NAMM 2015: Fluid Audio announces FPX7 monitors with 'ribbon coax' tweeters

Fluid has spilled the beans about its new FPX7 range.
Fluid has spilled the beans about its new FPX7 range.

NAMM 2015: Fluid Audio has announced the FPX7 line of monitors, which it says are the first to feature a ribbon coax tweeter.

Promising a "truer, more accurate monitoring experience," the first pair in the range is the FPX7 DSP, while an enhanced version, the FPX7 DSP+, also coming.

Check out the press release below or the Fluid Audio website for more details. The FPX range will be available in March - prices are $700/€649 for the FPX7 DSP and $1000/€960/£760 for the FPX7 DSP+.

Fluid Audio FPX7 monitors press release

Building upon the acclaimed and well received Fader Series studio monitors, Fluid Audio now announces the FPX (Fader Pro Coax) line of studio monitors, with the new FPX7 leading the way.

Featuring optimized Class AB amplifiers, shorting ring magnet woofers and ribbon tweeters, the FPX7 offers a truer, more accurate monitoring experience. The FPX Series will include two models: FPX7 DSP, and a more feature rich version to come later. Both with a 7" inch woofer and AMT Ribbon tweeter.

"Ribbon tweeters have certainly been used in studio monitors before. It's a perfect use for them, actually. However, I've never been that impressed by previous executions of the idea. I've always felt I could do a ribbon monitor that sort of set the standard for ribbon monitors, and I believe this coax idea does that. You get the lightning fast response of the ribbon, and the point-source goodness of being coaxial." Says Kevin Zuccaro, the ears behind the Fluid Audio brand and its owner.

FPX7 Highlights:

  • Seamless, transparent response in a compact footprint
  • 7" composite cone, low-frequency driver with shorting ring to reduce magnet distortion
  • Air motion transformer (ribbon) tweeter provides an extremely fast and accurate response
  • Bi-amplified 110Watt Class A/B amplification
  • Acoustic Space Control lets you calibrate the FPX7 to your mixing environment
  • Tweeter high frequency trim control
  • Fader Volume control on front baffle for easy access
  • 45Hz - 20kHz frequency response
  • Front loaded slot port for directional bass response

"As a recording musician myself, I was always a little frustrated with the way a lot monitors would "Hi-Fi-ize" my live recordings. I would record something live in a room, but played back through the monitors, it already sounded kind of slow and dull. With our new AMT ribbon tweeter, you get that immediate, live sound that you recorded. That, coupled with the low distortion woofer and great off axis response of the FPX7, you have a clear, honest view into your mixes."—said Kevin Zuccaro.

The FPX Series will be available this March with the following respective street prices, FPX7 DSP ($699.99 USD/€649), FPX7 DSP+ ($999.99 USD/ €959.99/ £759.99).

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.