NAMM Update: Alesis has introduced the updated M1 Active 520 and 620 studio reference monitors. Representing Alesis’ third generation of the M1 Active Series, the new M1 Active 520 and 620 offer definition and flat frequency response from their high-precision drivers and professionally crafted crossovers. With a bold new look, re-designed drivers, plus Bass Density control and EQ, these affordable, high-precision active reference monitors deliver superb sonic clarity that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.
The M1 Active 2-way, nearfield reference monitors incorporate a 1-inch thick front baffle to minimize speaker resonance, and their visually stunning acoustic waveguide evenly disperses high-frequency program material throughout the sound field—facilitating superior imaging with minimal diffraction.
The M1 Active 520 features a 75-watt amplifier coupled with a 5-inch low frequency woofer, while the M1 Active 620 features a 100-watt amplifier and 6.5-inch low frequency woofer. Both models employ a 1-inch silk dome tweeter for pristine, crystal-clear highs. The M1 Active 520 and 620 are magnetically shielded for close placement to video monitors in computer-based music production environments and their rear port design provides deep bass extension and increased SPL.
Unique and particularly useful is the M1 Active’s new Bass Density technology, which facilitates tailoring the sound of these monitors to the control room’s acoustics. With their Hi, Mid, and Low Frequency EQ switches designed to accommodate user preference and sub-woofers, as well as the distinctive top-mounted power/clip indicator to advise of clipping conditions, the new M1 Active 520 and 620 are the “right tools for the job” when it comes to critical listening.
Alesis CEO Jack O’Donnell commented on the new M1 Active 520 and 620 studio reference monitors, “Our long history of speaker manufacturing has gone into these new products. These monitors are the perfect solution for a variety of media outlets, including recording studios, radio broadcast, and post-production facilities.”
The monitors have suggested retail prices of $499 per pair (M1 Active 520) and $599 per pair (M1 Active 620) and will be available Q3 of 2005.