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which one? Dynaudio bm5 or Mackie hr824

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Caisson, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    Dynaudio bm5 / Mackie hr824

    Im having trouble deciding....I have notice that the dynaudios sound good but they seemed a little bright. the mackie sound a little dull in the conparison to the dynaudios. So its a litte hard to decide....
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    I have the 824s. Like everything else, some ppl love 'em and some ppl hate 'em. I like them very much...but never compared them to the Dynaudios.

    I've read stuff where people who had the Mackies went through a setup process to get they to sound amazing. They have a few controls on them so I'm guessing that it was a combination of getting those setting correct and positioning the monitors properly.

    I do a lot of electronic/dance type stuff and I like the low end of the Mackies for that. I'm sure that is due to the passive radiators they have.
    I also get a good sound out of them for hard rock/metal.

    From what I've read, I think that there are probably more people out there that like the Dynaudios compared to the Mackies. They say things like they seem more accurate. I won't listen to them because I can't afford new monitors and if they are actually better than my Mackies, it would drive me bonkers not being able to buy them.
  3. Caisson

    Caisson Guest

    the Dynaudio bm5 are closely priced if not the same
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    The Mackie's have switches on the back to tailor the frequency response, and I suspect the Dynaudios do too.. spend a bit of time tweaking them to suit the room and your own tastes and then decide.

    I'm really happy with my HR626's if that helps at all.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    If you're judging their brightness by a store display - ignore this.

    They will tame down after properly broken in. A good 4 days of pink noise at around 85 dB @ 1M will do the trick.

    I heard a pair recently at the local guitar center and thought: "Wow, they sound like crap in here...bright, no bass, no image..." But then again, they were on a crappy display in the middle of the recording salesfloor.

    Get them home/in the studio and you'll hear a totally different monitor.

    I can't recommend the Dynaudios enough.

    pr0gr4m is right - some people love certain monitors, some people hate them. I haven't encountered anyone who has hated the dynaudios....

    J. (Proud owner of the BM15s)
  6. MadGuitrst

    MadGuitrst Active Member

    Aug 15, 2001
    Philadelphia....home of brotherly shove
    I agree with Cucco 100%. :shock:

    I compared them directly on two occasions and like the Dynaudios much better...not saying the Mackies are bad at all, they are good monitors.

    In comparison.
    The Mackies have a flabby low end and the mids are a bit hollow.
    The Dynaudios have a tight, solid low end and a great balance. PLuse, the have a special dimension to their sound that I haven't heard in other speakers in this price range.

    Also, the Dynaudios don't seem the least bit fatiguing.

    For my purposes, the Dynaudios all the way.
  7. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    You ever tried the HR626?

    I think most people assume they are centre speakers, but they make great stereo monitors IMHO. I got a good deal for mine too which helps ;)
  8. idiotboy

    idiotboy Guest

    Forgive the possibly naieve question but, are you talking about the BM5a's or the BM5's?

    The BM5's are passive, and the 824's are active, so you'd be, to a certain extent, comparing apples and oranges there. Or at least different varieties of apple :)

    Anyway, I have the BM5a's. They kick unbelievable ass. I listened to the new Events, the Mackies, the Yamahas, the KRK's etc. I really, really liked the 824's, until I heard the BM5a's. The 824's sounded like I was listening to a really fine monitor. The BM5a's sound like I'm listening to, well, nothing at all! They're invisible, in a good way. :) I had a really hard time deciding too, and it wasn't until I found a good deal on the Dynaudio's, that I pulled the trigger.

    Your mileage will, of course, vary. And I don't work for Dynaudio.
  9. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    I too own the HR824's and I love them. I do mostly hard rock and metal. I used the Mackie HR824's to replace my old Yamaha NS-10's. I used the NS-10's for 5 years or more. And I would never want to go back to using them again, over the HR824's

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