High Value Studio Monitors

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  1. MrClint

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    I'm looking for good studio monitors that won't break the bank. If I have to break the bank I will, but would prefer a good value. The sweet spot would be $100-$250 US. A step up from headphones for mixing is in order.
     
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    I like my JBL 305P MKII 5-inch Powered Studio Monitors.

    Eta : You can go to SweetWater.com and ask a live person for recommendations.

    * No affiliation, just a happy customer :)
     
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    $300 for a pair looks to be the real sweet spot.
     
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    imho get something with at least a 8" bass
     
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    Not a fan of Sweetwater here but the little JBLs are the way to go. I had issues with a pair of Tannoys so I bought the 8" JBLs to finish some work.

    I wished I had bought the 5s because of the size of the room I was working in but they sounded great for the money.

    Once the projects were finished I bought KH-120s, which I like better but they're a lot more money.

    Check GC used. I've seen them pop up there quite a bit.
     
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    Another vote for the JBL 305s. 8” speakers are great if you have the space for them, but if not you’re better with 5”s. A decent amount of controlled bass is better than a lot of inaccurate bass due to poor acoustics. The 305s have enough bottom for instrument based music, you should be doing a car check for the kick and bass anyway.
     
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    Lol yet another vote for JBL 305s - great bang for buck :)
     
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    I had the opportunity to play with the Mackie MR series monitors at an audio show I was a volunteering for. I was very impressed, this after a day of listening to $100,000 audio systems!
     
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    The JBL 305's are indeed excellent bang for the buck. 8-inchers are gonna cost you unless you opt for lower quality.
     
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    You really don't need 8" speakers for good bass in active studio monitors. My Focal Alpha 65s totally kick ass and deliver impressive bass. 6.5" woofer, 1" tweeter bi-amped with 105 watts, front ported so you can place close to wall. XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. Frequency response: 40Hz-22kHz (+/- 3dB).

    They have a built-in energy saver that powers down the monitors after 30 minutes of no audio signal.

    Sweetwater has them for $399.


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    I agree with woodman and TeleFunk Man....

    Don't necessarily need 8's and the price point will jump.
    Personally, I retired my JLB4410's about 4 years ago and replaced them with the KRK Rockit 8's.....and I think they're great.
    If I was rolling in greenbacks I'd also pick up a pair of KRK 5"ers for near fields but my 33 year old Tascam S1010m' still serve me well.

    I doubt one could go wrong with the JBL option either.

    On that note:
    Whichever monitors one chooses, conventional pricey ones or MOR cheap ones, to get good mixes one has to get to know one's monitors.
    That means using one's ears and over time learning where the frequency deficiencies (if any at all) are and knowing how to compensate for them during final mix.

    But....that's just me. :)
     
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    I also have the JBL 5s. Really like em and got a deal at Sweetwater buy one get one half off. If MF has them for 99 now that is likely as good a deal as you will ever see on new.
     
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    Look for some used Event 20-20s....8” woofer, Bi amp Power each box...pretty large bang for the buck
     
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    So $200 at least for monitors, how much to treat the room. I’ve heard good monitors in a bad room is not so good.
     
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    ^^^^^^^
    What he said.
     
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    Lots of truth to that. But you need to learn your room too, for better or worse. If you go with better, invest as much as you can afford in sound-conditioning the room. That's the type of improvement that can be made a step at a time. Something is always better than nothing!
     
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    I ran across this, just began studying it. My kind of room treatment. I really like the idea of virtual monitoring.

    https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/arc2/
     
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    Well, I saw this thread, looked on ebay, and bought one of the JBL 305s for $55 like new. We'll see if I get burned, but it looks squeaky clean and I've been casually looking around for monitoring options. I get tired of trying to mix with headphones. Stereo? eh, Gotta get things sounding good in mono first.
     
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