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The Adam A5s are a compact take on the popular A7s, featuring the same ART ribbon tweeter.
The dynamic response and treble are highly impressive, with great transient handling. Acoustic material sounds convincing, reverb spaces are audible, and stereo imaging is sharp. The bass and mids are good, too.
When mixing, we attenuated the LF and HF EQ, as the A5s sounded a little bit scooped. It took us a while to hit upon a good mix - virtually every adjustment seemed to make a difference. The ‘shape’ of the drums when tweaking compression was clearer, as was the reverb space. Our final test mix was solid and satisfying, with rocking, nicely squashed compression on the drums.
It might take you a little while to get used to the sound of the tweeter, but these speakers deserve to be heard, as they’re pretty special.