Crisp, clean, clear, loud, flat and accurate.
There are huge advantages in choosing active studio monitors for the studio. There is a substantial cost saving in buying a system where a high quality power amplifier is incorporated into the loudspeaker monitor. The physical advantages of having the power amplifier and the loudspeaker cabinet in one unit seem obvious especially when your recording system of choice might be one of the 'all in one' digital recording stations currently available. What might seem less obvious are the technical advantages of Active monitor systems.
High quality recording systems and computer-based direct-to-drive recording systems make great demands on your studio monitors, sharp attack transients, wide dynamic range and wider frequency responses can be punishing to a monitor system not up to the task. Since the power amplifier section is physically attached to the loudspeaker, it is designed as a complete closed system.
In an active 'system' the power amplifier limiting can be tweaked to know the exact physical limitations of the speaker components. EQ and filtering can be designed into the circuitry to take maximum advantage of the tonal characteristics of the loudspeaker box. If the monitor is bi-amplified, the electronic crossover and separate power modules mean far superior performance that you will hear in the engineer's chair. Bi-amplification means high frequency horn and bass speakers are driven independently, more efficiently and with greater definition and clarity.
Yorkville Sound's YSM1p is a prime example of the ideal active studio monitor solution. The YSM1p uses the same cabinet as and similar components to the popular passive version, the YSM1i, including a rugged 6.5-inch shielded 100-Watt woofer and shielded 1-inch silk dome tweeter. A precisely tuned 2-inch cylindrical port directly below the woofer increases bass response and allows cabinet size to be kept compact.
The YSM1p incorporates a bi-amped power module that delivers 115 watts (85 watts of power to the woofer, 30 watts to the tweeter) and features +9/-6dB input trim, defeatable limiter and specialized tweeter overpower limiting and woofer over-excursion limiting.
Unique to active near-field monitors in this price range, the YSM1p features user selectable filtering. A series of dipswitches on the back of the monitor allows the engineer to select overall tone shaping for the cabinet. This allows the end user to tune the monitor for location, (i.e., full space for use centered in the room (+2dB boost @ 20Hz to 80Hz) 1/2 space for use against a flat wall (0dB boost or cut), or 1/4 space for use in corners (-2dB @ 20Hz to 80Hz).
This ensures more flat frequency response, regardless of location in home studio, writing room or professional studio. An additional user selectable high frequency filter (+2dB boost @ 10kHz to 20kHz) has been added to allow further tweaking of the monitor to individual tastes. Inputs are XLR and 1/4-inch TRS balanced. The YSM1p features a blue power LED and a red input clip LED on the front of the monitor for quick and easy status checking from the engineer's chair.
The YSM1p is a compact, active, near-field studio monitor designed to accurately reproduce the signal from a recording and mixing chain without contributing sonic coloration. It has clarity and bass response that you would expect to hear from a much larger cabinet and is suitable for home and project-studio recording facilities. It is also the ideal near-field monitor for midi rooms, 5.1 surround suites, post-production facilities, writing rooms or for use with any of the 'all in one' digital recording stations available today.
It reproduces timbres with near pinpoint accuracy and produces pristine sound, which defines the finest details and harmonics of the input signal. The rock-solid YSM1p is constructed of 3/4-inch MDF with a 3/4-inch thick PVC clad MDF baffle, and features heavy internal bracing as well as ample internal dampening material, ensuring that there is no unwanted bass resonance.
|Active or Passive||Active|
|Program Power (Watts)||115|
|Biamp Operation Only||Yes|
|Nominal Impedance (Ohms)||8|
|Sensitivity (dB @1Watt/1m)||90|
|Frequency Response (Hz +/- 3db)||40-20,000|
|Crossover Frequency (Hz)||2500|
|Driver Configuration||1 inch, 6.5 inch|
|HF Driver(s)||1 inch Soft (Silk) Dome - Medium Viscosity Ferrofluid Cooled|
|HF Program Power (Watts)||30|
|HF Protection||Tweeter Overpower|
|LF Driver(s)||6.5 inch Foam Surround|
|LF Program Power (Watts)||85|
|LF Protection||Woofer over-excursion|
|Sheilding||Dual Magnet on Woofer and Tweeter|
|HF Power Amplifier (Watts)||30|
|HF Distortion||less than 0.05%|
|LF Power Amplifier (Watts)||85|
|LF Distortion||less than 0.05%|
|Inputs - 1/4" Jacks||1 (Combi-Jack)|
|Inputs - XLR||1 (Combi-Jack)|
|Input Sensitivity (Vrms Sine)||1|
|Level Controls||Input Trim (+9/-6dB)|
|LED Indicators||Clip-Red, Power-Blue Front Mounted|
|Other Controls / Features||Environmental Processor w/ Four Dip Switches
HF Reflection Optimization +/-2dB boost/cut 10-20KHz
LF Efficiency Factor +/- 2dB boost/cut 20-80Hz Full Space
|Enclosure Materials||MDF Wood|
|Baffle Material||Gray PVC Clad MDF Wood|
|Port(s)||Tuned 2 inch Cylindrical|
|Covering / Finish||Charcoal Gray Laminate|
|Other Details||Shipped in Mirrored Pairs.|
|Dimensions (DWH xbackW, inches)||11 x 10 x 16|
|Dimensions (DWH xbackW, cm)||28 x 25 x 41|
|Weight (lbs/kg)||25 / 11.5|
Specifications subject to change without notice