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Studio monitors.. help me decide

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by puddin, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. puddin

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  2. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

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    They are quite good for the price.

    I am using the LSR 28Ps, they are monsters.

    For the money the Presonus Sceptres are nice, they are coaxial, and have very good DSP.
     

  3. puddin

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    Thank you Sir.. I'm willing to spend more..I'm just concerned about the hiss. Is this common. I suffer from tinnitus.. looking for something good, that's dead silent. I don't know .. maybe to much internet.
     

  4. bluzkat

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  5. privatesalt

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    I'm not familiar with the monitors but noticed they had input sensitivity switch. Maybe that is being set wrong causing hiss?
     
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  6. Felino

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    Beside JBL, there are many, like Adam, Tannoy, KRK...

    P.S. I love JBL, have two pairs, LSR6328P and Control1 Pro. I have Adam A7, also.
     
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  7. Felino

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    Few days ago, I talked with a guy in a shop regarding a new pair of monitor speakers, just to have something beside (and for playing) bunch of keyboards. So, I look around to see what's new in low price range, with 5 (maybe even 8) inch bass driver.

    So far, the M-Audio is the lowest priced, and I'm considering Tannoy, KRK, Adam or even maybe another JBL. The guy played a 3 Adam monitors, F5, A7X, and a larger one which is near a thousend bucks per piece. The quality difference between F5 and A7X was immediately obvious, in favour of more expensive A7X. No wonder, F series is Adam's low end. Based on that comparision, I would never buy F5. YMMV.

    So, if you have any chance to hear them side by side, with same refference material in the same room, one by another, I suggest you to try the as largest offer as possible.

    For usual studio work, I wouldn't suggest anything with below 8 inch bass driver. For my current search/application, just playing 5 keyboards (keys-mixer-monitors), I think I can get away with 5 inch driver.
     

  8. Millebern

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    +1 for the Equators, great monitors.
     
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  9. RedWhiteBlues

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    I'm sitting in front of a set of the LSR305's these as I type this. Outstanding monitors, outstanding value - no hiss that I can hear... cannot figure why the larger more expensive 308's would be worse...
     
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  10. Felino

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    Since I'm cosidering buying another pair of monitors, I'd like to know have you compared 305 with other 5 inch monitors and if so, with which one(s)?
     

  11. RedWhiteBlues

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    I had some KRK's for about an hour - nice, but not as flat a response and, at the time, more expensive. I got the JBL's at a great sale price. I like the JBL's better. I also read a ton of reviews which helped sway my decision.
     
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  12. jimash

    jimash Tele-Afflicted

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    I have Events on my desk. They were not expensive, and they sound glorious. If the monitors hiss, they are probably turned up too high.
    Gain staging counts. Turn them down to about 1/2, so that whatever you're feeding them with can breathe a little.
     
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  13. noah330

    noah330 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 10, 2009
    Maryland
    I had a pair of those JBLs for a short time. I had issues with my Tannoy Reveals, so I bought them to finish a project and kept them for about a year.

    Now, I have Neumann KH-120s.

    The Neumann monitors are fantastic, especially if you're in a smaller room. If you can afford them they're amazing.

    That being said, the JBLs are way nicer than they should be for the price. Having owned and used them for a year I have zero complaints.

    There was a slight amount of hiss with the JBLs, but nothing that ever bothered me that much.
     

  14. 24 track

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  15. Felino

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    Thank you, @RedWhiteBlues and the others for insight of JBLs.
    I hope that OP has more information on the subject.
     

  16. puddin

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    I do appreciate everyone's help. The 308's are on top of my list... because of all the good reviews, and the price point. Getting ready to call my man Jason, at Sweetwater.. thank's all.
     

  17. Allthesound

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    I went monitor shopping in the fall , went to GC determined to pickup the JBL LSR308's and went home with the Yamaha HS8's . It wasn't even close sound wise. The Yamaha are superior IMHO. They are a little more but you get what you pay for.
     
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  18. beyer160

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    One word of caution when looking for studio monitors- they're not supposed to sound "good." They're supposed to be neutral, so you can hear everything going on in a mix in order to get the balances right. Stereo speakers are often hyped to accentuate the low end, scoop out some lower mid and boost the upper mids in order to sound more "pleasing" or "exciting"- that's a deathtrap for mixing music. It's always a good idea to check your mixes on "real world" speakers, but you don't have a chance unless you know what's actually going on in the first place.

    The ubiquitous Yamaha NS10s you saw in every studio in the '80s & '90s were horrible sounding speakers, but they perfectly replicated the sound from TV sets and cheap radios of the day. You needed to mix on bigger speakers that let you hear where your bass actually was and what the midrange actually sounded like, but if if your mix was happenin' on NS10s too, you knew you were doing OK.
     
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  19. Felino

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    ^ This.
     
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  20. still_fiddlin

    still_fiddlin Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I had the previous 5" JBL model LSR2532. No hiss at all - I'd check out the rest of the signal path or HF driver level if you're hearing a hiss.

    Unplanned, I just got a new pair of the 5" Yamaha HS5 monitors. One of the JBLs developed a loud buzz and I was in the middle of something. At just a couple months past 5 years it was unexpected and disappointing, so I didn't look at the new model. I was hoping to wait a while and really upgrade my monitors but having just dumped a few hundred into sound treatment, had to go with a more budget friendly pair.

    Anyway, I like these a lot. In my small room they are fine, and to my ear have more midrange clarity than the JBLs, though I now have to get used to something new...

    (JBL said they'd sell me the amplifier section for $175! Local authorized repair shop starts at $50 bench charge, plus parts, so I'm looking at maybe picking up a used JBL to match from GC - they seem to have a fair number of singles for sale so I'm guessing they have some failures - could be good money after bad at this point though.)
     

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