Mackie HRMK2 824 624 Monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by djmukilteo, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I noticed Mackie has a $200 rebate on a pair of these monitors.
    Looks like the 824's are selling for around $1200 before rebate.

    Anybody have opinions on either the 624's or 824's and how they stack up to other brands in that $1000 price range?
  2. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    they're alright. check into the krk VXT series though.
  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    Yes, i've been using Hr 824mk 2's for about a year in my bedroom studio. They are really clear, the bottom end on them is questionable, but i got used to it. I built some slat resonators, and mineral wool panels, and my mixes travel resonably well. They are fun to mix on and i think pretty tough to beat at this price point. i compared them to krk rokit 8's, Behringer Truth, and yamaha hsm8's and i liked the Mackies the best.
  4. hilltop

    hilltop Active Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    West Virginia
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    Mackie 824 for sure, Love mine
  5. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Vashon Island, Washington
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    Been using my 824s for 5 years or more, absolutely love them.

    As with any monitors, you need to "learn" them within the context of your room and mix accordingly. I my case, the monitors + room combo is a little bit bass heavy, so I know to boost the low end of things a little further than I would otherwise think. Otherwise my mixes would end up to thin on the low end.

    I believe that my bass-heaviness is more a result of my room than the monitors, but as I said, learn your monitors in context and you'll do fine!

  6. jasonwagner

    jasonwagner Active Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Love mine, they translate well if the room is good and work really nice with the Mackie sub which is great for dialing in stuff below 80hz or so. I can listen to music for a really long time on them without feeling fatigued.

    I would advise finding a few music stores that have a decent room and try out as many monitors as you can though. Bring CDs too, not mp3s.
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    As was said, Monitors are a learning experience.

    Just as a point of reference as far as Mackie 824's, I dont believe I've ever heard anyone whos uses them not make a statement about the bass being a little on the heavy side. I'm sure there are great rooms in that bunch. Its the reason I never bought them. They have a nice even upper register, but the passive woofer makes them a bit suspect on tightening the lows.

    Yes, Of Course, after a time you learn them and the mixes travel.......I think if you're doing heavier music these would be something you might get into.

    I'm a flat response kinda person. I love the Genelec line of speakers. ALL of em.

    I come from OLD JBL's. I had a set of 4311's for a number of years. I wish I still had em. I mixed a lot of stuff on Urie's and I'm really a fan of the dual-cone and time aligned speaker systems.

    Its simply easier to get it right from the beginning.

    But, as has been said, and I agree with it 100%, you teach your ear to compensate for anything, and if you have some skills at mixing, whatever you listen to can do what you want.

    BTW. I personally like the 624's a lot better. (no passive radiator)
  8. Duncanjp

    Duncanjp Guest

    Yep. My experience exactly, Jeff. I love my 824s. I've had them for about five years as well, and they sound fantastic in my studio. But it took a little experimentation to get the bottom end right when mixing. I have to bump the lower end of my mixes a little bit for the right balance to translate to other audio systems, despite having an acoustically treated, conically-shaped room.
  9. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York City

    He-he... I actually have heard a couple engineers not complain about the bass on HR824's... but I have NEVER before heard anyone use the words "I'm a flat response kinda person" in the context of praising JBL 4311s or UREI 8xx monitors! :)

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