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Got my Dynaudio BM5A's

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by McCheese, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    They came in on Monday, I left them running all day and night playing music to break them in (per the manual). Tuesday I only listened to CD's on them, to get a feel for them, Tuesday night I pulled up an old mix in PT, deleted all the inserts and started (fairly) fresh on it.

    I love these things.

    The bass isn't thumping like an 8", but it's there, especially if once you get used to them (always the most important thing to do with monitors, I believe). They're pretty damned flat once you tune them up via the back switches (hi shelf, lo shelf, mid bump). I ran an RTA and got them set up pretty well using just the switches. They're smooth as silk. I can listen to them all day long, no harshness in the highs. They're also really deep sounding, not bass-wise, but i can really hear into the mix, which is something I wasn't hearing before (mid-end bookshelves and some 7506's). I was able to hear my reverb tails in far more detail than before, and really had a much easier time moving things back and forth in the mix. They also translated very well. I burned the mix to CD and took it down to my home-theatre-in-a-box stereo, it sounded good, took it to a boom box, it sounded good, and threw it in the car, and it still sounded good.

    Best $1000 I spent so far.

    I still want to spend more time just listening on the, to really get used to them, but I couldn't resist any more and had to try a quick mix out on them.

  2. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Excellent...and congrats

    Dynaudio make a well balanced unit I feel.

    I have the BM15a's, and i'm able to perform mixes that translate to ANYWHERE! And that is why we buy a monitor is it not? B) I've used so many monitors in so many studios/rooms & the Dynes are my favourite under $10000 I have to say :)

    Let us know how your mixes go? Might take a little bit of getting used to unless you are used to such good monitors...
  3. Antho

    Antho Guest

    oh, I just realised you have the unpowereds...

    Are you driving them with a decent amp?
  4. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    I must have mislabeled, they are the actives. After more mixing, I'm having a little struggle with the extreme low, but I expected this. I did a mix that sounded great, and when I threw it in the car it sounded great, except when the bass player hit a certain note it jumped way out and rattled the car. Gotta work on that.
  5. Antho

    Antho Guest

    So you'd have the BM6a's.

    I found a little work was necessary to learn the bottom end of the 15a's...but was very shallow learning curve :)

    Just keep doing what you're doing...and I'm sure they'll make you very happy.

    So 'one' note jumped out at you? That's not bad at all for a first/second time mix on a new set of mon's! Can only get better with time. Was it a lower note? I had this problem with some dub basslines initially...as solving it was a case of learning my room acoustics which are well worse than my monitors..., plus some appropriate use of EQ and compression.

    How was the rest of the balance? As you mixed it?
  6. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    They're the new BM5A's, active

    And everything else is great about them. Most importantly to me so far has been that I can work on them for 6 hours straight. The balance is great. I've been doing a lot of A/Bing between my mixes and some similar big-name albums and have been getting better and better results as I learn them.
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