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ADAM S3xv vs S3xh vs Neumann 310 Studio Monitors
Old 7th September 2014
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ADAM S3xv vs S3xh vs Neumann 310

looking for some new monitors in the near future, these three models are candidates for me to consider (being in Germany).

They go down deep enough.

They are three way speakers with hopefully honest mid range.

They are in my price range.

In the shop the s3xh's sounded bad compared to Neumanns, but probably only because of bad placement and room acoustics. Neumanns sounded best of all models in the shop, including big mains, again because bad room acoustics.

For my room I would prefer speakers with solid upper bass (130 Hz) and 2 kHz because these are a little weak (not the 2 khz as much as a dip at 125 Hz).

The Neumanns would be cool, but I heard that the would compress the bass a little at higher volume, which is a no-go for me.

The Adam s3xh's are big and would not allow me to place an inner pair (I am working with BM6A mk1 as an outer pair at an ideal 60 degree stereo triangle and an Adam A7 inner pair).

The Adam s3xv's are not as popular as the horizontal version. Is the latter so much better?

Is there really some bass compression going on on the Neumanns? I want to usew them for mastering also the bass is very important.

Hope to get some good recommendations.

Old 7th September 2014
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This thread may help you, have a read:
Neumann KH 310A or Adam S3X-V
Old 8th September 2014
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thanks. I read that thread already. That brought me to the idea to get the vertical version of adams. But some points like potential bass compression on the Neumanns were not addressed and it would be good to get some more opinions.
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