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auratone monitor

Hello,

There is a small brown speaker (auratone monitor) that is often used to check mixes in mono. Does anyone know the model number of this speaker?
I'm assuming they're not in production anymore.

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Here's the whole Auratone line.
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And there were at least 2 versions of the 5C. One being a little bigger with a different driver.
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Here's the whole Auratone line.
Actually there are a couple of models missing, one of which I have here, the three way QC66.


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The modern-day equivalent is the Avantone Mixcube. They are $200/pair and I have a set. Obnoxiously peaky around 3K, little under 100hz, and massive off-axis rolloff, but an outstanding check on a mix, especially vocals.
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Another vote for the Avantone MixCubes. Extremely useful monitors. They sound awful, in a good way, if you know what I mean. Don't try EQ'ing anything on them, but they're great for balancing.
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I owned a pair of 5C for a while, the Avantone MixCubes really do come close in sound. Good reference for car stereo speakers, an old TV or clock radio...

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I have a pair of the 5s varient, does anyone know what the sound difference is to the standard 5c?
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My guess would be they're magnetically shielded but I'm not sure.
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Don't try EQ'ing anything on them, but they're great for balancing.
i quite like making big, sweeping EQ decisions on one mono horrortone... bigger, more "accurate" speakers sometimes give too much info and its a lot more helpful to have something with less detail.

horrortones are fun for hp/lp and peak freqs, for sure.
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There are some (discontinued) Apple Design powered desktop monitors that Bob Clearmountain uses instead of Auratones. I found them on eBay for not a lot and they do what I want them to. Somewhere between Auratone and NS-10 response-wise. Check his site (mixthis.com) for a pic.

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Measurement

We recently measure a pair of Avantone with a Clio system.
There is a big 6db emphasis in the 1500-3000Hz.
I was expecting them to be flatter on that area.
Both of them are quite the same that show a serious construction.
We had in stock an old measurement of the original Auratone
They are really more flatter than the Avantone
Did anybody measure a pair of Auratone to be shure about that difference?
Why is it so difficult to find the curves of both those speakers?
I was thinking of buiding a small filter to flatter the Avantone
even if it bring some phases problem it seem to me It'll make a better Tool!!!
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What I wonder is: which one to choose, the passive or the active one ??

My friend bought the passive ones saying that using an external amp you get the best out of them instead of the active ones having their own internal "limited" amp.

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The peakiness seems to have broken in a bit over the year I've had them. Maybe I'm just more used to it. NS-10's have such a peak too. Auratones I remember as being a little less peaky but much more narrowband overall. Of course most auratones were shot to hell.

No idea about the quality of the active amps. I'd imagine you can do better but at cost. Not sure if their presence compromises the speaker cabinet any.
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That's why measurment is necessary!!!
Our hear always get bad habbits; analyser never...
No one with the curves???
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Can't see any benefit of it being powered.


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Got a pair last week but cannot get rid of the hum..
Unplug them until the weekend to figure out where the hum coming from
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Got a pair last week but cannot get rid of the hum..
Unplug them until the weekend to figure out where the hum coming from
Are they plugged into the same ground as the thing feeding them?

Is the thing feeding them a computer interface?
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i'd drop the cash for the vintage ones. when you're trying to precisely replicate the sound of small, widely available crappy speakers, it totally makes sense to spend the big bucks.
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I just bought a pair of the 5C Auratones off eBay.
Gonna power them with an old Crown DC300A power amp.
I borrowed a pair off a mate a few years back and loved balancing on them.
Do you guys run your cubes in mono or stereo?
Do you have them close (near field) or away in the room somewhere?
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I just bought a pair of the 5C Auratones off eBay.
Gonna power them with an old Crown DC300A power amp.
The 5Cs are cool. I'm powering mine with a Crown D-75A, which is plenty (and only 1RU).

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Do you guys run your cubes in mono or stereo?
Stereo. I've thought about getting a third one to use for center mono, but just switching the feed (to the pair) to mono works okay.

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Do you have them close (near field) or away in the room somewhere?
Close (back of the console, about 4ft away).

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Before you young whippersnappers had NS10s to play with, we "old farts" had our Horrortones.

...And they pretty much did the same job.

(Sound like crap, so YOU don't have to!)

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I have a pair of the 5s varient, does anyone know what the sound difference is to the standard 5c?
i have a pair of the 5S as well. i had to replace the banana clips, and there is no sheilding inside, just particle board or compressed composite faux wood. they are taller than the 5C, not quite "cube" shaped. i really prefer mine over the avantones. naturally there's no real LOW end, but the kick and bass have a roundness that seem to be defined on the 5S' where it just doesn't come through much on the avantones. i paid about the same price for a used pair of each.
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Got a pair last week but cannot get rid of the hum..
Unplug them until the weekend to figure out where the hum coming from
I thought I would mention that the manufacturer will fix the power supplies for free on the older models. No more hummmmmmmmmmmmm.
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Got a pair last week but cannot get rid of the hum..
Unplug them until the weekend to figure out where the hum coming from
The reason they're humming is because they don't know the words!


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I thought I would mention that the manufacturer will fix the power supplies for free on the older models. No more hummmmmmmmmmmmm.
Yes.

They have a school there (where they teach old Auratones new words).

Too bad they can't train NS10s to change the toilet paper! (You "old farts" will know what I'm talkin' about.)
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