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Old 18th June 2008 , 11:33 AM
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hi- i've got about 200 to spend and i need some decent monitors. i'm currently monitoring through hifi speakers and my mixes sound really bad in my car so i think tat monitors may well be the best thing for me. any suggestions?
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Old 19th June 2008 , 10:33 PM
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hi- i've got about 200 to spend and i need some decent monitors. i'm currently monitoring through hifi speakers and my mixes sound really bad in my car so i think tat monitors may well be the best thing for me. any suggestions?
Hi icet,

There are quite a few options available around that price now.

I would go for the Samson Rubicon R6A .

Don't expect to be dazzled by the sound of any monitors though as they are designed to be neutral, whereas your hifi speakers were probably designed to sound 'nice', or 'flatter' the source material.

Whichever monitors you choose, ensure that you use them to listen to a variety of tracks that you are very familiar with from your favourite artists. This will help you build a 'reference' in your brain of how your new monitors behave, which you will (hopefully) automatically use when making mix decisions on your own tracks. (You could theoretcially do the same with hifi speakers but monitors are designed to help you by being transparent by their nature).

As for making the tracks sound good in your car, this could be more of a mixing/mastering question so you could try asking in the mastering forum.

Good luck.
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Yeah the Rubicons are nice or if you can make the push for a bit more cash the Yamaha HS series are well nice. Highs are crystal clear and bass is tight.
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[QUOTE=icet;84]hi- i've got about 200 to spend and i need some decent monitors. i'm currently monitoring through hifi speakers and my mixes sound really bad in my car so i think tat monitors may well be the best thing for me. any suggestions?[/QUOTE]

DV have just bought the end-of-line deal on the M-Audio Studiophile BX8A

[url=http://www.dv247.com/invt/29245/]M-Audio BX8A Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monitor at DV247.COM[/url]

M-Audio are replacing with a Deluxe Version [url=http://www.dv247.com/invt/48625/]M-Audio Studiophile BX8A Deluxe Active Studio Moni at DV247.COM[/url]

I can't think of a better priced magnetically shielded 8" active studio monitor for under 200

Actually, they are 169 per pair and we are expecting stock in the next few days.

They are one of the best selling studio monitor speakers in the US but have n't faired so well here. We're not sure why but at nearly half price (UK MSRP was 299) I'm sure they'll fly....

You could always get a pair from a DV store on Sale or Return. Try them out for a week and let us know what you think!
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DV have just bought the end-of-line deal on the M-Audio Studiophile BX8A

M-Audio BX8A Bi-Amplified Studio Reference Monitor at DV247.COM

M-Audio are replacing with a Deluxe Version M-Audio Studiophile BX8A Deluxe Active Studio Moni at DV247.COM

I can't think of a better priced magnetically shielded 8" active studio monitor for under 200

Actually, they are 169 per pair and we are expecting stock in the next few days.

They are one of the best selling studio monitor speakers in the US but have n't faired so well here. We're not sure why but at nearly half price (UK MSRP was 299) I'm sure they'll fly....

You could always get a pair from a DV store on Sale or Return. Try them out for a week and let us know what you think!
Probably due to the fact that theyre rear ported with no room compensation controls. Americans have plenty of space but i can imagine if these were shoved in a small spare room near the walls its gonna play havoc on the mixes.
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I've heard these before & the sound they deliver is one that rivals many higher end studio monitors (not too high, though... lol)
Behringer B2031A TRUTH Active 2-Way Reference Stud at DV247.COM
But, then again, they are Behringer, so i'm not sure how often they break-down lol :-\
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I've heard these before & the sound they deliver is one that rivals many higher end studio monitors (not too high, though... lol)
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But, then again, they are Behringer, so i'm not sure how often they break-down lol :-\
Thats what ive been mointoring through for 5 years with the 2092a sub and once theyre set up right theyre pretty good. I havent had chance to put them in the best of positions within a room, theyve usually been quite close to walls but they have enough room compensation to counter this. Setting them up for the sub is not an easy task, but as far as reliability goes theyre fine, and theyve been shifted back and forth between uni and home umpteen times. The only problem is the fake wood grain coverings dont stand the test of time too well and begin to peel at the edges, still they were cheap so i cant complain.
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I picked up some S8 tapco's for 200 quid (ex demo).
I run them with my ns10m's and
my mixes travel well now. They are not excellent but pretty mix honest.

The thing to do is go to DV and get them to audition some monitors.
Take a cd which you know very well and listen to it on all sets possible
and then make a decision but do bare in mind speakers sound different in
different rooms.
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I picked up some S8 tapco's for 200 quid (ex demo).
I run them with my ns10m's and
my mixes travel well now. They are not excellent but pretty mix honest.

The thing to do is go to DV and get them to audition some monitors.
Take a cd which you know very well and listen to it on all sets possible
and then make a decision but do bare in mind speakers sound different in
different rooms
.

Thats probably the biggest problem with any monitor as when you get it home it all changes (depending on where your going to put it of course). Room compensation seems to be a bit of a dark art at times too and takes a lot of experimenting to find out what works and what doesnt.
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Hi Icet, may I suggest you take a look at Alesis M1's....I know they're excellent as a well respected friend of mine uses them in his studio. And the good news is they fall well within your budget.

Why not give them a try.
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[QUOTE=lilmark;252]I picked up some S8 tapco's for 200 quid (ex demo).
I run them with my ns10m's and
my mixes travel well now. They are not excellent but pretty mix honest.

The thing to do is go to DV and get them to audition some monitors.
Take a cd which you know very well and listen to it on all sets possible
and then make a decision but do bare in mind speakers sound different in
different rooms.[/QUOTE]

I brought a pair of S5 Tapco's for 180 and I love them for pre production.
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or you could check out the krks there getting rave reviews all over the place and too be honest there gonna be my next buy from dv247.com as soon as i get the money ..im a bit broke at the minute just had a baby and we had a burst pipe so the wife decided speakers can come later
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..im a bit broke at the minute just had a baby and we had a burst pipe so the wife decided speakers can come later
eeekkkKKKK that sounds horribly familiar.
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yeah its crap at the minute overtimes been stopped at work and dv247 still keep getting stuff every week which i want lol..

i wish i could win the lottery punch my boss in the face jack my job in and by a big ass studio up in the mountains in indonesia thatd be my dream.

or second would be winning some free stuff on here i could really do with cheering up its been a bad few months money wise ..fingers crossed
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