Adam Audio A44H Active Studio Monitor
High Standards, Low Profile
With a 19-inch width, the horizontally oriented A44H can sit on a standard rack shelf or be mounted above or below a display. The completely new design also enables the A44H to serve as a centre speaker in immersive and 3D speaker configurations.
Dual 4-inch long-throw woofers and the X-ART tweeter deliver a wide frequency range, while onboard DSP-based tuning capabilities enable you to tweak the sound easily.
- German Handmade Precision X-ART Tweeter with rotatable HPS waveguide
- 2 x 4” Woofer (Multi-Layer Mineral)
- Cumulated Amp. Power Peak: 130 W
Explore the Technology
ADAM Audio monitors have earned a worldwide reputation for the innovations that we have established in the field of loudspeaker technology. Here you can explore the technology of the A44H.
The DSP-based functionality of all A-Series monitors can be controlled remotely and in real-time over ethernet using A Control. The application can be downloaded free of charge for Windows and macOS in the MyADAM user area upon registration of an A-Series monitor.
Real-Time Remote Control
The backplate of A Series monitors offers a variety of equalization and tuning options, but quite often the backplate is not accessible from the listening sweet spot. Using A Control you can make changes to these settings from the comfort of your sweet spot and be confident in your decisions.
For some users, the backplate options might not offer enough choice and precision. Using A Control you can dial in exact tunings over six bands of parametric equalization and low and high shelf filters. Each filter band can be freely adjusted for gain, frequency and Q value to give the user complete freedom in perfecting the sound of the loudspeaker in the room.
Integrated Sonarworks Sound Id Reference
A Control facilitates our collaboration with industry leaders Sonarworks. Using the SoundID Reference option, calibration curves generated by the Sonarworks application can be imported into A Control and pushed directly to an embedded platform on A Series monitors. When this option is enabled, the calibration is happening directly on the monitor and thus no additional VSTs or software applications are required. It also means you are hearing calibrated audio regardless of your sound source.
Rotatable HPS Waveguide & X-ART Tweeter
Made from a new glass fibre polymer compound, the A-Series HPS waveguide enables the X-ART tweeter to disperse sound in space with controlled consistency.
What is a Waveguide?
A Waveguide is a tapered recess that frames a tweeter to disperse sound in space in a more controlled manner. The A-Series HPS (high-frequency propagation system) waveguide is constructed from resin and glass fibres, which are baked together under high temperatures to form a single piece that is specifically designed for X-ART dispersion characteristics. The waveguide is not easily excited by unwanted vibrations or resonances, contributing to internal damping.
Horizontally Broad, Vertically Tight
In the horizontal domain, the waveguide is designed to match the dispersion angle of the X-ART tweeter to the woofers and midrange drivers in the crossover region. This results in a smoother, less distracting response when listening to the speakers off-axis, supporting the stability of the imaging and creating a larger usable “sweet spot”.
In the vertical domain, the waveguide’s design reduces energy arriving on the surfaces of significant studio furniture, such as mixing consoles, desks or even the ceiling. These surfaces can potentially cause harmful reflections and ultimately comb-filtering.
Great Sound in any Orientation
Handmade in Germany, the X-ART tweeter provides precise transient responses and reproduces the finest sonic details. This X-ART tweeter is used in every A Series speaker, providing detailed sound across the product line. The A-Series introduces a rotatable HPS waveguide and X-ART tweeter. This means you can rotate the entire waveguide and tweeter module by 90 or 180 degrees and continue to benefit from the HPS technology whether you position the speaker horizontally or vertically.
Bass Reflex, Cabinets & Mounting
The new A-Series cabinets build on the heritage of ADAM Audio and the AX Series in particular.
Lower Extension, Higher Efficiency
A Series monitors feature a flared-port design that optimizes airflow and reduces port noise. With every cubic centimetre accounted for, the industrial-inspired design can provide lower extension and higher efficiency in a smaller box. The cabinets have deeper beveling to further reduce diffraction and thicker baffle walls to reduce unwanted cabinet vibrations.
Designed with Mounting in Mind
All A-Series speakers include an underside mounting interface, giving you the flexibility to mount A Series speakers wherever you need them. All models feature four M8 threaded screw holes (10mm depth) in a rectangular pattern of 127 mm x 70 mm. ADAM Audio plans to soon release a comprehensive range of wall, ceiling, and pole mounting options.
Automated Room Correction with Sonarworks
ADAM Audio is proud to partner with Sonarworks on an automated room correction solution that runs directly on the DSP of A Series monitors.
Can’t Treat your Space? Compensate for it.
A Series speakers are designed to be adaptable to changing requirements, preferences, and environments. For many people, the environments in which they create music are multipurpose, doubling as a bedroom or living room where acoustic treatment is often not an option. Using A Control, you can push advanced filters directly to an embedded platform onboard the monitors to help compensate for imperfect room acoustics, and this platform supports filters from industry leaders Sonarworks. Using Sonarworks SoundID Reference software and a measurement mic, you can create calibration curves specifically for your room and run them directly on your A Series monitors.
Calibrate Every Audio Source with Less Processing Power
ADAM Audio and Sonarworks have worked side-by-side to deliver a pioneering integration that runs directly on A Series monitors. This negates the need for an additional DAW plugin, simplifying workflows and ensuring that your studio monitors are always using a calibrated filter regardless of the audio source or type. It also means that you do not need to worry about your audio source, as the calibration is taking place directly on the monitor’s embedded platform.
The A-Series combines the best of both digital and analogue worlds.
A Series of woofers are driven by Class D amplifiers that help produce linear performance while reducing distortion. These amplifiers were chosen specifically for their power and efficiency, in terms of both energy consumption and sound reproduction. Low thermal dissipation allows for a smaller, less costly heat sink, which facilitated additional investment in the exceptional power and performance of the A-Series.
Tweeters and midrange drivers are powered by Class AB amplifiers which offer a smooth, natural reproduction of high frequencies. Each amplifier is optimized for its working range, resulting from a fine-tuned, properly aligned speaker. To reach this point, ADAM Audio carried out extensive measurements and listening sessions, trialling countless amplifiers and amplifier components.
Multi-Layer Mineral Woofer [MLM]
The latest materials and advanced analysis and design processes have led to the development of our new long-throw woofers.
A Series of woofers are constructed from layers of mineral stone fibres that have been baked together to create a lightweight but highly stable composite material. The mineral composition, layering, and geometry of each cone are specific to the driver, which optimizes the stability and frequency response for each model. The baking technique ensures maximum rigidity and an ultra-clean response, and by combining the cone material with a new magnet system, A Series woofers produce high output with minimal distortion.
Design and Process
The A-Series woofers underwent multiple evaluations and sample cycles before manufacturing began. By utilizing the Klippel simulation tool, ADAM Audio’s R&D team could design drivers and transducers that perform under maximum sound pressure with the lowest possible distortion levels.
A “Voicing” is a pre-defined sound profile of an A-Series monitor. On the back panel, you will find two different selections, “UNR” and “Pure”. Voicings can be further attenuated using the room adaptation equalization settings. The “Ext” option refers to the extended functionality when using the Advanced or Sonarworks calibrations within A Control.
Uniform Natural Response
“UNR” or “Uniform Natural Response” is a dynamic, natural-sounding response curve of ADAM Audio’s own design, which stems from a variety of iconic ADAM Audio legacy products, including the preceding AX Series. It lends itself to production, composition, and songwriting as its engaging and present sound can give you more room for creativity and flow. It is also a great option whenever you want to use your speakers simply to enjoy some good music.
“Pure” is a highly accurate and neutral-sounding option. This is the “flat” setting, ideal for mixing, mastering, and critical listening applications where you really must be aware of all the details and rely on an honest representation from your speakers.
On the back panel of A-Series speakers, you will find four bands of room adaptation equalization: Bass, Desk, Presence and Treble. Each band is adjustable in predefined steps, offering great flexibility to help compensate for the typical acoustic problems arising from placing a speaker in a room.
Bass: Boundary Loading
When a loudspeaker is placed next to a hard wall the bass increases in a predictable way, with these frequencies often overrepresented. The “Bass” control allows you to compensate for this, so the loudspeaker does not sound bass-heavy. The values are +2, 0, -2 and -4 dB.
Desk: Desktop Loading
When a loudspeaker is placed next to a desk surface, the low-mid region increases in a predictable way with the first reflections causing an overrepresentation of these frequencies. The “Desk” control compensates for this loading so the loudspeaker does not sound boomy. The values are 0, -2 and -4 dB.
Presence: Acoustics Compensation
In some circumstances, there can be a perceived harshness in the midrange caused by the room acoustics and equipment in the room. The “Presence” control allows the user to tame this harness restoring the loudspeaker’s natural sound. The values are +1, 0 and -1 dB.
Treble: High Frequency Absorption compensation
In rooms with too much or little high-frequency absorption, the perceived sound can be overly dull or harsh. The “Treble” control allows the customer to return to a natural sound balance. The values are +1.5, 0 and -1.5 dB.
Digital Signal Processing
The A-Series capitalizes on the transformative power of DSP-based electronics to provide greater tuning precision than analogue-only speakers.
The predictability of DSP-based speakers is a key advantage when comparing them to their analog counterparts. DSP-based electronics benefit from unfaltering crossovers, filters, and equalization, which are prone to deterioration in analog-only designs. Signal conversion is handled by audiophile-standard converters which were carefully selected by ADAM Audio to achieve superior performance.
Futureproof Feature Set
DSP is also what facilitates the abundant new features of the A-Series, including remote operation, local equalization, and voicing selection. With firmware that can be updated via the ethernet connection, over time you can expect to integrate the latest DSP-based capabilities from ADAM Audio-including new filter types and features, plus alternative voicings.
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