ADAM Audio A7X by allawishus
I have used the previous Adam model, the A7 for a number of years and so I thought it would be useful to have a direct comparison of the two models.
I imagined the A7X would be simply an A7 with more bass but it's an all together different animal. The larger enclosure, woofer and twin ports certainly allow for a more impressive low end extension (and without the A7's port noise) but with it comes a more defined and whole listening experience.
Initially, its very obvious that the A7X has a much less aggressive tweeter response.
The A7's are brutal and voice the top mid and highs right in your face even at very low volume.
I think this will help them become a classic mixing speaker in years to come.
This lack of hostility on the new model worried me at first. I'd become accustomed to the brutish nature of the A7 and found it a useful mix character.
However, the more I listened the more I realised the 7X is much more balanced speaker.
The low mids are way more present, the bass is tight and full (only missing the very bottom octave) and the higher frequencies although slightly tamed compared to my old 'shouty' friend are clear and more natural with better separation.
The image is also a lot wider on the A7X. The A7 seems to box in or stack the instruments a bit more.
The A7X reminds me of a very well set up and balanced, high quality P.A. (like a 'Funktion One') at an outdoor event.
Since I do a lot of live music, this appealed to me.
The old A7 is a great tool and if I could afford it, I would keep them as a second reference and for low volume/late night mixing.
But if you can only have one then the A7X gives you more to work with.
I must say though that I did some good mixes with the A7's and have yet to complete one with the new set so it remains to be seen if my work will improve (I'm fairly confident it will).