ADAM Audio – A German Precision Tool Maker

In the beginning, ADAM Audio monitors were only known by insiders among working professionals in the recording industry. After only fifteen years, our monitors have earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent tool for sound engineers based on technological innovations that we’ve established in the field of loudspeaker technology. Most importantly, these innovations are fundamental to what most distinguishes a monitor – its sonic characteristics.

The most basic and well known of these innovations is the ADAM proprietary eXtended Accelerating Ribbon Technology: Each ADAM speaker uses X-ART drivers that are all handmade and calibrated in our own manufacturing facility in Berlin. With their nearly at frequency response up to 50kHz, X-ART drivers are largely responsible for the natural, realistic sound of the ADAM speakers.

ADAM Audio’s engineering innovations are not limited to our proprietary X-ART technology, but also include other areas of loudspeaker design such as high technology diaphragm materials, the development and application of high-class ampliers, the coupling of drivers and cabinets, control panels and more.

The following chapters will provide you with descriptions of the fundamental approaches of our technological innovations along with detailed explanations of the technologies mentioned above.

Technology Segments

S-ART Tweeter

All the models in the S Series employ the latest iteration of ADAM's world-famous X-ART tweeter, each handmade in Berlin, Germany.

S Series Amplifiers

The S Series low- and mid-range drivers are powered by Class-D ICE power amps, specially developed low-noise 50W Class A/B amp powers the S-ART on S2 & S3.

S Series Bass Reflex System

S Series Bass Reflex tubes and ports have been redesigned to reduce friction- and turbulence-related coloration and incorporate additional anti-resonance technology.

S Series Cabinets

S Series cabinets are weightily constructed from thick, heavy material to reduce susceptibility to vibrations, while their rounded edges help to minimize unwanted edge-diffraction effect.

SMA

Custom-designed magnet assembly which 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.

ELE BASS DRIVER

Custom-built bass driver created specifically for the S Series, using ADAM Audio's engineering design experience and the latest computer modeling techniques.

High Performance DSP Module

Custom DSP engine implements perfect crossovers for optimal frequency response and maximum dynamic range, in addition to EQ options and presets for in-room optimization.

MPS Waveguide

On the S5H and S5V, the DCH mid-range driver is set into an additional waveguide, the MPS (Mid-range Propagation System), which ensures that dispersion remains wide and smooth even over longer listening distances.

DCH Midrange Driver

A self-developed, groundbreaking one-piece hybrid dome/cone design, offering the sonic advantages of both driver types, with minimal partial resonances.

HPS Waveguide

The S-ART tweeter comprises the latest iteration of ADAM’s respected folded accelerated ribbon design, produced to tighter tolerances than ever before, and featuring a newly designed, solid aluminum waveguide (HPS), which makes dispersion more consistent and imaging more stable over a wider area

Impulse Coupling

Impulse Coupling is the rock solid connection that improves the situation of the driver in a comparable way.

D/A Converter

To work directly from digital sources ADAM offers a optional plug-in D/A converter for the SX series.

SX-Panel

All models of ADAM’s SX monitors (except the S1X) feature a highly sophisticated front panel with “virtual ground semiconductor switch technology”.

Woofer

HexaCone woofers are an integral component in most of ADAM’s monitors/speakers. The core is a honeycomb Nomex structure that makes them ...

A/B Amplifier

We designed our own high frequency power amp to allow the new high frequency unit to live up to its unique talents.

PW/M

ADAM units use the new technology for both the amp and the power supply section (i.e. no more transformers) combined with state of the art input and filter sections to achieve the best in multi-channel active studio monitoring.

X-ART Driver

A groundbreaking technological innovation with easily discernible superior performance and no technical flaws, the X-ART driver is clearly unequalled in the annals of audio history.

X-ART Tweeter

ADAM Audio has improved upon the Air Motion Transformer utilizing superior geometries and materials to achieve unprecedented audio fidelity.