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Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by jvp, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. jvp

    jvp Guest

    hi all - basic question from a beginner:

    - do i need an amp for good monitors or do i go for an Active pair?
    - any tips for something in the sub £500 range? space is at a premium in my room FYI!

    i will shortly be purchasing the digi 003 rack and need monitors, would the 003 have an amp built in for monitoring??

    Thanks, John
  2. Ballz

    Ballz Guest

    It sounds like for what you're doing and the price range you're in, you should go with active monitors (built in amps). The amps are made specifically to power those monitors, you save space, and it's cheaper (and no extra cables!). I'm not sure what 500 euros translates to in Canadian dollars, but I have a feeling you're in the M-Audio, B$4rin&er, KRK, Event range. Some of these brands sell an additional sub-woofer that is made to go with these monitors.

    Do your research dude. You should already know if a 003 has a built in amp if you're buying one. It does.....n't
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    The self powered monitors just make total sense for Project Studios and for the huge full-blown commercial facilities. Because regardless of speaker you choose, it will sound different with every different amplifier connected to it, if you don't get the self powered versions. It doesn't matter what it blah blah specifications say or what you think the quality level is. We used to power our JBL speakers, first from a Macintosh 2100 and then from a Crown DC 300 A. The difference in sound and how the speakers responded from the different output loads of these two completely different amplifiers was just simply phenomenal! Each one sounded great and each one sounded greatly different from the other. I preferred the Crown and have been using that combination ever since as that is the sound that I know intimately which gives me the ability to judge most everything quite accurately.

    But if I had to purchase a new monitors, with the self powered monitors, you're getting a completely integrated and designed from the ground up precision monitoring system. Everything has been done for you by experts. You merely need to pick out what flavor you like best. I would recommend however, that you absolutely take some kind of reference CDs, by major artists and their producers, that are known high quality recordings, with excellent technical aspects. This will give you a reference to start from.

    I don't like listening to somebody else's music during demonstrations. I need to hear what I know. That way, I'll know if I can relate to the equipment and what I'm hearing from it or whether I can't.

    Discriminating listener
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Hi John,

    I guess from your budget of £500 that you are in the UK. That amount is a bit of a between-figure for monitors over here. I would certainly endorse the advice to go for powered (active) monitors, although you have to think carefully about how you will drive them, where the monitor volume control is positioned in your audio chain and so on. You don't want to be reducing the digital levels to the 003 outputs just to control the listening levels in your room.

    That amount (£500) will get you a pair of KRK V6s or possibly Dynaudio BM5As. You should also try to listen to some Genelecs if your store has any of that make in the price range. Work out where you would position the monitors in your room, particularly how much space there would be behind them. This may influence whether you go for front-ported or rear-ported cabinet designs.
  5. Blueraven

    Blueraven Active Member

    Event ASP8's

    Remy and Bos,

    I'm on the verge of getting these monitors.

    Any idea of their quality etc?


  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    If you mean the KRKs, Dynaudios or Genelecs, I wouldn't have mentioned them unless their sound quality was among the best you could get for that sort of money. The store may well have others in addition. You have to choose which you are happy with when playing your typical material.
  7. Blueraven

    Blueraven Active Member

    Oh shoot. My topic didn't register.

    I was talking about the Event ASP8's.

    sorry about that..

  8. softchewy

    softchewy Guest

    Those sounded great when I was testing some monitors recently.
    I thought they were better than the KRK, M-audio, Yamahas, etc.

    If space is a premium, you might want to get the ASP6s.
    They use the same exact amp, sound just as good in my opinion and you only give up slight amount in the low end (40Hz for the ASP6 and 35Hz for the ASP8), which shouldn't be a prob if you are in a small room (I may have assumed that incorrectly since you said space is at a premium).
  9. Blueraven

    Blueraven Active Member


    that is the conclusion i came to also. Looks like the 8's are the ones.

    Nice site too.

  10. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    It comes down to personal preference. For myself, I didn't rate the Events against the KRK V6s (not RPs) or the Dynaudio BM5As.
  11. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    i have a pair of rubicon's and a matching sub. they are ribbon monitors and i like them very much. just food for thought
  12. Blueraven

    Blueraven Active Member


    I got the events today.

    Haven't heard a bad thing about them so far.



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