NAMM 2020: Output and Barefoot team up for some beautiful speakers
Output hinted a few days ago that it had a new product coming, “in collaboration with the masters of pro audio”. Now we know what it is: Output will introduce monitor speakers later this year, and they’re drop-dead gorgeous. Let’s hope they sound as good as they look!
Output studio monitors
Output is best known for innovative plug-ins and sample libraries like Portal, Analog Strings and Substance. When they announced a few days ago that a new product was coming, I’d never have guessed that they meant monitor speakers. But unexpected products are always the nicest surprises.
To say that information is sparse at this point would be an understatement – we don’t even know what the speakers will be named yet. We do know, however, that Output has teamed up with Barefoot Sound to create them, which is an exciting collaboration. Barefoot has made a big impression in the pro audio world in a relatively short time with products like the Footprint01 and MasterStack12.
Output says that the speakers feature “a sleek, modern design”, which really doesn’t do them justice, in my opinion. Compared to most other studio monitors, these are nothing short of breathtaking. But in the end, it’s the sound that matters, and we’ll have to wait a bit longer to be able to experience it.
The only technical info that has been revealed at this point is that the speakers feature 6.5″ time-aligned, concentric drivers. Hopefully, Output will reveal the full specs soon.
Price and availability
Output says that the monitors were designed to “be the highest quality speaker for the price”. Buzzwords aside, that price is rather attractive. The speakers will be priced at USD 699 each, which puts them in the same price range as the Neumann KH 120, ADAM A7X, Genelec 8030C and Dynaudio LYD 7, for example. According to Output, they should be ready in the summer of 2020. You can put your name on the waitlist on Output’s website, which will give you early access when they become available, the company says.