Neumann KH 120 A by RonGherkins
Over the past year and a half, I've had the opportunity to audition and use an extensive array of monitors in different studios and on different projects in the sub 2k category. There were not limited to, but including some of the most popular models such as the Yamaha ns10s/hs50/hs80s, the KRK rp5/rp6-g2s, dynaudio bm5a/bm6a mk ii, adam a7x, and the focal cms 65.
More recently, I took to auditioning several pairs of speakers I had short listed in the $1300-1700 range including the focal cms65, the adam a7x, the dynaudio bm6a mk ii, and the Neumann KH120a.
The Neumanns are a new model based upon the classic K+H 0110 monitor which, although extremely well received, I have not had the opportunity to hear. The monitors have a clean look, feel well put together and extremely solid with the exception of possibly the input gain knob (a little flimsy, I'll have to be careful).
Previously to the Neumann's I had been using a combo of the dynaudio bm5a mkii and the krk rp5-g2, neither of which was very accurate in the low end, but together I made do when I was at my project studio. Since monitors are a personal decision, I wanted to be as sure as possible with my decision. I trek'd to a few studios to hear the monitors I had short listed, and had actually ended up purchasing a pair of Focal cms-65 after another day of listening at a few dealers. At this point, there was no where to demo the KH120a's as they were a relatively new monitor. Both pairs of focal cms 65's I received ended up having issues, and while waiting for another(!) replacement, I was back on my research tip.
As soon as I heard the Neumann's at the dealer I knew I had to take them home and try them out in my room. I kept them over a week and after much hemming and hawing decided to go with the KH120A's over the CMS-65. The Neumann's are crisp, and well defined across the entire stereo spectrum. They never sound dull, but also never overly hyped. I am shocked how accurately they reproduce the low end in ways the bm5a mkii and rp5-g2 cannot. My mixes translate extremely well, without the need for as much switching between different reference sources.
Feature wise, the Neumann's offerings are pretty standard in most areas. 4-position bass, low-mid and treble acoustical controls, ground lift, and universal switched mode power. The option to dim or turn off the LED light is welcomed and appreciated, as well as a nice touch. As is the red light if you're overloading them. I feel compelled to mention once again here just how detailed the KH120s are across the entire audible spectrum. They have a very nice stereo image as well.
I'm extremely pleased with the KH120A. These monitors, along with the cms-65, are the best in their price range, and even hold their own against certain more expensive offerings (looking at you genelec). They are easily obtainable for 1500, so make sure to not pay more than that as some places have them listed a lot higher. Work with a reputable dealer you trust to try a pair out!
Amazing detail and low end reproduction for their size
Very flat response
Finish isn't as nice extremely close up (painted aluminium+anthracite)