input
- 1 x 1/4" (6.3mm) TRS Input
- 1 x RCA S/PDIF In
- 1 x RCA S/PDIF Thru
- 1 x XLR AES/EBU Input
- 1 x AC Power In
- Input Impedance: 20 k ohms, Balanced
- Controls and Indicators
- 1 x Acoustic Space Selector Switch
- 1 x Mid-Range Boost Switch
- 1 x Low Cutoff Switch
- 1 x Gain Control
- 1 x Power Switch
- Shielded: Not Specified by Manufacturer
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 19 x 8.25 x 9.5" (483 x 210 x 241 mm)
- Weight: 24.6 lbs (11.2 kg)