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Pioneer RM-05

Active Monitors
Published May 2017
By Phil Ward

Pioneer RM‑05

When we looked at Pioneer’s flagship monitor last year, we were hugely impressed. Does its smaller sibling have the same charm?

Back in the heady days of Spring 2016 I reviewed the Pioneer RM‑07 active nearfield monitors, and it’s fair to say that I thought they were great. The combination of thoughtful electro-acoustics founded on a well-engineered dual-compound driver, some neat solutions to port and enclosure resonance, and engineering quality that wouldn’t be out of place in a nuclear installation delivered the goods on pretty much every level. It helped too that the performance of the RM‑07, in the grand scheme of things, can be had at a relatively affordable price. They are an awful lot of monitor for the money.

So I’ve been hoping to find out, ever since my experience with the RM‑07, if its smaller RM‑05 sibling could repeat the success, and finally, as of a couple of weeks ago, I got...

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Published May 2017