The Barefoot MicroMain 26 is a 4-way active system with 6 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 30Hz to 45kHz.
The ring radiator tweeter is incredibly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The 2.5" aluminum cone midrange is housed in a cutting edge 3D printed waveguide enclosure. The 5.25 woofers feature a phalanx of advanced technology, yielding upper bass and lower midrange detail that rivals any driver on the planet. Barefoot has teamed up with the brilliant Bruno Putzeys of Hypex to develop the powerful and completely transparent amplifier stage used in every Barefoot monitor. Melding the system together is a groundbreaking new DSP crossover that took Thomas Barefoot more than 4 years to develop. With beautifully designed high end converters and cutting edge proprietary filtering techniques the MM26 sound stage is seamlessly coherent and deeply revealing.
MEME Technology: Despite the advantages of high resolution monitors, Thomas Barefoot realizes that many engineers still use their NS10M's and mix cubes as secondary references. These speakers have long traditions and people find them familiar and useful for focusing in on certain aspects of their mix. However, crowding one's console with those extra boxes degrades the sound field of the primary reference monitors. Not to mention, they are no longer manufactured, they need amplifiers, cable runs, and they consume more studio space. The solution is to make the MM26 sound and translate like those speakers. With the turn of a knob one can switch from the MicroMain26s brutally revealing "Flat" response to the warmer and sweeter "Hi-Fi" setting, generically emulating the sound of some high end consumer audio gear. More specifically the "Old School" setting closely emulates the sound of the NS10M nearfield, while the "Cube" setting emulates the mid-centric sound of classic mix cubes The idea is not to perfectly replicate every subtle quirk of these venerable old speakers. That would be impossible. But the MM26 can capture the essence of how they behave and translate, modeling their frequency, phase and transient responses, dynamic compression and even specific distortion components. If you know how to work on these speakers you will feel very comfortable working on the new MM26s emulation settings.
Description4-way active monitor with MEME Technology
ControlsAnalog/AES3 input selectAES3 L/R channels selectInput level stepped attenuatorSubwoofer levelEmulation voice select
Input Impedance 50k Ohm
Frequency Response30Hz - 45kHz (±3dB)40Hz - 40kHz (±1dB)
Bass Response-3 dB @ 30HzQ = 0.707Slope = 12 dB/octave
Cabinet32 liters total internal volumeSealed subwooferwoofer and mid enclosuresMachined aluminum baffle plateAluminum subwoofer frames function as lateral cabinet bracingLong fiber wool acoustic damping throughout
Crossover Frequencies100 / 800 / 4000 Hz
Tweeter1″ ring radiatorAdvanced geometry motorRear waveguide chamberAmplifier: 180W Hypex
Midranges2.5″ aluminum coneAdvanced geometry motor+/- 2 mm linear excursionAmplifier: 180W Hypex
Woofers2 x 5.25″ poly/paper coneAdvanced geometry neodymium motor+/- 5 mm linear excursionAmplifier: 250W Hypex
Subwoofers2 x 10″ aluminum cone with high linearity motor+/- 13 mm linear excursionAmplifier: 500W Hypex
AC Power InputNominal 115 VAC or 230 VAC selectable
Power ConsumptionIdle: 30W, Maximum: 650W
WeightWeight: Speaker: 71 lbs each (32 kg)Shipping: 83 lbs each (38 kg)
Dimensions HxWxDDimensions 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)