S3H

Midfield Monitor
Professional Audio
Professional Audio
Rating: Excellent
ADAM Audio S3H Studio Reference Monitor

ADAM S3H

The S3H builds on the successes of ADAM Audio’s most popular studio monitors, the S3A and S3X-H, and, like its predecessors, sets new standards in terms of technical innovation and design.

The dual 7-inch bass drivers, each powered by separate 500 W Class D amplifiers, offer flawless reproduction of frequencies all the way down to 30 Hz. ADAM Audio’s newly developed DCH, a 4-inch hybrid dome/cone mid-range driver, is powered by a 300 W Class D amplifier and handles audio above 250 Hz and below 3 kHz, its leading-edge hybrid design offering the sonic advantages of both cone and soft-dome drivers in a single, one-piece unit. Frequencies above 3 kHz are routed to the innovative combination of the S-ART treble driver (each handmade at ADAM Audio’s Berlin factory), the new precision HPS waveguide, and a 50 W Class A/B amplifier. The result of all this innovation is a beautifully transparent three-dimensional soundscape, with an extensive sweet spot.

The S Series’ custom-designed DSP optimizes the loudspeaker crossovers to create linear responses for the entire range, as well as providing user equalization and in-room tuning/voicing functions. A unique feature of the S3H’s DSP options is a built-in factory EQ preset that emulates the response of ADAM Audio’s legendary S3A monitor. The DSP also handles the limiter-based high-frequency driver protection, processes the signals from the AES3 digital inputs, and will in time facilitate various expansion options. Software updates can be carried out with ease via the associated USB port, which also allows users to connect computers and control the speakers’ DSP functions via a software front-end.

With its massively powerful amplification and three-way design (optimally configured for use horizontally), the S3H was conceived as a midfield monitor, but can be employed equally well in more compact listening environments. As with all ADAM Audio designs, the sound is punchy but musical, with crystal-clear reproduction of the all-important mid-range.

The S3H’s wide-ranging frequency response, its power amps’ instantly available, plentiful headroom, and the lack of need for additional subwoofers should appeal to any audio professional looking for a stand-alone, full-frequency active solution for their recording studio, one which provides equally detailed audio information at any volume setting, loud or quiet. Whatever your preferred output level, the S3H’s vibrant authenticity is a spur to creativity for producers, engineers and musicians everywhere, and its sound remains remarkably unfatiguing, even when working uninterrupted for extended periods.

German Handmade Precision S-ART Tweeter with HPS Waveguide

4" Dome / Cone Hybrid (Carbon Composite)

2 x 7“ Woofer (Hexacone)

Cumulated Amp. Power RMS: 1350 W

Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 50 kHz

Max. SPL Per Pair at 1 m: ≥126 dB

AES3 Digital Inputs And Various Expansion Options

360 Degree View

Backplate printing may vary in different countries.

APPROVED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY

"I just unboxed a pair last week and they offer a spectacular listening experience. They are a mid-field, but I had them comfortably atop an SSL console’s meter bridge and I couldn’t help being impressed. (...) These are a 'buy'."
Kevin Becka
MIX Magazine
"With the S3H ADAM Audio did everything right! Good mixes sound great, mistakes are disclosed without a hint of mercy […]. The impressive sound reproduction capabilities do not have to hide from any monitor in this price range (and above) that I know of and with the extensive EQ options every taste and requirement should be satisfied and fulfilled.”
Peter Könemann
bonedo.de
"Extremely modern, high-class sound impact and precision with an excellent construction [...], essential for the success of the S3H. [...] The new reference in this segment."
Luca Pilla
audiofader.com
"So what’s to dislike about the ADAM S3H? Nothing, I’m convinced. "
Brad Watts
Audio Technology
„There are details I could discern on the ADAMs that I couldn’t hear on other monitors anywhere near their price. And the real miracle to me is that the ADAMs provide all that detail without being at all harsh, “forward” or fatiguing at all - they are exceptionally well balanced all across the spectrum.“
Jim Daneker
Composer/Producer/Arranger

Press Reviews

MIX Magazine [English]
bonedo.de [German]
audiofader.com [Italian]
Pro Sound News [English]
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AudioTechnology [English]
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Jim Daneker [English]

Features & Benefits

Product Feature
Benefit to the customer
S-ART tweeter, handmade in Berlin and manufactured to the tightest tolerances in ADAM Audio’s history
  • Allows longer operation with fewer signs of fatigue
  • Their breakup is prevented by the folded diaphragms, distortions are effectively reduced to a minimum
  • Advanced dynamic range due to acoustically effective diaphragm surface that is 2.5 times bigger (compared to a classic tweeter according to the piston principle)
The air velocity ratio of 4:1 during the sound generation by folded S-ART membrane

Direct, fast response in the high-range even with complex transients

Newly designed HPS waveguide, milled from a solid block of aluminum
  • Makes dispersion more consistent and imaging more stable over a wider area
  • Reduction of early reflections on the surfaces of, e.g. mixing consoles, desks, etc.
New midrange driver with one-piece hybrid dome/cone (DCH) design
  • Offering the sonic advantages of both driver types, with minimal partial resonances
  • Partly responsible for the excellent mid-range dispersion characteristics of the S Series, due to improved integration with the treble driver
Custom-built Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) bass drivers

Accurate audio reproduction at an extremely high resolution thanks to the precision-designed relationship between its low weight, optimized inner damping and highly rigid HexaCone membrane, in conjunction with a basket which has been developed to eliminate unwanted resonance and distortion

Custom-designed Symmetrical Magnet Assembly (SMA)
  • Allows the voice coil a maximum excursion three times greater than that offered by previous designs, with an extended, symmetrical magnetic field ensuring linear, low-distortion operation
  • Power compression effects are prevented by an intelligent self-cooling system
Horizontal 3-way system with 2 x 7” woofers and 1 x 4” DCH midrange

Very high resolution of the stereo image

Spacious bass reflex ports on the front
  • Bass reproduction with very low compression
  • Allows positioning close to walls
Highly efficient PWM ICE Power amplifiers for the woofers and midrange driver coupled with an A/B amplifier for S-ART tweeter

Low-distortion amplification at both low and high volume levels

Linear frequency response of 30 Hz to 50 kHz

Unbiased reproduction in a wide frequency band

Maximum peak sound pressure per pair in 1 m ≥ 126 dB

Powerful, compression-free sound reproduction even at very high sound levels

Custom DSP engine
  • Perfect crossovers for optimal frequency response and maximum dynamic range
  • EQ options and presets for in-room optimization
  • Limiter-based amp protection, AES3 digital inputs and board connectors for future expansion options, together with a USB connector for software upgrades and computer-based control
Analog XLR input

Optimized for balanced line signals

Acoustically optimized and weightily constructed cabinets

Reduction of susceptibility to vibrations and unwanted edge-diffraction effect

2 years warranty with optional extension to 3 years with the registration of the product

Full repair service if required for 5 years

Technical Data

Woofer

Number2
Basket Ø7" (178 mm)
Voice Coil Ø1.5" (39 mm)
Cone MaterialHexaCone

Mid-range

Number1
TypeDome / Cone Hybrid
Basket Ø4" (100 mm)
Voice Coil Ø2.4" (60 mm)
Cone MaterialCarbon Composite

Tweeter

Number1
TypeS-ART
Diaphragm Area4 inch² (2420 mm²)
Equiv. Diaphragm Ø2" (56 mm)
Velocity Transform Ratio4:1
Diaphragm Weight0.17 g
WaveguideHPS

Built-in Amplifiers

Number4
Woofer2
TypePWM
Amp. Power RMS500 W
Mid-range1
TypePWM
Amp. Power RMS300 W
Tweeter1
TypeA/B
Amp. Power RMS50 W

Control Options

Input SensitivityAdjustable
Parametric EQs6
Room Compensation High-Shelf EQ1
Room Compensation Low-Shelf EQ1
Preset Memories5
Delay0 ms to 5 ms

Input Connectors

AnalogXLR
Input Impedance48 kOhm
Max. Input Level+24 dBu
DigitalAES3

General Data

PanelRear
Frequency Response30 Hz - 50 kHz
THD > 100 Hz≤0.4 %
Max. SPL per pair at 1 m≥126 dB
Crossover Frequencies250 Hz / 3 kHz
Max. Power Consumption550 W
Weight58.6 lb (26.6 kg)
Height x Width x Depth11.0" (280 mm ) x 23.0" (585 mm) x 15.0“ (380 mm )
Warranty5 years (2 years warranty plus 3 years optional with product registration)
Delivery ContentsPower cord, Manual

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