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    What studio monitor do you think is the biggest bang for the buck!

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    I realize when it comes to monitors you don't want them to sound great, but instead transparent and true. So, I want other opinions what do you think the biggest bang for the buck. I've been told tannoy is a dark horse flying under the radar due to they're cheap price. What do you think, Mackie, Tannoy, Yamaha, Jbl, etc......
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    Price range? Does your room have acoustic treatment?
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    Cheap? Equator. I've been tossing around the idea of putting together a surround system here and I'm seriously considering just grabbing up a half dozen D8's. The D5's don't suck either.

    HOWEVER - mjbphotos holds the key there - The greatest speakers on the planet will only ever be as accurate and consistent as the space they're in allows them to be. Bad room = bad sound. It might be "big" sound, it might be "cool home theatre" sound, but it won't be critically accurate sound.

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    Don't know about the Tannoy but I picked up a pair of the JBL305 (very low price and some good reviews in groups) and I was extremely surprised by how well they actually sound and translate. At the price point I don't see how you could go wrong but at the end of the day it will come down to personal choice. Putting aside the need for room treatment for a moment (it's a given). I have tried them in both treated and untreated environments. They aren't big and volumes levels weren't 100dB (not that I mix at that) so I was able to get half decent results (after a couple attempts) in the untreated room. They are rear ported so positioning with respect to the front wall, will definitely influence the bottom. I currently have them set on stands about 2.5ft from the front wall and 3ft from the sidewalls in a treated room and while they are not my only monitors, I'm not planning on unloading them anytime soon - IMO they are a keepers.
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    I second the Equators. I have a set of the D5s. Great speakers.

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    I love my Yamahas: if I can make music sound good through those things, it will sound great everywhere else.


    EDIT: I forgot to mention that they also worked nicely as easy-volume mains during an acoustic set I did recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    Cheap? The greatest speakers on the planet will only ever be as accurate and consistent as the space they're in allows them to be. Bad room = bad sound. It might be "big" sound, it might be "cool home theatre" sound, but it won't be critically accurate sound.
    I will +1 this statement as it is of utmost importance. Low budget monitors will likely represent what you are recording better in a properly treated room than high end monitors will do in a poor environment.

    The good thing about that is that room treatment is not really very expensive if you have some basic DIY skills and take the time to research what it is your room needs.

    I am still looking to upgrade my monitors in my quite well treated room. From my personal experience with the few I have owned, I can only give my opinion on those.

    I have gone through a couple versions of the KRK G2 series and would never recommend them now. Even in a treated room. KRK G2 5's are horrendously low end hyped. The G2 8's (I still have for blasting for the deaf) are similar to the 5", but are way 'scooped' in their frequency response. A smiley face curve does not equate to a quality translation of mixes to other listening sources.

    My favorites so far are some kind of rare powered Event TR8's. They lack in the lower frequencies but are crystal clear in the mids. My sub (PDC 1020) takes care of that for the most part. Mix translation after working with these are way better than with the KRK's.

    I also had some Yamaha NS 10's and gave them away. Not a fanboy of those at all....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    I also had some Yamaha NS 10's and gave them away. Not a fanboy of those at all....
    I'm in full agreement on the KrK not being accurate. Especially the scoop of the 8s.
    When i first got equator d5 s I went back and forth between the rokits and the D5s. On the rokits, vocals dissappeared. With the D5s they came back.

    With regards to the yammis, you never had an actual NS10 set. You had the junk (Ns10T)
    Real NS10s, while not for everyone, are wonderful. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    I'm in full agreement on the KrK not being accurate. Especially the scoop of the 8s.
    When i first got equator d5 s I went back and forth between the rokits and the D5s. On the rokits, vocals dissappeared. With the D5s they came back.

    With regards to the yammis, you never had an actual NS10 set. You had the junk (Ns10T)
    Real NS10s, while not for everyone, are wonderful. IMHO

    Complete agreement. The vocals were just lost on the KRK's. Pretty much everything that was important to an actual song was lost in mixes on the KRK's.

    And you are correct. I did try and sell the 'NS10t's'. I thought I would give them a run just to see how they performed. Obviously miserable. But know that I have had experience in studio's with the white coned bastards.

    Personal experience with the NS10M: I will say they are revealing, but for no reason would I mix a recording with them as my only source. In an ideal treated environment with multiple monitoring options, yeah. The NS10's can give some huge insight as to what is working/conflicting in any mix. As to using them as the sole monitor for tracking and mixdown? One will likely throw in the towel as the frequency response does not allow it to be the ideal monitor for mixdown-unless the low frequencies have been dealt with already. That being said, I still use the consumer audio system in my work van to make final decisions. Those Infinity speakers are shit compared to any studio monitor. But the key is 'knowing' what any monitoring is telling you in any situation...

    Though the NS10t's that I bought (thankfully cheap) were the consumer model and ported, they were very similar to what I experienced in studio's before. It was not for me personally. That is not to say others would not find use for them. The studio version I mean.

    But, I would never recommend a newbie use a pair of NS10's for their first attempt at recording/mixing. They are more an 'alternative/informative' type of reference, as opposed to a full range monitor that gives a more accurate representation of the whole spectrum...
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    I have the Event PS8's which I believe are similar to the TS8's Jimmy recommended. They are also a bit lacking in the low end but I like them a lot for mixing.
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