M-Audio BX5 Carbon 5" Powered Studio Monitor

Powered 70-watt, 2-way Studio Reference Monitor with 5" Kevlar Woofer, 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, Magnetic Shielding, and Acoustic Space Control (each)
M-Audio BX5 Carbon 5
M-Audio BX5 Carbon 5
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M-Audio BX5 Carbon 5" Powered Studio Monitor
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Compact and Accurate Studio Monitors

If you hold the projects you record on your desktop to a high standard, then you need accurate monitoring. Listen to M-Audio's BX5 Carbon active monitors and you'll hear what your mixes really sound like - without compromising precious space! The BX5 Carbon pumps out 70 watts of power through its 5" Kevlar woofer and 1" silk dome tweeter, so you know you're getting clean, clear sound and high performance. An enhanced tweeter waveguide and an Acoustic Space Control give you more accurate playback than ever. Upgrade your home studio with M-Audio's BX5 Carbon active monitor.

M-Audio BX5 Carbon Active Monitor at a Glance:
  • Ultra-strong Kevlar woofer
  • Bi-amplified monitors for more accurate listening
  • Ideal for project studios
Ultra-strong Kevlar woofer

M-Audio's BX5 Carbon monitor features M-Audio's latest generation of woven kevlar woofers. Kevlar is more rigid and lighter than comparable paper cones could ever hope to be. That means tighter bass and more accurate mids for monitoring in your studio. The BX5 Carbon's Acoustic Space Control lets you tailor the low end response for your studio or listening space.

Bi-amplified monitors for more accurate listening

The M-Audio BX5 Carbon monitor sports 70 watts of power supplied by a redesigned M-Audio's amplifier. The new amp uses a Class A/B design for maximum efficiency while providing highly dynamic playback. You get 40 watts to the woofer and 30 watts to the tweeter. An enhanced tweeter waveguide gives the BX5 Carbon better imaging and a superior frequency response curve. This gives you more accurate playback for critical listening and mixing situations.

Ideal for project studios

If you work in a smaller studio space, you don't have much room for big monitors. The M-Audio BX5 Carbon monitor has a small footprint so it's easy to position it where you need it. But don't let its small size fool you - the BX5 Carbon monitor makes sure you have plenty of low-end to mix with. Take it from the Sweetwater crew - M-Audio BX5 Carbon monitor will give you years of great performance.

M-Audio BX5 Carbon Active Monitor Features:
  • Accurate monitoring in a compact size at a great price
  • Kevlar woofers provide tight, punchy bass
  • Class A/B amplifier is efficient yet highly dynamic
  • Bi-amp design delivers 40W to the woofer and 30W to the tweeter
  • Enhanced tweeter waveguide gives you more accurate stereo imaging
  • Tweak the low-end of the BX5 Carbon with the Acoustic Space Control
  • Rear ports for full bass response
  • Magnetically shielded to resist electromagnetic interference
You'll love how your mixes translate with the M-Audio BX5 Carbon active monitors!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 5"
LF Driver Type Cone
LF Driver Material Kevlar
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Dome
HF Driver Material Silk
LF Driver Power Amp 40W
HF Driver Power Amp 30W
Total Power 70W
Frequency Range 57Hz-22kHz
Crossover Frequency 3kHz
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 9.87"
Width 6.5"
Depth 8.75"
Manufacturer Part Number BX5CARBONXUS

Customer Reviews

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Beautiful and reliable

The best. Have several sets that have lasted many years. Smooth response, powerful enough to fill a big classroom, no distortion. Never mind the bigger names. Plus, you see these babies in the background of many top music documentaries-- no need to wonder why.

Giant AV 40's + Acoustical Space Control, A Must

I really loved my av40's. I tried another brand and they did not work out after trying a couple sets of the same pair. They were not magnetically shielded enough for my setup. I use synthesizers, electric guitar/acoustic, and a hardware sampler plus some software drum sampling and sound generation. I am also a vocalist. and have two fender tube amps. The M-Audio av40's are excellent for the money, but I needed more control over acoustics in my home studio and needed extra bass. These monitors are well shielded, and from what I have seen and listened to thus far, they translate very well. Like other peoples recording setups I do not triangulate towards the ears I keep them parallel. and will move backward and forward and side to side when monitoring. This cuts down on ear fatigue and works best for me. THANK YOU SWEETWATER! YOU have worked with me like no other company and your support is unparalleled.
Music background: Musician/Producer/Sound Designer. Been recording since high school and am now 33. I will be going pro soon enough!


Ive had bose,klh and paradigm speakers.i just bought the bx5 and im very impressed. i love them.i use them in my dj room at home and they sound like big speakers.they are my first pair of powered speakers. im a 35yr veteran dj of oldschool.my next pair will be the QSC k series 12" im in love with the sound and power output. be prepaired to bring your credit card and check book.

Love them

My first studio monitor. have had them for like 12 hours now and they are just showing me the difference between my mixes and the commercial mixes. So much detail 500hz going up. Clear highs and the low end is quite good for a 5' speaker. The mid range feels squeezed but I am sure if I get it right on these my mixes will sound great elsewhere after all what your speaker is not good at will be what your mix sounds best at. Definitely a good budget speaker
Music background: Student

Subpar Computer Speakers - Great Marketing

Listen to these and then compare to the KEF X300AW. One sounds like a toy and the other sounds like a small version of a High End Audiophile speaker. All three of the M-Audio speakers are in essence the same bad speaker. I once bought one and then returned it within less then a week, after listening a few times to it.
See also: Powered Monitors, M-Audio, M-Audio Active Monitors