Avantone MixCubes Active Single Cream

Active Mini Reference Monitor

  • Full-range
  • Shielded
  • 5.25" Driver
  • Frequency range: 90 Hz - 17 khz
  • Power: 60 Watt
  • SPL: 104 dB @ 1W / 1 meter
  • 6 1/2" MDF Housing
  • Inputs: Balanced XLR and 6.3 mm jack
  • Dimensions: 165 x 165 x 165 mm
  • Weight: approx. 3.5 kg
  • Lacquer finish
  • Colour: Retro Cream
  • Price per unit

Further Information

Speaker size 1x 5"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 60 W
Magnetic Shielding Yes
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) No
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction No

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A high quality product and a great tool for improving your mix
Mark747, 11.08.2014
Much has been written about the benefits of the small mid-range speaker for improving your mix. For anyone not sure why this is a good idea there is a great in-depth look at this by Mike Senior for Sound on Sound. ()

You won't want these as your first or only pair of mix monitors, but they complement your main monitoring. Also, it will take a little while to get used to using them.

A simple way of thinking about it is to use the speaker to ensure that your mix sounds good on a small speaker, such as a mono radio or desktop speaker. However, there are some very significant other reasons why the MixCube works very well. It updates the long-discontinued classic Auratone 5C Soundcube, which was used (and almost certainly still is) to help mix many classic top records.

Getting the mix sorted in the mid-range, without any crossover or bass frequency room modes to interfere is really helpful. I'm actually using three of these and really loving the results. I switch between the mono centre speaker and a pair either side at 60' (all arranged equidistantly from my chair) I feed the centre speaker with a passively summed mono feed, slightly lifted by 3-6db to compensate for the natural loss in level).

The speakers are really solid (quite weighty) and well-made, with nice external (very heavy) PSUs. They sit on the meter bridge of my desk very nicely and have attracted lots of positive comments since they arrived. Gives a good impression.

When you switch to the MixCubes, you notice the relatively 'boxy' sound straight away and then your ears quickly adjust. You can then start working on vocal levels, kick / bass levels and other relative levels without the speakers distorting or resonating. (Also there's no artificial port resonance or boom). When you switch back to your main nearfields there is a really gratifying change of perspective and the results of the adjustments immediately become apparent. I am finding that the better the mix adjustments I have made, the more seamless the transition back and forth between the speakers seems. (i.e. nothing disappears from the mix or jumps out when I switch). So this helps me judge how well I'm doing.

So overall, I'm really impressed and I can heartily recommend them. Use just one for a handy mono check and relative balance tool or use two or even three.
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Best investment you can make for your studio!
musicforjoy, 28.01.2019
Buying a mixcube is the best investment you can make to bring your mixes to the next level. This is a great quality mixcube, solid and built like a tank, it will definitely help you improve your mixes. If your mix sounds good on it, it will sound good anywhere. It's a great way to set the initial balance and make sure everything sits well in the mix; vocals, leads, drums and everything else. I got a single one to check things in mono and does a perfect job! Probably the best investment I've made so far in my studio, with great results. A+++ Thank you Thomann and Avantone!
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Great Midrange and emotion focus
alexandrubucur2, 06.07.2020
Beside their known characteristics, I find this as a great creative tool. When you-re not concentrate about bass, air, image, you tend to focus more on the lead elements and their emotions. So this is good as a mix tool, but also as a creative boost.
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Quality unported reference speaker
26.04.2016
I bought this as a mono speaker for checking mixes in mono and tweaking the mid-range. I've found it very helpful for both tasks. It's much louder than expected. PSU attaches using a strong crew connection which more equipment should do in my opinion! The sound quality seemed to improve after playing it loudly for a while. Good little unported reference speaker. Unfortunately I can't compare it to the passive version or a 5c sound cube but it seems to do the same job very well.
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