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Old 06-24-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Studio Monitors halp please

hey guys,

I'm looking at getting myself some studio monitors. I'm currently playing through an old amp and really need to update.

Here are the ideas I have so far:

Yamaha HS8 (240 each)
Adam A5X (240 each)
Presonus Eris E8 (180 each)

I'm also open to suggestions and my budget is 300 per speaker tops.

Any help would be much appreciated,

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #2
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What is your interface?

What's the size of your room (including ceiling height)?

What else is in the room?

Do you have any acoustic treatment done on any of the walls or corners?

Where will they be placed in the room?



Off that list - my gut reaction is the Yamahas. I own the older version, the HS80Ms, and am extremely satisfied with them (I "downgraded" to them from a pair of $5000 Adam S2As and haven't looked back), but if you're in a very small room, with no treatment and lots of other things in it, the A5Xs might be the better route. Though... I'd still probably go with the Yamahas, just for the lower extension in the low frequencies, which is where 99% of producers will have the most issues in their mixes... But again, if you're in a really bad room, that low end can work against you. I wasn't a fan of the Eris series of monitors.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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My knowledge is limited on this topic (since I never owned different brands in which to compare). Based on that, I'm using KRK Rokit 8 monitor speakers, as well as the subwoofer. They have some great punch, but are very flat (so they don't color what you're producing). They are less than what you're paying for the others (at least in Canada), but I seriously cannot say if they are better or worse... just dependable and solid in what they deliver.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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Based on that, I'm using KRK Rokit 8 monitor speakers, as well as the subwoofer. They have some great punch, but are very flat (so they don't color what you're producing).
They aren't flat, really.
The reason why they get this appreciation is that they make things sound good.
You want stuff that makes mixes sound as bad as possible (read: as faithfully as possible).

My vote too goes to the HS8s.
Amazing monitors for the price, I preferred them to each and every other monitor speaker I tried apart from the ADAM s3x, which is 2500 a pair.

Them plus some treatment in your room would be hella better than a5x's in my opinion.

Also see if you can find a pair of equator D5s and D8s to try out.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #5
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I'm using a focusrite 24dsp sound card with guitar rig pro 5 (if that's what you mean, i've only ever played through an amp before so all of this is kinda new to me)

the room is 4mx4m and 3m tall, it has my bed, pc and chair, pretty empty really, there is no acoustic treatment or anything done to the room and the speakers can be put anywhere.

I was kinda leaning towards the Yamaha's anyway pretty much based on reputation and the higher frequency range.

I will also check out the KRK's but ive read a lot about them being very flat and i don't really want to purchase a sub also.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:50 PM   #6
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My knowledge is limited on this topic (since I never owned different brands in which to compare). Based on that, I'm using KRK Rokit 8 monitor speakers, as well as the subwoofer. They have some great punch, but are very flat (so they don't color what you're producing). They are less than what you're paying for the others (at least in Canada), but I seriously cannot say if they are better or worse... just dependable and solid in what they deliver.

Rokits are among some of the least flat monitors on the market. The 8s are a little more accurate, but the 5s and 6s are little more than big PC desktop speakers.

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I'm using a focusrite 24dsp sound card with guitar rig pro 5 (if that's what you mean, i've only ever played through an amp before so all of this is kinda new to me)

the room is 4mx4m and 3m tall, it has my bed, pc and chair, pretty empty really, there is no acoustic treatment or anything done to the room and the speakers can be put anywhere.

I was kinda leaning towards the Yamaha's anyway pretty much based on reputation and the higher frequency range.

I will also check out the KRK's but ive read a lot about them being very flat and i don't really want to purchase a sub also.

That's a nice size room, though the square dimensions are going to work against you in treating it, but it can be done. As long as you don't have a lot of other furniture in there, that room has potential.

Don't even bother with the KRKs if you can afford the Yamahas. They stomp all over them.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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What about something like the JBL LSR 305 or 308. Maybe even Event 20/20 BAS ?
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:15 AM   #8
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I recently bought a pair of Yamaha HS8, and i think they do the job really good, you can hear every instrument and tones in every song!

i haven't tried the other ones you mentioned so i can't say anything about them but i can at least tell you that i love the Yamaha serie
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