Avantone Pro Active MixCube Powered Studio Monitor (Pair)

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$499
Avantone Pro Active MixCube

The Avantone MixCube is a mini reference monitor influenced by the Auratone 5c monitor speakers. The Auratone 5c has been around since the 70s and was a passive design while the Avantone MixCube is a modern powered speaker.

The Mixcube emphasizes the midrange, mimicking the sound of basic sound systems like those found in televisions, mobile phones, car stereos, bluetooth players, laptops, and more. Monitoring on these so-called "grot boxes" helps give you an additional reference point with regards to hearing your mix on consumer electronics.

It sports a single 5.25" woofer, and produces sound without a tweeter, much like how most budget speakers are setup.

There are no fancy controls either, so all you have to do is plug-in, get it in position, and listen to your mix.

Avantone assures that each unit is properly shielded so you can use it beside computers without worrying about interference.

Finally, this speaker system comes in a 6.5" cube MDF cabinet that does not require much space, and it comes in black or cream color.

Tech Specs

  • Driver: 5.25" Woofer
  • Amplifier: 60W
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR/TRS Combo
  • Frequency Response: 90Hz-17kHz
  • Enclosure: Sealed
  • Controls: System Gain, Ground Lift
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Weight: 7.13 lbs.

Avantone Pro Active MixCube Frequency Response Chart

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Pros

Most users consider the MixCube as the ideal monitor for mono mixing, allowing you to audition tracks as you would with real-world media players. Many engineers felt that it makes for easier mixing of vocals, guitars, and other instruments that sit within the middle frequencies. Experts highly recommended it as a secondary monitor to complement your studio setup.

Cons

Because of its mid-heavy sound, mixing with the Avantone Pro MixCube doesn't have a full sound - but that's the point, these are not meant to be your primary mixing monitors. There are a few who commented on the power supply being too bulky for the size of the unit, as the speaker itself is compact and light.

Overall

It is generally not recommended by the recording community to mix only on speakers like the old Auratone 5c. Thankfully Avantone has tweaked the MixCube to be more versatile than its ancestor with a bit more extension in the lows and highs; making it a good emergency speaker set for on-the-go mixing aside from its intended purpose as a supplementary monitoring system. Get it if you already have bigger speakers at home or have fly-in mixing sessions with studios that have unfamiliar speakers. Avoid it if you're buying your first pair of monitors.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Studio Monitors.

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.