I'm in the market for my first pair of studio monitors and I have been reading some previous threads/doing a bit of research and have decided to post my experience so far/discuss some of what I'm thinking about. I am looking to buy some decent monitors for ~$500/pair for recording some acoustic/rock/electronic music that I record in my bedroom "studio". Right now I am using a Firepod as my inputs/converters/soundcard and mainly use Cubase LE/Reason 3 as my recording and midi software. I have been mixing mostly on a pair of Sony MDR-7502 headphones and also cross-reference with a pair of old Fisher stereo speakers running through an old Onkyo Amplifier. I am planning on building bass traps and treating my room with OC 703 panels. So the monitors I have been looking at are: Samson Rubicon 6a Samson Rubicon R8a Yamaha HS50M Yamaha HS80M Yamaha NS-10M (used) Mackie MR8 M-Audio BX8 Event TR6 Event TR8 NHT M-00 So I went to listen to a few of these on the list today and sort of have mixed feelings... First, I listened to the Samson Rubicon 6a's vs. 8a's. I have been looking at these a lot online because of some of the stuff that Davedog has said in other threads about their quality for the price. So I A/B'd the 6a's and the 8a's and I have to say that I was REALLY disappointed in the 6a's.... compared to the 8a's, they sounded like they were wrapped in a thick wool sock. The 8a's were much more "airy" and "open" in comparison. So next I listened to the Yamaha HS50M vs. HS80M. This one really surprised me.... I thought the 50m's sounded noticeable tighter than the 80m's... especially in high end clarity. Not that the 80m's sounded bad but the HS50M's honestly sounded the tightest and most detailed of ALL the monitors I listened to today. I then went back and forth listening to the Yamaha's vs. Samson's, blah, blah , blah.... I guess the point is.... are my ears just whacked that I think the HS50Ms sounded the best? The sound of the Samson 8a's and HS80M may have sounded a little more "flat" to my ears, but I liked the sound of the 50M's better. Should I get something that sounds "better" to me that may not be giving me an accurate read or should I look for something "flat" even if I don't like the way it sounds as much? Honestly, I don't trust my ears right now because I know that I am lacking in the all important experience factor that others (like davedog) have. And it's hard to make a choice because I don't want to spend my money on something that I will hate in a year when I know more. I am going to go to listen to some more monitors on the list in the near future... but in the meantime, any advise would be appreciated.