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Old 13th August 2009 , 07:51 PM
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Default Best monitors for 200 euros (285$)

I've been using these 40 year old hi-fi speakers for producing my music ever since I can remember, and now it's time to buy something better. Leave your opinion please.


EDIT: My budget has increased to 350€ (500$)
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Old 13th August 2009 , 07:57 PM
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The only one's i've sat in front of in that price range are M-Audio Bx5a deluxe. They're probably better than old hifi speakers but i'd strongly recommend you save up some money for a bit longer and get something considerably better.
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Old 13th August 2009 , 07:59 PM
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The only one's i've sat in front of in that price range are M-Audio Bx5a deluxe. They're probably better than old hifi speakers but i'd strongly recommend you save up some money for a bit longer and get something considerably better.
From what price range do they get "acceptable"?
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The Tannoy Reveal 5As are alright for about 275/pair, IMO. If I only had 200 to drop on monitors I'd really try to save up some more, I don't think there are any cheaper than those that are worthwhile.

Trev rightly advocates Adam or Dynaudios, which are quite a bit more (but serious monitors).

A problem with monitors is they can be pretty personal, once you get the obvious low-end [of the market, not frequency range] deficiencies out of the way. Cheap monitors are designed to "hype" the sound - to sound "really good" (much like hifi speakers) straight out of the box. The problem is, they're not sonically accurate, and this will cause you big problems trying to get a mix that translates.
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Leave your opinion please
It was a daft decision.

But seriously, you're still in the desktop speaker land at that price. And it's much of a much. Unfortunately the people who tend to say this or that is great have never gone beyond that and wouldn't know clarity if it leapt up and nutted them.

If it was me, I'd go towards the top end of your estimate, using a filtered price search on DV. Get an idea of what's around that price. Try and narrow it down to three and research them. Reason is that some are brighter, duller, boomier and so on. Something may suit your kind of music better.

Tannoys are ok. M-audio look ok. If you can narrow down and write the speaker name in google, followed by the word forum, you can get some revealing answers. You may pick up on a running theme about a certain speaker and find it's more suited or a definite no-no.

As a few of us have started in a similar fashion, you'll find that those speakers sound warm, which sounds great in theory but it just means it's not as clear as you'd like and a step up is.
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for me in that price range Tannoys have always represented the truest sound and thats what you want if you want to use them for mixing
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It was a daft decision.

But seriously, you're still in the desktop speaker land at that price. And it's much of a much. Unfortunately the people who tend to say this or that is great have never gone beyond that and wouldn't know clarity if it leapt up and nutted them.

If it was me, I'd go towards the top end of your estimate, using a filtered price search on DV. Get an idea of what's around that price. Try and narrow it down to three and research them. Reason is that some are brighter, duller, boomier and so on. Something may suit your kind of music better.

Tannoys are ok. M-audio look ok. If you can narrow down and write the speaker name in google, followed by the word forum, you can get some revealing answers. You may pick up on a running theme about a certain speaker and find it's more suited or a definite no-no.

As a few of us have started in a similar fashion, you'll find that those speakers sound warm, which sounds great in theory but it just means it's not as clear as you'd like and a step up is.
Thanks for the advice. So from what I understand anything with my budget isn't very good. Maybe I'll go for the Tannoys that were mentioned by terminal3.
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Thanks for the advice. So from what I understand anything with my budget isn't very good. Maybe I'll go for the Tannoys that were mentioned by terminal3.
I think what people are saying is if it's at all possible to try and step up. I've used less than your budget and so have lots of others and many still do. It's just when you hear the dearer ones, you will notice the difference. And from info I've read around, some of the budget ones do suit different styles of music because of their nature. That's what I'd be looking at. If you like booming dance music, for instance, then try and find out what's being said by people using them. You can also listen to stuff from people who are using them.

It's a bit of a lottery. I remember reading around at the time and there was that many conflicting views. There are a few big company names doing that price range such as M-Audio, Alesis, Edirol, Samson, Behringer etc

I'm saving up too
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Ok, don't all hit me at once. I bought an ex demo pair of Behringer B2031A Truth active monitors a while ago for 185. Beware, they are prone to picking up radio interferance in certain areas, but fortunately it hasn't affected me at all, they sound good to my ears.
Mine is just a home studio tho, but they do a far better job than the hifi speakers I was using.
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My Tapco S5's aren't bad and you can get good deals on them periodically.
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Would you consider these to be good?

http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipmen...speaker--30743
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Would you consider these to be good?

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I would consider those to be "better than some" in their price bracket.

They're not NS-10s if that's what you're after (which are crap anyway and only old-timers need 'em to mix on ) - they're better - but there are still-better options.
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i got some krks rokit 5s ! great sound good price !
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I would consider those to be "better than some" in their price bracket.

They're not NS-10s if that's what you're after (which are crap anyway and only old-timers need 'em to mix on ) - they're better - but there are still-better options.
The Tannoys you recommended, from the various reviews I've read, seem to have a problem with bass and highs. Some people say they have an "annoying" sound, whatever that means.
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