The Predecessor: The ADAM A-Series
The A5 and the A7, our critically acclaimed models, have won a string of awards and received four dozen glowing reviews in the world’s top magazines. They were equipped with the ADAM proprietary Accelerating Ribbon Technology and quickly became the benchmark for nearfield monitoring at a relatively low price point, while the high end S-Series could be found in major studios around the world.
ADAM introduced a new top line of studio monitors, the SX-Series, at the Prolight & Sound (Frankfurt, Germany) and at the AES (New York, USA) in 2009. In 2010, ADAM Audio presented a similar evolution to the A series, the AX series. The A5X and A7X were joined by three additional models, the A3X, the A77X and the A8X. All models of the new AX-Series now profit from the technological improvements found in ADAM’s top line monitors.
The changes made to the A5X and the A7X are not simply developments but a fundamental revision of the A-Series. ADAM Audio took all aspects of the performance of the original A-Series, overhauled and improved them.
One of the main improvements of the top line monitors SX-Series, the X-ART tweeter, has replaced the ART tweeter in the AX versions. The X-ART tweeter features an even higher efficiency and maximum sound pressure level as well as a frequency response up to 50kHz. All woofers and amplifiers have also been reengineered from scratch, featuring larger voice-coils and amps with twice the power for higher linear excursions and more output. Last but not least, the cabinets have been redesigned, all models sport two bass reflex ports.
Finally, three completely new models complement the AX-Series. The A3X is ADAMs smallest professional monitor to date. The horizontal designed A77X and the A8X open the door to midfield monitoring and mark the top of the AX line.
The smallest big sound ever…
With the A3X, ADAM Audio present their smallest monitor to date, making it perfectly suited for all environments where space is limited but sound shouldn’t be constricted. The A3X combines a tiny footprint with the much acclaimed ADAM sound quality by using the X-ART tweeter for the higher frequencies, a guarantee for crystal clear music reproduction.
A 4.5” (basket) driver handles the lower registers. The diaphragm is made from carbon fiber, a material that is very light but very stiff and therefore capable of delivering colouring-free sound. Two built-in 25 Watt amplifiers powers each of the drivers directly.
A very handy and exclusive technology found in the two smaller AX monitors is the Stereolink. This is accomplished by a pair of additional RCA connections that allow for a bypass of the second stereo channel to the other speaker.
This new technology connects two A3X speakers in such a manner as to allow the user the option to control the overall stereo volume of the system from either speaker’s gain control. This makes the A3X a natural for “mixer-less” desktop applications where overall system volume needs to be adjusted easily.
Controls and Connectors
The front of the A3X sports dual ports for surprisingly low frequency response down to 60Hz. The front panel also has power and gain controls. The rear panel includes a tweeter gain control as well as balanced (XLR) jacks and unbalanced (RCA) jacks, allowing for greater connection flexibility. There are also two M6 (6 mm) metric screw threads for stand/wall mounting.
ADAM A3X Specifications