APS AEON STUDIO MONITOR REVIEW
I have been doing audio engineering for quite a while, worked in many great studios and worked on a lot of speakers. To name a few Yamaha, KRK, ATC, PMC, Focal, Dynaudio, Ausburger, Exigy, ADAMS, Barefoots, lipinski, JBL etc. I got very picky on speakers since I know what it takes to make it a good mixing speakers. I was using Yamaha ns-10, PMC two two 6 and a 10" sub to finish most of my work before I got the APSs.
First of all, I have to say APS customer service was superb, they are easy to reach and they explained patiently and took care of everything I worried.
I was looking for a mid field speakers to upgrade, something like ATC scm25/barefoot mm27. I need some great low end and full mid range without a subwoofer to check mixes.
I talked to the folks at APS, and they recommended Aeon. I talked to them what I looking for and what I don't like about ATC scm25 as a reference.
I gave it a try for sure, and finger cross it's the one I am looking for.
When they first arrived, I was impressed by the weight on it. It was very heavy, 40lbs around. One of the bass reflex on the Aeon was detached from the speaker during transportation. The APS folks took care of me really well, they were about to send me a replacement speaker as an easier fix but I asked them to guide me to fix it instead just to make everyone's life easier. So they patiently taught me how to fix it and it was a simple fix.
I tried them in various placement, I couldn't to get it sounds good at first. It was dark and muddy. I talked to APS and later realize Aeon is super sensitive to position change, so the tweeter has to be exactly same plane as my ear to get a good balance of lows and highs.
I also has a pair of Coax to compare with it at the same time.
The Aeon is much darker than the Coax, similar to NS10, but as I used it as a mid field I boosted the highs by 1.5db just to make it nice to listen to. There're many switch behind the Aeon to customize the sound from it and tuned with according to your room. I turned the "bass controller" on, what it does is the speaker will response down to 33hz instead of 40hz when it's off. I also boosted 3db on the lows.
I had been using it for more than a month too, did around 15-20mixes with it. Never disappoint me. I mixed all the low end of the mixes with it, super well defined, solid low end, instead of boomy, muddy low end like a sub. I did extensive fine tuning and producing on kick drum and bass on the AEON. Even I use it in low volume, man, you can hear 33hz like that easy. Often when you use a sub, you encounter phase issue and slow transient response. This is not the case on Aeons, even with bass controller on, the transient response is still decently quick considering it is producing 33hz. It is a reliable and honesty presentation on the low end. I don't need a subwoofer but AEON nowadays.
The Mid range is rich and full, you might find it a bit dark, but that's exactly what I am looking for from a ATC SCM25. It reveals 150-500hz extremely well besides the low end, if you can get it clear on the AEON in the mid range you are in a good shape, it's gonna translate really well.
I rated the sound quality as 4 only because I have the Coax as comparison. Aeon seems to have less depth and details comparing to the Coax, and the sound stage is a bit narrower. Coax is just different with the Coaxial design. Aeon will give you the same thing as you expected from other traditional speakers.
To conclude, ignoring the size and weight, It's a great mixing speakers to add on. Works well in any volume, very adaptable to any room with it's controller panel and at this price you got the great low end like no body else.