Auratone 5C Super Sound Cubes (pair) 4.5" Passive Reference Monitor Pair - Black

Passive Studio Monitor with 4.5" Full-range Driver and 25W RMS/50W Peak Power Handling (pair) - Black
Auratone 5C Super Sound Cubes (pair) 4.5
Auratone 5C Super Sound Cubes (pair) 4.5
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Auratone is Back!

Ask any Sweetwater studio engineer about the Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube. In the 1970s and '80s, these unassuming little speakers were a fixture on every professional studio console's meter bridge. Now they're back - and better than ever! The new 5C (like the original) features a 4.5" full-range driver made from high-quality materials. Built in Auratone's Nashville shop, the cabinet features a sleek, modern-looking black-laminate finish. Their ruggedness, flat response, impressive power handling, and portability have made Auratone 5C an industry-standard "real-world" reference monitor for music recording, broadcasting, and television/motion picture post.

Auratone 5C Passive Monitor Pair Features:
  • Passive "real-world" reference monitors
  • Dimensions: 6-1/2"w x 6-1/2"h x 6"d
  • Frequency Response: 75-15,000Hz
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Driver: 4.5" full-range
  • SPL/sensitivity: 90dB @ 1w/1m
  • Cabinet: sealed 5/8" MDF
  • Power handling: 25W RMS/50W Peak
  • Quality-crafted in Auratone's Nashville, TN shop
Get your reality check with the Auratone 5C!

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Tech Specs

Powered Passive
LF Driver Size 4.5"
Watts Per Channel 25W RMS
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 75Hz-15kHz
Enclosure Type Sealed
Input Types Bare wire screw terminals
Height 6.5"
Width 6.5"
Depth 6.0"
Manufacturer Part Number 5C Black PAIR

Customer Reviews

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I'm a believer

I had always known about these little speakers but never tried them. I recently got very serious about my songwriting and recording and have been building up what I would call a highly capable home studio. During research and self education on mixing techniques I came upon some guidance that suggested these would be a good secondary speaker to help examine all that is going on in the middle frequencies and with relative levels. The sealed enclosure and single driver also combats some of the issues that can be experience with smaller ported speakers with separate low and high frequency drivers. Besides, most people don't listen to music on audiophile equipment, so I suspected mixing on these little guys would improve how my material would translate to other systems. This turned out to be completely true.My main monitors are the Neumann KH120s. As great as they are, it wasn't until I started mixing on these Auratones that my mixes started improving - dramatically. Not only are they a great reference speaker for levels, but I found that they will tell you pretty directly whether your middle frequency content is too jumbled. You just seem to find out what is wrong with your mix quicker with these if that makes sense. My aha moment was reverb tails on a lead vocal. What sounded good to me on the KH120s didn't always translate well and was over cooked on other systems, like a decent car stereo for example. What sounds balanced on these seems to always translate well whether its a decent consumer level system or a smartphone speaker. So I'm getting into the habit of doing most of my mixing on these, then checking on the Neumanns then back to these and so on. You really need both - a great set of reference monitors to hear everything going on from top to bottom and something like these to keep what you are doing in check to ensure that what you are producing will sound good on real world audio systems.On the down side, I like high fidelity, so it can be a little monotonous mixing on these for long periods of time. Not fatiguing, just boring. That's not a judgement of the speakers. They are doing exactly what they are intended to do. So if you have the discipline to spend hours in front of these, the pay off will be in a higher quality mix that is going to sound better in more places. And for those seeking power amp recommendations, I power these with the ART SLA-1 at the recommendation of my Sweetwater engineer and am very pleased with the duo.
Music background: Semi-Pro musician, songwriter, worship leader

Tools of the Trade

These little guys are pretty famous - 'the horror tones'. What do i make of these re-issues? They sounds pretty honky just like they always did. Off-axis response is still dreadful. But they are a closed speaker with no crossover which is pretty rare. They demonstrate transients and dynamics beautifully, much better than ported speakers can for my mind, and they will tell you if your mid range is working. This is their strength and value to a mixing engineer. Try and run one of these in mono and it can be a great help in balancing the core of your mix. Recommended cheap addition to a studio, but not as a primary speaker.
Music background: Producer Artist DJ
See also: Auratone, Auratone Passive Monitors