Pioneer DJ has announced the VM series active monitor speakers. The company says that the new VM-50, VM-70 and VM-80 monitors are equally good at recreating a club atmosphere as they are at providing a flat frequency response for producing and mixing music. How do they achieve it?
Pioneer DJ VM-50, VM-70 and VM-80 monitors
Coming from a DJ brand, the new VM series speakers feel right at home in your DJ setup. But Pioneer says that they’re neutral enough to serve as monitors for producing and mixing in your home studio or studio, as well.
The VM series is an evolution of the S-DJX speakers. According to Pioneer DJ, the linear frequency response, Class-D amplifiers and new, lighter Aramid fiber woofer cones ensure an accurate reproduction of any signal. The manufacturer has also developed a new ‘Vortex Bass Accelerator’, which uses ribs in the bass reflex port to ensure a free air flow from the speaker. The front baffle consists of 4-mm-thick aluminum, which further suppresses vibrations and resonance, Pioneer DJ says.
The mid and high frequencies are handled by the constant directivity horn, which also creates a broad, uniform listening space, the manufacturer claims. According to Pioneer DJ, the shape of the horn and the woofer edge have been optimized to ensure a flat crossover and a natural sound.
All VM series speakers are equipped with an integrated DSP that runs at 96 kHz. You can fine-tune the speakers to your listening environment using the high and low EQs, which provide four settings each. There’s also an auto standby mode, which you can disable if you prefer.
The smallest of the bunch, the VM-50, comes with a 5.25″ woofer. Pioneer states a frequency response of 40 Hz to 36 kHz and a maximum SPL of 107 dB. With the VM-70, you get a 6.5″ woofer that reaches down to 37 Hz. The max SPL is 112 dB. The larger VM-80 increases the woofer diameter to 8″ and delivers a frequency response of 34 Hz to 36 kHz and a maximum SPL of 115 dB. All models provide XLR, 1/4″ and RCA input options, which gives you a choice depending on your application.
Competition is fierce in the budget monitor segment, and we’ll have to see if the VM series can successfully establish itself as a viable option for music production and mixing. But with streamed DJ sets being all the rage, I think we’ll soon see the new monitors all over the place in home DJ setups.
Price and availability
The Pioneer DJ VM series should be available by mid April. The prices are as follows:
- VM-50 (available in black or white): €129
- VM-70: €249
- VM-80: €309
- VM-80: Pioneer DJ