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D5 Studio Monitors with DSP (Pair)
Direct Price: $399.99

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Product Code: D5

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Equator 2-Way Coaxial Active Studio Monitors with Internal DSP (Sold as a Pair)

Our speakers have been sounding off not only in studios, but around the music gear community as well. Check out what some of the most respected names in the business are saying about our coaxial studio monitors.

Equator D5 Reviews


Mix Magazine
D5 Review | Mix Magazine
“It's a no-brainer. Buy these speakers. You will not be disappointed. If you don't like them, send them back."

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Electronic Musician
D5 Review | Electronic Musician
“These speakers settle in nicely; their distinguishing characteristics include accuracy that doesn’t grate, and the ability to make mixing a satisfying, not just clinical, experience."

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Tape Op
D5 Review | Tape Op
“The D5 studio monitor is high in quality, low in cost, sounds fantastic, offers amazing detail and imaging, and is backed by a 60 day money-back guarantee."

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Sound on Sound Magazine
D5 Review | Sound on Sound Magazine
“In the D5, Equator have employed the same innovative technology they use in their premium models — but at a remarkably low price."

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Recording Magazine
D5 Review | Recording Magazine
“D5 is niether brash nor mellow, it just sounds - for want of a dictionary's worth of other words - good . Accurate, detailed, balanced."

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Pro Audio Web Blog
D5 Review | The Pro Audio Web Blog
“The clarity is excellent where critical listening is required. In fact it becomes such a simple pleasure that you will often find yourself wanting to use the D5’s right around the clock."

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Sound Stage
D5 Review | Soundstage
“Equator Audio makes professional monitors that use DSP technology in two helpful ways."

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D5 Review | CNET
“The D5 is, by far, the least expensive desktop speaker I've tested with a coaxial driver."

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Music Radar
D5 Review | Music Radar
“Compact enough not to dominate your studio space, at first glance the D5s have the look of a two-way monitor until you realise that you're actually getting a tuned front port for bass that sits under the main driver assembly."

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The Details

Our D5 (Direct 5) coaxial studio monitors are geared for the recording professional seeking a small (9.75" x 7" x 8.5"), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference, nearfield studio monitor solution. Focused attention was paid to the development details to ensure that they deliver professional sonic performance. These monitors feature an expensive coaxially designed transducer with a 5.25" woofer and a 1" silk tweeter. The frequency response is 53hz to 20khz. A new cutting edge digital amplifier with breakthrough performance was designed specifically for the D5. The internal DSP allows for intricate factory adjustments.

The D5 studio monitors also have pro features such as balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS inputs as well as a boundary selection switch to select the appropriate monitor response for their placement (in a corner, in front of a wall, free standing). No plastic front baffle here. The D5 features an all wood cabinet, including a wood front baffle for optimum performance. No simple air releasing cutout on the front baffle or cut-out hole in the back. The D5 features a fully extended 1.75" perfectly tuned front port, providing superior and accurate extended low-end response. And because the port is on the front baffle, the D5's can be positioned close to a wall with no fear of the low-end being choked.

The coaxial transducer design of the nearfield speaker combined with a steep 4th order crossover delivers a detailed mid-range that allows for clarity in that complex 900Hz - 3 kHz range. Guitars, voices, strings, horns, & reverb trails are very clearly and accurately portrayed and any mid-range anomalies in the source material can be easily determined and addressed. Because of our matched transducer output, mid-range mix elements can be positioned in the stereo field without the fear of being misplaced. The D5's are optimally pre-set and voiced for ideal instrument translation.

Like the Q Series, the D5 features our Zero-Point Reference™ custom designed coaxial Digitally-Controlled Transducers™ along with internal DSP to provide a matched output curve for every unit. This allows for accurate no-shift imaging. The DSP allowed pin-point accurate adjusting during the voicing process. The voicing was aided by award-winning recording engineers that referenced their hit mixes for voicing considerations. The final D5 pre-set voicing curve is optimal for mid-range detail. With high-quality components, internal DSP, 100w of power, and 103 dB of SPL, the D5s deliver a huge bang for little buck.

Unconditional 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love them that we even offer an unconditional 60 day money back guarantee. Every room has different sonic characteristics. The best place to demo the D5's and tweak your speakers for optimal performance is within your own room. If for any reason within the first 60 days of receiving the D5's you are not completely satisfied with your D5 purchase, just email us at: or call us at 888-772-0087 to receive a return authorization number.

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 35 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
equator D5 April 7, 2014
Reviewer: jose vinales from brooklyn, NY United States  
i originally had the yamaha hs5,  i sold them to get the D5 without even hearing them. i bought them based on reviews..and i must say they are excellent monitors.  wide sweet spot , details of all the highs and mids all there.. the bass on these sound really good as well for a monitor this size..  i love them, strongly recommended !!!!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
You won't be disappointed. January 23, 2014
Reviewer: Brendan Moran from Wilmington, NC United States  
I have had these monitors for about 6 months and have done a good amount of listening and mixing through them. I am coming from years of using the JBL LSR 4328P. I feel I have made an upgrade. The d5's design produces the most realistic mids I have heard in any monitor, which is the most important thing when crafting a mix. My mixes have certainly improved. I have done several remixes on the d5's and sent them to colleagues to listen in their own systems, and they agreed that the mixes I am making with these boxes are decisively more open and punchy, clear and huge. To sum up everything I love about these monitors: realistic, life-like, wide-open and 3D, they give clear insight into the critical midrange that makes EQ, compression, panning and level decisions much easier, they are highly portable and affordable. These are my new primary mixing monitor. As crazy as it sounds, I would take them over my old JBL's in most situations, as fantastic as those monitors are.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Equator D5 reference monitor December 18, 2013
Reviewer: Chuck Baker from Norman, OK United States  
These speakers saved my butt.  The mid range is fantastic and the top end is silky clean.  They faithfully project sound that translates on multiple systems incredibly well.  You can arrive at the accurate tweeking decision quickly and move on. These speakers make it easy to do. You can counter the sub end with good phones to make sure if you need to.

The build quality is solid and they arrived very well packed for the trip.  

The customer relations are great!  These are good folks. I truly believe this is the best speaker purchase I could have made.  


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D5 November 21, 2013
Reviewer: Rui Miguel from Lisboa, Portugal Spain  
Is only i can say...
Thank you guys, from Lisbon, Portugal

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
You have found your answer August 10, 2013
Reviewer: Kevin from State College, PA  
I did a lot of research on studio monitors. I am someone who refuses to buy anything that does not have either perfect reviews or reviews that have at least been reconciled by the company. With that said I read a lot about these before I purchased them. Relatively new company, not much word about them, etc. Yet every single word written about these is positive. Not only positive but glowing. So I decided there was apparently nothing to lose.

After setting these up in my studio and aligning them just right I was able to pick out things in my mix I never imaged were there before. I can move a sound what seems like 2 inches in the sound field with ease. These speakers and their accuracy is absolutely dominant in their price range. If this is the amount of money you want to spend on a studio monitor do not think twice because your second thought will have been a wasted one.
Ease your mind, you have found your choice. Peace.

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