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MicroMain26

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Sound is proud to introduce the MicroMain26. Based on the renowned MicroMain27 Gen2 platform, the MM26 raises the performance to new highs with the addition of Barefoot’s incredibly transparent and detailed 2.5” aluminum cone midrange. The MicroMain26 delivers everything the MM27 is famous for and even more.

DETAILS

The MicroMain26 is a 4-way active system with 6 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 30Hz to 45kHz with vanishingly low distortion, breathtaking dynamic range and ultra-fast transient response. The ring radiator tweeter is incredibly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The 2.5” aluminum cone midrange is housed in a cutting edge 3D printed waveguide enclosure. The 5.25″ woofers feature a phalanx of advanced technology, yielding upper bass and lower midrange detail that rivals any driver on the planet. Barefoot has teamed up with the brilliant Bruno Putzeys of Hypex to develop the powerful and completely transparent amplifier stage used in every Barefoot monitor. Melding the system together is a groundbreaking new DSP crossover that took Thomas Barefoot more than 4 years to develop. With beautifully designed high end converters and cutting edge proprietary filtering techniques the MM26 sound stage is seamlessly coherent and deeply revealing.

MEME™ Technology: Despite the advantages of high resolution monitors, Thomas Barefoot realizes that many engineers still use their NS10M’s † and mix cubes as secondary references. These speakers have long traditions and people find them familiar and useful for focusing in on certain aspects of their mix. However, crowding one’s console with those extra boxes degrades the sound field of the primary reference monitors. Not to mention, they are no longer manufactured, they need amplifiers, cable runs, and they consume more studio space. The solution is to make the MM26 sound and translate like those speakers. With the turn of a knob one can switch from the MicroMain26′s brutally revealing “Flat” response to the warmer and sweeter “Hi-Fi” setting, generically emulating the sound of some high end consumer audio gear. More specifically the “Old School” setting closely emulates the sound of the NS10M nearfield, while the “Cube” setting emulates the mid-centric sound of classic mix cubes The idea is not to perfectly replicate every subtle quirk of these venerable old speakers. That would be impossible. But the MM26 can capture the essence of how they behave and translate, modeling their frequency, phase and transient responses, dynamic compression and even specific distortion components. If you know how to work on these speakers you will feel very comfortable working on the new MM26′s emulation settings.

† NS10M is a trademark of Yamaha Corp. and has no affiliation with Barefoot Sound.

TECH SPECS

Description: 4-way active monitor with MEME™ Technology
Controls: Analog/AES3 input select, AES3 L/R channels select, Input level stepped attenuator, Subwoofer level, Emulation voice select
Input Impedance: 50k Ohm
Frequency Response: 30Hz – 45kHz (±3dB)
40Hz – 40kHz (±1dB)
Bass Response: -3 dB @ 30Hz, Q = 0.707
Slope = 12 dB/octave
Cabinet: 32 liters total internal volume, Sealed subwoofer, woofer and mid enclosures, Machined aluminum baffle plate, Aluminum subwoofer frames function as lateral cabinet bracing, Long fiber wool acoustic damping throughout
Crossover Frequencies: 100 / 800 / 4000 Hz
Tweeter: 1″ ring radiator, Advanced geometry motor, Rear waveguide chamber
Amplifier: 180W Hypex
Midranges: 2.5″ aluminum cone, Advanced geometry motor, +/- 2 mm linear excursion
Amplifier: 180W Hypex
Woofers: 2 x 5.25″ poly/paper cone, Advanced geometry neodymium motor, +/- 5 mm linear excursion
Amplifier: 250W Hypex
Subwoofers: 2 x 10″ aluminum cone with high linearity motor, +/- 13 mm linear excursion
Amplifier: 500W Hypex
AC Power Input: Nominal 115 VAC or 230 VAC selectable
Power Consumption: Idle: 30W, Maximum: 650W
Weight: Weight: Speaker: 71 lbs each (32 kg)
Shipping: 83 lbs each (38 kg)
Dimensions HxWxD: Dimensions HxWxD: Cabinet: 20.5 x 9.5 x 15.5 inches (521 x 241 x 394 mm)
Overall: 20.5 x 10.5 x 17.4 inches (521 x 267 x 442 mm)

Download MicroMain26 Owner’s Manual – PDF

 

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