Fostex hardly needs an introduction when it comes to professional studio monitors. The manufacturer has now upgraded its longstanding (since 1982!) 6301 series monitors with a new model that features Dante connectivity. 6301 monitors were among the first personal studio speakers that occupied little space, making them suitable for a variety of studio and broadcast spaces. Indeed, they have served radio and TV broadcasts, live rooms, control rooms, even stage setups. So there’s a nice bit of pro audio history associated with this model.
The Dante-enabled model 6301DT features all the bells and whistles the series is known for, such as D-class power amplifier and a new driver unit with auto stand-by functionality. You will tell it apart, however, from the single Dante input next to the balanced 1/4-inch analog input.
The monitor lets you run both inputs in parallel, or either apart. Input channels are switched from the rear. The Dante connectivity supports 2-channel audio at sample rates up to 96kHz.
In termps of specs, there are a 20W Class-D power amp, a 4-inch full-range speaker for audio reproduction, rugged aluminum enclosure with flat panel design, an energy saving Auto Stand-by mode, detachable multi-voltage IEC power outlet, and an optional wall mounting bracket with variable angle adjustments. Frequency response is rated at 70Hz to 15Khz at a maximum sound pressure level of 98dB.
- The new 6301DT speaker will be available later this summer. Pricing has not been announced yet.
- Dante-enabled alternatives to Fostex’s new monitor include HEDD models with support for the manufacturer’s input card system (a Dante/Ravenna expansion card is available) along with the Genelec 8430A – the world’s first Audio over IP-compatible studio monitor.