#1
I am sick of using headphones and I want to play out loud a little without annoying neighbors. What is a good option for an awesome guitar sound at a quiet level in a small room? Monitors? Amp? Yamaha THR10?

I have an AxeFX and Pod HD500 at the moment, but I only play them through headphones. I'm torn between getting studio monitors to play these through, or just getting a Yamaha THR10 to jam with. Which would give a better guitar tone you think?
#2
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#4
Trying to stay under $500. Needs to sound good at a low volume. Any recommendations? Under 300 would be even better unless there is a massive difference in quality in the 400-500 range. I'm not going to be mixing really...just playing live.
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#5
The JBL LSR line is really good for the price. I'm a big fan of the Behringer TRUTH series; they sound very similar to the ADAM monitors they're modeled on, but at a fraction of the cost. It's an untrustworthy brand name, yes, but these monitors are a diamond in the rough.

I'd recommend a smaller woofer for whatever monitor you decide to go with so you don't disturb the neighbors with unruly bass frequencies. So this or this of the monitor lines I mentioned above.

EDIT: Wait by playing live do you mean you'd ever be gigging? I would only recommend studio monitors in the case of being strictly a home player.
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#6
By playing live I mean jamming in my bedroom by myself. Thanks for the recomendations! Would a pair sound much better than a single?
#7
Most definitely, especially if you use any stereo effects in the HD500 or Axe-FX, or if you want to listen to music by plugging in a computer or iPod into one of your processors as a line/aux in.
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#8
Try to get some acoustic treatment (soundproofing foam pads) also if you can find some affordable ones, helps with me in my apartment.
#9
I sh!t you not... Egg cartons on the wall your neighbor is on. Its poor man's sound insulation. It's what I use in my dorm and have never gotten complaints about loudness.
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I sh!t you not... Egg cartons on the wall your neighbor is on. Its poor man's sound insulation. It's what I use in my dorm and have never gotten complaints about loudness.


Its also possible that people are just chill because its a dorm. I used to blast my guitar in my dorm and I never got any complaints. Then again I didn't do it super frequently and it was only ever at reasonable hours of the day. But I know you could probably hear me like 5 rooms away at least.
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#11
Yep- sound doesn't just travel through the walls & floors. A gap in your weather stripping may defeat any attempts to soundproof your practice area. Worse still, sound may also travel via your air vents or even your plumbing...and I'm speaking from experience.
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When I lived in an apartment on the top floor of a 3-story barracks in Stuttgart, you could talk with people on the ground floor via the bathtubs.
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#14
The best option in my opinion is a decent pair of monitors. Putting them on a desk or table with some foam supports/stands under each one will help with a bit of bass resonance. Should be toooooo expensive.
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I picked up a pair of KRK Rokit 8's (Gen 2) for something under $300 (total) a few months ago.

The 8's have enough punch in the bass that you're less likely to want a sub than you would be if you'd picked the Rokit 5's instead.