Professional mixers, DJs and musicians seeking studio-grade hardware for producing tracks may find solace in Pioneer’s S-DJ05 Active Reference Monitoring Speakers. However, with an original retail price of $899, they may need a record deal already to afford them.
The stylishly appointed, two-way pro-level units certainly look great, and they pack a five-inch woofer and 2.5 cm soft dome tweeter designed to capture the intricacies of any track bumped over their electronic guts. Other integrated features include four switchable inputs, built-in linear equalization and options to change acoustics and audio parameters on the fly, letting lyrical geniuses craft beats to their painstaking specifications. High-tech intricacies aside, premium bass boost and sound reproduction options may prove more impressive to casual listeners, as should room-filling audio that rocks equally hard regardless of listening distance or angle.
The speakers are attachable to digital turntables, mixing boards and computers and weigh a hefty 29.54 lbs. They may resonate most with discerning dance producers, who can crank up the volume and recreate club experiences without audio loss. The XLR, TSR and dual RCA inputs can connect to numerous devices and augment overall acoustic performance, and the speakers’ strengths clearly make them best suited to home studios or professionals familiar with the production booth. The accessories are less of an everyday listening solution than a chance to score top-shelf output at an equally high-end cost.