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Cheap Monitors Shootout!

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by ThirdBird, May 14, 2011.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    In the first corner in the black trunks:
    Behringer Truth B2031A's (8 inch)
    Amazon.com: Behringer TRUTH B2031A Active Monitor (Single): Electronics

    vs.

    In the yellow trunks (see what I did there!?)
    KRK Rokit 5's (5 inch)
    Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: KRK RP5G2 Rokit G2 5In Powered Studio Monitor (Single Speaker)

    This was just a listening test.... no mixing was involved. I listening to a variety of styles: Bob Marley, Enimem, The Beatles, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some Miles Davis. Disclaimer, I have not really listened to music inquisitively on any other monitors than these two, and in no way consider myself a pro.

    1. The first and most noticeable difference I noticed was the overall volume level. The KRK's were about 10 db's softer. Both input trims on were on factory 0. I assume this is just because it is that the 8 inch needs more power to drive it.

    2. The next biggest difference I noticed was in the high-mids. The KRK's seemed fuller with more presence, without being as shrill or brittle as the Behringers. The KRK's also seem to have more depth concerning space effects like reverb.

    3. Concerning bass: The Behringers had more low end. That being said, they sounded boxier compared to the KRK's, and the KRK's seemed more controlled, tighter and punchier. I guess this is to be expected because of the difference in the size of the speaker. I am most excited about this difference, because I have always had trouble getting the bass levels right in my mixes. I do know that my listening environment is not ideal, but it this difference is still encouraging.

    4. Overall flatness across the spectrum. Compared to quality home stereo speakers, both the KRK and Behringers provide a decently flat rate response. The differ in some areas, but are similar enough.


    These are just some of my amateur thoughts regarding these two models of speakers. Hopefully you guys find some use out of my review. It would be great if any of you can chime in with any further insight or discussion ideas. Thanks for listening!


    - 3b
     
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Did you do the comparison with the B 2 0 3 1 A's putting out a higher dB level? If so, it's much harder to make a good comparison. There's a well known and very simple psychoacoustic effect - louder=better. When testing audio components in a store, its a good idea to take along an SPL meter. That way you at least have a shot at getting the levels close. (Just a chance. Our ears are more sensitive than the resolution of an inexpensive meter like my Radio Shack.)
     
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Rude Boy,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong thread, I am sure mods can move it wherever it serves best.

    Bob,

    I opened up the songs in my DAW. I found the 10 db difference by lowering a copy of each song to where they sounded similar in level, volume-wise. From reading these forums (zing!), I already knew that louder sounds better, so I went the extra step to compare them at the same volumes. Thanks for noticing!
     

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