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Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by kmetal, Jun 12, 2020.

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  1. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Hey ya'll im considering a pair of monitors mainly for messing around- writing, trying out my considerable collection of new plugs and vsti. I will probably get another set when i setup a studio room at this place and get my main system set-up. The only one's ive heard is the yammy's which im leaning towards. Im considering krk, but feel uneasy about dsp in my speakers (potential for added latency, additional conversion). I dont usually care for jbl but the online demo seemed reasonable watever that's worth. Khali has decent reviews. The yamaha seems to have the most revealing mids if i had to make a guess base on other in person trials vs krk jbl mackie ect. Tho the low freq extension of the lp8 is appealing.

    If i put the yams in the studio room i would add the yam sub.

    Im open to any other suggestions. Thanks.

    For $150 each-

    Jbl 305p mk ii
    Khali lp 6

    For $200 ea-

    Jbl 306p mk ii
    Khali lp 8
    Yamaha hs 5
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    I like my Yamaha Hs8, very focused and foward sounding. I did add a sub with them too...
     
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  3. cyrano

    cyrano Active Member

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    From your shortlist, Id go for the JBL's. They sound good.

    I'm currently building an ambisonic setup. So, 8 monitors, at least. I was going for my usual active setup, as I already have four of those. Until I realised these also need to be able to be used on location. And then weight becomes a liability. Especially for the four units hanging from the ceiling.

    By chance, I bought 4 KEF Coda 7's. Budget Hifi from last century. These solved the weight problem. If they ever fall down, they won't kill anyone. So now I'm looking for another two pairs.

    In ambi, you need identical speakers. And the Coda's surprised me. There's very little difference between speakers. Less than the active ones I was using.

    In the end, unless you can afford the real studio monitors, it doesn't matter that much. Speakers are speakers. There's good ones an there's lesser ones. Doesn't really matter what they're called.
     
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    I haven't heard of the codas ill check them out. I did decent mixes on 70's floor standing speakers when i started out.

    I think cheap / "non real studio monitors" speakers can be useful ie ns-10s, aurotones, there's alot of records being made on rokits... i think if you listen to them you would hear significant differences. With a low end monitors you usually have useful bass or highs or mids, but not all in one speaker. The better the speaker the wider the range it covers Accurately/usefully. Ive used Meyers, quested, urie, none of which are cheap, and they all sound different.

    Its not so much that i cant afford "real studio speakers", i can, it just doesn't make sense to me to stick a pair of barefoots in a spare bedroom while testing my software and computer system out.

    Jbl and yammy are the front runner's, i just have concerns about jbl mid range being a bit scooped. They seem a bit more hifi than the hs, which is fun for listening, but my mackies were scooped and i always ended up cranking the mids too much.

    Do you find the jbls scooped? I haven't demoed the mk2s, im pretty sure i heard the mk 1s.
     
  5. cyrano

    cyrano Active Member

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    I've heard the JBL305's (presumably MKI) and they sounded good. It was in a good room.

    Imho, the room will have more influence than differences between speakers. They're all quite flat these days.

    My room is very bad, acoustically. 2 large windows, tiles on the wall... So the Coda's surprised me, as they are a Danish design budget speaker. And they are bass reflex. The box is very thin, but no panel resonances. And the small driver does what it can to push bass. Not for high levels, but since there are four of them atm, they push enough low. I've even started using them as stereo pair, but supported by a B&W sub. And that integrates fine, for once. I've always had trouble integrating subs. Not this time. I haven't measured anything yet, it's all by ear...
     
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  6. miyaru

    miyaru Active Member

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    For around fourhundred dollar you can have Presonus Eris E 8 monitors (pair). Fine sounding, no nonsense devices. I have and liking them much!!!!
     
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  7. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Funny you mentioned them, i had been planning a pair of eris 3's with Bluetooth for my phone and streaming. Gonna look more into a larger pair, alot of people seem to like them.
     
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