Adam T5V mon­i­tors

Want a pair of high qual­ity yet af­ford­able mon­i­tors? Jon Mus­grave hooks up the new Adam T5Vs

Future Music - - CONTENTS - CON­TACT WHO: Adam Au­dio WEB: www.adam-au­ KEY FEA­TURES I/O: LF Am­pli­fier: 50W Class D HF Am­pli­fier: 20W Class D LF Driver: 5” Polypropy­lene HF Driver: 1.9” U-ART Rib­bon Cross­over: 3kHz High and low shelv­ing EQ: +2dB, 0, -2dB In­puts: Bal­anced XLR +4d

The last Adam mon­i­tor I tried was the S2V – se­ri­ously cus­tomis­able, awe­some-sound­ing and, for many, pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive. So to achieve some bal­ance it’s only proper that the T5V sat in front of me is one of the most af­ford­able Adam mon­i­tors to date.

Built around a 5” woofer and Adam’s U-ART (Unique Ac­cel­er­ated Rib­bon Tweeter) tweeter, the Class-D pow­ered two-way de­sign with rear-fir­ing bass re­flex is the smaller of the new T Se­ries de­signs.

De­spite the keen pric­ing, the T5V in­her­its much of Adam’s recog­nis­able de­sign el­e­ments, al­beit in slightly mod­i­fied form. The U-ART tweeter, for ex­am­ple, is spe­cific to this se­ries but closely based on the S-ART and X-ART ver­sions in their up­mar­ket mon­i­tors, and the bev­elled cab­i­net de­sign, although not iden­ti­cal to the AX Se­ries, is close.

How­ever, what sets the T5V apart from the pricier mod­els is the rear-fir­ing re­flex port. This could be frus­trat­ing if you need to po­si­tion the mon­i­tors right against a wall. That said, at about 25cm from the wall, it wasn’t a prob­lem. If it is an is­sue, the rear mounted LF EQ (-2dB, 0, +2dB) pro­vides some flex­i­bil­ity. On the sub­ject of EQ, there’s also an HF op­tion (+2dB, 0, -2dB). I thought this sounded very gen­tle, and I reckon I could get used to the T5V in any of the three HF set­tings, in­di­cat­ing that, to my ears, the over­all top end is very well tuned. As noted in the S2V re­view, the HPS wave­guide de­liv­ers a broad hor­i­zon­tal sweet spot but is more re­stricted ver­ti­cally. This is the same for the T5V and con­trib­utes greatly to the over­all imag­ing and sep­a­ra­tion, which is ex­cel­lent. Just be aware that the sweet spot is a bit more re­stricted in the ver­ti­cal di­rec­tion.

An­other good thing is the size: quite nar­row, con­sid­er­ing it’s got a 5” woofer, and although the cab­i­net is quite deep, front to back, the units feel com­pact. Fi­nally, you get both bal­anced (XLR) and un­bal­anced (phono) in­puts with a se­lec­tor switch – wise, given the tar­get mar­ket.

On the down­side, the green power LED is on the back, which seems a bit point­less. Also, the low mid range fre­quen­cies could be more prom­i­nent – ap­par­ent when, maybe un­fairly, A/Bing the T5V against more ex­pen­sive mon­i­tors. It’s cer­tainly not a deal-breaker, and by set­ting the LF EQ to -2dB I achieved a much bet­ter re­sult.

Adam’s de­sire is to make the T5V your first Adam mon­i­tor: judg­ing by what I’ve heard here, it could eas­ily make you a fan for life.

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