Best Studio Monitors At Any Budget Part 2
Todd Simpson
Nov 24 2021, 07:15 AM
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Let’s continue our look at monitors without price restriction. Last time, we looked at a pair that runs 2k each. Believe it or not, those are considered “entry level” in relation to sets costing tens of thousands of dollars. Let’s see what else is on offer.

4.)IK MULTIMEDIA iLOUD MTM ($350 each)

These speakers focus on portability. They are smaller than most in this roundup. Despite being small and having a plastic housing, users report that these are serious monitors that can do serious work. These are suggested as a second pair of near field monitors for your setup. Despite their size, they sound big.
https://amzn.to/3CMexWo

Frequency Response: 40hz to 24khz
Speaker Config: two 3.5 inch drivers and a 1 inch tweeter
Power: 70w

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5.)YAMAHA HS5 ($170 each)

These speakers cary the legend forward of the venerable NS10M, which were the white coned nearfield monitors found in just about every professional studio for decades. You still see them sitting on the meter bridges of pro studios around the world. Carrying on this tradition is the HS5. These monitors don’t have a lot of boundary eq or other adjustments but they are brutally honest monitors and that’s what counts.
https://amzn.to/3nLnmeT

Frequency Response: 54hz - 30khz
Speaker Config: two way design, 5 inch driver and 1 inch tweeter
Power: 70w

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6.)Output Frontier ($1,400 pair)
Built in a partnership with Barefoot audio, these are more high end than the average KRK or JBL nearfield set. These have a very flat response which makes them great for mixing. Given the materials used in construction, these are actually much cheaper than they should be. Not only do they look great, the sound is flat and they are great tools for digging in to any mix.
https://output.com/products/frontier

Frequency Response: 45hz to 25khz
Speaker Config: 6.5 inch driver and 1 inch tweeter
Power: 100w

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7.)Fluid Audio FX8 ($230 each)
Our own KEN uses a pair of monitors from Fluid in his home studio. He has had nothing but good things to say about them. These feature a dual concentric design similar to Tannoy monitors that do much the same thing depending on config. These monitors are very clear and accurate and they have a big enough driver that you may not need a subwoofer.
https://amzn.to/3l0CNOn

Frequency Response: 45hz to 25khz
Speaker Config: 8inch driver and 1 inch tweeter
Power: 80w

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8.)MACKIE XR624 ($300 each)
Mackie has a long history of making great nearfield monitors. These are a more affordable version of Mackie monitors that cost quite a bit more These feature a kevlar driver for fast transient recovery. They are also quite loud with the 160w amp built in. it also features room controls to trim hf/lf to adapt them to your mixing space.

Frequency Response: 45hz to 22khz
Speaker Config: 8inch driver and 1 inch tweeter
Power: 80w

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In conclusion, I want to say that this is NOT an exhaustive list. Just a list. It was compiled by musicradar.com and I found it very informative which is why I thought I’d share it. I’ve not suggested monitors that cost 4k before. They seem very nice though. I’d be happy with any set in this list. Is there something I left out?

*This article was very helpful in writing this piece
https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-best-st...onitor-speakers





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Nov 26 2021, 08:50 AM
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Looking at the specs for my current speakers/monitors, which are just some old Bang & Olufsen Beovox S45-2, I'm wondering how everything would sound on different ones. I notice quite a few of the ones you've posted in these kinda threads go from about 45 Hz to 25k or even 35k+. Most of the cheaper ones sit around 45 Hz to 20k though.

These are the specs for mine. Notice that they have a response starting at 38 Hz. How much does this matter? Is it better with more room in the higher Hz ranges or to have those extra few Hz towards the bottom?

Beovox S45-2:

RMS power handling capacity 45 W
Music power handling capacity 75 W
Impedance 4 - 8 ohms
Frequency response +4 -4 dB 38 - 20,000 Hz
Frequency response +4 -8 dB 60 - 20,000 Hz
Power at 96 dB SPL 4 W
Sensitivity 5 W
Distortion 250 - 1000 Hz <1 %
Distortion 1000 - 2000 Hz <1 %
Distortion > 1000 Hz <1 %
Woofer 8 in
Phase-link filler driver 3.5 in
Tweeter 1 in
Crossover frequencies 2 kHz
Angle of Dispersion 120 degrees
Gross volume 25 l
Dimensions W x H x D 26 x 48 x 21 cm
Weight 7 kg



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You can successfully mix on just about anything. You just need to 'learn' your speakers and your room. Having multiple things to listen on is really important: monitors, headphones, bluetooth spkr, earbuds, your car, built-in laptop speakers, etc. There's also a bunch of companies that make room and monitor correction software to help (Waves, Slate, PA).

The reason old school Yamaha NS-10s were so popular in the 80s (and still now) was that engineers said that if you could get your mix, especially the mids through the highs, to sound good and balanced on those, it would good and balanced on anything.
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefo...s10s+so+popular

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Ken is spot on as usual. You can mix on anything really. Some monitors run more "flat" than others. Which is why those ancient NS10m are still in studios. They always sound the same. They dont' sound great, but always predictable.

Your Bang and O monitors are top notch quality and are what might be called "MASTERING MONITORS". Monitors used for mastering are often high end hifi monitors. This is after the mixing process of course, but for mastering, it's ok if monitors are not quite flat as the mastering engineer wants to know what things will sound like in a slightly exaggerated sound field.

of course, you can mix on those. But they are perhaps a bit better suited for mastering after the mixing is done imho smile.gif



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