If you demand the utmost in precision, the Kali Audio IN-5 is among the most accurate studio monitors in its price range. In fact, it stands up to speakers that far exceed the modest price tag. The IN-5 unveils every detail in your mix; in other words, it’s brutally honest. Nothing is boosted or attenuated to mask flaws or spice up its sound — what you hear is what you get. In addition to its ruler-flat frequency response, the IN-5 exhibits negligible levels of distortion, ample headroom, and impressive low-end extension for a 5-inch speaker. This speaker’s coaxial design boasts directivity that surpasses any non-coaxial speaker, enveloping your entire room in a uniform soundstage. Plus, its low-noise port tube yields clean, punchy bass. And thanks to its boundary compensation EQ, the IN-5 sounds great in a myriad of environments. The IN-5 also includes an integrated Class D power amp, along with balanced XLR and TRS inputs, and an unbalanced RCA input. For your studio setup, you need a monitor that you can trust — and the Kali Audio IN-5 delivers on all fronts.
Transparent sound reproduction for mixes you can trust
The IN-5 offers ultra-transparent sound reproduction, enabling you to hear every detail of your mix. This starts with an exceptionally accurate frequency response — there’s nothing hyped about this speaker. Its dual-layer, large-diameter voice coil exhibits a crystal-clear sound with negligible distortion — a full 6dB lower than its nearest competitor. At continuous reference-level output, the IN-5 boasts at least 20dB of headroom to allow for transient spikes. What’s more, this studio monitor employs larger magnets and voice coils than others in its class, resulting in super-accurate low-end response and impressive low-frequency extension. At Sweetwater, we’ve found that the IN-5 empowers you to mix with confidence.
Coaxial design yields rock-solid imaging
With a typical 2-way studio monitor, its woofer and tweeter produce energy at the same time, creating an interference pattern at the speaker’s crossover point. Waveguides are generally employed to reduce the interference; however, the speaker still produces a directivity anomaly because the two drivers are in two separate positions. The Kali Audio IN-5’s coaxial high- and mid-frequency drivers, on the other hand, occupy the same space. This puts them within a quarter wavelength of one another, thereby eliminating this interference pattern. The IN-5 exhibits superb directivity — better than any non-coaxial design — and covers your entire room uniformly. What’s more, the IN-5’s optimized-profile midrange driver boasts more radiating surface than a standard waveguide, ensuring minimum distortion and maximum dynamic range.
Low-noise port tube exhibits clean, punchy low end
One of the IN-5’s most novel features is its low-noise port tube. Many port tubes emit turbulence, as air leaves the tube at different speeds from different points of the opening. This turbulence produces chuffing — a noisy sound that obscures the low-end details of your mix. The IN-5’s port tube, on the other hand, ensures that all of the air exits at the same velocity. The end result is clean, punchy bass with zero added noise.
Boundary EQ ensures optimal sound in any environment
A speaker’s position in a room drastically affects its frequency response. Even if your room is acoustically treated, your studio monitor’s sound will change if you place it near a wall or on a desk. Additionally, hard surfaces like walls and the top of your console will skew your monitor’s frequency response, degrade its sound, and give you false auditory information. The engineers at Kali Audio understand this, and that’s why they baked a solution directly into the IN-5: its Boundary EQ. Tuned to perfection at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, the IN-5’s Boundary EQ supplies you with presets that are tailored to eight common speaker placements. You also get LF/HF trims for fine-tuning the speaker’s response. With the IN-5, you’ll be able to optimize its response, no matter what environment you’re mixing in.
Kali Audio IN-5 Studio Monitor Features:
- 5-inch powered studio monitor with coaxial 1-inch textile-dome tweeter and 4-inch optimized-profile midrange driver
- Tri-amped design with integrated Class D power amp
- Ruler-flat frequency response — there’s nothing hyped about this speaker
- Exhibits negligible levels of distortion — a full 6dB lower than its nearest competitor
- Boasts 20dB of headroom while playing continuously at 85dB
- Large magnets and voice coils produce super-accurate low-end response and impressive low-frequency extension
- Coaxial design exhibits superb directivity — better than any non-coaxial design — covering your entire room uniformly
- Low-noise port tube yields clean, punchy bass with zero chuffing
- Boundary EQ allows you to tailor the speaker to any environment
- LF/HF trims for fine-tuning the speaker’s response
- Balanced XLR and TRS inputs, and an unbalanced RCA input