ADAM ARTist5 Powered Desktop Monitor Speaker (Playback 60)


So, in theory the X-ART tweeter seems perfect. But the trick is how to combine it with other drivers to assemble a complete speaker system. ADAM has developed a midrange version of the X-ART tweeter, but many of their speakers, including the ARTist 5, use a more conventional dynamic midrange/woofer driver in a ported cabinet. So, the question becomes, “How well does the speaker perform as a whole unit?”


  • X-ART tweeter
  • 5.5-inch carbon fiber/Rohacell glass fiber mid/bass driver
  • 2 x 50W amplification
  • On/off-switch and gain control on the front panel
  • Inputs: RCA, XLR, 3.5mm mini-jack, USB

Accessories (What’s In the Box)

  • Left and Right ARTist 5 powered speakers (wrapped in foam)
  • Two detachable power cords
  • Mono interconnect cable with RCA plugs for “stereolink” connection
  • Setup Guide

Click here to access ADAM product literature for the ARTist 5.


Since the ADAM ARTist 5 is a powered speaker, you won’t have to worry about whether you’ve matched it with the “right” amplifier; the correct amps are already installed inside the speaker itself. All you need are input sources such as your MP3 player or computer. Like most powered speakers, the ADAM ARTist 5’s have analog inputs. There’s one stereo minijack input on the front next to the on/off and volume controls, as well as an single-ended RCA, balanced XLR, and RCA  “Stereolink” inputs on the rear of the speaker. The Stereolink connection permits you to connect the ARTist 5 speakers so that one speaker’s volume control can adjust the levels for both speakers.

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