Over the years we have been forced to accept that a well designed studio monitor has the high frequency transducer mounted on a baffle above the low frequency transducer.
THIS IS WRONG
Whereas this approach is easier and cheaper to do; the design is unnatural and has an absolute inherent problem:
AUDIO RADIATES IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
When audio is split at the crossover and sent to two components located in two separate places on a baffle, the radiated audio from each location collides throughout the listening environment resulting in midrange phase distortion.
Our solution was to create a system where the full range of audio emanates from a single location. By doing this, the audio radiates in a single phase and time coherent manner without the phase distortion of a traditional tweeter over woofer design.
With any of our coaxial designed monitors, precision clarity and precise imaging can be achieved because the sound emanates from a single point-source
A coaxial design is where the high frequency transducer is mounted in the center of the low frequency transducer. In the case of our Equator Q Series, a high SPL high frequency compression driver horn is mounted directly in the center of a high SPL low frequency woofer. In the case of the D Series, a silk tweeter is mounted directly in the center of a 5.25" low frequency woofer. With any of our coaxial designed monitors, precision clarity and precise imaging can be achieved because the sound emanates from a single point-source (what we trademarked as Zero-Point Reference™).
Coaxial studio monitor designs have been involved with some of the greatest music of all time. The coaxial Altec 604 had been directly involved in delivering more hits than any other studio monitor of its kind, including all of The Beatle recordings. They were the studio monitor at Abbey Road and most other major studios of the time.