Monitor amp question?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Magnus johansson, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Hello people!

    I am about to buy a new monitor amp for my home studio. I have a pair of tannoy reveal passive.
    I have the studio at home so I cant play very loud but I want the amp to deliver all the transients of percussive instruments.

    Do you have any suggestions witch amp to buy? The budget is about maximum 300usd.

    I was thinking of a alesis or maybe InterM R-300 or maybe a good hifi stage? Passive cooling of course.

    Please let me hear your opinions??

  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    Maybe ask this question in the mastering forum.
    A couple of rules, differrent amps make the same monitors sound different. More power = more headroom = desirable. A used amp would probably be a better value.

    [ August 24, 2003, 07:40 PM: Message edited by: RecorderMan ]

    BUZAIN Guest

    I would suggest saving money and buying active speakers instead. You can srill keep your current amp and speakers for comparing your mix, but active is the way to go for a cleaner and more accurate sound when recording.
  4. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    That's incorrect BUZAIN!!

    Passive systems have problems and so do Active.
    If it where a matter of fewer components in the signal pass then passive speakers would be it.
    Active speaker design today is in almost all cases about forcing drive units to play correctly in a small cabinet.

    So you can't make a statement that says "go only for active" ;)

    BUZAIN Guest


    Getting a passive speaker is not just a matter of speakers themselves. You have to get a matching amp so that the sound is not coloured and ameliorated. Active speakers come in with their own custom made amp. If you want a clean and un-ameliorated sound, active is the wisest way to go unless you have the money and the knowledge to get a matching amp for your passive speakers.
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    This appears to me to assume that all active speakers do have a well matched amp, speaker, crossover well optimized for each other, and that is a very big assumption that I'd be willing to bet is not always true. Anyone can cram all those components in a box and sell it as an acitve monitor. I would suggest that when buying an active monitor, buy the very best you can afford and buy from a company that has history of making good active monitors.
  7. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003

    What you are talking about is the "bread and butter" of choosing sound equipment ;)
    Read my topic "are you on the road to audio hell"

    Active speakers are cheaper but in the long run you will get more out of a passive system than an active, and you will also save money on not having to change the speakers + amp when you upgrate :tu:


    [ August 29, 2003, 02:40 AM: Message edited by: Henrik Ammitsboel ]
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