Studio Electric M5 Monitor

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Studio Electric M5 Monitor 

Sealed 3-Way Loudspeaker With Retro Style

The Studio Electric M5 has the retro styling of the JBL L series and pro monitors like the 4410 (my favorite speaker in college), but it is different in that is is a sealed design. Bass  is tighter and more defined with a gradual roll off (12dB per octave vs. 24dB per octave with ported designs). The sealed design just sounds better in more listening rooms. No port noise, easier integration with subwoofers (if you need them), plus the incredible, natural Studio Electric voicing. The 10", 3 way design really allows their 6.5" Midrange driver to shine since it no longer needs to reproduce the deeper bass frequencies. This improves efficiency and power handling as well. the M5 will scale, and play loud if need be, but you buy this speaker for the way it sounds at all volume levels.

Listening To The M5

This speaker is such a joy to listen to. Really. The soundstage is wide and deep, and when set up properly they disappear like a well designed speaker should. Vocals are presented with a relaxed authenticity. The same for the highs. Bass is tight, articulate, and integrates with the room easily. When I sat down to analyze the sound, I was taken back to my younger days when I didn't even know what an audiophile was, and just relaxed into the music. This is a speaker you can listen to all day long and just love whatever music you are playing through them. Vocals and the midrange are spectacular. Just really open and natural sounding. The highs from the silk dome tweeter are never fatiguing. In comparison to the Harbeth SHL5, the Harbeth has a slight edge on air and extension, but it has nothing on the M5 when it comes to midrange or bass.

Sonic Highlights

  • Great imaging 
  • Huge soundstage
  • Fantastic vocals and midrange
  • Relaxed presentation
  • Tight, articulate and non-boomy bass due to the sealed design
  • Integrates into a room easily
  • Not a fussy speaker. 
  • Will play loud

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LF: SE10SL / 1O" / 250mm / gel coated paper
MF: SE HighXs™6.5" / 170mm /copolymer
HF: 1" / 25mm soft dome  
Frequency Response: 34Hz-22kHz 
Sensitivity: 89dB @ 1W / 1 meter  
Recommended Amplifier Power: 75 to 450 Watts  
Impedance: 4 Ohms  
Crossover Frequencies: 55Hz / 3.1kHz
Construction: HDF and MDF with harwood veneer
Cabinet Dimensions: (HxWxD): 24”x14x13.625" (sans grill)  
Weight: 51 lbs. / 23 kg (shipping weight: 56lbs. / 25kg)