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.
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.
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!!!
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.
I just bought a pair of the 5C Auratones off eBay. heh
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?
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.