M-Audio BX5 D3

Active 2-way near field reference studio monitor

  • Tweeter: 1 inch (25 mm) 60 W silk dome tweeter
  • Woofer: 5 inch (127 mm) 40 W woofer with kevlar membrane
  • Amplifier: 100 watts RMS bi-amp Class A / B power amp
  • Sound pressure (max SPL): 110 dB
  • Crossover: 2 kHz
  • Further sound adjustments: Acoustic Space
  • Frequency range: 52 - 35,000 Hz
  • Inputs: Balanced XLR input
  • Balanced jack input
  • Input sensitivity: 85 mV input signal (pink noise) produces 96 dBA output level (sound pressure level at 1 m and maximum volume)
  • Maximum input level: +21 dBu
  • Input impedance: 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
  • Protection Circuits: Overheat, Transient and Subsonic Protection Circuit
  • Output current limiter
  • Shielded against RF interference
  • Controls: Volume control, Acoustic Space switch
  • Housing: vinyl-coated MDF
  • Power consumption: 100W
  • Power supply: internal power supply 100 - 120 V / 220 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 254 x 176 x 197 mm
  • Weight: 6 kg
  • Including acoustic foam pads

Further Information

Speaker size 1x 5", 1x 1"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 100 W
Magnetic Shielding Yes
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) No
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction Yes

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Daniel_G, 25.02.2019
I bought 2 of these without any tryout, only based on Youtube comparisons with a studio headphone (included in the Focusrite studio set).

I am very satisfied with the sound and the stereo imaging of the speakers, actually I love just to hear music on them, not just for studio work.

Many of reviews were about lack of bass, but even for just listening to music (pop, rock, metal, southern rock, modern metal etc, blues, jazz), there is enough bass I can confirm that.

For my taste these speakers are very natural sounding, round and the notes are very understandable. Hearing them from 0.5-1m, the result is perfect.

I have currently no time to make music on them, but I can imagine full mixing and mastering processing on these ones. Of course for super-lows mix I would prefer a good studio headphone, and at the finalisation hearing your music on different speakers and headphones is always a great practice. For D4 version I suggest to add a high freqency booster potmeter.

I recommend these ones, they are loud and great!

After two years: Finally after 2 years I found the highs rolled off too much, it is easy to
make too crisp/harsh mixes on them. I found my mixes became too warm sounding
not enough aggresive on them. With the acoustic space to -4db and cross reference
with a great studio headphone (like ath m40x) the results can be much better. Stereo imaging, amount of bass is ok. For less agressive styles it can be a good monitor.
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Nice sound, but 150Hz hum and backplate too hot to touch
Burntfingers, 04.02.2021
I bought two of these for a home studio. I was pleased with the appearance and they arrived quickly. But as soon as I plugged them in I heard 150Hz mains hum, from both. This was with nothing plugged in and at all volume levels. I tried them in different power sockets throughout my house but it didn't make a difference. Once I started using them the backplate got so hot it is unbearable to touch, and again this was on both units. Mains hum on what I believed was a step up from basic desktop speakers (which had no hum) was a very unpleasant surprise.
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Solid quality
marzipanda, 30.04.2021
I use a set of these in my home studio: both for mastering and listening to music throughout my day.

They are solidly constructed and offer reasonable frequency response - perhaps a little lacking in the bass department for general listening duties. I have an aversion to shrill sounding tweeters so I personally find the silk domes very pleasing and unlikely to generate listening fatigue.

The main concern I have is that the internal amplifier runs quite hot. Unlike my CX-8's which have a large heatsink there is no external cooling, but it remains to be seen whether this will affect their long term operating life.
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Great with minor issues
UsualAsAlways, 17.05.2021
The sound they provide is awesome for the price and you won't fell a lack of bass because there is none, perfect amount of it. Great looking monitors with cool features like bass knob for -2 or -4 db.
You should buy soft pads and think where to place them as the bass resonated noise will destroy your ears if you put them near walls, especially corners.
The biggest problem for me is the volume knob which is too easy to rotate and doesn't have fixating mechanism, so when I turn on and off these monitors, sometimes I can touch this knob and accidentally decrease or increase the volume. But it's not that big of a deal considering that there is no other issues that I can think of.
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