Avantone Mixcube Review
The Auratone 5C was once one of the most popular Studio Monitors in the world.
The Speaker, with its single 5-inch driver, was commonplace in most studios.
Avantone was clearly determined to replace the Auratone 5C when they released the Passive MixCube.
Most audio enthusiasts agree that Passive MixCube was a global hit that brought some much-needed attention to its maker.
The Avantone MixCube delivers some of the attributes that made its predecessors such hits but with a few unexpected upgrades.
People love the Avantone because it has tried to replicate the design of the Auratone whilst also making some notable improvements.
Avantone’s MixCubes mini reference monitors give you the ability to hear what your mixes will sound like on bass-challenged real-world systems such as computers, televisions, car stereos, and iPod docking stations. The full-range, passive MixCube is 6.5″ tall, and contains a 5.25″ speaker that provides excellent sound reproduction for great reference mixing. The cabinet is shielded, so you can place it next to computer monitors and experience no interference. Sweetwater’s advice: for making high-quality, accurate mixes that sound great on any system, complete your monitoring setup with the Avantone MixCube.
From the Active MixCube, you can expect:
1). 165mm x 165mm x 165mm and 3.5kg per monitor (Measurements)
2). 90Hz-17kHz (Frequency Range)
3). 60W (Power)
4). Balanced XLR and 6.3mm jack (Analogue Input)
5). 5.25-inch driver
There is magnetic shielding but no manual frequency correction, digital input, or Mini-jack Input.
The speakers have a glossy polyurethane exterior with an interesting color (cream) that immediately draws your eye.
It is modern but also retro.
The box is more solid, boasting 18mm MDF panels, durable driver materials that deliver a more linear audio response, and connections at the back.
You will locate them near a pink heat-sink of considerable size.
There are radiused edges, a neoprene pad (7mm), a threaded insert (5/8 inches) that caters to the mic stand mounting and Dacron acoustical stuffing.
You will appreciate the Neutrik Combo Connector and the RCA input.
While the Avantone MixCube aims to deliver some of the same attributes as its predecessor, its creators made the decision to take the amplifier out of the resonant chamber, bringing about improvements in the amp and the cabinet.
You should expect the midrange elements to have more clarity.
The low end and lower mids are also tighter and more focused.
The speaker’s design is optimal for balancing the main body of a mix.
The absence of resonance will put you in a better position to judge bass consistency and the kick/bass balance.
If you loved the Auratone 5C for its clean, focused sound, the Avantone won’t disappoint you, especially since the audio it generates is not quite as nasal as what the Auratone delivers.
1). The MixCube will enable you to balance a mix with consistency and accuracy so that it works in various listening situations.
2). The distortion is minimal. You can judge bass instruments with greater efficacy.
3). The sound it produces is quite smooth, better than what you might get with the 5C.
4). You can get the speaker at a reasonable price.
5). The item’s appearance is appealing.
1). The product cannot work as a primary monitor.
This is essentially the classic monitor audio professionals have always loved but with several modern improvements that have made it a suitable balancing tool for most projects.
Some audio experts still elevate the 5C over this product but such opinions are driven by nostalgia.
The MixCube has far more unconventional uses.
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