Dynaudio BM 12A

Dynaudio BM 12AEvery studio needs a good set of reference monitors that accurately reproduce sounds coming from the mixer.  Cheap monitors just don’t do this.  While the Dynaudio BM 12A set of monitors may be a little expensive, they are also very accurate and well-designed.  Dynaudio, a company based in Denmark, has 25 years of experience in creating speakers, and they’ve put all of that experience into the BM 12A.

The BM 12A isn’t meant for use in a huge performance space.  Instead, this two-way, active near-field monitor is designed for use in home and project studios in relatively close quarters.  Opening up the box, you might be a bit surprised at how it looks.  Sometimes monitors are simply boxy, unattractive things, but someone took the time to make the BM 12A look pretty nice.  It’s also lightweight—each one only weighs about 27 pounds.  On the back is one XLR connector for input.  There aren’t any RCA or ¼ inch plugs, so note that you may need to buy a new cable.

The monitor has a three-band EQ so you can tune it for your unique acoustic area.  All of the EQ points are fixed, plus you only get a few gain settings for each band, so there’s no real fine-tuning here.  However, you can cut down on some of the sound issues caused by placement.

When it comes to sound quality, the BM 12A is definitely not a disappointment.  It can handle a lot of stereo imaging and detail.  The harmonics sound very crisp, and each note is faithfully reproduced with all the rich details.  If there’s one area it’s a bit lacking in, it’s sub-bass registers, but nothing is perfect.  As it is, you’re getting very accurate and detailed sound.  A pair of BM 12As cost $2,345.

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