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DMAX Audio Super Cubes 5
5 5 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

Active Near-field Monitors that punch way above their weight.


19th November 2020

DMAX Audio Super Cubes 5 by b0se

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
DMAX Audio Super Cubes 5

Disclaimer: I was asked to test and share my experience with these these by Andrew, the designer. As it turns out I loved them and asked to keep them in return for some product photography.

I mentioned in another thread that I was testing some small DSP monitors, and someone asked me to summarise the sound. My first thought was "Imagine if Kii Audio made a mixcube". Before anyone asks, no, they do not equal or replace them.



What they can do however, for €690, is absurd.

The imaging/soundstage and transient detail is precise. Listening to Big God for example, both the ambient background textures and nuances in the vocal performance are crystal clear. You won't need headphones to hear reverb tails etc, it's all there. They handle Bubbles (Yosi Horikawa) with ease, and Keith Don't Go (Nils Lofgren) sounds superb; all of the vocal emotion, crowd placement and guitar transients/dynamics are sublime. They're two tracks that test any system.



The low end is also surprising, they go deeper than you'd expect, and it sounds tight. They're specced at 50-20K so you're not going to hear subs, but the lows have a great thump. The kick on Noon (Infected Mushroom) drives the track as it should and hits you in the right place. For reference the £4K ATC SCM20AML measure from 80-20K. I've demoed those and honestly, I'd rather have these SC5. They're not as flat as my Kii Three's (we're talking €690 vs €12K), but after spending some time with reference material, mixes translate effortlessly.





Nothing I've heard gets near them at this price. Hell, they give far more expensive monitors a run for their money. Honestly, I don't know how he got his level of sound from a single, small monitor.



The SC5 have a sweet spot, and you'll need to spend a little time getting the listening triangle setup. Forget about putting these on the desk pointing upwards slightly, it's crucial you get them aligned properly. As you can see in the photographs I'm using ISO Acoustics stands, and I lowered my chair as to point the SC5 directly at my ears.

Note: Both myself and Jantex independently landed on 90/85cm (cone to cone / cone to ear). Give that a pop!



Madness really, you can get both SC5 and VSX for about €1200. You'd have everything you need for a great mixing and mastering setup.

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4 weeks ago

DMAX Audio Super Cubes 5 by Faceless98

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
DMAX Audio Super Cubes 5



These are the best speakers you can get in its price range of $800. Period.

Flat frequency response? Check. Ultra-low phase distortion? Check. 3D stereo imaging and razor precise phantom center? Check.

Mixing has become much easier for me because gain is no longer a matter of loudness or volume, the cubes create genuine depth and layers in the sound field. What's gain staged high is upfront and in your face and what's low passed/set low in gain is behind.

These were meant to be an engineer's tools, but I find myself enjoying a lot of music on these. I just play music and enjoy the finer details I never got to experience before. I have a new found appreciation for well-mixed pop music. You can really see the work that has gone into what might sound as musically simple/formulaic but the mix/master is done incredibly.

For the cons- there are primarily two negatives about these cubes.

1. Judging sub bass will pretty much require a secondary system (headphones or another pair of speakers with a sub). These cubes are workable for me so far to produce and mix 808s, but I am still second guessing my decisions in that area.

2. These cubes don't have a tweeter, which means you can't sway or move around too much or the high-end frequencies more or less disappear out of the sweet spot. I work as a solo musician who mixes and masters his own music, so I don't find it a problem as I'm stuck to my seat. However, group listening with these cubes are less than ideal.


Other than those only 2 cons, these speakers are the closest thing to perfect I've heard my whole life. I can whole heartedly vouch for these and every time I sat a fellow musician/engineer on the seat with these cubes, they ask me "where do I buy these?."

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