The new Classic Series Mk3: Highest Fidelity
Soon after the introduction of the first series of the Classic speakers, they became well known as a glamorous way to enjoy the unique sound of the professional ADAM studio monitors. There are four main reasons for their success: The series is well suited for most room sizes due to the elaborate model concept; these speakers can be used in both stereo and multichannel applications; the attractive fine-furniture finishes; and the option of either active or passive designs.
Now, the third generation of the Classic series profits from technological improvements and new materials of the award winning high-end TENSOR series. The ADAM proprietary ART transducers, already a legend in professional studios and used in the older Classic series, give way to their successors, the new X-ART transducers. The new lower midrange drivers and woofers match the ones used in the ultra high-end TENSORs series. In addition, the bigger Classic MK3 models are equipped with new base plates and spikes to improve the decoupling from the floor.
Another new feature found in the active Classic MK3 speaker is the A/B amplifier, which has been designed by ADAM to perfectly complement the X-ART tweeter. This amplifier ensures that one of the outstanding features of the tweeter, its frequency response up to 50kHz, can be realized with no limitations.
Like the name implies, the Compact is small in size. However, its compact dimensions make the sound qualities even more staggering. This smallest member of the Classic family features the same technologies and materials found in the other members.
Equipped with one X-ART tweeter with the A/B amplifier of the newest generation and a further developed 7“ HexaCone woofer, the Compact is a premier choice for both stereo and multichannel applications. The woofer is being driven by a top-of-the-line PWM amplifier, a technology that guarantees highest efficiency and longevity.
"Less is More"
The German trade magazin AUDIO (02/2010) has reviewed the latest Mk3 version of the active Compact. They write:
"Especially at low volumes that can be used after 10pm without disturbing your neighbours the ADAM played as huge as hardly any other speaker. (...) sounded wonderfully high-resolution, precise and with a particulary vivid exposure of the voices.
"Conclusion: Not only with regards to practical reasons active speakers like the ADAM are a clever counter-concept. Features like the EQ and XLR plugs really are a step forward. Using these with a controllable source you get the most puristic stereo you could think of. That's why less is more sound."