ADAM Audio S2V Nearfield Monitor
2-way, active nearfield monitor with S-ART ribbon tweeter
ADAM S2V 2-way active nearfield monitor for small/medium size studios where nothing but the best will do
The ADAM S2V is the most compact monitor in the S series, bringing world-class monitoring to studios where the available real estate is not as abundant, but the demands for precise detail, imaging, and sound quality are paramount. Like its big brothers and sisters, the SV2 features ADAM’s improvements on the proprietary, award-winning technologies that put ADAM monitors on the must-have list of top studios, producers, and mix engineers since the folded ribbon tweeter made its debut in 1999. Fast-forward to today, the innovations found in the S2V include the refined S-ART tweeter with a linear frequency range to 50kHz; High-Frequency Propagation System, or HPS waveguide that provides accurate off-axis response and reduces reflections on horizontal surfaces; and the Extended Linear Excursion bass driver. The S2V also features onboard custom-designed DSP that not only provides linear response across the entire frequency range (35Hz-50kHz!) and speaker protection, but also EQ for room correction. Plus, the DSP can be accessed remotely via USB port for easy control. There’s even an expansion port for future options.
ADAM S2V nearfield monitor in one take:
- Precision S-ART tweeter with HPS waveguide, handmade in Germany
- 7″ Extended Linear Excursion woofer (Hexacone)
- Cumulative amplifier power RMS: 350W
- Frequency response: 35Hz-50kHz
- Maximum SPL per pair at 1m: ≥120dB
- Balanced XLR and AES3 digital inputs, USB port, OLED display, dual-function DSP control, and various expansion options
- 5-year warranty
S-ART tweeter, handmade in Berlin and manufactured to the tightest tolerances in ADAM Audio’s history
The S-ART treble driver is the evolution of ADAM’s renowned X-ART folded ribbon tweeter. The S-ART tweeter is typified by its precise transient response and ability to reproduce the subtlest high-frequency detail free of distortion with greater in-band realism and dynamics. When combined with ADAM’s high-frequency propagation waveguide, which surrounds the tweeter, the result is a present, yet non-fatiguing sound, with a dramatic sense of depth. In addition, the tweeter’s flat response out to 50kHz is responsible for significantly improved phase coherency in the audible spectrum, as opposed to designs band-limited to 20kHz, which can show significant phase shift at 10kHz.
High-frequency propagation system (HPS) waveguide
When you’re mixing, it’s not always possible to stay in the sweet spot, particularly if you’re working at a large-format console or control surface. As such, the off-axis response of the treble driver is crucial. To maintain extreme accuracy off-axis, the tweeter is surrounded by ADAM Audio’s high-frequency propagation system (HPS), which are waveguides milled from blocks of solid aluminum, designed with the latest computer modeling techniques. The HPS waveguides direct the dispersion of the tweeter with an even consistency across a wide horizontal field, yet tightly focused vertically.
The HPS waveguide on the S-ART tweeter minimizes reflections from horizontal surfaces, ensures imaging remains constant, and creates a wide, well-controlled, stable sweet spot, even at high output levels. This ensures that teams of mixers can work in the S3H’s sweet spot simultaneously in large control rooms.
If you’re going to improve the performance of tweeters and midrange drivers, it follows that woofers have to be addressed as well. Enter ADAM’s Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) bass drivers, a custom design created to be used in conjunction with the S-series cabinet and bass reflex system. With enough low-end response to bring about an Extinction Level Event, ELE guarantees extremely accurate, high-resolution reproduction at high sound pressure levels. ELE achieves this by the precise relationship between its low weight, optimized inner damping, and highly rigid honeycomb cone, all acting in conjunction with a basket developed to eliminate unwanted resonance and distortion.
Proprietary Symmetrical Magnet Assembly
Like the LF ELE units on all models in the S series, the woofers feature ADAM Audio’s proprietary Symmetrical Magnet Assembly (SMA), which extends the maximum possible excursion of the electromagnetic voice coil by a factor of three, as compared to previous designs. The extended travel of the voice coil ensures linear operation, displaces a greater volume of air, and produces higher maximum output. To prevent warming of the custom voice coils, which compromises low-frequency reproduction, ADAM designed an ingenious ventilation system that reduces the effects of power compression below the threshold of audibility.
To prevent unwanted modulation of the driver’s magnetic field, the S2V, S3H and S3V’s employ parabolic pole pieces that drastically reduce non-linear second-order distortion. There are also demodulation rings that help the magnetic field remain symmetrical while minimizing non-linear third-order distortion. The S5H and S5V at the top of the range, have an additional refinement, which is another magnet of opposing polarity fitted on top of the elongated pole piece. This refinement further improved the symmetry of the magnetic field lines, thus ensuring that the movement of the voice coil remains linear, keeping distortion at a minimum, even at high volume.
Highly efficient, ICEpower amplifiers
The low- and mid-range drivers are powered by distortion-free Class-D ICEpower amplifiers. ICEpower are a patented PWM (pulse-width modulation) amplifier made by a Danish company (Bang & Olufsen ) who specializes in high-efficiency Class D amplifiers. Remarkably 90% efficient, these amps minimize energy waste, are lighter in weight, and far more robust with a longer working life than traditional Class A/B amplifiers.
So why does ADAM use an A/B design for the S-ART tweeter? Class A/B amplifiers offer more bandwidth and certain tonal advantages when used for high-frequency reproduction by tweeters. When you factor in the S-ART’s linear response to 50kHz, it all begins to make sense.
To power the S-ART tweeter, ADAM developed a special 50W, low-noise Class A/B power amp, which is linear up to 300kHz, to drive the tweeter on the S2V, S3H and S3V. However, to accommodate the greater power requirements of the larger monitors in the S range, S5H and S5V use the very latest generation of extremely powerful Class-D ICEpower amplifiers to drive their S-ARTs.
Yet another unique feature of the S series is its custom DSP, which optimizes the crossovers for linear response across the entire frequency spectrum. It provides user-adjustable equalization, as well as tuning/voicing functions to accommodate individual room characteristics. The DSP is also responsible for handles limiter-based, high-frequency driver protection, which processes signals from the AES3 digital inputs. Future updates will include various expansion options, for which firmware updates can be easily done via USB port, which also enables control of the speakers’ DSP functions via computer.
S2V rear-panel controls and I/O
In addition to a standard IEC mains connector, the S2V rear panel features traditional AES XLR analog inputs and AES3 digital Input and Thru connectors [the latter are for multi-channel arrays where multiple speakers are being driven using the same signal]. There‘s also a USB jack to facilitate internal software upgrades and the use of computer-based remote setting software, and a blank panel covering an Options slot that will hold two RJ45 connectors for future expansion options.
Put an S2V stereo pair or 5.1 system in your studio now, and start working on your Grammy-award acceptance speech (don’t forget to thank ADAM). For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.
2-year warranty with optional extension to 3 years with the registration of the product
- Full repair service if required for 5 years
35Hz – 50kHz