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5" bi-amped studio monitors With dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH™ technology.

The Sterling MX5 bi-amped studio monitor represents the latest evolution in Sterling Audio design, combining top sound quality with next-generation materials that deliver top-class audio quality and features. With dual-axis WaveGuidanceVH technology each bi-amped monitor is built for optimal wider-and-higher frequency dispersion, giving you clear, articulate sound even when listening off-axis.

The MX5’s proprietary multi-fiber 5 in. low-frequency driver cone delivers superior damping to minimize sonic artifacts and unnatural resonance and its 4-layer voice coil provides greater motor force for outstanding low-frequency performance. The MX5’s rear-port design reduces low-frequency turbulence and distortion, greater improving the overall low-end delivery. Its 1 in. silk dome tweeter powered by neodymium magnets also give the MX5 monitors a smooth and natural frequency response.

Powered by 70 Watts of high-efficiency, low-distortion Class A/B amplification, MX Series monitors deliver best-in-class efficiency and ultra-low distortion and the monitors also include High and Low filters to custom tune monitors to your listening preference and environment. With an elegantly polished ebony finish and blue, backlit Sterling logo, these MX monitors look as good as they sound in any studio environment.

FEATURES
General
  • Size: Near-field
  • System type: Active
  • Configuration: 2-way
Drivers
  • Low-frequency driver: 5 in.
  • Mid-frequency driver: Not applicable
  • High-frequency driver: 1 in.
  • Full-range driver: Not applicable
  • Driver type: Proprietary cone
Sound
  • Frequency response: Info not available
  • Max peak SPL: Info not available
  • Amplifier class: Class A/B
  • Output power: 70 W
Onboard Features
  • Input connectors: XLR, TRS, RCA
  • Standby mode: Yes
  • Acoustic space control: Yes
  • Power indicator: Yes
Other
  • Width: Info not available
  • Height: Info not available
  • Depth: Info not available
  • Weight: Info not available
  • Enclosure type: Ported

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Sterling AudioMX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (23)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Compact (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like the LSR305 but different

First, I'm not a music pro. I buy monitors for high quality audio playback at sane prices. Have been running JBL 305s and tannoy 402s for a couple years now. Added MX5s a...Read complete review

First, I'm not a music pro. I buy monitors for high quality audio playback at sane prices. Have been running JBL 305s and tannoy 402s for a couple years now. Added MX5s a month ago. This weekend I set up the 305's,402s and MX5's for head to head evaluation. Setup, placed the three pairs of monitors on a table pointed at the listening position ABC left and ABC right so that each pair was equally spaced. Set the 305s at max gain with trims flat. Adjusted the gain on the MX5s and 402s to match the 305s. The MX5s were dialed back to the 9 o'clock position, the 402s ended up dialed down further. I decided the 305s sounded best with the trims set flat. For frequency response, The MX5s matched the 305s very closely with the high trim set flat and the low trim set to boost. The tannoy 402s sounded kind of lacking in the highs so I set the high trim to boost. That is the only trim available on them. I played all types of music. Result, they all sound great and are awesome values. They do sound 'different' however. The 305s sounded very pleasant and open with a wide flat response. The MX5s matched the 305s very nicely in terms of response. The only obvious difference was in the sound stage imaging. With the Stirling's, at times a vocal or lead mixed center sounded like it was coming from a monitor dead center. Like a phantom speaker. The same track seemed to come from a wider space coming from the JBL's. Less precise. The sound stage of the JBL's seemed wider, more open, but with less definition than the MX5s. The sound from the Stirling's seemed narrower but better defined. More over, the JBL's sounded 'wetter' than the Stirling's. The 402's are smaller, and give up some max volume and a tiny bit of bass. But the big difference was that the highs are a bit mellower. Pleasing but less 'exciting'. Less sizzle than the bigger units. Wish I could test the 502s. Verdict, 305s sweetest, MX5s most precise. 402s, mellow gems for smaller spaces.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't look inside

I bought these on a stupid deal so I got 4 of them since the price was good and reviews on them weren't bad. Then when I got them.
Well 2 of...Read complete review

I bought these on a stupid deal so I got 4 of them since the price was good and reviews on them weren't bad. Then when I got them.
Well 2 of them had something clunking around inside.
I opened the backs and the port cone had fallen inside it and rattled around, or I thought it was but it was a second one.
The craftsmanship of this is perplexing, they used a second port cone and turned it around, then butted it up against the one coming in from the hole and taped it then glued it with enough glue that they must have used a half of tube of it, it had dripped all over inside, but it still didn't hold together it because it wasn't designed to be used that way.
I ended up finding a piece of PVC just bigger in diameter than the two port cone ends and I used as a sleeve that fit over each end of the Cone and sealed it together with with glue and shrink tubing around the outside just to make it look professional, like they should have done in the first place.
Why they went to the trouble of manufacturing a half decent speaker cabinet then cut the corners on something that wasn't that expensive is beyond me.
The two port cones will never hold together over time, with the vibrations they will endure they're sure to separate and fall into the bottom of the cabinet.
It was a bad decision on their part.
It also had a loose magnet bar that wasn't secured very well so I had to reinforce that, I'm happy I bought them on the stupid deal or else I'd be Pissssssssssed!
They are decent home monitors but will never compare to my JBL LSR305's which are about the same retail price as these.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Like the LSR305 but different

By Scotty

from Los Angeles

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Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

First, I'm not a music pro. I buy monitors for high quality audio playback at sane prices. Have been running JBL 305s and tannoy 402s for a couple years now. Added MX5s a month ago. This weekend I set up the 305's,402s and MX5's for head to head evaluation. Setup, placed the three pairs of monitors on a table pointed at the listening position ABC left and ABC right so that each pair was equally spaced. Set the 305s at max gain with trims flat. Adjusted the gain on the MX5s and 402s to match the 305s. The MX5s were dialed back to the 9 o'clock position, the 402s ended up dialed down further. I decided the 305s sounded best with the trims set flat. For frequency response, The MX5s matched the 305s very closely with the high trim set flat and the low trim set to boost. The tannoy 402s sounded kind of lacking in the highs so I set the high trim to boost. That is the only trim available on them. I played all types of music. Result, they all sound great and are awesome values. They do sound 'different' however. The 305s sounded very pleasant and open with a wide flat response. The MX5s matched the 305s very nicely in terms of response. The only obvious difference was in the sound stage imaging. With the Stirling's, at times a vocal or lead mixed center sounded like it was coming from a monitor dead center. Like a phantom speaker. The same track seemed to come from a wider space coming from the JBL's. Less precise. The sound stage of the JBL's seemed wider, more open, but with less definition than the MX5s. The sound from the Stirling's seemed narrower but better defined. More over, the JBL's sounded 'wetter' than the Stirling's. The 402's are smaller, and give up some max volume and a tiny bit of bass. But the big difference was that the highs are a bit mellower. Pleasing but less 'exciting'. Less sizzle than the bigger units. Wish I could test the 502s. Verdict, 305s sweetest, MX5s most precise. 402s, mellow gems for smaller spaces.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes

By BEAT BUMMA

from LAKE CHARLES, LA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Big Sound
  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Project Studio

    Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

    Very nice staff. Because I goofed up by only ordering 1 speaker by mistake. The sale was off but they still allowed mr to get the other 1 at the same sale price....CLASSY

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product!

    By calthemusicman

    from Germantown, MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

      - gets low end and high end very well

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Reasonable Performer

      By j0hnnytoxic

      from Missouri

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

      Ordered two units for home office/studio. Plenty of power and good connectivity options. Works well for my applications - not a studio pro but do some music and video production for small company.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MUCH I NEEDED MONITORS!

      By deberney

      from texas city, tx

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • CLEAN, FULL SOUND
      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • SURFACE SCUFFS EASILY

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

      I did a video review on the MX5 and on the video I use a Zoom H5 (with the X/Y microphone) to record as closely as possible to what I hear through the Sterling MX5 monitors. I have an Apogee Duet that is connected by USB to my Macbook Pro Retina.
      Using my Zoom h5 I compare 2 mixes. One mixed with a pair of Beyerdynamic
      headphones and a second mixed using the Sterling MX5 monitors. I would not have believed the difference the monitors made in being able to hear the clarity and bass response. The mix is quite different when mixing from headphones then when mixing with the Sterling monitors.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Don't look inside

      By Uncleknubs

      from Pacific NW

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Bulky/Heavy
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

      I bought these on a stupid deal so I got 4 of them since the price was good and reviews on them weren't bad. Then when I got them.
      Well 2 of them had something clunking around inside.
      I opened the backs and the port cone had fallen inside it and rattled around, or I thought it was but it was a second one.
      The craftsmanship of this is perplexing, they used a second port cone and turned it around, then butted it up against the one coming in from the hole and taped it then glued it with enough glue that they must have used a half of tube of it, it had dripped all over inside, but it still didn't hold together it because it wasn't designed to be used that way.
      I ended up finding a piece of PVC just bigger in diameter than the two port cone ends and I used as a sleeve that fit over each end of the Cone and sealed it together with with glue and shrink tubing around the outside just to make it look professional, like they should have done in the first place.
      Why they went to the trouble of manufacturing a half decent speaker cabinet then cut the corners on something that wasn't that expensive is beyond me.
      The two port cones will never hold together over time, with the vibrations they will endure they're sure to separate and fall into the bottom of the cabinet.
      It was a bad decision on their part.
      It also had a loose magnet bar that wasn't secured very well so I had to reinforce that, I'm happy I bought them on the stupid deal or else I'd be Pissssssssssed!
      They are decent home monitors but will never compare to my JBL LSR305's which are about the same retail price as these.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great up grade

      By mikelee

      from sandiego

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

      Im no pro I mainly mix music for my podcast whitch is about the music I make I started with the alesis elavate3 witch are ok for listening to music but not much bass so I wanted to up grade but im no rockafella so I saw these on sell checked out some you tube vids wich people had good things to say the bass is way better in these than the 3 inch alesis and I here my mix just as good as I do in head phones I don't know how they compare to expensive monitors since im always broke but I definitely don't have buyers remorse hope this review helps sorry about my illiteracy I used to skip school

       
      4.0

      I would buy this again if I have to

      By DjLumose

      from Randolph,ma

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

        Great speaker monitor

         
        4.0

        Good Value

        By MATTR35S

        from Escanaba, MI

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

          I had considered the JBL 305s or KRK Rokits but held off because I didn't want to spend so much since my kids are still young and one of them had poked the cones of my old monitors. When these popped up as a stupid deal of the day, I jumped at the chance to replace my abused smaller monitors with a pair that I was willing to leave within reach of destructive little hands. Though I felt I "settled" for these monitors, the sound is far more limited by my skill level and room acoustics than by the speakers themselves. Unless you have properly set up acoustic treatment and a well-trained ear, there is no need to look beyond these monitors.

           
          5.0

          MX5 Monitors

          By Meet Dee

          from Maryland

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          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

            With this choice I went from Zero to Hero

             
            5.0

            Works great!

            By Pete

            from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

              I needed something simple and inexpensive for audio editing for voiceovers. These sound good and were simple and trouble-free to setup. Also no interference picked up from a nearby radio transmitter.

               
              5.0

              Very Good Product!

              By SamIAM

              from USA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                These are good as a reference to go along with at least one other set of monitors to compare your mixes.
                To me they sound a lot like the 5" Tanoy's. A Sub goes well with these but for there size they put our impressive bass as well.

                 
                5.0

                Excellence service, quick shipping

                By KT

                from Oceanside, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                  Good sounds for the money

                   
                  5.0

                  Good Near Field Speakers

                  By Fastelder

                  from Baltimore

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                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                    Good Near Field Speakers. These are replacing some older speakers with 4" drivers. These certainly gove a bigger sound and are ideal for mixing at a home studio. At this price point they fit the bill. A commercial studio should probably pass them by, but for the hobbyist they are more than ideal. The inputs are very flexible and accept anything you can wire into them. There are two EQ filters that should fit most needs and the power amps push out enough for the job. These are near field, and should be set right on the desk. As soon as you push away a few feet, you will notice a substantial change, but that's how they should operate. if your looking to fill a room, get a conventional audio system. Overall, for the price (and the Stupid Deal savings) these are a good deal.

                     
                    5.0

                    Keyboard / recording / rehearsal monitor

                    By RX-2 Fan

                    from B, GA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                      Purchased these for my home studio, for recording, keyboard monitor and personal rehearsal purposes. Replaced my Roland keyboard monitor to declutter and improved sound.

                      Bass is nice and clear and not muddy at all. Highs were a bit bright, but quickly improved with the switch on the back.

                      Looks great and sounds great too, and a fantastic price point.

                       
                      5.0

                      These are VERY accurate...

                      By Lee

                      from Harvey, La.

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Stereo listening

                        Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                        I use these in my home audio system with a stereo tube preamp and OPPO universal player and they sound as good as many passive audiophile speakers. I highly recommend them. :)

                         
                        5.0

                        Tremendous!

                        By mnemonician

                        from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                        My first pair of powered Studio Monitors, after many and varied types of speakers. I am blown away by the clarity and range of these monitors. You will be too. The price was right, so I pulled the trigger and remain satisfied and pleased with this product. The manufacturer is a well known maker of quality studio microphones and this is their first foray into the monitor market. Not that I would be able to discern whether or not this was their first design or their fiftieth, but I can attest to the amazing quality of the sounds they produce, their clarity and their handling of bass notes is also impressive. For the record, I keep each monitor turned up to the halfway mark, and then I crank them full through my audio interface and the music and podcasts can be distinctly and cleanly heard throughout the whole house, and I use them in the basement... These monitors have opened my eyes (and ears!) to the use of monitors instead of speakers for studio mixing, and even for pleasure listening. Buy them, for a first product, these are amazingly good.

                         
                        5.0

                        I WOULD BUY THEM AGAIN

                        By BEAT BUMMA

                        from LAKE CHARLES, LA

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                          I'VE USED THEM AS MIX MONITORS and SO MANY OTHER MULTIMEDIA PURPOSES.

                           
                          4.0

                          Good Monitors

                          By Beazer

                          from Omaha, NE

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                            I wanted small, self powered desktop monitors to replace my decades old EV Sentry 100s and a big stereo amp. These fill the bill, and at the Stupid Deal of the Day price I couldn't pass them up. They match the Mac desktop I use for ProTools recording quite nicely.

                             
                            5.0

                            Clarity

                            By d.a.r.y.l.

                            from Sacramento, CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Comments about Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor:

                            Sound Quality is Excellent...!

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