What monitors should I look at under $600?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by JSRockit, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    I was thinking about the Event Tuned Reference Monitors (TR6, TR8 or TR8XL) and am currently using M-Audio BX5 monitors , which are not sufficient. Any others I should be looking at?
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    My opinion? Don't buy another set of budget monitors. It is doubtful that you find anything significantly better than the M-Audio monitors for under $600 Spend a bit more and get a whole lot more speaker. Dynaudio BM5A's are great, and they're $1000/pr. FWIW, many seem to like the Yamaha MSP5's.
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Try Used? I picked up a pair of used Dynaudio BM-6p (Passive) in pristeen shape for $600 shipped!

    Shop wisely, and as always: "Buyer Beware"...

  4. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    Those Yamahas do sound decent (I've listened to them in a store). However, I was hoping to get something with an 8" woofer. Maybe I need to rethink that and just get something that will do the job best regardless of size...since my budget is tight.
  5. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    How about the Genelec 8020As?
  6. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    You can look at monitors all day but until you listen to them you won't be able to make any real judgement.

    I recommend you don't look at another set of monitors until you've listened to a few first. Just an observation.
  7. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    the events are good in my opinion, i recently bought a pair krk v6's which are amazing they run for $700, if that's to much they have v4's but i haven't heard them
  8. tommyd

    tommyd Guest

    I'll say it one more time

    Wharfedale Diamond Pro 8.2 Actives...a total steal
  9. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Go the Dynaudio's. I would get the BM6'as or 5a's. The only issues you may have are the bottom end...Even my 15a's don't allow me to hear everything that goes on 'down there'.. I have also a cheap sub and HI FI setup, and I switch to that to get a clearer picture of that bottom octave, then back to the Dynes to recheck it. Not ideal, but my mixes have had near perfect translation to ANY kind of system for years now. In a large part... I thank the Dynaudio's for that.

    David French is quite right. Don't swap one budget pair for another. Aim higher.

    re: the Diamond 8.2's (coupled with a quality amp which may cost twice the price of the Diamonds they are that cheap) , they are great, and are actually better IMO to mix on that quite a few of the cheaper monitors. I'm pretty sure they would improve on your current setup...but choosing a good amp (hafler?) could be a bit of guesswork.

    Otherwise I stick to the Dynaudio recommendation. I'm always recommending them as they are the best mon I've owned/used out of mid field JBL's, Farfield & midfield Genelecs, KRK K-Roks/V8's, 6000b's, Tannoy Reveal, Yorkvilles, & Wharfedale Diamonds.
  10. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    i would go with the yamaha msp5's. just because the bass isnt huge and booming in your face does not mean that is is not there. thease are verry accurate monitors. Every thing is well represented.
  11. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    I have the M-Audio BX8 monitors. They have the 8" woofer you speak of. They have a decent bass response and are pretty accurate across the spectrum in my enviroment. I would say listening in a store won't really show you anything more than what that speaker sounds like in that particular room. It's all about knowing your speakers. Even if you get a really good pair you still have to get to know them and their characterisitics. I mixed on Dynaudios, Genelecs, the M-audio's, and master on Dunlavy's. Each are very different to mix on. I know if I'm mixing on the M-audios the bass guitar should only be slighty audible otherwise it is gonna translate to a bass heavy mix on consumer speakers. With the genelecs I know I can't compromise the high end simply because they are a much "brighter" sounding speaker. The key is knowing how things will translate. You can buy a 2000 dollar pair of speakers but if you put them in a bad room or don't know their characteristics you just learned a 2000 dollar lesson. Just my opinion.
  12. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    I was thinking of going to the BX8s...since I don't mind the BX5s...but they lacks in bass. The 8" woofers should give me the bass I want while maintaining the sound I'm used to from the BX5s.
  13. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    I'll add a third vote for the Dynaudio's. I've heard the old BX8's and yes they have more bass than the BM5a's, they 5a's sound incredibly better.

    I also noticed that M-Audio has revamped the BX series, and reduced the power in the amps. With those Kevlar woofers, I bet they sound a bit more like KRK's, or at least that's what they're aiming for.
  14. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    if all your looking for is improved low end responce, prehaps your best bet would be to keep what you know and ad a sub.
  15. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    I'm scared of relying on a sub...I have a bad feeling if I use a sub, I will make everything way too thin in the bass area. I'm confused. I'm thinking of the BX8s, the new M_Audios, the KRK V4, and the Yamahas.
  16. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    what style do you do?
  17. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    Hip-Hop / Rap
  18. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a sub - as long as you use it correctly. If you tweak the hell out of it so it gives you solid "thud" all the time, then yes, your mixes will be lean.

    However, a good, well-tuned subwoofer with proper placement will actually take a good set of semi-full-range monitors and allow you to hear the entire picture.

    Personally, I use the BM15s from Dynaudio and given that they have a 10" woofer, they still don't provide anything useful below 35 Hz or so. (Which for most styles of music is more than enough, but considering I mix classical stuff, I need to go down to the super low stuff including infrasonic tones)

    Personally, I use a REL subwoofer. I think they are some of the best subs on the market - musical and accurate, but they take some working with to get the correct sounds. (As does any sub.) However, the admission price on the ST range of REL subs starts in at just over $4,000, so I doubt you want to go that route.

    Try SV Subwoofers (http://) or Paradigm subs. Velodynes are decent too.

    Beware though, a bad sub is like a bad foundation for a house. It can *totally* destroy your mix.

  19. Matt_Trix

    Matt_Trix Guest

    G'day all,

    IMHO the Samson Rubicons are the best bang for buck in the range, by a long way. I A/B'd them with alot of more expensive monitors when I was choosing and they were better than the KRKs, Events etc in my opinion (better meaning more accurate.. less forgiving and more full). It was a tough choice between them and the Yamaha MSP5s, but I think that's mainly just because I've heard alot of good things about the Yammys but my ears were telling me go the Samsons.

    The ribbons on those things are incredible. They are my "second monitors" but I often end up using them to mix on! I still want a pair of NS-10s, but until then, these things are fast becoming my go-to speakers.

    My 2 sheckles.

  20. JSRockit

    JSRockit Guest

    Ok, I went to the store and liked the M-Audio BX8 (which are on sale at MF.com for $299 due to a new model) and the Yamaha MSP5s in the under $500 catagory. I can't decide if I want another pair of 5" woofer monitors, or if I should go for the BX8s with the 8" woofer.

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