ADAM A7
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ADAM A7

A7, Active Monitor from ADAM in the A series.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 17 reviews )
 15 reviews88 %
 2 reviews12 %
Value For Money : Excellent
robdelap09/09/2014

robdelap's review"Crisp highs, clear mids, humble bass."

ADAM A7
The Adam A7 was the second little brother (only surpassed by a 5 inch smaller one) in the adam monitor family. It has a bass exhaust port in the front, a (you guessed it) 7-inch speaker cone and the ART tweeter that is the trademark of Adam Monitors. Basically, this design "squeezes" air rather than pushing it like a regular cone would do, meaning faster transient response and a more detailed –and somewhat prominent– high end.

You'll also find the power button and volume knob on the front of the speaker, which makes them ideal for small on-the-desk studio setups. On the back lies the female XLR line input, an RCA unbalanced input (which makes me think they were also designed for the weekend audiophile) and 3 EQ mini knobs that go +-6dB at >6KHz, >150Hz and +-4dB for the overall tweeter level, which should be enough to tweak the speakers slightly to adjust to your room.

Also, Adam monitors are made in germany and yes, they're very well built and designed!

SOUNDS

When judging speakers, always remember that they're part of the system that includes your room. Mine is aprox. 3x3x2.5m (10x10x8 feet), which leads to some canceling at 150Hz. Having that in mind, I setup my A7's on my studio after getting rid of my M-audio 8" monitors, which did a pretty good job for a while but really didn't feel serious, and I was immediately blown away by the stereo image and the reverbs on the songs I played through, sort of like putting on glasses and being able to tell exactly where each instrument is on the X axis.

Dynamics shine with the ART tweeter. Whenever I use parallel compression on snare or kick I can really get it to pop out of the speaker (sadly, this is too much for regular speakers so I have to use it moderately) and you can really feel what you are doing to the transients.

Reverbs and delays are easily identifiable, which helps me put them in the right level where they're not too obvious and not too low.

High end feels a little, little hyped, mid range is good for electric and distorted guitars (never had issues eq'ing them on the A7's) and the low end is a little obscure. I mainly blame this on my room proportions, and it could use a little more bass-trapping, or perhaps it's just a matter of getting used to how the bass sounds on these speakers. Bottom line being I've had trouble getting everything under 150Hz under control.

OVERALL OPINION

These are some very good speakers for the price, very detailed and very trustworthy. They will make you work for your mix, and they're not really flattering when listening to stuff, which sometimes gets me down when listening to old mixes, but once you play your mixes on your car or other speakers the payoff is evident: everything is where it should be.

Frankly, I would have given them a better grade if I hadn't listened to 'more' professional studio monitors since I got these. Then there are the A7X, which have improved on some of the flaws these have.

I strongly recommend this monitors for the audio engineer starting to get serious on his/her craft on a limited budget. You'll still be checking your mixes on them even after getting more expensive monitors!
moosers07/22/2009

moosers's review

ADAM A7
The ADAM A7s are a set of studio monitors designed for both professional and home studios.  They are self powered so they don't need an external power supply and have a volume knob on the front of each speaker.  On the back each has two knobs for room EQ and one for volume, making it possible to tune them to a degree to the room that you are using them in, which is a huge plus for home studio owners.


SOUNDS

Overall, the ADAM A7s are a great sounding set of studio monitors.  I have used them both for monitoring during recording and for mixing, and I have found that they are definitely suitable for both applications.  They provide an accurate response all across the frequency spectrum and even though they don't have a huge low end presence, there is definitely enough there to adequately assess the low end.  The stereo imaging is fine as is the dynamics.  I can't say that I really have too many complaints about the sound of these monitors as I feel they do a great job of accurately presenting sound, making them great for mixing.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the ADAM A7s for about a year or so and I'm definitely a converted fan of these studio monitors.  I use them in a professional studio, but they are also a great pick up for any home studio owner looking for a great set of studio monitors that aren't absurdly expensive and aren't huge.  They have a compact size so you can easily bring them around with you if you wanted to and they are easily moved within the house if you find yourself moving your set up around as some people do.  The price is reasonable for a set of monitors like these even though they aren't exactly a steal price wise.  I love having the EQ in the back because it provides me with options for where I can use these, which is a big plus.  Overall, the ADAM A7s are a great set of studio monitors that I would recommend to home studio owners and professionals a like.
Audiofanzine FR03/14/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

ADAM A7
(Originally written by Feel/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
I just joined the A7 and Sub7 owners club.

I wanted to upgrade my previous monitoring system (NS10 + Samson amp). I wanted monitors with enough definition to shape my acoustic sound (Vienna Symphonic Library, East West pianos, etc.). I didn't need a high output power, my home studio has only 107 sq. ft. and I'm not deaf! I bought this system to prepare my mixes. After buying them I realized that I can also use them for live applications (guitar, piano, etc.). I also bought high-quality cables.

SOUNDS

People told me that the lows are a bit restrained. That's true for the A7 but not if you add a Sub7 subwoofer.

Very good stereo imaging and ultra-clear response. They are not tiring, even at high volumes...

I hate the fact that I've had to revise all my mixes since I got them... starting with the audio tracks. I noticed problems with bow attacks, vocal recordings (although I recorded professional singers!), percussions, etc. You can hear everything! Such a monitoring system leads you to high precision levels!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using them for a few days and I'm already a fan!

I haven't found a negative point.... even the price is ok! The Sub7 is a great extension. It's remote control is very convenient. I tested Prodipe, Dynaudio, Yamaha models and many others. I think I made the right choice. I'm not totally sure because the listening conditions in stores don't allow you to really listen to the product... perhaps other models would have been also very good. I don't regret having bought them and I recommend them (don't forget the Sub7...). One final remark: I don't produce rap or Drum and Bass stuff... I make acoustic and pop songs.
peepsaudio08/27/2008

peepsaudio's review

ADAM A7
What can you say about these monitors? First of all, Great Sound. I checked out these speakers with the strange looking tweeter at the my local music store, and fell in love. I picked them up within the week for my home studio. I use them as my primary mix monitors at home now, and haven't looked back. They're active speakers so you don't need an amp for them - plug in and play it loud.

SOUNDS

The frequency curve is tricky. Everything sounds very flat and precise except for the highs. The thing about the highs is that they may seem to be a little over exaggerated. However when I did some comparison listening, I found that the highs aren't really louder - they just sound way better. You really have to hear it to understand what I mean, but there is a certain crispness and realness about the top end on these monitors that is just fantastic. Due to the great top end, the stereo image is also well defined. Dynamics and transients on these speakers are top notch too - right up there with the hugely expensive Genelecs.

OVERALL OPINION

I have had these for about a year and a half. The tweeter is a kind of technology this company came up with, it's not your normal transducer. It's some kind of a folded ribbon technology, and I guess this is what makes the top end of these sound so great. I can only assume that other manufacturers will pick up on this in time. If I had to complain, I would say that the bass doesn't go down as far as I sometimes want, but then again if you get the sub that goes with these speakers you're all set in that department. I've heard a lot of monitors, and these A7's are one of my top choices even though they're under 2 grand for a pair. That is a great value, no question. I'd definitely get these again - great monitors.
melodeast04/18/2013

melodeast's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Satisfied"

ADAM A7
Technical Characteristics: see other comments
Usage: home studio with sound card Audiofire echo 2
Nearfield amply sufficient for a room of 20m2

SOUNDS

Neutral frequency response past .... 80hz
Stereo Image: pretty good
Sound: awesome beyond 100hz. I trust them completely in my mixes and never discover surprises on other listening devices.
Parcontre below 100hz I prefer to mix with headphones and possibly adjust the levels with a spectrum analyzer. Indeed, the lower frequencies are not well transcribed, the manufacturer admits, so beware. In addition, in a home studio, it is difficult to make a reliable acoustic space to judge c frequencies. That's why I did not buy the subwoofer from the same range.
Dynamic: nikel, a pleasure as well as for listening treatment

OVERALL OPINION

2 years of use.
Features not appreciated: I refer the pregnant 2 recovery. The first one was a light wind, and the other a bzzzz from one of the components could be heard. This brand is it reliable? Since then, nothing has reported. Maybe bad luck.
Insufficient low to mix of "modern" music
Appreciated features: everything else. Sound perfectly set to the rest of the spectrum. Speakers both enjoyable to listen to both analytical. No fatigue
After 3 h of mix at a reasonable volume and punctuated by breaks. Dynamic perfectly transcribed. The ribbons are we treble .... Beautiful without a sketch of aggression. Power: though small, these animals will surprise you (note the break)
noreu03/31/2013

noreu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super!"

ADAM A7
What characteristics have motivated your choice?

Especially the reputation of ADAM ....

For what purpose?

Small home studio enthusiast unpretentious for production. My only monitoring system.

What configuration? ...

Akai EIA PRO downstream.

SOUNDS

I am not a specialist, or sound engineer pro etc ... But yes it sounds great, put a hand down the spectrum, which needs to be supplemented by a sub.
The sub can also cut the speakers below 80Hz, their weak point for that "good."

High frequencies very beautiful and precise strong point of ADAM ...

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using?

More than a year now.

Did you try many other models before buying it?

No, I had the opportunity to listen to two or three models in the store, but not in optimal conditions ...

How do you rate the quality / price?

Very good for me, I bought the boards B-stock on Thomann, so new, 700th pair. The A7x was already out, so the price had to A7 well down.

Yes I would do this choice, or may be a7x, must evolve in life!
01/09/2011

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Outstanding!"

ADAM A7
I used to composite, mix in a studio of 15m ², techno style.
Fastrack ultra sound card, I took with feet, medium foam + foam soundproofing on the walls, carpeting ...

SOUNDS

The frequency curve is neutral for me, excellent dynamics, the stereo was breathtaking (I felt at first hearing to be in the song! ) and the sound is clear and precise! Photography is not the strength of its monitoring ...

OVERALL OPINION

It's been 3 days since I have them, I already listen to the tracks over a hundred and it's simple I rediscovered music! is clear is any detail is stunning! even at minimum volume! plus you can adjust the bass and hte freq. as needed and acoustics ..
at low freq not need housing, I make techno and AC than enough!
I do not know how I could work without a pair of listening to this quality, samson before I had, they made me good service, but that's another thing I want to render pro on my prod and a good pair of listening is paramount, since I have 3 days and I can tbc is the killer!! A little over 900 euros with the feet is a budget! but the quality is.
studiohome10/24/2010

studiohome's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

ADAM A7
already said I did not ref number but still it is very balanced net!
The stereo image is impressive, everything is localized: right, left ,....

OVERALL OPINION

I'm a big fan. Nothing to do with my Alesis Monitor One MKII example. It has for its money, although it is expensive. For my part, which is 12m square things are going well, but provided care for the acoustics. There's everything you need at low, broadly, and I preferred to A7 A7X at this level. Basically you can mix with confidence (it's rather "flat") and in addition it is very enjoyable.
soprasound05/19/2010

soprasound's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent audio adam"

ADAM A7
value for money with the Sub 8
use studio mixing mastering
mix on logic, coupled to a JBL MSC1

SOUNDS

excellent frequency curve at 12 kHz Laigue is beautiful, of below 40hz the sub is important lajout
very good dynamic for its size
perfect stereo image has nothing to say, means well when you pan moves
and although the sound is what you need for a home studio, heard things jai jai Jamai heard on his Certin

OVERALL OPINION

I just have it, we'll see with gst
jai try many speakers in my life: alesi mk2 active and passive MAUDIO BX8, yamaha HS80, BM5A Dynaudio, Genelec 8030, krk vxt8, Yamaha NS10, Ladam really sound better, acute treated
jaime c what its size not too big nor too small, button front alumage such as volume, event washing has one little place close to a wall with a piece you've corrected acoustik the top, tite parenthesis (you could get pregnant soon the world, if your parts do not correct her is pointless, do not rely on pseudo vendor who speak well of any gear, c you and your ears that counts, jai fai full of error as the reselling full of speakers)

experience with a yes adam beefier because jai impresses by its neutral, we just close your eyes mix
damaye02/12/2010

damaye's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

ADAM A7
The frequency response, the fact that they are preamp.

I use them for the monitoring and mixing in a home studio

There is a bass-reflex vent that comes out in front, and also volume buttons and on-off in front (significant!)

SOUNDS

The curve of frequency response seems very friendly, even flat.

The sound is clear and very accurate over the entire spectrum. Good stereo, good DYNAMIC TCP /. At low volume the bass is unobtrusive, I do not know if we can do better with small plays like that unless you add a subwoofer.

I am pleased with these speakers. Finally, a neutral and faithful listening! I re-listened to my mixes done on Truth Berhinger 2031 and then I realized all the mistakes, and heard many things that I did not before.

Obviously these speakers are not flattering and it takes work to get good sound, but that's exactly what I was looking for the studio. They are not very powerful but not enough to work.

OVERALL OPINION

I use them for 3 months. Previously I was working on Berhinger Truth 2031

What I like most:

- The sound, clear, precise, dynamic, not flattering
- Small footprint, ideal for the home and studio nearfield

What I like least:
- Might perhaps be a little bigger to earn a little low?
- The price is still not given

Value for price is right for this kind of material that goes to the pro audio.

Yes I would do without hesitation that choice!

I would not be surprised if these references become pregnant as the studio were the Yamaha NS10.