Neumann KH 120 5.25" Powered Studio Monitor

100-watt Bi-amped Powered Nearfield Studio Monitor (each)
Neumann KH 120 5.25
Neumann KH 120 5.25
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When Accuracy Is Not an Option

Georg Neumann unveiled his first microphone — the CMV 3 — in 1928. So when Neumann, a company synonymous with the finest condenser microphones, turned its attention to studio monitors, the implications were serious. After all, mics and speakers are both transducers. Neumann's KH 120 nearfield studio monitor demonstrates the no-compromise sound quality and impeccable build standards you can expect from Neumann. The "KH" in the product name stands for Klein + Hummel, a company long associated with world-class professional monitoring, now folded into the Sennheiser group and being marketed under the Neumann brand. The KH 120 is ideal for tracking, mixing, and mastering in music, broadcast, and post-production studios.

The Mathematically Modeled Dispersion waveguide

The magnetically-shielded aluminum cabinet is loaded with a long-throw, composite-sandwich 5.25" woofer and a titanium-fabric 1" dome tweeter, each driven by an onboard 50-watt high-headroom Class AB amplifier. The front baffle incorporates Neumann's Mathematically Modeled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide, which helps produce a broad sweet spot and smooth off-axis response. In a stereo configuration, the KH 120 delivers a stable image with a satisfying sense of depth.

A monitor worthy of the Neumann badge

The KH 120's frequency response is smooth and natural, delivering bass remarkably well for this size monitor. Its midrange presentation is detailed and revealing, neither overly forward nor recessive. The KH 120 is fitted with a full complement of control settings for integrating it into a variety of acoustical environments. Sweetwater's take? You can confidently make critical EQ and mix placement decisions with this speaker. The KH 120 is a true reference monitor, and worthy of the Neumann badge.

Neumann KH 120 Features:

  • Compact bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor
  • 5.25" low-frequency driver (50W), 1" high-frequency driver (50W)
  • Elliptical Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide provides smooth off-axis response and accurate monitoring in non-ideal acoustical environments
  • Powerful titanium fabric dome tweeter delivers low-distortion and high-frequency reproduction
  • Composite sandwich cone woofer designs dampen breakup modes and reduce harmonic distortion
  • Free-field frequency response: 52Hz to 21kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Self-generated noise (with input gain set to 100dB for 0dBu): <20dB(A) at 10cm
  • Maximum SPL: (half space at 3% THD at 1m): 111.1dB SPL, averaged 100Hz to 6kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 2kHz
  • Crossover slope: 24dB/octave, 4th order
  • Bass equalization: 0dB, -2.5dB, -5dB, -7.5dB
  • Mid equalization: 0dB, -1.5dB, -3dB, -4.5dB
  • High equalization: +1dB, 0dB, -1dB, -2dB
  • Protection circuitry: low and high limiter
  • Input: XLR, >10 kOhms
  • Input gain control (sensitivity): -15dBu to 0dBu
  • Output level control: 94dB, 100dB, 108dB, 114dB SPL

Additional Media

Studio Monitor Buying Guide
Neumann Subs
Neumann: Beyond Capture

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 5.25"
LF Driver Type Magnetically shielded
HF Driver Size 1"
LF Driver Power Amp 50W (Continuous), 80W (Peak)
HF Driver Power Amp 50W (Continuous), 80W (Peak)
Total Power 100W (Continuous), 160W (Peak)
Frequency Range 52Hz-21kHz
Crossover Frequency 2kHz, 24 dB/octave
Maximum Peak SPL 111.1 dB
Input Types 1 x XLR
Enclosure Type Ported
Height 10.87"
Width 7.12"
Depth 8.62"
Weight 14.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 506299

Customer Reviews

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Outstanding Nearfield Monitor

I picked up one of these as a center speaker for doing some 5:1 mixing, and am currently using Dynaudio BM5a's for my mains. I did measurements and critical listening, and this little speaker is superior. The bass extends below 50 Hz, and it does so smoothly and tightly. The imaging and detail is stunning. I wouldn't hesitate to consider these for main near-fields in the

Amazing for the money.

We tore the demo room up at Sweetwater. We tried everything in this units price range, and nothing else came close. Excellent non-colored separation. I have had to redo a lot of my mixes once I played them through my KH 120. Before you buy, compare these against monitors twice their price, and you will go home with these!

You won't be disappointed.

As another reviewer put it...this was one of my best purchases ever. I have tried everything to get a golden mix from KRKs to cubes to cheap family dollar speakers. None of which ever gave me the "all around" mix my ears thought they heard. That was until I purchased these lil puppies. The Neumann monitors hold their own and can handle pretty much whatever volume you throw at them - not that you would need to push them like that. You can trust what you are hearing - and this is coming from someone who has struggled with mixing since FOREVER! Buy them!!!!

Great Monitors!

Very suprised these monitors don't get more praise. They are super clear, can hear every detail, and built very very well. I would recommend them to anyone.

Major Upgrade From Yamaha HS8

So i had the hs8 for about two years now and love the sound of it. however, after doing comparisons of my mixes to a couple professional mixes I realized these things have a mid range scoop that i would miss hearing. When I listen to the hs7, it was a lot more balanced than the 8' model and the hs5 is fantastic for vocal mixing. However, I didn't want to stay with the yammies, I wanted a different brand where the upgrade would be a serious deal. Well after reading blogs and going to guitar center to make comparisons, I heard the KH120s and boy was it amazing to hear! The frequency response was flat, balanced, very loud volume if you wanted it to be (i know other 5inch monitors you can't really push the volume to much), and the bass is very prominent! After listening for a few hours, the 3d feel of it is awesome compared to the yamaha, sound quality is rich, flat and will let you know if your mix is crappy. I highly recommend getting a sub with these because although you'll HEAR the low freqs down to about 52 hz i believe, you want to also FEEL and get those lower freqs. Besides it's never good to rely on high, mids, lows on a two way monitor for accuracy IMHO. I got the KRK10s with these bad boys and man my mixes translate everywhere! If you want to upgrade from a yamaha or the overhyped JBLLSR series, this is the one!
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Artist

Sweetwater Advice

Stuart Niven

The KH 120's are now my ONLY reference monitors! I trust them implicitly. A wide-open sweet spot with an amazingly airly and open top end that extends for days. The mids are right there, not hyped or scooped - just acurate. The bottom is tight and punchy. They are unbeatable monitors that should be more expensive!

Cameron Wheeler

Since I've been using Neumann KH 120 monitors in my studio, my mixes translate perfectly from source to source. They create an unbelievable listening and mixing experience, and compete and beat out monitors three times the price. Paired with a good subwoofer and a great D/A converter, they will provide mastering-grade sound.
See also: Powered Monitors, Neumann, Neumann Active Monitors