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Are Studio Monitors Different From Live Monitors?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by Kuroneku, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    I just purchased the JBL SLR305, and I was wondering if it is okay to use them as (somewhat loud) monitors for live singing?

    Would they get damaged from the volume? Should I purchase a live monitor to be on the safe side?

    Sorry if the question seems "dull", but this is the first time I am really using monitors

    Thanks in advance
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    those would be fine for live monitors but not for recording.
  3. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Really? The guy at Guitar Center recommended those as Recording monitors :eek:
    The packaging says Studio Monitors as well?
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling you may have mis-typed that. Assuming you're referring to these LSR305. They are NOT intended for stage monitors and NOT going to work very well for live music.

    The first two reasons that come to mind are:

    A) Not nearly enough power to cover a stage.

    2) They have no grill to protect the drivers, so in addition to being under-gunned - the 5-inch woofer probably wouldn't last long without a metal grill of some kind.

    If you're playing quietly enough that these would get the job done - you probably don't need monitors in the first place.
  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    These are designed for NF studio use. I couldn't find a freq response chart on them but they'll certainly be better than using headphones for mixing - as long as your room isn't so sonically skewed that no monitor could be true - you'll want to keep your use to studio with these.

    Sit as close to them as you can to insure that you are hearing as much direct sound from the speakers as possible, as opposed to room reflection.... but that being said: look at improving your room acoustics as well if need be, because this facet is a crucial factor. Even the best made NF's won't do you much good in a bad sounding mixing environment.

    For live application, look into a powered monitor. Without breaking the bank, perhaps something like this:

    Kustom PA KPC12MP 12" Powered Monitor Speaker | Musician's Friend
  6. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    My google search just brought up 305s as eon 15 in powered speakers. And I searched "slr 305s". If that's what u have those are for live sound.
  7. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    If that's the case, the EON305 is a passive 15" 2-way cabinet. The 315 is the powered version.

    I still have a hunch he means these, LSR305.

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