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Adam S3V vs S5V
Old 18th February 2018
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Adam S3V vs S5V

Anyone, information about the difference in sound quality between the new Adam S3V and the S5V ?

Do the midrange and high frequency tweeter sound the same on these units ?

Evaluate to go for the S3V (S3H) or the S5V

Does the S5V play in another league ?

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Old 8th August 2018
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Anyone, information about the difference in sound quality between the new Adam S3V and the S5V ?
Do the midrange and high frequency tweeter sound the same on these units ?
Does the S5V play in another league ?
Yes the mid and tweeter are the same drivers, but if you look closely, you'll see that the S5V has the drivers very slightly horn loaded. The S5V's are more a midfield monitor, and you need to be about 5 feet away from them for the sound to gel. That said, they sound spectacular.. and the slight horn loading helps reduce some ceiling and side reflection at high frequencies. I got to home-demo an early pair of S5V's for a week. I ended up buying a pair of S3H's however, as I have them sitting atop another pair of large monitors.
The S3H is the sweet spot in the lineup for price/performance. It's also quite a bit smaller than the S5V. The ad pictures are deceiving. The S5V is much larger than the S3V. The S3V is THE choice for a small to medium size rooms, and I would have bought it, but that I needed the horizontal S3H. I really love my S3H's. They let me hear EVERYTHING without sounding fatiguing, and my mixes translate really well. I could get by without a sub, but I do use a sub for more feel and dynamic range down low. I actually think the single 9" woofer has a smoother low end than the dual 7"s.
For comparison..... I also had a home demo of the big ATC SCM50's, which are way more expensive, and I much prefer the ADAMs. I did not care for the mids/highs of the ATCs at all, and that's what other people seem to gush over. I didn't get it.
Old 9th August 2018
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Adam S3V as Hifi speaker

May the Adam S3V also be used for playback of music i.e in a home hifi set up. Will these sound good also in the living room (hifi set up) ?
Evalulate to buy these and use them in my living room if these sounds good for that application.
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