M-Audio BX5 D2 Reviews4.4/5.0 based on 15 customer reviews
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from Pelham, Al
August 6, 2012Music Background:
Church pianist, amateur at recording CD's.
My M-Audio speakers produce marvelous soundI play a Yamaha Electric Piano, plugged into my Apple computer, using Logic Express. These speakers eliminated the need for a receiver plugged into speakers, they plugged right into my computer. And the sound is marvelous.
from Silver Spring, MD
May 9, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist Keyboard Player
Sound Great!!!I needed a pair of studio monitors that would not break the bank. After much review and research I decided on a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2's. It was a good choice. They sound amazing with just enough bass without it being overwhelming, and the high end is very crisp but not over the top.
In the end I could not be happier and of course the service I got from Mark Maxwell my service engineer and the rest of the Sweetwater team was awesome as usual.
from Allegan, MI
March 9, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician, Budding Producer
Great Sound, Price, QualityI have been mixing with headphones and the built-in speakers on my MacBook for too long. I had very little clue as to what to get for home studio monitors. A five-minute conversation with my Sweetwater rep, Ben, and I was convinced the BX5 D2's were the way to go. He was right on the money. For my budget, these sound so good. The bass is boomin', the highs are crisp, and the mid are right where they need to be.
I'm running Logic and ProTools on a MacBook Pro through an MBox2. If this is the type of set-up you have, make sure to get the proper cord to connect with (TRS to XLR). Very simple to use; just plug and play (literally).
In short, I'm very happy with these great monitors.
from Puerto Rico
February 28, 2012Music Background:
Great sound ...A looking sometime to improve the sound. ... Here a found a great sound in a small size .. I recommend this product
from Columbia, MO
January 5, 2012Music Background:
great definitionThese sound great and are more than adequate for my needs. Actually for me these may work better than BX5s since I can get better mixes when I'm not mixing at obscene volume levels. the best thing about these is the crisp high definition and the big but tight bass.
from Denver, Pennsylvania
December 15, 2011Music Background:
Lecturing, teaching ...not really musical
Great sound quality..even plenty of bass in a gym with echoes.Using these for speech (lectures, etc.) trying to bring clarity to the echoes and mushiness we have always had. In a multi-purpose gymnasium (church praise & worship services) there seemed to be no solution to this gigantic echo chamber. Well, these BX5D2's really filled a niche. Mounted them both with a ball and socket support on trhe bottom on top of an Ultimate speaker stand. They can be aimed up to 60 degrees apart and still completely fill the field with clean, accurate sound. We put this "speaker tree" right near the person speaking (using a head mic), but slightly above his head, with speakers aimed downward toward the audience. Wow...no echoes, and very clean crisp speech!! Had to even reduce the bass with EQ and boost the high band. The further the person speaking gets from the "speaker tree", the more the sound starts to get mushy. (This is just the opposite of your usual instinct.) There are numerous such situations...where a gym is used for worship services, and apparently nobody has really solved the echo problem. This does it and rather inexpensively. You just need a self-contained small mixer and these active monitors on a stand for every sound source in the gym.
from Dallas, Texas
May 13, 2013Music Background:
Singer-Songwriter, mix engineer.
Amazing!Honestly way better speakers than I thought. They have pretty good low end for monitors these size. Don't be fooled by the price!
from Los Angeles, CA
March 26, 2013Music Background:
Great SpeakersThese are a great pair of speakers at a very good price! Good clarity and packs a lot of power within a small package!
from Farmington, MN 55024
December 13, 2012Music Background:
Keyboard monitors in livingroomThese have an incredibly big sound for such a small monitor. Perfect for the livingroom studio where the keyboard is used. Highly recommend especially if you are on a tight budget...doubt you will find a better pair any cheaper. Can really hear the full spectrum of the keyboard sounds on these. Would say they are comparable to my Rokit 8's if not even more accurate.
The Ark Studio
October 5, 2012Music Background:
Music Producer, DJ, Student
Great performanceThis M-Audio monitors are just awesome. They're perfect for their size plus the sound quality is really good. Great acquisition for a home studio. Really recommend them.
from Lancaster, PA
September 28, 2012Music Background:
Teaching, public speaking
Very high quality for the bucksThese are just the right size and very high quality for mounting as a speaker cluster on a tripod, aiming downward. Using 2 of them for smaller groups or 4 of them, in the center of a gymnasium to cover the whole area very nicely, without the echoes one usually gets in a gym. Originally had doubts that there would be enough bass from the 5" woofers. But on most occasions, we end up turning the base down on the mixer's EQ. 4 of these weigh about 50 lbs, with the TS-100 hydraulic assist tripod, they are perfect. We use them for very high quality music reproduction as well. With Beta 87A microphones, Mackie VLZ3 mixer, and dbx 166sx compressor, These babies "lock on" to anything within 2 feet of the microphone...excellent sound. (even in the gym.)
from Indianapolis, IN USA
August 7, 2012
Recommended!Great sounding and they reveal a lot detail for their size!
from United States
January 27, 2012Music Background:
Voiceover Talent/Producer and Guitarist
Great ValueI'm a voice over talent and was looking for an inexpensive set of home studio speakers and for the price point, these are some of the nicest speakers I've heard. Very clean clear sound with a nice range. I'm also a guitar player and do some recording, and again, these are nice speakers.
If you're looking to get a good sound but can't spend a ton of money, I'd recommend these.
December 15, 2011Music Background:
Hobbyist - Prosumer
Good Bang For The BuckObviously, there are better monitors out there. That is a given. I picked these up for lighter recording and reference duties on the bedroom tower rig. They will double as everyday computer speakers.
The Good: Price. Hard to argue that! Build quality is more than adequate. Just enough connections. Plenty of power. Sound quality is well above its price point to my ears. To me, that is what counts the most. They are a vast improvement over the older BX models and slightly better (in some ways) than the CX models. Most notably, the overly hyped and underpowered lows of the older BXs have been addressed. I do not need subs with these but may experiment down the road.
The Bad: Nothing really, except maybe a very slight touch of "in your faceness" in the highs. To be fair, I attribute that more to the room than to the monitors. There are a ton of features I WISH it had. But for the price and overall sound quality, these perform above and beyond reasonable expectations.
A huge thanks to Ryan Murray. His product knowledge is fantastic.
December 11, 2012Music Background:
Professional Recording/Live Sound Engineer
Decent Entry LevelFor the price range, there's not much you can look at really - you get what you pay for. I've owned these for a couple of years. So, I'll quickly give the pro/con shortlist:
Pro: Decent dynamics and spatial 'clarity'.
Cons: Harsh high end and sterile mid range.
I find myself getting fatigued listening to them, even at lower volumes. I'd recommend people save to get something more warm and neutral sounding.