Adam Audio T7V Review
Verdict and Review Summary
The bass extension sounds great on both instrument monitoring and music playback, with low frequencies all the way down to 39 Hz. It feels and sounds like a high-end studio monitor, yet at an incredibly inviting price tag. The T7V is clearly a high-value option with very little to complain about.
I'm surprised this monitor comes in at such a low cost, given its comparable alternatives. It has a very heavy chassis that feels hard as a rock when you pick it up, and everything I tested sounded excellent.
So this review will be fairly simple, because studio monitors have a pretty straightforward job description.
Just note that I tested the T7V in my own home office, which is hopefully evident via the photos included (see below).
Here's what I used to test:
- Two T7V powered monitors
- Focusrite Scarlett USB Audio Interface
- PC running Windows 11 and Audacity (for recording and music playback)
- 2005 PRS CE 24 electric guitar and Boss Katana 50 amplifier
- 2014 Warwick Bass guitar
The Katana combo amp has a record out that I ran to the Focusrite instrument input. When I set the output from Windows to the Scarlett, it ran both my guitar and music out the Adam Audio T7V. So I was able to test the following scenarios:
- Instrument monitoring only
- MP3 playback only
- Instrument + MP3 (the YouTube cover method)
I'll get into some more specifics in my Adam Audio T7V review.
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Adam Audio T7V Price Guide
This section is an updated table of where you can get the T7V and what kind of prices you can expect. The T7V is what we would consider a very affordable studio monitor, but keep in mind that pricing is always subject to change.
Prices updated Wed, December 06th, 2023.
Pricing from Sweetwater
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Price History for ADAM Audio T7V 7 inch Powered Studio Monitor
|Current Price||$199.99||December 1, 2023|
|Highest Price||$249.99||April 11, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$199.99||October 13, 2023|
Last price changes
|$199.99||November 24, 2023|
|$249.99||November 3, 2023|
|$199.99||October 13, 2023|
|$249.99||April 11, 2023|
IDEAL FOR: Home studios, semi-pro recording, YouTube covers, parties, instrument monitoring, bass and electric guitars.
Note that we do not provide number ratings for studio monitors.
Instrument and playback sound quality
I used the high and low filter switches in the back to dial in some more low-end when I tried the MP3 playback. I used YouTube and queued up my usual mix of Bring me the Horizon, Disturbed, and other heavy stuff. I also tried some Frank Sinatra and, oddly enough, rain sounds.
The rock/metal tracks sounded warm and thick, though I did feel like the LF needed the extra 2 dB lift. It wasn't a problem since the monitor makes it easy to adjust.
Lighter stuff also had some thickness to it, but still came through clear and subtle, like you would expect. It was very mellow, in most cases.
My guitar sounded fantastic. Much better than when I use headphones.
Distortion especially, which I tried at a few different gain levels, was awesome. Again, much better than the headphones I typically use. I relied less on the switches here, just because I could EQ in or out whatever I wanted with the amp.
Overall, there is a lot of warmth and fullness. So nothing to complain about, especially for a monitor at this price point.
Features and specs
The two filter switches on the back are great. They're a subtle change, only going 2dB in either direction, but it makes a difference, especially with music playback.
There are two inputs on the back, both analog:
- Balanced TRS
- Unbalanced RCA
I'm a little confused by the RCA input, but maybe I'm missing something? It would have been better - in my opinion - to have a TRS input here. The annoying thing about using the Focusrite Scarlett with these monitors is that the speaker outputs on the back are TRS, which means I had to grab a TRS to XLR cable in order to connect it to the T7V.
Not a big deal though. This doesn't do much to detract from the quality and value of the monitor.
Price and Value
The asking price for a monitor of this caliber is incredibly reasonable. I think Adam Audio could charge more and still be very fair. So it's budget friendly and high value, whether you're buying a single monitor or the pair.
At the time of writing this review, there were some bundles with two T7Vs available with speaker stands and a subwoofer that gave you a further discount if you were in need of those additional pieces.
Note that pricing is always subject to change, so check the price guide and tables above for updated numbers.
Adam Audio T7V Review Conclusion
I've seen some reviews of the T7Vs that look like they were written by people who were just sort of unlucky. Some people complained of "busted sounds" and some unwanted noise, but when you read these it's clear that they had an unusual experience.
The Adam Audio brand has a solid reputation, and the T7V is a great example of a high-value studio monitor that is an easy recommendation for me to make.
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