Barefoot Sound MicroMain26 4-Way Active Studio Monitor - Pair
Based on the renowned MicroMain27 Gen2, the Barefoot Sound MicroMain26 takes Barefoot’s uncompromising design and world-class performance to a whole new level. This active four-way reference monitor expands upon the traditional MM27 design with a highly detailed and transparent 2.5-inch aluminum cone midrange driver for unprecedented performance.
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The MicroMain26 is equipped with four state-of-the-art drivers for class-leading accuracy and detail. The MM26 features two 10-inch aluminum cone subwoofers with Barefoot’s signature Dual-Force design to deliver powerful low end all the way down to 30 Hz. Two dedicated 5.25-inch woofers keep the lower midrange sounding thick and rich.
Barefoot’s new 2.5-inch aluminum cone midrange is housed in a cutting-edge 3D printed waveguide enclosure to deliver clear, detailed midrange with zero distortion. The 1-inch dual ring radiating tweeter offers silky-smooth highs all the way up to 40 kHz with an extremely wide sweet spot for improved consistency.
Barefoot has teamed up with Bruno Putzeys of Hypex to develop a powerful and completely transparent amplifier design for hyper-accurate sound. The MM26 boasts over 1,100W of power, with 500 W driving the subs, 250 W to the woofers, and dual 180 W amps for the midrange drivers and tweeter. Paired with Barefoot’s innovative DSP crossover, high-end converters and cutting-edge filtering techniques, the MM26 produces stunning sound.
All Barefoot Sound studio monitors are equipped with Multi-Emphasis Monitor Emulation, or MEME technology, which uses sophisticated DSP processing to emulate the sound of a wide range of classic studio monitors. Quickly reference your tracks on three additional monitor profiles and ensure your mixes will translate to any environment.
“Old School” mode emulates the sound of the iconic Yamaha NS10M monitors with an edgy, midrange-forward sound. The “Cube” setting is modeled after the legendary Auratone Sound Cube, giving your mixes a boxy, lo-fi sound. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the “Hi-Fi” setting emulates the sound of consumer hi-fi systems with a sweet high-end and warm midrange. And of course, the “flat” setting delivers the signature Barefoot sound that engineers, producers and musicians around the world have grown to know and love.
Controls: Analog/AES3 input select, AES3 L/R channels select, Input level stepped attenuator, Subwoofer level, Emulation voice select Input Impedance: 50 kOhm Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 45 kHz (±3 dB), 40 Hz – 40 kHz (±1 dB) Bass Response: -3 dB @ 30 Hz, Q = 0.707 Slope = 12 dB/octave Cabinet: 32 liters total internal volume, Sealed subwoofer, woofer and mid enclosures, Machined aluminum baffle plate, Aluminum subwoofer frames function as lateral cabinet bracing, Long fiber wool acoustic damping throughout Crossover Frequencies: 100 / 800 / 4000 Hz Tweeter: 1″ ring radiator, Advanced geometry motor, Rear waveguide chamber Amplifier: 180 W Hypex Midrange: 2.5″ aluminum cone, Advanced geometry motor, ±2 mm linear excursion Amplifier: 180 W Hypex Woofers: 2 x 5.25″ poly/paper cone, Advanced geometry neodymium motor, ±5 mm linear excursion Amplifier: 250W Hypex Subwoofers: 2 x 10″ aluminum cone with high linearity motor, ±13 mm linear excursion Amplifier: 500 W Hypex AC Power Input: Nominal 115 VAC or 230 VAC selectable Power Consumption: Idle: 30 W, Maximum: 650 W Weight: Speaker: 71 lb each (32 kg) Shipping: 83 lb each (38 kg) Dimensions HxWxD: Cabinet: 20.5 x 9.5 x 15.5 inches (521 x 241 x 394 mm) Overall: 20.5 x 10.5 x 17.4 inches (521 x 267 x 442 mm)
"I loved my Barefoot MicroMain 27's, but the MicroMain 26's are really a new generation of improvement in the midrange. Damn impressive."
- Michael Brauer
"Just as I knew that within 30 seconds of hearing the MM27s I had to have a pair, the same held true for the MM26s. The sonic clarity, punch and ability to hear (and therefore mould) frequencies, transients and low end is superior to any other speaker in its class. The MM26s add an enhanced midrange which gives them super 3D detail in your vocals, drums and guitars. I absolutely love them.”
- Rik Simpson, Grammy award winning producer, engineer, mixer & musician (Coldplay, Jay Z, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
|Unit Weight||71 lb|
|Active or Passive||Active|
|Monitor Application||Near-Field, Mid-Field|
|driver_sizes||Tweeter: 1" ring radiator / Midrange: 2.25" aluminum cone / Woofer: 5.25" poly, paper cone / Subwoofer: 10" aluminum cone|
|Number of Speakers||Pair|
|Input Connectors||AES/EBU XLR, Analog XLR|
|Amp Wattage||Tweeter: 180 W Hypex / Midrange: 180 W Hypex / Woofer: 250 W Hypex / Subwoofer: 500 W Hypex|
|Impedance||Input: 50 kOhms|
|Frequency Range||30 Hz - 45 kHz, ± 3 dB|
It was months of indecision looking for nearfields for my new mix room - the buzzed about Amphions, the trusted ATC's, the bleeding edge tech Genelecs ... All had standout features and specs but I needed something that would get clients nodding without a sub when turned up but still have the definition close in to make subtle decisions without having to constantly switch to a second pair for reference - the elusive "all rounder".
Barefoot's smaller MM45's sounded great (especially with the MicroSub) with the added midrange - but I still felt it was a two box solution for low end extension vs the integrated design of the MM27.
I had worked on Barefoot's MM27's through many sessions - and loved their deep reach - but even with the MEME technology, I still found myself referencing the midrange on other boxes. If only Barefoot made a box with the dedicated midrange section of the MM45 with the powerful bass of the MM27 ... good news, they do - and it's the MM26!
With a little bit of nudging (and a great price) from Jacob @ Vintage King - I ordered the 26's blind ... with the shipment on the way, I questioned whether the extra investment over the 27's was going to translate into real results. Putting them up in my room - the answer is simply "yes". Better mid + high detail (that I wanted from the ATC + Amphions) / advanced tech via MEME (like the Genelecs) / tight but non genre specific low end (like the MM27).
"No compromise" is a tired phrase via marketing - but that is exactly how I would describe my satisfaction in having the MM26 as the central part of my mix process.
I've heard people that love Barefoots and people that don't quite get what all the fuss is about. For years I was in the former group, partly because I think that the rooms I had heard the previous generation Barefoots in were not up to where they needed to be acoustically. The Barefoots put out alot of low frequency energy for the size of them, which is a good thing, but means that you need proper attention to bass trapping in your control room or you won't be able to realize the potential of this design. Recently I moved rooms into a bigger and better acoustic space and thought it was time to demo some new speakers. For years I had used Focal SM9's, which I had grown acustomed too, but still I had heard amazing things about these newer generation Barefoot and also wanted to check out the newer offerings by ATC and PMC. After scheduling a demo with my rep, Chris Karn, at VK's L.A. showroom, he walked me through each design against the Focal SM9's (which they had as well) and the Barefoot MM26's are the ones that really stood out above and beyond everything else. Incredible resolution in the midrange and a super tight and accurate low end response with extension down to the lowest lows. I had always battled a bit with the slightly "bright" response of the SM9's which I felt sometimes causes fatigue during extended mix sessions. The Barefoot's top end response was super detailed but without the brash, hashy brightness on cymbals and no edge on vocals and strings. Chris was kind enough to hook me up with a new pair with the option to return within 30 days if they did not work well once I got them into my space. I've now been working with them 2 weeks and there is no way in hell they are going back. The translation of my mixes has improved in accuracy at least 20% since the upgrade and I've been able to cut any second guess on low end elements, which has cut the time it takes me to get a great mix by at least 30%. A standing ovation for Thomas Barefoot and what he has achieved with this design. Bravo!
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