Avantone Pro Active MixCube Powered Studio Monitor (Pair)
The MixCube appeared on our recommended list for Studio Monitors from March 2017 until February 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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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