How To Choose The Right Fostex 6301 For You

The Fostex 6301 has been an essential tool for many project studios, mobile studios, educational and AV facilities the world over. To cater for the widest range of listening and recording scenarios possible, Fostex have created four different variants.

 

How do I find my perfect 6301 match?

First let's take a closer look at the specification breakdown:

 

 

6301N/B

6301N/X

6301N/E

6301N/D

  Fostex 6301N/B powered Installation Speaker Fostex 6301N/B powered Installation Speaker Fostex 6301N/E powered Installation Speaker Fostex 6301N/B powered Installation Speaker

Connectors: 

1/4” TS Phone Unbalanced 1/4” TS Phone Unbalanced 1/4” TS Phone Unbalanced 1/4” TS Phone Unbalanced
Transformer Balanced XLR Electrically Balanced XLR AES/EBU

Impedance: 

10k Ohm or more 10k Ohm or more 10k Ohm or more 10k Ohm or more
110 Ohm or more (AES/EBU)

Amp: 

20W D-Class 20W D-Class 20W D-Class 20W D-Class

Replaces: 

6301B 6301BX N/A 6301D
         

Comments: 

  High immunity to hum and noise, use for long cable runs and demanding applications Cleanest signal path for audio reproduction, less immunity to noise on long cable runs  

 

Breaking It Down

Now that we're warmly acquainted with the range, you'll see the criteria on which to base your choice basically comes down to connectivity and cable running length:

  • Will unbalanced inputs suit the application? Check out: 6301N/B
  • If a balanced input is required, will the cable run be fairly long? If so: 6301N/X
  • Catering for a balanced signal on a shorter cable run? We recommend: 6301N/E
  • Or does the application call for a digital AES / EBU input? If so, the winner is: 6301N/D

 

And Finally...

If your 6301s would be better suited in a wall-mounted arrangement, check out Fostex's EB6301 brackets!

Fostex EB6301 Wall Brackets designed for us with 6301 installation speakers

 

In conclusion, whichever variant you decide upon, users can rest easy knowing that [since their introduction in the 1970s] there are literally millions of 6301s already in operation across the globe working hard for studio producers, broadcast engineers, educational institutions and audio visual establishments!

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