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budget mastering speakers

Need some advice on some budget speakers to use for mastering (not mixing). Is there anything that could be recommended in the 500.00 to 2000.00 range? Audiophile speakers perhaps?

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Massive Mastering Tue, 02/15/2005 - 21:10

If I was going to try to get a decent setup for $2,000...

A pair of (new) B&W DM604 S3's ($1,400/pair), a nice used Bryston 2B or 3B ($500) and a set of Cobalt speaker cables ($100).

You could also drop down to a pair of DM603's and throw in a Velodyne VX-10 subwoofer and probably come out with enough left for pizza.

It wouldn't be "the shite" but it would certainly beat the living hell out of most home & project studio mastering rigs...

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Ammitsboel Wed, 02/16/2005 - 05:02

Listen to anything you can find at that price and go with your gut.
I would recomend trying out some Audio Note speakers with some decent amps and cables.

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Pez Thu, 02/17/2005 - 20:20

thanks for the tips. Have you used the B&Ws in your own home or studio? The reviews for these seem really great. I'm having a hard time finding a seller for these in the US though.

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Massive Mastering Thu, 02/17/2005 - 21:37

I auditioned several 600 series models... Even the 602.5's were excellent for the bucks. I'd go with the 603's at a minimum though... And then a Velodyne and maybe a Central Station...

Oh, it can get so messy...

But still, Even the "budget" B&W's are just great sounding speakers. Natural, detailed... Very un-sterile sounding.

Not as revealing as the upper lines of course, but for around 1/6th the price, you can't go wrong.

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FifthCircle Thu, 02/17/2005 - 22:18

Some of Ken Goerres speakers may fit in that price range- he does some pretty darned good stuff (known partially for his work with Chris Pelonis). Also, if you can find any of Bob Norberg's speakers (especially the model 28 ) they are another rare, but pretty good speaker... They certainly look strange, but looks aside, they sound great (that is what I'm using as my main monitors here).

--Ben

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lucidwaves Thu, 02/17/2005 - 22:51

Pez wrote: I'm having a hard time finding a seller for these in the US though.

If you go here:

bwspeakers.com/

there is a link for their "Dealer Locator" and you can look up the closest dealers to you with your zip (postal) code.

I'm going to have a listen soon as well.

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wayne Sun, 02/20/2005 - 11:54

Are there differences between preferred speakers for mastering Vs mixing, (perhaps more so in the moderate price ranges)?
Wayne

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Massive Mastering Sun, 02/20/2005 - 23:20

Wow!

audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrfull&1111449721

I'd get these myself if I was so inclined...

But I don't need them...

But they sure are pretty...

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Pez Wed, 02/23/2005 - 22:06

I tried the dealer search but it doesn't show us dealers. The link of the owner for the used pair for sale doesn't work. lol- not much luck today.

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lucidwaves Thu, 02/24/2005 - 09:38

Pez wrote: I tried the dealer search but it doesn't show us dealers. The link of the owner for the used pair for sale doesn't work. lol- not much luck today.

try this

bwspeakers.com

make sure that the last period (the one after the dot com) is included when you type or paste the link into your browser.

This will make the B&W page load fresh. From there you should be able to select your country and language preference. Then it will bring you to the page that has the dealer locator link.

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