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Output Frontier

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Output and Barefoot Audio’s co-developed studio monitor made for an impressive announcement back at NAMM 2020. It were scheduled for release last summer, but that didn’t happen and not a word about it has been heard since.

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Output and Barefoot Audio present Frontier studio monitor

It turns out the project is all but abandoned. The speaker is back with an actual name – Frontier – along with more information and pre-order availability. There’s no release date, but there’s a waitlist – first come, first serve. A pair of Frontiers costs EUR 1399. Below are the official specs:

  • Frequency range: 45 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Crossover frequency: 3000 Hz
  • LF-Amp power: 100 W.
  • HF-Amp power: 100 W.
  • Input impedance: 20 kOhm
  • Maximum power: 265 W.
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 332 x 230 x 200 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg

The monitor looks notably sleek, sporting a solid walnut base to isolate the speaker and lend each unit a unique look. A bifurcated soft white LED light provides another visual touch. On the performance side, the Frontier features bespoke 6.5-inch and 1.25-inch coaxial aluminuim alloy drivers tuned for a flat response and low distortion. An Eco Mode switch is found on the back, presumably reducing power consumption while the speakers are idle. There are also balanced combo-XLR and unbalanced 1/4-inch input connections next to the stepped level attenuator. I’d say the EUR 699 price per speaker verges on bargain, considering the upper-end performance and aesthetics.

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