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Selecting a monitor

Discussion in 'Recording' started by visham, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. visham

    visham Guest


    I am planning to buy monitors for my computer-based home studio. I found these two Monitor Speakers while browing.

    I would like to know your views if anyone of you have ever tested these or using them.

    EDIROL - MA-15D Digital Stereo Micro Monitor

    BEHRINGER - Digital Monitor Speakers MS40

    Are the S/PDIF Optical & Coaxial Inputs good? :-|


  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    The most important thing about buying speaker is to listen to them. Speakers are very personal and no two people hear them quite the same way. Suggest going to somewhere that you can hear the two speakers in question and make a decision based on what you are hearing. Take along some CDs that you are familiar with.

    Digital speakers have to have a D to A converter in them and sometimes it is NOT the best D to A converter because the manufacturer was trying to save money. My own choice would be to use powered speakers and not cheap "digital" speakers, I think you will be happer with them.
  3. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Yep second that, it took me 6months of serious testing to find what I wanted.
  4. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Start by using your ears. Listen to your choices at varying volume levels, and no more than a couple different sets of monitors per day (your ears can play tricks on you!!).

    Remember, nearly ANY "decent" monitor speaker will do (unless you're recording and mixing classical music). The important thing is to record the best sound, learn how your monitors replay that sound and "translate" to other systems by listening to your mix on other systems. It takes time.

    It's typically not the gear that makes the recording great. "Garbage in garbage out" doesn't apply to just PCs... A great song, performed well, and recorded well are THE most important aspects. The gear is secondary to all that.

    A personal friend uses old stereo speakers to mix with in his living room, because he's cheap, and knows them well. I'd put his mixes up against almost anyone's for quality and content.

    The point being NOT to get too focused on the gear. Focus instead on learning how to use the gear to get the best results. Your ears are still your most important asset!
  5. visham

    visham Guest

    Thank you all for your advice. :)

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