Pro 6 reviewed by Nushock Studio: more accurate than ever
First of all, I would like to thank PRODIPE for sending me the latest products from their audio equipment catalogue. Now it’s time to introduce you to the ‘top of the range’ PRO 6 monitors, hot off the production line. It’s hard to forget the amazing impact the PRO 5 and PRO 8 monitors had when they first hit the market. Luckily, I had the opportunity to try them out, and the performance at that price was breathtaking. PRODIPE have followed this up with a really interesting set of new high performance monitors.
There were three of us in the studio when the PRO 6 monitors arrived: the studio’s technical guy for over 15 years, a soulful hits guy, and me. Like always, as soon as a parcel appears, we rush to open it and discover the new toys. The first thing that grabbed our attention about the PRO 6 monitors was the elegant look - modern and streamlined.
The monitors should sit horizontally for optimum sound reproduction. In front is a 6.5" woofer and dual 1" silk dome tweeters. The woofer is located on the right hand side of the speaker, the tweeters on the left, one above the other. The two sides are separated by a blue LED power light. When the monitors are placed together, the 2 woofers are towards the middle and the 2 x 2 tweeters are towards the outside.
At the rear of the PRO 6 monitors are the connectors and the controls: the 90W bi-amplified, asymmetrical input (RCA), jack, symmetrical input (XLR), the main volume control and high frequency control. There is also a fused 120V/230V selector switch and an on/off switch.
In our small studio - we call it the composing studio - we connected the PRO 6 monitors to one of the mixing desk’s AUX outs, and then switched them on of course. As we always do in this type of situation, we started out very gently to make sure everything was OK. We stacked the PRO 6 monitors at ear level and the PRO 8 monitors on top. The PRO 10S bass speaker was at floor level. Most importantly, it was time to test the sound quality of the PRO 6s.
For this size of room, the PRO 6 volume delivery is perfectly adequate. To sum up, the colour of the sound from the PRO 6s is pretty amazing. The aluminium woofer does its job really well; it adds depth at the down end of the scale when you need it and at the same time, flirts with the lower high range. This is why the style of the PRO 6s is spot on. The rear vent has been well thought out, allowing the monitors to produce a warm bass sound. The twin tweeters perform admirably without any extra aggressiveness. Being twinned, the tweeters can tackle the bottom of the high range so that the whole spectrum is covered. The PRO 6 monitors are generously balanced and this is what gives the colour that we all liked its slightly flattering edge. The power output is also evenly balanced.
If we compare the PRO 6s with the PRO 8s, the PRO 8s fit the bill for composition that needs plenty of power, but the PRO 6s have the advantage of offering a more refined, more subtle sound. If we wanted to, we could almost prepare a master mix using the PRO 6s, something that wouldn’t be easy with the PRO 8s.
Of the three of us who listened to the PRO 6 monitors, the soulful guy appreciated their directness, the studio technical guy, who is used to listening to all types and brands, preferred the PRO 6s to the PRO 8s, but not for loud volume recording. We shouldn’t forget that more and more DJs are in production as well and they need a lot of volume.
CONCLUSION: I’ve listened to everything on the PRO6s - jazz, classical, up-to-the-minute music, disco, and I’ve found myself getting right behind them. They flatter sounds slightly, which on its own is no big deal, but could be a challenge when doing a full master track. For an unbeatable price of 299€ incl. VAT, the PRO6s are an incredibly good pair of studio monitors. Their accuracy, their full-spectrum musical quality and their look make them a great buy.
PROS: Ideal for home studio use. Very balanced sound reproduction. Aluminium woofer. Dual tweeter. Stylish.
CONS: Slightly flattering edge to the sound, but if anything, very pleasant.