Need your opinions about which powered monitors to buy

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by aishabag, May 20, 2005.

  1. aishabag

    aishabag Guest

    Hello all,

    I'm in the market for new monitors... I'd like to get powered monitors this time around. I currently use Event 20/20 passives with an Alesis RA150 poweramp.

    The Events have pretty flat bass response... i know that is generally desirable, but I'm doing dance music and I'm finding that when I bounce down out of Pro Tools my subs are out of control.

    Can any of you folks recommend some powered monitors in the <$1000 price range that would have a little bit more presence in the bass dept.?

  2. recarbo

    recarbo Guest

    I found that my 20/20bas were masking too much LF and were too
    strong on HF, so when I checked my mixes, they were bottom heavy with not as much top end as I mixed in....
    Two years back I bought Dynaudio BM6As and my mixes improved and translated almost immediately. If you can spring another $300
    or so, I would at least try the Dyns out...
    YMMV and WILL vary with the resonances in your control room....
  3. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Were your 20/20's passive or active and were they V2's? I have the active V2's and I get almost perfect low end and really they seem to translate perfect. probably a difference in control rooms, funny how a room can make good monitors bad.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I have the same Alesis amp. I was gonna get the Event20/20's but opted for the Mackie HR824's. They are a little bit more than you were looking to spend, but I like them.
    Before I had these, I used the Yamaha NS10's. I'm glad to be rid of those.
  5. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Ultimeately, bigger, better speakers may be best, but, could you borrow or otherwise try a higher-powered amp for your speakers? Assuming the RA "150" amp is 75 watts per channel, maybe it's not quite enough to give you the bass the speakers may be capable of - bass is power hungry..? 'Course, you don't want to blow the little cones out of the boxes either...

    Just a thought...

  6. tony desilva

    tony desilva Guest

    The Yamaha MSP5As are great for mixing and they are inexpensive (I got my pair for $425). I own a pair of the Mackie HR824's too but I've been getting a lot more mileage from the MSPs recently.
  7. bounce

    bounce Guest

    Hi. The "bas" versions are biamped and don't need a power amp, I thought. It seems you have the 20/20P, no? If so they may very well be underpowered with the Alesis amp...the room is a HUGE deal as well. Has it been calibrated?

  8. KyroJoe

    KyroJoe Guest


    Here's what I would do with my money in your situation:

    INSTEAD of buying new monitors <$1000 - I'm assuming you mean
    for BOTH - which is almost too cheap for decent actives - and which will have a
    new learning curve, if the others are still in good working
    order, I would
    (FYI: if you don't know about their condition, have your amp &
    monitors tested at a repair shop that uses Audio Precision test
    gear , they can give you printouts
    of all the tested specs and a frequency response graph )

    1) Add acoustical treatment and bass trapping to the room.
    Visit and check out the interactive and personalized calculators.
    Also check out
    and contact Auralex or Ethan if you need more advice.

    2) BUY A SUB to add to my setup!!!
    Add a Subwoofer to your monitoring setup!!
    Check out subs by Velodyne for excellent price/performance

    3) Takea good amount of time (a few hours at least) to experiment
    with the best physical positioning of your monitors & sub and
    settings combinations for your room. Double check everything with
    a Spectrum Analyzer and calibrated mic(s).

    That's it.
    You'll notice a world of difference without the new monitors.

    Kyro Studios
  9. For the sake of not making a new post i am new and used the search bar. What would be a good power amp to buy for my event20/20p since a possible lack of watts may make the sound suffer?

    thank you
  10. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chicago area
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    what might be the problem is not the speakers but your mixing process. having big speakers is a luxury and mixing on big speakers is really not the thing to do. you need nearfields that will work. your events, although not the greatest, are no different than any other monitor say the yamaha's mackies, etc...... you need to get real with your speakers. as you say that when you playback with subs they are out of control, what does that tell you?????
    that in your mixing process your applying too much bass on your little events thus killing your subs. little speakers are LITTLE speakers and they will only deploy a certain amount of low end. you need to listen to the kick and bass in your speakers and not apply a shitload of bass to compensate for the freq's that your little speakers wont ever reproduce. i use dynaudio BM15 with a 500 watt amp and a velodyne sub. but i also mix with JBL lsr25p's which are 5 1/4" 2way speakers and i never have an issue with bass being out of control anywhere i place the music.
    you may also need some bass trapping in the back of and sides of your room as you may be dealing with a null point right where you sit when mixing,(it happens!!)
  11. Lionaudio

    Lionaudio Guest

    Everyone talking about treating your room first is 10000% correct. Buying new stuff still does not solve the problem you are having. And yes, Ethan Winer breaks it down for you so go to his site. If you treat your room and just get a really nice power amp for your speakers you will be alot happier

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