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cheap monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by crazy_guitar, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    can anyone subgest cheap mixing monitors under $500 the pair (besides NS10s). I would like to have a subwoofer too, but if this price range doesnt allow it, I'll live. anyone?
     
  2. You can get a pair of Behringer Truth monitirs for $400. Personally I like them, some people don't, some people do. The woofer is 8.75 so bass isn't that much of an issue.
     
  3. Masternfool

    Masternfool Active Member

    I used A pair of the alesis monitor ones for the longest time,along side of my genelec1031's. very nice for the price! Best Harry :eek:
     
  4. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    Hi crazy,

    This is a very subjective topic, but frankly, these are the cheapo nearfields I would consider:

    - Dynaudio BM6As...Detailed, well-imaged, precise, great-sounding active nearfields...and pretty cheap in Europe (though much more expensive in the US). I'll probably buy my own pair of them one of these days.

    - Mackie HR824s...impressive, full and loud actives with a lot of bass. Excellent value for money, though less precise than the BM6A and slower in the dynamics/punch dept.

    - NS10Ms...this is the time to get the last ones out there before they're gone...I'll confess to recently buying 2 more pairs myself to stock up. You really do want a good amp behind them, like a Bryston 4B, which can make this the most expensive option of the three.

    Of course, $240 will get you a pair of passive Auratones...but that's another category of use entirely. And you need an amp.

    Let us know what you end up choosing. Best of luck,

    Jon
     
  5. bohemio

    bohemio Guest

    I am currently using Event 20/20bas... They are active monitors and they sell for like 350 each... The Mackie monitors are amazing but more expensive... stay away from KRK's...
     
  6. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Scott Dorsey turned me on to NHT Super Ones a few years ago, and I have never regretted the $320 spent on them. I have never really found anything below the $1000 mark I like as much. Add in a $150 used Adcom 535, and you're right under your target.
     
  7. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Originally posted by Masternfool:
    I used A pair of the alesis monitor ones for the longest time,along side of my genelec1031's. very nice for the price! Best Harry :eek:

    I'm with you on this. I did a shoot out with cost effective (cheap) active monitors. These and the Behringer Truths came out on top. The event 20/20's don't sound too bad to my ears but the woofers seem too blow (and get worn) a lot.
     
  8. swansonic

    swansonic Guest

    Since you stated $500, I would recommend Tannoy Reveals with the Tannoy PS110 sub.

    Works for me, I let the bigger studios spead the money on expensive monitors and rooms, that way I can get many "views" of how my Tannoys related.

    Mike
     
  9. OTRjkl

    OTRjkl Guest

    2nd on the Tannoy Reveals. I wish they went down a little lower but they are very clear. The passive model goes for just about the same price as the NS-10s. They're not real power hungry either - I power mine with a Hafler P1500.
     
  10. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    is there a cheap separate powered subwoofer, or maybe not powered, as long as the two monitors and the sub run under one power amp

    Joz
     
  11. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    I researched the monitors, and I think i'm gonna go for the Behringer truth mon. They seem to have a lot o features, and real flat sound, plus they are only $400 the pair, and they are powered.
    But I can't find the price for the Behringer ps110 sub. Depending on the price, I may buy the sub too, does anyone know the price??
     
  12. crazy_guitar

    crazy_guitar Member

    sorry they arent powered, the powered ones cost $799
     
  13. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    I'm going to be frank here.

    Crazy, one would have to pay me a lot of money to go through the bother and loss of productivity involved with trying to work with B**** products. It is junk that pretends to offer great value for money, while in reality it is nearly worthless in a professional context.

    If I can do any good here on this thread, it would be to help you avoid throwing away your hard-earned money like that.

    Jon
     
  14. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Originally posted by Jon Atack:
    I'm going to be frank here.

    Crazy, one would have to pay me a lot of money to go through the bother and loss of productivity involved with trying to work with B**** products. It is junk that pretends to offer great value for money, while in reality it is nearly worthless in a professional context.

    If I can do any good here on this thread, it would be to help you avoid throwing away your hard-earned money like that.

    Jon


    Jon,

    I don't own any Behringer products, nor have I ever heard their monitors. And I certainly respect your opinions and expertise, based on past posts. But I'm just curious if your blanket indictment comes from personal evaluations or from a dislike of the company in general. We have read many slams here about sub-professional and/or "junk" gear - often applied to companies like Mackie, Peavey and Alesis.

    But then every once in a while, one of those "junk" companies comes out with something like the VIPRE. And I remember there was a time (pre-RNC era) when the Behringer Composer was considered by some pros to be a pretty decent budget compressor. (I'm not saying the Truths are in that category - just that I wouldn't want to condemn them without hearing them.)

    I know a lot of manufacturers hate behringer because they consider their business plan to be one of ripping off other companies' designs and then undercutting the price of the original. If that's true, there's a legitimate beef there. Is that part of your antipathy?

    I certainly sympathize with your assessments, as I also tend to be very wary of companies that I've been burned by in the past. But, there's always a possibility that they got lucky this time... :w:
     
  15. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    Hey everyone...

    I enjoy using Alesis M1 Active MK2 monitors. Only $500....lots of bass, very little high end. Unfortunately you have to learn to compensate for that. I've had them for about 3 months and the mixes i do on them are definitely better than the mixes i've done on some of my olders setups. I've found that, at first, EVERYTHING sounds good on them. After a while though, you learn to know what the monitors are telling you.

    Before i bought them, i was thinking of upgrading to monitors that were a lot more expensive. But now that my mixes are where i want them, i see no reason. I feel no fatigue when listening to them and they don't hinder me in any way.

    I know a lot of people will "bash" this choice, but we all have our own ears and different things will work for different people. Good luck!
     
  16. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    littledog,

    I don't have any dislike or beef with Behringer as a company or on a professional level. The viewpoint expressed in my previous post is strictly one of a sound engineer and user trying to get the best from his tools.

    For the record, I think Mackie, Peavey and Alesis have all managed to occasionally turn out excellent products, which, while not being necessarily the best money can buy, do provide excellent value for money...the HR824 and the Masterlink come to mind here.

    Jon
     

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