M-Audio Studiophile DSM2 DSP Reference Monitor

M-Audio Updated: 2008-11-11 RSS
M-Audio Studiophile DSM2 DSP Reference Monitor

The Studiophile® DSM2 reference monitor is engineered to provide superior monitoring to discerning audio professionals. The design results from collaboration between two powerhouse companies in music technology: M-Audio, the top U.S. manufacturer of reference monitors, and Digidesign, the industry leader in DSP technology. The DSM2 monitor features DSP-based crossover management, an assortment of onboard digital EQ controls, proprietary high-grade driver designs, and analog and digital inputs for high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz. With stunning accuracy, clarity and dynamic range, the Studiophile DSM2 monitor makes world-class reference technology accessible to a broad array of creative and professional environments.


1" (25.4 mm) Teteron soft fabric, high-frequency dome with Neodymium magnet and ferrofluid cooling—accurate to 27kHz
8" (203.2 mm) custom low-frequency driver with anodized aluminum cone provides exceptionally low distortion
onboard DSP manages the complex digital crossover for pristine imaging
DSP-based EQ and Acoustic Space Controls optimize frequency response for any production environment
bass-reflex port delivers controlled extended bass response
high-density cabinet yields good damping and reduced acoustic interference
professional digital inputs (up to 24-bit/192kHz): S/PDIF and AES
balanced analog inputs: XLR and 1/4"
bi-amplified with Class D power amps: 100 watts (low frequency) and 80 watts (high-frequency)

Redefining the World-Class Near-Field Monitor
Over the last 20 years, M-Audio has achieved critical acclaim across diverse lines of music production tools. We attribute much of this success to the fact that each product group operates like a small boutique shop within the organization. The Los Angeles-based engineering team that designed the industry-leading Studiophile line applied psychoacoustic principles to perfect the DSM drivers, power amps, cabinetry and electronics. Along the way, they worked with top recording engineers and producers to refine the Studiophile DSM monitors for optimal performance.

Powerful DSP
M-Audio engineers worked closely with their counterparts at sister company Digidesign to bring their expertise to the Studiophile DSM2 monitor. The powerful onboard DSP engine controls a complex 4th-order digital crossover. It also provides clear and accurate audio imaging by compensating for phase differences between the two drivers at the crossover point—delivering perfect acoustic alignment and exceptional imaging. And as a result of exhaustive tuning and listening sessions, the DSM2 monitor provides incredible tonal accuracy, excellent dynamic range and exceptionally low distortion.

Tailor the Speaker to Your Room
Your listening environment and speaker placement greatly impact monitor performance. To ensure optimal monitoring in your studio, the onboard DSP also manages a number of functions that allow you to tailor each speaker to your room. DSM2 offers DSP-controlled high and low frequency roll-offs and EQ settings to help optimize the speaker for your space and placement within even the most difficult acoustic environments.

Best-in-Class Drivers
To ensure the greatest sonic clarity, the Studiophile DSM2 monitor features a custom-designed, 8-inch anodized aluminum cone woofer that actively reduces distortion by pushing the break-up mode out of the pass band for maximum low-frequency detail at any volume level. The 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled tweeter is made of a soft Teteron dome, which strikes the perfect balance between efficiency and damping to produce a controlled high-frequency breakup out to 27kHz. The drivers and their carefully matched power amps provide a wide 42Hz – 27kHz frequency response and outstanding dynamic range, ensuring that you hear an accurate representation of your audio at all volumes.

Strategically Integrated Design
Each component in the DSM2 monitor is customized to deliver outstanding sound quality in a compact form factor. Featuring an exclusive design, the sturdy cabinet is constructed from high-density material with internal bracing that renders it acoustically inert. The tuned bass-reflex port offers extended bass response and increased SPL, while the carefully matched Class-D power amps deliver ample power with low distortion and excellent efficiency. The custom-voiced components ensure hours of accurate listening without fatigue. And the professional analog and digital inputs support studio-grade audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz, revealing every detail that you've created with your digital audio workstation.