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monitor advice needed

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by tony moore, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. tony moore

    tony moore Guest


    i'm looking to buy another pair of monitors to compliment my yamaha ns10's. i'd like to spend under a grand and hopefully around $500. also, i've been using a crown d-75 to power the ns10's and have a spare crown d-75, so passive would be cool. i'm not sure what i'm looking for, just something to give a different perspective than the ns10's. maybe something nicer to just listen to? i picked up a pair of tannoy 6.5's and don't really care for them. i monitor and listen at low to moderate volumes. my home studio also doubles as simply a music room and i do alot of jamming and listening there...

    any suggestions?


  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    For your budget, here they are.

    Use the NS10's for mixing, use these for evaluation.

    Wonderful speakers. You will be amazed, totally overshadows the 6.5 Tannoys.

    Look at the 2 reviews, they sound like someone is pulling your chain...but believe me, these speakers are DAMN good. The price is an insult.
  3. tony moore

    tony moore Guest

    perfect! thanks bill! and there's a dealer only 5 miles from my house :)

    thanks again,

  4. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    AHA! i had(have) a set of the 65's...i loaned em to a friend whos got a midi studio set up and hes never offered to let me have em back...yeah these things rock seriously...good call bill....another small and very accurate bookshelf type of speaker is the celestions...i have model 3's...if the mix sounds good on these it WILL translate everywhere...
  5. millionvalve

    millionvalve Guest

    How do the Reveals compare to these? Do they?

  6. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    The drivers in the Bostons are much more powerful, can put out at least 6dB more output and have faster rise time, all the while maintaining less Mud in the lower midrange and better dynamics, staying smooth too!

    One look at the rear of the tweeter on the bostons at the massive aluminium heatsincs and the sheer cost of replacement drivers is one key to "better quality parts" with the Bostons.

    Although they make for a better evaluation speaker rather than a MIX speaker (the Bostons have tons of bass power), I would say they are a tighter, more dynamic and have a larger sound than the Reveals; based not on side by side comparison, but fairly fast comparisons in the same room, about a week apart.
  7. tony moore

    tony moore Guest

    i picked up a pair tonight and am completely blown away. bill, they were a PERFECT recommendation, thanks! i've been listening to them for the hour and half and they are a pleasure to listen to. a perfect compliment to my ns10's. thanks again!

    btw, the shop i bought them from had a pretty wide variety including the tannoy reveals. bill is spot on. i don't think i'd mix on the bostons, but seemed to be a much better "listening" speaker than the reveal's.

  8. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I am very happy you took the time to read my recomendation and go for it!

    Their are many fine loudpeakers out there but the Bostons sound as good (musically wise) as anything under a 1000 dollars and can actually outperform some of the boutique 10,000 dollar mini monitors.

    Like I said, they are damn good speakers. :tu:

    Once the woofers loosten up some, they will actually do a solid 37hZ, (-3db)

    They are one of audios' best kept secrets. I would never steer you wrong.

    I have the CR8's (older model, essentially the same thing) I use for the theater room. I don't need a sub, plenty of bone shaking bass from those little fellows, I have mine on spiked stands about 27 inches tall. They are now 4 years old and even though I have 300 per channel on them and can bottom them out, they work great!

    Everyone freaks out when they hear that much music, that clear and that solid from these speakers. Boston makes great speakers for consumer use.

    The Paradigms of the price range seem artificially tilted in the highs and have less of an open sound. A comparison, many people will pick the paradigms..but the bostons are much more musical and accurate.

    As a loudspeaker designer myself, I could not do this good at this price...reason I bought them!!

    Now if you want to really upgrade to something that is terribly awesome for the money (not up to the ns1000's of course but way up there), two pairs of them with the top pair upside down (inverted) will eat any speaker I have heard (including bostons costlier VR models) under 1900 a pair and that includes all of them.

    As a matter of fact, the distance between the tweeters inverted is absolutly in phase.

    A favorite on the bostons is Dire Straits "brother at arms" and another (well everything that is good is great on them) is anything by foreplay.

    You will understand what fine mixing and mastering really is all about.

    I looked back and the first serious attempt at speaker building for me was 34 years ago.

    Damn, I have been into this $*^t that long????


    But in retrospect, every day, I absorb at least 4 to 10 hrs of music and frankly, If I do not know speakers backwards, forward and even sideways and upside down, then I will never get it!

    I am happy for you!!

    Like to hear more comments as well!
  9. cjenrick

    cjenrick Active Member

    Nov 15, 2002
    A little off the subject, but I think a great song to check out speakers with is "I'm A Man" by Chicago Transit Authority. It covers all the frequencies, starting from the bottom with the bass opening, all the way to the top with the tamborine. There is also a very subtle midrange that a lot of speakers completely hide.
  10. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    The only thing I am concerned about in all this is the crown d75. just for yucks you might try running it in bridge mode with one D75 per NS-10. The NS-10s like a lot of power.

    You will be amazed at how much better they sound with enough power.
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