Small on outside, big on sound
Etz on 2017/03/28
Extremely compact, but still sounding as full size monitors.
Looks like IK Multimedia has found some way to defy laws of physics, there is no other explanation for such and deep bass from such a small speaker.
Sound is crisp and balanced not overly bassy or bright, just balanced over the full spectrum they provide.
Vocals and midrange are clear and clean too, quite unusual for an affordable 2-way speaker system.
DSP settings are tweakable to perfectly match your listening environment and provide best possible result.
Having an Bluetooth onboard is an huge plus, so you can connect your iPad or phone without messing around with cables, for occasional playback. Sound carried over it is decent too, not as clean as from wired connection but does not lack any details either.
Looks like IK multimedia as thought about different use cases a lot, becuase having an possibility to mount these on an Microphone stand is a real nice feature. It makes adjusting their hight real easy, just buy and regular microphone stands and mount them on these.
I myself, for example, used K&M 23250 offered by Thomann as they are perfect match for these monitors from design wise and have just enough height to lift these from desk level to my ear level. (Small hint to Thoman, maybe you should offer these together as bundle?)
Only downside in my personal opinion is lack of balanced inputs as usually Sound interfaces have balanced outputs via TRS so you you would need adapter cable to connect these into professional audio interface. Also depending on quality of your cable, noise may be introduced due to nature how unbalanced audio works.
That is actually the only reason, why I'm kicking off one star from features rating.
Overall, I would recommend these for everyone who have an limited desk space, but still require quality monitoring solution or just for audiophiles as general purpose PC speakers.
They are well worth this price and you won't get anyhting which could match these on design and features in this price point.