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Output and Barefoot Audio cross a new Frontier as they release their long-awaited “gold standard” studio monitors

GEAR 2021: We’d almost forgotten about Output and Barefoot Sound’s studio monitor project, announced at NAMM 2020, but it’s finally borne fruit with the launch of Frontier. Shipping as a pair, these speakers promise “the new gold standard in studio sound”.

Frontier is certainly a looker; it has a solid walnut base for isolation and there’s a nice bit of LED lighting going on above. There are 6.5-inch/1.25-inch coaxial aluminium drivers - designed and tuned by Thomas Barefoot - that promise flat anechoic response and low distortion, and a 200-watt combined bi-amplified architecture.

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The forward facing tuned port, meanwhile, is designed to give you an accurate representation of the bass in your mix.

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Output Frontier

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Output Frontier

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The Frontiers ship in 100% recyclable packaging and have an EcoMode that reduces power consumption, so they could be a more planet-friendly option, too.

You’ll have to join a waiting list if you want a pair of Frontiers, which will set you back $1,399/£1,259. They can be ordered direct from the Output website, and there’s a free 30-day returns policy if you’re not happy with your purchase.

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