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The AVANTONE MixCubes™ are shielded, full-range studio mini-reference monitors.
Their design is inspired by the legacy of the 5C Sound Cubes™ used in virtually all-major studios for the last 25 years.
Studios primarily use 2-way & 3-way larger monitors designed to represent a wide range reference viewpoint at higher listening levels. However, in this newly developing age of High Definition Audio, there is still a need to also hear what your mix will sound like when played back over small “bass-challenged” systems such as televisions, clock radios, computers, car stereos, iPod docking stations, etc.
It is important to make mixing judgments based partially on listening to reference monitors that will not impart tonal anomalies caused by crossovers or inferior full range drivers. Particular attention is always paid to the critical mid-range vocal/guitar/keyboard areas. This is where having a full-range monitor without a crossover is truly revealing.
Ten months of R&D comparative listening & tweaking went into the voicing of the AVANTONE MixCubes.
The result is a very smooth sounding, full range upgrade from the original 5C Sound Cubes.
Listening tests reveal that the MixCubes have a smooth, more open, transparent top end response with extended bass while maintaining their basic original character.
The original 5C Sound Cubes™ were made of ½” particleboard covered with a glue-on wood grain contact paper.We chose to use thicker, denser MDF board because of its high rigidity and inherent low-resonance characteristics. We started with a 165mm (6 1/2") sealed cube design with radiused edges.
We then chose an elegant Polyurethane high gloss “RETRO-CREAM” finish.
The originals had either screws or on later models plastic binding posts mounted on a recessed plastic cup.
We upgraded to high-end nickel plated, machined solid metal binding posts (Dual banana spacing) mounted on a black anodized ,milled and silk-screened aluminum terminal plate.
Next we added a 7mm thick neoprene pad embedded into the base of the cabinet to serve as a skid-resistant acoustic isolator.
Additionally, for creative mounting situations, we recessed an industry standard 5/8”-27 mic stand mount into the base.