#1
Hi.

I am going to order an axe fx 2 as a Christmas-gift for myself, I have been a good boy...

The trouble is, what should I run it with. I have blown most of the budget on the axe alone, but still got about 500 USD left to use on speakers of some kind.

It will be in my bedroom (65 square feet) 90% of the time, but I already have a 4x12 cab with g12t 75 and v30`s in the living room. What would you guys suggest I run it through??

I am strongly considering studio monitors, most likely Yamaha HS7`s or maybe a pair of KRK rokit 8`s?

another option would be to run some kind of power amp through my 4*12 cab in the living room, or maybe a FRFR wedge or other kind of PA?

would greatly appreciate any advice

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#2
Quote by Johnniz
...but still got about 500 USD left to use on speakers of some kind.

...I already have a 4x12 cab with g12t 75 and v30`s in the living room.

I am strongly considering studio monitors...

another option would be to run some kind of power amp through my 4*12 cab in the living room, or maybe a FRFR wedge or other kind of PA?


well, you hit just about every option you have there.

get a power amp for your 4x12, though i'd imagine there is more volume friends options if you are trying to stay quiet. guitar speakers are generally quite louder/have more sensitivity than most household speaker options.

studio monitors would be a good idea, they have flat response and aren't designed to be the loudest output.

you could also get a powered wedge for pretty cheap. or if you already have a small pa you can run that.

another question is if you want to run your axfx in stereo or mono. your guitar cab may or may not be stereo but it won't provide great separation. and if you get a studio monitor or a wedge you'll need two of them for stereo capabilities.
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#3
Hmm I`m not really sure. I have always played a guitar head on the cab in mono, So I never really thought of that. I am going more towards to the monitors, especially with the whole volume thing Just not sure if I want 8`s or If I will miss the extra bass if I go for 6`s (rokit) og 7`s (yamaha HS7)...
#4
Quote by Johnniz
Hmm I`m not really sure. I have always played a guitar head on the cab in mono, So I never really thought of that. I am going more towards to the monitors, especially with the whole volume thing Just not sure if I want 8`s or If I will miss the extra bass if I go for 6`s (rokit) og 7`s (yamaha HS7)...


if you are just gonna use it for guitar then you won't even want/need lots of low end.

if you plan on using it multi-purpose then you might wanna get the bigger speaker.

maybe matrixclaw will show up with some monitor advice. i have been on the fence about getting monitors but haven't made the commitment yet so i don't have much experience.
punk isn't dead, it's always smelled that way.

"A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem."
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#5
I run my Axe-FX Ultra through a Yorkville NX55P Full Range active speaker. Bought it used for about $400. I'm mostly a home player so it's overkill but it sounds great ... very close to my studio monitors. Look into these types of speakers. There are some good budget ones out there. What's great about a speaker like this is that you'll be able to take advantage of different cabs in the Axe-FX.
#6
Something to keep in mind is your AxeFX will only sound as good as the speakers you play it through, so going cheap on the speakers will never fully utilize the sound of your Axe.

If you're absolutely married to the sound of a guitar amp in the room then a Cab/Power Amp is a good way to go. The ART SLA2 is a reasonably priced power amp that sounds fairly decent. Ultimately you'd want to aim for something a little higher than that and eventually grab something along the lines of a Matrix GT1000FX.

The other option is FRFR. Yamaha HS7s aren't a bad place to start, but to make good use of your Axe you'd eventually want to look into something like the Adam A7X or Focal CMS6 or something along those lines.

I don't have a ton of experience with larger wedges. I did end up buying an Atomic CLR for my Axe, which sounds absolutely fantastic, but it's also rather pricey. I've tried other wedges and honestly I thought most of the cheaper ones sounded pretty horrid to my ears.

Personally I'd go FRFR over a cab/power amp. Doing that option really reduces your tonal options by eliminating cab emulation.

Fractal Audio has some great forums with very helpful people... That would be the best place to ask.
#8
If you want to play live, either an Art SLA-2 for your cab, or a pair of Alto TS-112As. For studio use, don't even consider the Rokits, they are not flat at all, and while they may compliment the Axe FX with their hyped lowend and mid cut, they are not an nearly as accurate as the Yamaha HS7s, which means they are far less useful when actually mixing. If you're considering the Rokits, I'd just get the Alto speakers I mentioned, as they're much louder and can reproduce the lowend much better. Another option is a used pair of Yamaha HS80Ms, if you want to go the studio monitor route. They can be had for ~$400 and have a bigger driver than the HS7. I use these monitors in my studio and "downgraded" in favor of them from a pair of $5000 Adam monitors.
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