Fluid Audio F5 Review. At under £200 the digital Fluid Audio F5 active monitor speakers offer remarkable value from a small footprint. With great professional studio ready sound quality and tight bass, the bedroom producer will instantly fall in love.
Whilst Fluid Audio may not necessarily be a household brand that you are yet accustomed to; this brilliant professional audio manufacturer is one that should soon prick up your ears.
Sporting a product range that consists of three sets of monitor speakers each targeted to an entry level audience, Fluid Audio have expertly crafted their (sub two-
Whether you are pondering your first active monitor speaker purchase, looking at a spare set to gage translation/AB, or even to have as a backup, these flagship F5 monitor speakers may just be that perfect swap for your hard earned cash.
As courteous as it may be, describing how strong the box is that will transport your purchase here is not something that we feel needs to be discussed. However, you do have our word that it is unremarkable, and should more than adequately protect your purchase during transit, although I would like to reassure you with is that they come with two two-
As you will be aware of, the Fluid Audio F5 monitor speakers are active studio monitors and do not need an external power amplifier to operate. Surprisingly the F5’s have an extraordinary amount of power from the amplifiers; notably the tweeter is delivered with 30w and the low frequency driver is supplied with 40w. In total 70w of power is on offer for such a compact unit, but luckily the internal digital circuit does have an output current limiter and over temperature cut off to protect the speakers from user damage. These features can help protect the monitors and prolong their life. Likewise, this digital circuit has a couple more features that might interest the unsuspecting user.
Notably, this digital circuit has a subsonic filter so that the cabinets can remove frequencies below 49Hz to avoid low-
One of the best features of the F5 monitor speakers is that recessed pinhole LED indicator in between the tweeter and the low-
With a high acoustic efficiency MDF cabinet design, and a black matt vinyl laminated finish, both the low-
Being such a small pair of monitors, you could easily be fooled into believing that this duo cannot pack an explosive punch, but this is where you would be wrong. Whilst there is not a busload of low down gut wrenching bass, the precision timing that these beasts have across the spectrum is, at the least, impressive. When this is married with an exceptional frequency response that sounds engaging at any volume, you get a monitor speaker that is on the right tracks to be a sure fire hit. This is the F5’s… the Fluid Audio team have somehow engineered the F5 monitor speakers to own the qualities that would normally be associated with the most established and revered of brands; a particularly hard task to get right at this price point.
Typically we would have expected to hear a woolly or (overly) boxy heavy tone with this pair, and yet again the F5’s have eluded our stereotypical expectations. Beginning with the treble, there is a crystalline type shimmery sound that is not overly critical or piercing in its execution. Although the Fluid Audio team state that the F5 monitor speaker is highly transparent, but our experiences have suggested that the treble frequencies are slightly forward or extended in comparison to a recessed upper mid-
Underneath the slight favourable frequencies noted above, I can indeed confirm that the bass frequencies, low mid-
Now, lets discuss the stereo image. Typically, the F5’s do a great job of making it easy for the producer to create a mix that has depth and spatial clarity. All instruments appear to be well amalgamated, and not overly separated. Likewise, there is no extreme separation between different frequencies. It does have to be known that each of the monitor speakers works in tandem with each other when the user is aligned to the sweet spot. If the user does move around this location, then they will experience a slightly ‘thrown’ sounding spatial environment, and it is also important to doubly check that that the monitors are aimed up, or down, so that the monitors are level in every way. Apart from this, the F5’s deliver a stereo image that is highly anticipated, and unremarkable.
At a snip under £200.00, these Fluid Audio F5 monitor speakers are an absolute bargain. Throughout this review we have discussed why these small powerhouses are more than worthy for your hard earned cash. Suiting users of all abilities, the F5’s can be used for endless critical applications. They have a sonic signature, dynamic range, and stereo image that are unusual for such a low price, and because of this they come with our recommendation. Overall we award the Fluid Audio F5’s with a four-