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Reliability and sound: KRK RP5 vs M-Audio BX5, other cheapos

Hi everyone,

I was basically all set to go for the KRK RP5s, which to me sound quite similar to the M-Audio BX5s, but:

The guy at GC, who seemed to be well enough informed told me that the RP5s are returned almost weekly after blowing out. Can anyone fill me in on the reliability of low priced monitors?

Also, I have a read a sound on sound article about poor bass extension and accurary from the BX5s. What do yall think of these speakers? How bout in comparison with the RP5s?

Thank you!

Comments

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 06/05/2007 - 14:10
I've heard fairly good things about the RP5's, and my budget is severely limited. Is the $200 jump up to the Yamaha MSP5s really worth it?

Also, these speakers seems right to me because I will be traveling a lot and living in small rooms. I suppose I could pay more money for the higher KRK models (which are also small), but I don't know if it would be worth it.

AudioGaff Tue, 06/05/2007 - 16:13
Well, it really depends pn what you will be using them for. If you are recording and mixing and require an accurate monitor to really hear what you are doing, you are not likely going to get there with cheap crapy monitors. If you just need something for portable monitoring, then it doesn't really matter and I'd keep in mind to choose something that I know GC has in stock so that when it does go bad, there is likely a nearby GC to exchange it with another.

Whether the MSP5's are worth it or not is subjective. Most 5-6 inch monitors of any brad are crap that's why they are cheap. With that in mind, I would prefer the MSP5's over the BX5 or RP5.

JesterMasque Tue, 06/05/2007 - 16:33
I actually was just in the market for the BX5's and noticed the RP5's. I honestly can say that the KRK's are way too concentrated in the low-end and make mixes sound muddy. I'm not sure what the deal is with the "MSP5" name, but I assume you are talking about the HS50M's. When comparing to the BX5's, you can not even begin to compare how much more flat the sound is coming out of the Yamaha's. The only thing that I can say about all of these is to get a woofer DEFINITELY. But do not default to the KRK's because of this. The low end boost in them actually washes out a lot of the low-md and high end.

In my non-expert, however experienced opinion, if you are in this price range, the HS50's are the best deal and worth the extra $50 a piece.
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