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Model: Proxima 4 Arte Audio > www.arteaudio.com.tw
$495 Original Price: $1150 Order Now

Overview

If you are in the market for a pair of small monitor speakers, you would probably hear lots of recommendation for a pair of Rogers LS3/5a. The Rogers has been the benchmark for the small monitor speaker category for years now and over the same period, has faced many competing models from different manufacturers. The Proxima 4 you see here is another very interesting alternative to the long standing Rogers. It shares pretty much the same physical dimensions in terms of width and height (7.5″ wide by 12″ tall) but with a slightly deeper depth, 8.75″ versus 6.25″ on the Rogers. Drivers on the Proxima 4 are entirely proprietary made and, in our opinion, much higher quality over the drivers found on the Rogers. The better drivers and deeper cabinets gives the Proxima 4 a better edge in terms of bass response. It goes down to 55 Hz whereas the Rogers bottoms out at 80Hz. So that on its own, is a clear advantage the Proxima 4 has over the Rogers. Another big advantage is the Proxima is far more sensitive at 92 dB (vs 82 db on the Rogers) and with a nominal impedance of 8 ohm, was the easier speaker to drive. Add that it uses solid wood versus MDF in the constructing of the cabinets, the Proxima 4 had better resonance control too.

Listening to the Proxima 4 however is where the distinction between it and the Rogers becomes a bit more divergent. The Proxima 4 has a sharper image, cleaner define lines and noticeably deeper bass response (we would recommend pairing them with a subwoofer if you want a more full range sound). It does trade some warmth for an overall better definition but not much. Pairing them to tube amps will add back some of that warmth. And being much cheaper than a used pair of Rogers LS3/5a is a huge bonus to the audiophile on a budget. You can almost build an entire system around it for the price of a pair of Rogers LS3/5a!

Cosmetically, the speakers are in great condition, just very minor scuff marks from use. Speakers will be securely packed for safe shipping.