Studio monitors - what are you using

Any music gear discussions that don't fit into one of the other forums.

Moderators: Kent, luketeaford, lisa, Joe.

Don T
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 1282
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:11 pm

Post by Don T » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:11 pm

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)

User avatar
GrantB
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 1414
Joined: Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:58 pm
Location: Oly

Post by GrantB » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:29 am

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-aud ... mpaign=pla

a steal for $78

User avatar
m03
Common Wiggler
Posts: 107
Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:11 am
Location: Everywhere

Post by m03 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:32 am

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
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 4140
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:46 pm

Post by Dogma » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:41 am

Still unsure, genelecs?

budget $1000

User avatar
dubonaire
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 7022
Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:45 pm

Post by dubonaire » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:17 am

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.

User avatar
tron23
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 1162
Joined: Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:03 am

Post by tron23 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:08 am

Tannoy System 600 over here plus Boss Micro Monitor MA-5 for a weird check :guinness:

User avatar
seditionary
Common Wiggler
Posts: 240
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:55 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Yamaha NS-10M Studio

Post by seditionary » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:13 am

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 :)

User avatar
veets
Wiggling with Experience
Posts: 347
Joined: Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:54 pm
Location: New York's Finger Lakes
Contact:

Post by veets » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:57 am

KRK Rokit 5.

kn4rt
Learning to Wiggle
Posts: 12
Joined: Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:39 am
Location: Berlin

Post by kn4rt » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:21 am

Happy with my Neumann KH120s.

User avatar
Ranxerox
All the gear, no idea
Posts: 2163
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:16 pm
Location: UK

Post by Ranxerox » Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:13 am

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.

User avatar
seditionary
Common Wiggler
Posts: 240
Joined: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:55 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Post by seditionary » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:12 am

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!

User avatar
Blairio
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 1906
Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:50 pm
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Re: Yamaha NS-10M Studio

Post by Blairio » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:10 am

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 :)
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
Common Wiggler
Posts: 193
Joined: Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:19 pm
Location: Austin

Post by gonner » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:25 pm

Adam all around. A5x and Sub7

User avatar
drxcm
Veteran Wiggler
Posts: 609
Joined: Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:31 pm

Post by drxcm » Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:02 am

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 :omg:

User avatar
Minimoog56
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 2467
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:06 pm
Location: Northwest of the District

Post by Minimoog56 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:09 am

krk vxt8 and adam 7's. buchla quad setup,
Beatniks and Bongos/Bagels and Bongos/Buchlas and Bongos...

de gustibus....

User avatar
DJMaytag
Ultra Wiggler
Posts: 835
Joined: Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:59 am
Location: Madison, Wiscompton
Contact:

Post by DJMaytag » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:38 am

Alesis Powered Monitor One's. Going strong on them for nearly 20 years now.
Instagram | Soundcloud | Wisco Wigglers

If you talk about improper grounding 3 times, Graham Hinton appears!” -djs

User avatar
mt3
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 2889
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:18 pm
Location: vancity
Contact:

Post by mt3 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:14 pm

Great thread. Most important component.

Sonus Faber Concertinos
REL Storm III
Bryston 7B-ST
Sony 7506

User avatar
milkshake
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 1489
Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:19 am

Post by milkshake » Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:29 am

The ones I use.

Because they sounded the best of all in the shop and I spend lots of money on them. :roll:
Shall I ... blablabla ... to thee.

The more you pay for something, the less likely you are to critise it.

ContraPoints

peripatitis

Post by peripatitis » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:23 pm

These guys make brilliant speakers:
http://www.triangle-fr.com/en

Not monitors but a lot of fun.

calaveras
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 3495
Joined: Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:02 pm

Post by calaveras » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:06 pm

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!

User avatar
hemeroscopium
Wiggling with Experience
Posts: 317
Joined: Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:08 pm

Post by hemeroscopium » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:18 pm

I've had few setups. KHs too. APS Klasik stayed, imho in this price range they are hard to beat.

User avatar
tehyar
I dream in SciFi
Posts: 1225
Joined: Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:23 am
Location: Ohio, USA

Post by tehyar » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:45 pm

Preordered me a pair of the new krk G4 10's. Can't wait!

User avatar
thetwlo
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 4973
Joined: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:05 pm
Location: East Bay, CA US

Post by thetwlo » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:47 am

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
Common Wiggler
Posts: 92
Joined: Sun May 27, 2018 3:02 pm
Location: Nashville, TN US

Post by SnipeCatcher » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:30 am

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

User avatar
dubonaire
Super Deluxe Wiggler
Posts: 7022
Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:45 pm

Post by dubonaire » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:37 am

I just want to point out this is a 2.5-year-old request from the OP.

Post Reply

Return to “General Gear”