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i was wondering if i could use my thx certified klipsch promedia speakers as studio monitors. they really are incredible sounding (to my ears)... completely silent even when cranked. . what do you guys think?


johnwy Wed, 11/17/2004 - 05:45

Well if you feel that your mixes translate well using these speakers then why not? I would have another pair of speakers to reference along side with it though.

Hell I know a couple of guys that used speakers similar to the JBL control series for reference along with another pair of speakers like genelecs, ns-10s, tannoys, etc...

Which model do you have, the Promedia 2.1? Does it have a seperate volume control for the subwoofer? My only advise is that you gotta be careful with how much the subwoofer comes into play volume wise because it may give you a false sense of how much low end you actually have going on. The bottom line is if it works well for you, then go with it.

Cucco Wed, 11/17/2004 - 09:25

I'll agree with johnwy. Of course there is a big caveat here (which he also mentioned) - you must be able to understand how your mixes on these speakers will translate onto other systems. As I understand it, those Klipsch model speakers are essentially glorified computer speakers, which generally lack full, extended bass and often have exaggerated highs. But, if you are infinitely familiar with them and you have no budget to replace them, by all means, make the best of them.

If you are looking at replacing the Klipsches with more robust computer-type speakers, I would stronly suggest the NHT Pro M-00 or the Audix PH-5. Both of these are amplified speakers and are incredibly accurate. The Audix are far cheaper and sound pretty decent.

Personally, I use NHT speakers to mix, master and check all of my mixes on. They aren't true studio monitors in the sense of the word, but they are some of the most linear, clean, transparent and truthful speakers on the market. The catch is, you've gotta have room for them. (I use the 2.5i's) But, I also keep a pair of the Audix's around (as well as several other studio monitors) for mobile monitoring and for sanity checks.

One quick note - don't get caught up in the "THX Certified" marketing hype. Back in the day, this actually used to mean something, nowadays, they're slapping that logo on everything.

It used to be that for an amplified speaker, the following qualifications must have been met:
105 dB constant (RMS) level possible
115 dB peak levels possible
3 dB high frequency attenuation switchable
and a few other detailed electrical requirements.

Nowadays, I don't know what the requirements are, but the bar certainly has been lowered.



Big_D Thu, 11/18/2004 - 19:06

I agree with everything so far. If you have no other option at this time then try to use the Klipsch. But the Klipsch are some of brightest speakers I've ever heard (extremely exagerated highs) which will translate into dull highs on your recordings when played back on another system. You will need to compensate for this and it will take alot of practice. On the other hand even a budget pair of monitors will yeild more accurate results. As Cucco and Johnwy said the highs and the lows will be your biggest problem.

Cucco, I didn't know NHT made computer speakers, Their Home Theater speakers are incredible! They're always at the top of the list (HT and S&V magazines) for systems under $10K. Another very accurate speaker line is the Paradigm's. Check'em out.

Cucco Thu, 11/18/2004 - 19:20


Yeah, NHT's do rock. And you're absolutely right, those Klipsch's and most new Klipsch's for that matter sound dreadfully bright! Definitely not the same since Paul passed away. (Rest in peace old friend.) The Heresey's and the Heresey II's are great monitors if you can still find 'em.

The M-00 from NHT isn't technically a computer speaker - it's kind of like the super zero on steroids. Built in amp, every kind of connector possible, 111dB from a mini speaker. They're not for everyone though.



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