can anyone recommend a good reliable pair of powered monitors from $100-$200 to start out on because I need them to hook up into my PreSonus FireBox in my set up.
i heard M-audio studiophiles are good for around that price any others???
thanks that helped alot man cleared some stuff up for me
For $100-200...if you need powered, you're better off buying a high end 2.1 computer gaming speaker set with subs. If you get one with RCA outs for the satellites, you can later replace them with Speakers or passive monitors. Anything over $100 Retail should have a clean amp built into the sub with around 180-200w of power(that means you will be able to hear everything knock).
Everything powered in that price range is 20-40w 4inch max sized woofer crap that sounds no better than the speakers that come with your PC. For $300 you can get some powered Alesis MKs or KRK RP5s if you look hard. I'd recommend $200 Bookshelf Speakers or Passive monitors accompanied by a $100 Amp/Reciever over those though.
There's no real such thing as "Professional Monitoring" below around $600, but when you get past what you're told you're supposed to have for monitoring, you can find a setup compeditive with "Professional Monitoring" for close to nothing.
Last edited by deRaNged 4 Phuk'dup; 09-18-2009 at 05:40 AM.
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I like your ideas here. I referance regularly on a 2.1 gaming setup as it is what i listen to music on throughout the day.
I think being familiar with the sound of 'bad' monitors is better than being unfamiliar with 'good' monitors.
Our university monitors in the studio cost upwards of £2000, but for me i probably mix better on what i have known for years.
Not to say those who are familiar with the results of expensive monitors wouldnt p**s all over my mixes...
I was looking at the m audio av40s, but found found some used KRK rp6s for the same money, waaay better
I'd probably just save up for something a little better, as deRaNged kindly suggested. In that price range you're really just getting regular, cheapish speakers with a sticker on them that says "monitor".
what are your ideas on this one i heard there pretty good and i seem in alotta of studios on youtube, big studio's like 9th Wonder's, they may not be the 5" though.
If i was you, i would get a pair of decent headphones, meanwhile save up for acoustic treatment. Then get monitors. I would never trade in my Quested S6s w/SB10 for acoustic treatment, but i am now saving up for treatment, until then i wont get the best out of these monitors. I use headphones and my monitors for now, but only at low volumes. If i crank it up to hear the low end, all i get is room AND bass.
Acoustic treatment is your first port of call.
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