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Studio monitors - what are you using
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Don T
If you're going to go out monitor shopping, do not overlook Tannoy. The ones with the dual-concentric drivers are the ones to try. They have a horn-loaded tweeter playing through the voice coil of the woofer. I have never heard a bad Tannoy dual-concentric speaker! (unless it was damaged)
GrantB
Don T wrote:
If you're going to go out monitor shopping, do not overlook Tannoy. The ones with the dual-concentric drivers are the ones to try. They have a horn-loaded tweeter playing through the voice coil of the woofer. I have never heard a bad Tannoy dual-concentric speaker! (unless it was damaged)


I've been using my DMT-8s since the 90s. Never felt like they were a part of my studio that needed an upgrade. My Parasound amp crapped out this year and I considered building a chip amp, but rather than add to the backlog I just bought a Dayton: http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-dta-120-class-t-mini-amplifi er-60-wpc--300-3800?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla

a steal for $78
m03
A set of HS80Ms for now. Adding a set of Avantones Mixcubes in the next few days in order to do what you'd expect of them, and plan to upgrade the main monitors to something better in a couple of months.
Dogma
Still unsure, genelecs?

budget $1000
dubonaire
Dogma wrote:
Still unsure, genelecs?

budget $1000


In posts like these everyone just recommends what they use themselves.

You've seen Neumann K+H mentioned a couple of times in this thread. They really are excellent monitors especially for their size, and the QC is such that any two speakers can be considered a matching pair. Neutral, as can be seen by the tests, but not in the least bit fatiguing. Surprisingly, I find that the bottom end on the KH120s is quite sufficient for monitoring, and I like bass. Another benefit is the tweeter waveguide gives a good size sweet spot which I find useful in a studio where you move around a lot tweaking things. The build quality is excellent. One day I will upgrade to the 310s.

The KH120s are USD 1400. I think they are better value than Genelecs.

I know it's over your 1k budget, but, and I think I've made this point before, amortise that additional 400 over the lifetime of the speakers and it's peanuts. It's the price of one module.
tron23
Tannoy System 600 over here plus Boss Micro Monitor MA-5 for a weird check Guinness ftw!
seditionary
There is nothing like a pair of NS10M's. I've only used the "studio" versions, which have upgraded tweeters, which aren't as harsh (no tissue paper required). When I get a mix sounding good on them, they translate everywhere! I run them with a subwoofer though... it is good to be able to know what is going on in the low frequencies too smile
veets
KRK Rokit 5.
kn4rt
Happy with my Neumann KH120s.
Ranxerox
I use a pair of Dynaudio BM6a mk.II. At the time I compared them with Focals, Genelecs, ADAMs, Neumann KH120s, and O300Ds. After an hour of continuous listening, the only ones which still sounded as revealing as the BM6a were the O300Ds, but they cost more than twice as much.

I would recommend if you are going to listen and compare a range of speakers, spend extra time on an extended listening session, to quantify the 'ear fatigue' factor in actual usage.
seditionary
Adam P22A's are incredible speakers too. You can mix on them without the need for a sub or external amp. They have two amps built in to each monitor to drive tweeter and sub.

For mastering, I work on a pair of Tyler D1's powered by hand-built NCORE400 amps.

I've gotten in mixes for mastering that were done on KRK Rokit5's and the mixes are often way off in certain frequencies... That is one reason, we have a pair in the mastering studio! To check on them. They are useful for hearing cloudiness in the low mids between 300-600 hz. The mixes I get in that was done on them are usually very, very off in the high mids between 2-5khz. (usually people seem to mix too bright in those frequencies with the KRK's). Albums mixed on the Adam P22A or Some Yamaha NS-10M's with a good amp, will not bring in material that is too bright!
Blairio
seditionary wrote:
There is nothing like a pair of NS10M's. I've only used the "studio" versions, which have upgraded tweeters, which aren't as harsh (no tissue paper required). When I get a mix sounding good on them, they translate everywhere! I run them with a subwoofer though... it is good to be able to know what is going on in the low frequencies too smile


I think the OP's brief was monitors for listening to music for pleasure. I used NS10's back in the day for mixing duties (no sub required for near or mid-field duties), but I know of only one acquaintance who bought NS10's for their hi-fi. They partnered the speakers with an Audiolab 8000A amplifier (a very good but slightly lean sounding amp) and the overall sound was hard work. Eventually my pal traded them for some more relaxed (but still incisive) Kef speakers and was a happy bunny.

The moral is that when discussing passive speakers, you need to think about what amplifier makes a suitable partner for them.

Blairio Edit: just read Seditionary's post (above) on the same point - NS10's need a sensible amplifier pairing.
gonner
Adam all around. A5x and Sub7
drxcm
Been very happy with my Genelec 8040's for a few years now. Previously had the 8030's and the 1029a's prior to that.

Would love some 8351's though .... hmmmmmmmm MY ASS IS BLEEDING
Minimoog56
krk vxt8 and adam 7's. buchla quad setup,
DJMaytag
Alesis Powered Monitor One's. Going strong on them for nearly 20 years now.
mt3
Great thread. Most important component.

Sonus Faber Concertinos
REL Storm III
Bryston 7B-ST
Sony 7506
milkshake
The ones I use.

Because they sounded the best of all in the shop and I spend lots of money on them. meh
peripatitis
These guys make brilliant speakers:
http://www.triangle-fr.com/en

Not monitors but a lot of fun.
calaveras
For just fun jamming out speakers I can't find fault with the KRK Rokit 8's.
They get loud enough and have a good bass thump to them.

OTOH if I was trying to dial in a mix I would run screaming in the other direction. I used to have KRK RP6 mkII in my studio, and Equator D5 at home. Track at the rehearsal space. Mix at home on the good speakers.

Too bad Equator went under!
hemeroscopium
I've had few setups. KHs too. APS Klasik stayed, imho in this price range they are hard to beat.
tehyar
Preordered me a pair of the new krk G4 10's. Can't wait!
thetwlo
tehyar wrote:
Preordered me a pair of the new krk G4 10's. Can't wait!


KRK is Gibson now, correct? Had a great pair of the V88s I grabbed on clearance when they were sold to ?? and then sold to Gibson, going through bankruptcy?
SnipeCatcher
I recently switched to Focal Shape Twins (over your stated budget), but I still have a pair of Alpha 80’s that I enjoyed for years. In a smallish room, Focal Alpha 65’s are quite nice and fit in your budget
dubonaire
I just want to point out this is a 2.5-year-old request from the OP.
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