The Sterling MX5 (and MX3) Studio Monitors sound great, offer a small footprint and are ultra-affordable for home studios and commercial spaces on a budget. By Chris Devine on September 2, 2016 The gap between commercial studios and home recording spaces used to be huge read more
Thousand Oaks, CA – May 2016… Sterling Audio unveiled a new line of professional headphone amplifiers, with three models to serve a variety of studio and live-sound applications. Combining clear, high-quality audio with simplicity of operation, these new headphone amplifiers feature gold-plated inputs and outputs for superior conductivity, power-on status LEDs, and low-noise operation.
Designed primarily for personal recording studios and other applications where space is at a premium, the four-channel Sterling S104HA offers one rear-panel, stereo, TRS line input and four front-panel stereo headphone outputs, each with a 10-increment level slider. The S104HA comes in a sturdy and lightweight aluminum chassis with non-slip rubber feet and is powered by an external 12 VDC supply for low-noise operation.
Recording studios and broadcast facilities that require more flexible inputs and a more robust chassis should consider the four-channel S204HA, which is housed in a rugged aluminum chassis enclosed with a rubberized casing to withstand the stress of constant use. The S204HA’s front panel sports an unbalanced stereo line input and four rotary level knobs for the headphone outputs. The rear panel offers four stereo headphone outputs and balanced TRS left and right line inputs on the rear panel. Like the S104HA, the S204HA is powered by an external 12 VDC supply.
For more demanding professional applications, Sterling presents the flagship S418HA, which features two stereo main line inputs, eight direct line-level inputs for individual monitor mixes, and eight discrete, stereo headphone amplifiers, each with two headphone outputs-all packaged in a steel, 1U professional rack chassis. The S418HA can operate in stereo or mono and provides an output level control and clip LED for each channel. Its low-noise, 15V toroidal transformer delivers the superior output power and headroom required for professional use. An elegant faceplate with backlighting enables easy operation in low light environments. Parallel, balanced 1Ž4″ outputs enable you to cascade additional S418HAs so your headphone system can grow with your needs.
The S104HA will carry a street price of $49.99, the S204HA will sell for $79.99; both amps are available now. The S418HA will be priced at $149.99, and will be available in September. All three amps are available at Guitar Center as well as guitarcenter.com and Musician’s Friend.
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Review by DJ Booth – April 6, 2016 Setup and First Impressions Sterling Audio, an audio company that is presenting three new studio reference monitors; the MX8, the MX5 and the MX3. They all pack a new technology that is Sterling proprietary, dual-axis WaveGuidanc read more
Thousand Oaks, CA – March 2016… Sterling Audio announces its new MX Series powered studio reference monitors, combining next-generation materials and Sterling’s proprietary dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH™ technology to deliver high efficiency and ultra-low distortion, even when mixing audio with challenging content. The series includes three models: the MX8, which features an 8-inch low-frequency driver and 1-inch silk-dome tweeter; the MX5, with a 5-inch woofer and 1-inch silk-dome tweeter; and the MX3, with a 3-inch woofer and ¾-inch tweeter.
Sterling’s advanced, dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH technology gives MX monitors a very wide “sweet spot,” with extraordinarily wide and high dispersion. This provides a clear, articulate, and centered sound, even when listening off-axis both horizontally and vertically.
The MX Series’ low-frequency drivers employ a proprietary, multi-fiber cone design with superior damping, which minimizes sonic artifacts and unnatural resonances. A custom, four-layer voice coil delivers greater motor force for outstanding low-frequency performance. The silk-dome tweeter, powered by a neodymium magnet, provides smooth and natural high-frequency response. Each MX Series monitor sports a rear-panel acoustic port, which reduces low-frequency turbulence and distortion.
MX Series monitors pack plenty of natural bass punch and superior transient response, thanks to powerful Class A/B power amps. The top-of-the-line MX8’s 125W power amp and 8-inch woofer enable it to deliver big, tight, accurate low end. The MX5 is more compact, making it an excellent choice where space is at a premium; it is driven by an impressive 80 watts of Class A/B power. The highly portable MX3s feature a 20W power amp, more than enough to deliver plenty of clean, clear sound wherever you travel. MX3s are sold as a pair, while MX5 and MX8 monitors are sold individually.All three models feature variable highpass (+2, 0, or -2 dB) and lowpass (-3, 0, or +3 dB) filters that enable you to custom tune your MX monitors to suit your listening preferences and recording environment. The MX8 and MX5 provide balanced XLR, balanced ¼-inch TRS, and unbalanced RCA inputs; the MX3 offers unbalanced RCA inputs.
All MX Series monitors feature studio grade internal components and protective circuitry. Finally, a polished ebony finish and backlit Sterling logo make MX monitors look as good as they sound.
The MX8s will have a street price of $249.99; MX5s will be $149.99 and the compact MX3s will be 99.99 for a pair. They are available now at Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend.