NHTPro announced the availability of its near-field monitor, which features DEQX CalibratedTM DSP speaker correction, offering even dispersion and ruler-flat response.
The system is the result of the combined efforts of three companies—NHT, DEQX (Digital Equalization and Crossover) and PowerPhysics —that pooled their respective technologies to develop a system that reduces distortion and improves on- and off-axis response far beyond any currently available monitor.
“When it comes to making sure the final mix represents the artist’s vision, nothing is more critical than the near-field monitor—it’s the window into the recording chain,” said Don Bassey, product manager for NHTPro. “The M60Xd offers such high resolution, it provides a 100-percent accurate audio ‘snapshot’ of the project.”
Added Bassey: “When off axis response is corrected, engineers and producers are not welded to a sweet spot, yet they will get a level of detail and response never achieved before.”
The monitor’s baffle is flat and wide across the tweeter to ensure even high frequency response, but it is considerably narrower around the woofer to eliminate reflections. There are no parallel surfaces the design, reducing internal standing waves and back reflections.
Similar to the physical shape of the enclosure, the driver complement is unique to the category. A 6.5-inch woofer housed in the M60Xd monitor employs a magnesium cone that helps it achieve the lowest distortion of any driver developed by the company to date. The tweeter is the same driver used in NHT’s critically acclaimed A-20 powered monitor, but unlike its predecessor, the M60Xd is bi-amplified, and all crossover functions are managed by the XdA DSP processor/amplifier.
The outboard XdA contains the DEQX DSP processor, four amplifiers and a power supply. Inputs and outputs include line and balanced (XLR) inputs, four powered outputs to power the bi-amplified monitors plus two line and balanced outputs for adding subwoofers. A USB 2.0 port and a microphone input are included. Unlike other amplifiers, the XdA features only three controls: a rear panel switch for either stereo or mono bass output, and respective channel boundary controls to compensate for monitor placement artifacts.
NHTPro’s M60Xd system will be available direct from the manufacturer in the first quarter of 2005. MSRP for a 2-channel monitor system is approximately $4,500. For more information visit NHTPro at www.nhtpro.com.