SENAL Sound ASM-6 Two-Way Active Nearfield Monitor The ASM-6 by SENAL Sound—a new name to the pro audio marketplace—is a no-nonsense, over-achieving, well-designed and truly professional active monitor. At 110 W RMS/channel and weighing in at 22.4 lbs., the ASM-6 features a rigid aluminum alloy enclosure with oval rear port; 6.5-inch “midwoofer” and 0.8-inch metal dome tweeter; 9.5-inch x 9.8-inch x 13.8-inch dimensions; and a 38 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-2.5 dB) frequency range and 3 kHz crossover frequency. Well-chosen frequency adjustments reside on its back panel: LF, +2, 0, -2 dB (200 Hz); mid-LF, 0, -2, -4 dB (500 Hz); +1, 0, -1 dB (10 kHz); HPF at 38, 48, or 58 Hz.
As implied above, the ASM-6 is a very impressive monitor for under $500 each. I find it confidence- building and striking in build quality, too; it sounds and appears to be far pricier than it is. The ASM-6’s sound is full, punchy, deep and exciting, yet seemingly very accurate. Imaging is notably pin-point detailed.
Most notably, SENAL Sound’s ovoidal cabinet shape allows for incredibly detailed positioning; the included rubber “shoe,” for lack of a better word, clearly does a good job of isolating the mounting surface from the ASM-6’s sympathetic vibrations. On my desk at meter bridge-height, the ASM-6 is probably more easily positioned to each ear than any near-field I’ve had the opportunity to use. Standing vertically, I easily reached the speaker’s volume control on the top right-facing side and the power switch directly below.
The ASM Series—also available in 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch models—provide qualities found in far-pricier studio monitor options. For the uninitiated, SENAL Sound’s nearfield monitors are worth a serious listen.