Neumann KH 120 A

Active Studio Nearfield Monitor

  • Consists of: 5,25" Woofer, 1" Tweeter
  • Frequency range: 52 Hz - 21 kHz (+/- 3 dB)
  • Peak SPL: 112.2 dB
  • Power: 50 W Woofer and 50 W Tweeter
  • 4-Position bass, low-mid and treble acoustical controls
  • Separate woofer and tweeter electronic peak limiters and thermal-protection circuitry
  • Input gain and output level controls
  • Input: Balanced XLR
  • Magnetically shielded
  • Dimensions: 277 x 182 x 220 mm
  • Weight: 6,2 kg

Further Information

Speaker size 1x 5,25"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 100 W
Magnetic Shielding Yes
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) No
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) No
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction Yes

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Excellent project, craftmanship, sound performance
AriT, 07.02.2017
Extremely flat and revealing monitors, with a great spatial rendition, free from any trace of harshness in the high frequencies and no bloated low-mids like other compact speakers that try to sound bigger than their size.

Coming from Adam (A5X and A7X), which to my ears resulted a little too sizzling in the highs and also somewhat muddy in the bass, the definition offered by the Neumanns at all frequency ranges is a great step-up.

Like many other users have reported, the reproduction of the mids is very precise and balanced. What is even more impressive is the low end: although the KH120 have a smaller woofer and cabinet than the A7X, they go deeper down and provide a tight and well controlled bass with no boominess: that's a surprise indeed. Just to make clear, the Neumanns could surely benefit from a subwoofer if weight in the lowest octave is needed, but even without a sub, kick drums and basses are beautifully rendered with satisfying punch and articulation, more so than on other 7" and even 8" monitors that I've tried.

The craftmanship is very fine (made in Ireland), they are extremely well-built and everything oozes quality and great care (even the scotch tape used to seal the plastic bags protecting the speakers inside the box looks to be of superior quality!)

All in all, an excellent product. The price might seem on the high side among 5" woofer monitors, but considering that sound-wise they compete with bigger ones, and also keeping in mind the quality level and the EU manufacturing, these compact Neumanns have a great cost/performance ratio.
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Best Nearfield Monitors I ever heard and used. Buyers tip for smaller Studios.
Shitapple, 02.09.2019
I owned and tested a few Monitors before I ended up with the Neumanns.

In comparsion to the following (which I have tested in the studio and at Thomann direct comparision with dBA Meter), the Neumanns has the best linear sound, best stereo width and best depth.

I compared to:

- Yamaha HS80: Way to much muddy lowend for small rooms, due to the 8 inch woofer. Muddy not so present mids and highs.
- Adam A7X: Very imposant for listening but not that useable for long sessions because of the harsh and over time to loud and anoying highs. Also the bass is not so defined and a bit too less for me.
- Eve Audio SC7: Its basically the A7X with better encoders and andjustments. Best thing here is the highs are not so agressive like the A7X once. But the bass is very strong and room filling. Too much for a small room to mix correctly. No Sub needed in bigger rooms.

And the end I spend a bit more money and picked the Neumann KH120A.

The only downcase is that you need to use it with a subwoofer if you want to mix freq. under 55-60Hz.
I not went with the sub I will mix the sub freq. with my Beyerdynamics DT770. Which is much cheaper than the Neumann sub and will not cause trouble with my neighbours.

The only sub which in my opinion is working well with the KH 120As is the Neumann KH800 or 750. I tested this for over 2 hours in house by Thomann and the even the Sub10 is not accurate enough with the KH120 A together. If you have the money spend it for the Neumann sub in addition ;) Only afterwards I would go for a Moog synth or other expensive hardware.

But don't get me wrong the bass is excellent, well balanced and very accurate but only until 50 Hz or so.
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Built like a tank, absolute clarity
Sanju, 07.02.2021
I'm an acoustician and I use this product for room acoustic testing. Especially in cases where we have to measure accurate room response. The response of this speaker is very flat which makes it perfect for this purpose. The response we measure with this speaker as the source and using measurement microphones (we use earthworks mics) reflect only the response of the room and does not require us to correct for the speaker's response.
Clarity - We run exponential sine sweeps from 80Hz all the way to 18kHz usually to get as much info as we can for reverberation times. Also there is very little to no distortion for the SPL ranges we use (~90dBA) which makes it even more reliable. While we use a "dodecahedron" speaker most of the time for larger halls, this speaker is my go-to for small rooms and offices.
In terms of clarity and definition, for me as an acoustician I'd only recommend Neumann KH120A speakers for critical listening, as this speaker is not kind to ill treated rooms and bad mixes. Which makes it the perfect tool for us. It brings out all the artefacts in the room, which helps us design the room even better.
Pros - absolutely heavy duty, extremely flat response, very reliable for long working hours.
Cons - Only XLR input, would love it if there was a balance TRS input as well.

We are going to make our studio in the near future and we will only buy these monitors - any day.
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03.11.2016
I purchased these speakers after an intensive reading and listening few models at the local studio equipment store. However, this model was not available for testing so the purchase was, to put it this way, "blind". I currently use them for music production straight from my macbook's jack output.

I'm delighted to say that it was a very good choice they look amazing and sound clear and transparent. They translate really good to other sound systems, the highs are clear and the lows as far as these speakers can go are accurate in my opinion. It's very easy to hear flawed mixes with them.

Two cons: I would liked them to have RCA connector (I knew that this was lacking before the purchase so I had the proper cables prepared). The second issue is rather cosmetic: the front lights are not in the same nuance, one is slightly darker (at least on my pair) so my OCD kicked in and I disabled the front lights alltogether.

I do recommend them together with Neumann's table stand, should you use them on a regular table: it's very easy to adjust the height of the speakers and they isolate the subsonics good enough.
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