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Output Frontier

Nearfield Active Monitors By Paul White
Published February 2021

Output Frontier

Output’s affordable new speakers were made with the help of one of the most prestigious brands in studio monitoring.

When I first glimpsed the prototype of these speakers at the 2020 NAMM show in January last year, they were very much an unexpected addition to the Output range, as the company’s line‑up otherwise consists of software and studio furniture. In designing these monitors, Output enlisted the help of Barefoot Sound, the US company behind a distinguished range of esoteric studio monitors. Essentially Barefoot looked after the speaker design while Output contributed the cosmetics. The resulting design was then put to manufacture in the Far East, a move that enabled Output to bring these monitors to market at a very competitive price.

The monitors are two‑way active speakers built around a 6.5‑inch time‑aligned, dual‑concentric driver, newly developed for the Frontier with the aim of maintaining phase coherence across a wide range of listening angles in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Its woofer and tweeter diaphragms are made of an aluminium alloy with a very high stiffness‑to‑weight ratio, and we’re told that the diaphragms maintain...

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Published February 2021