What We Like
- Highs soar with the ribbon tweeter design.
- Powerful, authoritative sound across the board.
What We Don’t Like
- EQ options are poorly explained.
- Sweet spot is a little narrow
ADAM Audio was originally founded in Berlin in 1999. The company is known primarily for its work in the professional (rather than general consumer) audio sphere, and has been responsible for no small number of interesting innovations in this area.
The key element of the F7 is its ribbon monitor, and so it is no surprise that this gets a special, prominent place in the design. The rest of the cabinet and, indeed, the cone woofer are kept fairly nondescript and unassuming so that the eye is drawn to this unusual, relatively rare tweeter design. Made primarily out of MDF, the cabinets don’t actually feel as high quality as we would like from this price point. Whilst suitable braced and thoroughly inert, the quality is a little lacking in terms of outward appearance. This may not be an issue for some people, but it is worth knowing in advance nonetheless.
The cabinets have a black foil finish with a slot port at the bottom of the front panel. The build quality feels very robust, and the cabinets are a fairly classic shape which should not be difficult to find a place for in any audio set up.
Although there was very little information on how to use them included in the manual, EQ controls are included so that you can customize the audio delivery to your heart’s content. We found that this step was largely unnecessary as they sounded great out of the box with just the default settings in place, but your mileage may vary in this regard
The input options are pretty good and cover all of the usual bases which you would expect from a studio monitor pair at this price range. It’s a shame that there is no Bluetooth option on offer as, increasingly, this is becoming a must include for products of this price range. Given the additional flexibility that this provides in creating a kind of middle ground between the studio monitor and a standard, multimedia speaker, it is a little surprising to see that ADAM Audio has opted not to include it with the F7s.
We have tested a couple of other products from ADAM, and found that the ribbon tweeter does a great job in delivering a fantastic performance at the top end of the mix. This is no different here, and although the sweet spot isn’t as wide as it might be with a more standard design, it is still wide enough that you aren’t going to notice this difference unless you’re looking for it.
Overall, the performance feels authoritative. The bass is punchy and warm, the mids are rich and nuanced, and the highs are clear, crisp, and soar. It’s an accurate, clear listening experience that is exactly what you’re probably looking for in a pair of studio monitors.
A final complaint is that the speakers do not feature magnetically shielded drivers. This is the kind of omission that may not be noticed by the majority of users, but to those for whom it does pose a problem it actually poses a substantial one. A lot of interference can be reduced by this kind of process, and it is somewhat odd to see that ADAM Audio has not decided to include it here.
Although the design is a little underwhelming in places, and the MDF cabinets leave a little to be desired, this is more than made-up for in the quality of the audio experience which these speakers produce out of the box.