While you lot usually hope for mixers, controllers, or generally the things you lay your hands on while DJing, you still need to hear the sound that you’re creating. And in this every-changing world where DJs become producers become DJs, having a good pair of studio monitors is becoming increasingly important. Thus the RM-05 and RM-07 monitors have been created. Under the Pioneer Pro Audio brand, these units appear to be stuffed with tech, and most strikingly use coaxial drivers — that’s woofer and tweeter combined if you hadn’t worked it out.
First the words:
Clear cut: Pioneer DJ launches the RM Series of professional studio monitors with HD coaxial driver units
14th April 2015: Pioneer DJ is drawing on its rich heritage in speaker design to launch the RM Series coaxial active reference monitor speakers for the professional studio. The RM-05 and RM-07 speakers are packed with pro-audio technology to deliver a high SPL and a neutral sound with clear separation across the frequencies – making them the ideal companion for near-field studio monitoring of high-res sounds.
The RM Series’ uses a coaxial driver unit from Pioneer pro-audio brand TADi to ensure audio from the tweeter and woofer emanates from the same point for a more accurate sound. The aramid fibre woofers and front-loaded bass reflex system with grooved ducts ensure a clean bass, while the aluminium hard domed tweeter has been optimised to deliver rousing high frequencies of up to 50 kHz.
The rigid die-cast aluminium cabinets are designed to look and sound superb – featuring curved contours to eliminate resonance, and a proprietary acoustic tube to reduce standing waves and ensure the quality of the low to mid ranges. The speakers also boast a three-band EQ and multiple inputs, giving producers the ultimate flexibility and simplicity in any environment.
The RM-05 and RM-07 professional studio monitors will be available from June 2015 at an SRP of EUR 549 (RM-05) and EUR 729 (RM-07) per speaker, including VAT.
THE RM SERIES IN DETAIL
- HD-Coaxial driver unit for accurate point source monitoring
The RM series adopts its HD-coaxial driver unit from Pioneer sub-brand TAD, placing the woofer and the tweeter on the same axis to ensure a truer response across the frequencies. A newly developed waveguide minimises interference between the drivers, to produce a true, neutral sound with excellent isolation, perfect for near-field monitoring in a professional studio.
- 50 kHz tweeter for precise, electrifying high frequencies
The 1.5-inch hard dome aluminium tweeters were designed using unique Pioneer technologyii for added frequency response. The diaphragm’s shape and materials are optimised to deliver precise, rousing high frequency sounds.
- Rigid die-cast aluminium cabinet with curved contours for superb sound clarity
The RM Series housings are made from die-cast aluminium for maximum rigidity and reduced resonance at all volumes. The cabinet’s curved surfaces optimise the rigidity and reduce external diffraction – while giving the speakers a sleek design that will look good in the studio.
- AFASTiii acoustic tube reduces standing waves for a clear low-mid frequencies
Pioneer’s patented AFAST technology drastically reduces standing waves that can produce a muffled response in the low to mid ranges. An acoustic tube in the cabinet absorbs just the standing waves, ensuring true reproduction of low to mid frequencies.
- Front-loaded bass reflex system with grooves for a smooth, clean bass
The RM-05 and RM-07 feature aramid fibre woofers for a robust bass response. Plus the front-loaded bass reflex design and innovative grooves on the bass ducts reduce air friction, even when the speakers are positioned right against the wall.
- Low/Mid/High EQ settings for added flexibility and control
A three-band EQ (Low/Mid/High) gives producers the option to tailor the monitor speakers’ sound or audition tracks for certain scenarios, and has four pre-sets for each band.
- Other features
- Custom-designed Class AB bi-amps ensure balance across the frequencies
- Exclusive toroidal transformer power source for excellent S/N ratio and no distortion
- Clip indicator to protect the unit from excessive input
- Wide range of inputs (XLR and RCA)
- Auto standby On/Off function
RM-07 RM-05 Type Bi-amp 2-way active speaker Bi-amp 2-way active speaker Enclosure Bass reflex/Aluminium die-cast Bass reflex/Aluminium die-cast Tweeter 1.5-inch hard dome aluminium HSDOM Tweeter 1.5-inch hard dome aluminium HSDOM Tweeter Woofer 6.5-inch aramid fibre woofer 5-inch aramid fibre woofer Frequency Response (-10dB) 40 Hz〜～50 kHz 45 Hz〜～50 kHz Maximum Sound Pressure Level 109 dB SPL (peak @ 1 m) 104 dB SPL (peak @ 1 m) Cross Over Frequency 1.6 kHz 1.7 kHz Amplifier output (rated output) Class A/B bi-amp 150 W LF: 100 W / 4Ω HF: 50W/4Ω Class A/B bi-amp 100W LF: 50 W / 4Ω HF: 50W/4Ω Input Terminals Balanced input XLR x 1 Unbalanced input RCA x 1 Input impedance 10 kΩ Input Sensitivity -40dB ~ +6dB High EQ -2 / -1 / 0 / +1 dB ( 10 kHz ) Mid EQ -4 / -2 / -1 / 0 dB ( 140 Hz ) Low EQ -4 / -2 / 0 / +2 dB ( 50 Hz ) Power consumption 195 W 142 W Power consumption during standby mode 0.3 W or less 0.3 W or less External dimensions (W×H×D) 244 x 337 x 260 mm 203 x 281 x 225 mm Weight 12.3 kg 9.3 kg Accessories included Power cord
i Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD Labs) is a Pioneer sub-brand preferred by professional
studios since 1978
ii Harmonised Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method (HSDOM)
iii Acoustic Filter Assisted System Tuning (AFAST)
Coaxial? What’s that then?
Obviously there’s a lot of science, numbers, and probably hyperbole being floated around here, but the key element is the coaxial driver. When we did the studio monitor test a little while ago, I ended up buying the Equator D5s that we had on test. I was taken with their size and sound, which was due to the use of coaxial drivers. You might think that putting woofers and tweeters into one unit might compromise sound, but it absolutely doesn’t. On my desk, my need is not for nosebleed inducing bass, but more for clarity, especially at lower levels. I do try to be a good neighbour in The Worxlab.
And that’s exactly what the RM-05 and RM-07 are for. These aren’t party speakers, but most definitely aimed at producers looking for clarity and quality. I’ve never been one for the science of such things — I expect people considerably smarter than myself to do the techy magic and hide it all in a box. It’s my ears that I trust to tell me everything about boxes that put out sound. So I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve got them on my desk.
These aren’t quite ready just yet, so you’ll have to wait until June for fork out €549 and €729 per speaker. So it’s not a casual purchase by any means, but when it comes to sound, you should never skimp, especially if producing tracks.