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Opinions on Monitors Under $300

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Monitors for under 300 dollars--Which?

Roland Ds5
7
2%
KRK RP5G2/RP5
169
59%
Behringer Truth B2030A
44
15%
Samson Resolv 65a
10
3%
Wharfdale DP8.1A
18
6%
Alesis M1 Active mk2 Biamp Monitors
32
11%
Fostex PM05
8
3%
 
Total votes : 288

Opinions on Monitors Under $300

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Re: I have $200-250 which powered monitors...

Postby Ashermusic on Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:17 pm

admin wrote:Note that this is a subjective poll. Note they are prices for a pair




Alesis ProActive 2.0
http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/item--ALEPROACTIVE2

Behringer Truth B2030A
http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/item--BEHB2030A

Samson Resolv 65a
http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/item--SAMRESOLV65A

Wharfdale DP8.1A
http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/item--WHADP81A

M-Audio LX4 system with Subwoofer
http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/tem--MDOLX4


I just don't believe that you can get accurate flat monitors in this price range.
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Postby Dugz Ink on Sat Dec 11, 2004 11:11 pm

I've answered way too many questions about problems with the Behringers.

And since the LX4 comes with a sub, I would go with that.

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Postby rogpeter on Sun Dec 12, 2004 4:49 pm

I just don't believe that you can get accurate flat monitors in this price range.


I hope that's not entirely true. I'm in the same boat, and I'd really like to get the best I can for the budget I've got.
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Postby lucid on Mon Dec 20, 2004 10:38 am

I am going to agree with Ashermusic here. I spent several months shopping for monitors in the $500 range before comming to the conclusion that if I wanted something really accurate then I was going to have to spend a bit more. And if your budget is only $200-$250 then flat monitors are not really an option. If there is really no other way of upping your budget (I had to save up for about 5 more months) then just go with whatever sounds better to you.

I personally would rather save up for better monitors (even in the $400-$500 range there is a world of difference from the really low end) and not spend the money on something that you are just going to wish was something else.
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Postby Ashermusic on Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:55 am

Actually you can buy a pair of Tannoy Reveals for around $320 U.S. and I think they do a very decent job of giving you realistic monitoring for your mixing.
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Postby epic on Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:58 am

I voted for the alesis monitors, but in actuality I wouldnt spend the money on those. I like the quality that alesis has, but at such a low price, you will be hard pressed to find anything spectacular. The differences will be, in the grand scheme of things, hard to notice. You will have to listen to what you like, and make your own decision. I am saving for monitors still because I want something nice. Currently I have a cheap system that includes a sub, but they are not really good enough to be considered monitors. speakers yes, monitors, no way.
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Postby lucid on Tue Dec 21, 2004 7:03 pm

Ashermusic wrote:Actually you can buy a pair of Tannoy Reveals for around $320 U.S. and I think they do a very decent job of giving you realistic monitoring for your mixing.


I did like the active reveals (about $700 US) except for the bass which seems to cut out way too quickly for my ears. I guess that is the nature of a 6in LFD though.

With the passive ones you still need a decent power amp which puts them beyond his price point anyhow.

If I had to pick from the ones listed I would go with the M-audio's with the sub. They were pretty impressive for the price, plus you can expand to 5.1 later with an expansion pack.
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Postby muzicmaken on Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:13 pm

I just bought my buddies Alesis Point Seven Monitor Pair with RA-100 Power Amp system he was selling which when he bought them was about $500. I have always used alesis gear but I agree some of their monitor systems do not have the "umph" but I've heard these Seven Point's and they have what it takes to get the job done.
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Postby thefuture on Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:44 pm

find the krk rp5's used on ebay for 250, its worth it. trust me.
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Postby Dreamside on Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:56 pm

The RP5s are $260 at http://www.academicsuperstore.com
I'm not spamming, just helping out (I hope.) Great website, I've ordered from there twice.
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Postby mdl76 on Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:26 am

I had truths and could hear radio stations faintly coming through... not cool id go with tr5 or pr-5
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Postby rhett on Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:29 pm

I just got a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 near field reference monitors and they sound pretty great. The bass it tight and articulate if not exactly overwhelming. So far, my rough mixes on them sound like they do in other stereos only more so, which is to say that if they're coloring, it's subtle.

I'm pretty happy with them, given the price.
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Postby IndianTweakhead on Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:07 pm

Two things about this sticky,

I can't find the "Warfdale V4 Series 2" (I can find the KRK V4) nor the "M-Audio LX4 system with Subwoofer" on zzounds or other online music stores.

None of the other monitors are in the $200-$250 range.

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Postby Tweak on Sat Dec 17, 2005 7:37 pm

The V4 series 2 should have said
Wharfdale DP8.1A

which I have now changed
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Postby Tweak on Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:08 pm

The poll was outdated, so it has been recast and zeroed.
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Postby IndianTweakhead on Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:59 pm

thanks for your hardwork.
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Postby Lock Down on Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:04 pm

The M-Audio BX5a's should be in this poll too.


http://www.zzounds.com/a--3745/item--MDOBX5A
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Postby SampleSmith on Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:25 pm

Back in October. I bought an old pair of JBL 4312's. I'm listening from about 8 feet away, which is probably on the close side of optimum for these, but I must say I've never been happier, and my mixes seem to be way more portable than they were on my 20/20 passives.

There must be a ton of used high quality monitor options out there. Why doesn't anybody ever talk about them?

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Postby Steven mc. on Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:29 pm

Wheres The event Tr-5s? Seriously. There probably the Most popular out of all these.
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Postby ohmy on Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:50 pm

love my rp5's
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Postby RUJU on Wed May 03, 2006 9:49 pm

i think the rp5's should be able to do the job..... i know dudes that do mixing on computer speakers, and get a good sound so you cant say that people wont get good mixes off 300 dollar monitors...
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Postby djpablo1 on Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:45 pm

I think one can get good mixes from any speakers ..To me its not the monitors..its that listening ear ...some people have it some people just dont. I do my mixes on some regular speakers ..i got at home ..and i've worked on num #1 songs back here in Jamaica. I will, get a nice set of monitors soon ...but i can still function on these. I dont even know the brand..lol..my lil secret.
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Postby dmorton67 on Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:40 am

I just picked up a pair of rokkit 5's for $150 at guitar center this weekend. For the money, I couldn't go wrong.
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Postby Steve Foreman on Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:12 am

These Alesis MK 2 monitors are not bad, great sound quality. They have a very transparent and clean sound. I use them 3 feet from te nearest wall and placed symetricallay in my room. WIth some membrance treatment for low end. I use them in conjunction with a centerally placed, Samon Resolv 120a Sub Woofer.Many more expensive monitors seem to sweeten the sound. I never have problems with travel.
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