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Old 02-18-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Cheap Studio Monitors?

Not sure if this is the right section. Mods, feel free to move it.

Anyway, I need to get some relatively cheap studio monitors. My budget is about $150 (I can go to $200 but I'm not going above that at all). I have no idea what brands are good or what to look for in the monitors. Can someone help me out?
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:33 PM   #2
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MAudio AV-40s Surprisingly useful monitors at a modest cost. They are very boundary dependent so experiment with placement to get the most natural response.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
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Depends.

What do you wanna do with them?
Mix music, mix motion picture audio, play guitar with amp sims, casually listen to stuff... ?
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:35 PM   #4
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I've been asking about this stuff too on other forums (no offense GG&A), and asking about gathering gear for a home studio, and I was told that monitors when mixing music, are something that you shouldn't really skimp out on.

However, if you want to have them as more-or-less compact PA speakers to play guitar through, then you could probably get away with less expensive monitors.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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I've been asking about this stuff too on other forums (no offense GG&A), and asking about gathering gear for a home studio, and I was told that monitors when mixing music, are something that you shouldn't really skimp out on.

However, if you want to have them as more-or-less compact PA speakers to play guitar through, then you could probably get away with less expensive monitors.

None taken. GG&A is the wrong forum, anyway.

*Moved to Recordings*

But yes, monitors are definitely not something to skimp on.

With a budget of $150-200, I'd definitely be looking used. Nothing in that price range new is even remotely worth buying and you'd honestly probably be better off just getting a good pair of headphones if you can't afford more money.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:53 PM   #6
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Imho, for mixing purposes you shouldn't bother with anything less than like $300 per speaker. For your price range, some nice Audio-Technica or AKG headphones are a better option.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:07 PM   #7
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I have some KRKs that I found on sale and they are pretty nice.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:00 PM   #8
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I want them for mixing an electronic album. However, I don't plan on mixing tons of stuff with them, eventually we'll get a professional to do that kind of stuff. But for a demo, you guys still recommend spending much more? If I go to pawn shops or ebay to get used, what brands/models should I be looking at?
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Honestly, I'd still probably go for a good set of headphones. You won't get the full picture using them, but you can always reference on a stereo for any fine tweaking. KRK Rokits might do you well enough for EDM, but I still wouldn't really recommend them, as they're really just more expensive desktop speakers...

FWIW, Adorama has Beyerdynamic DT990 Pros on sale right now for $120 after rebate, which is a crazy good deal. These are headphones you'll honestly never have to upgrade from:

http://www.adorama.com/BDDT990P250....QTg0&kbid=62905

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Old 02-20-2015, 11:11 AM   #10
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As other people have said you don't want to be cheap with the monitors. You need a decent set and also a decent pair of headphones wouldn't hurt either.

KRK Rokits are always good but you'd need at least $300 for a new pair. Find them used maybe?
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-...-5-generation-3

I bought these last time they were half price at GC. They are decent for the price I'd say. I use them for another reference with my mixes and if I'm recording on-site and don't feel like dragging my Rokits
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-...studio-monitors
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:18 PM   #11
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KRK Rokits are never good
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Seriously, krk rp's have the least accurate frequency response among all speakers marketed as studio monitors, they are muddy and they have a dip in the mids.

They sound flattering, and they're not what you want to use for mixing.
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