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Audient ASP510 Surround Monitor Controller
4.25 4.25 out of 5, based on 1 Review

Surround monitor controller for multiple surround and stereo inputs


10th January 2012

Audient ASP510 by HDJK

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Audient ASP510 Surround Monitor Controller

The Audient ASP510 is a monitor controller among many. What sets it apart from others, like the Dangerous Music Monitor ST/SR? Actually, purely for the looks I was considering the ST/SR for a while, but after a long research phase I decided to get the ASP510, mainly for 2 reasons: simplicity, and I couldn't afford a 5.1 Crane Song Avocet.

Even though it ships with a nice and comprehensible manual, it is almost entirely self-explanatory. You get direct access to all the sources (3 surround and 3 stereo) and each speaker in your 5.1 setup can be individually cut or soloed. A Dolby Digital Encoder/Decoder can be inserted as well as a Guide track. There's also a 1 button reference volume, DIM/CUT and switchable monitor formats (5.1, LCRS, Stereo, Mono). Depending on which version you get, there's either a ALT stereo speaker available, or a 80Hz SUB switch (I assume this is a global bass management function, but mine has the ALT switch, so I can't be sure).

The best sound quality of a monitor controllers is always the lack of any sound of its own, and the ASP510 is very transparent. The only thing that could be a problem is the small fan on the base unit that could be audible, if you sit right in front of it. When racked, this is not an issue.

As a side not, the fan on my unit was noisy because of its age. I emailed Audient support and they mailed me a new fan, free of charge within 1 week. That's what I call great support

Everything is hooked up with D-Sub connectors. For some reasons beyond my comprehension, Audient chose to make the outputs male connectors. That means getting out the solder (which I have and will never do again when it comes to D-Sub...) or using gender changers on commercially available snakes. No big deal, but still an inconvenience.

The only thing that could be missing for some is a talkback function. Its main purpose is mixing in various surround formats, though, and as such the Audient ASP510 was a great investment that I don't regret.

Highly recommended for analyzing and mixing surround music.

edit: I just learned, that Audient is offering free adapters for the D-Sub male connectors; just contact the help desk

 

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