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  1. #1
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    Monitor Speakers

    I'm in the market for a set to make GPO sound better than my "came with the monitor" speakers. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

    Tim

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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    I don't know what your budget is but Event make great monitors (www.event1.com).
    The March issue of Electronic Musician Magazine has a review of six budget (U$600-U$800) powered monitors.
    Serge

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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    I went through this a few months ago and wound up getting Event ASP6s. I'm quite pleased with them but everyone's budget and needs are different. As I did my research I found the following particularly helpful:

    Ten Powered Nearfields Reviewed --
    http://www.prorec.com/prorec/article...256AE10015266A

    Studio Monitors and Acoustics --
    http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=15

    And for price comparisons and user reviews:

    zZounds Studio Monitors --
    http://www.zzounds.com/cat--Studio-Monitors--2862

    Mac Midi Music Monitor Speakers --
    http://macmidimusic.com/level.itml/icOid/5574

    Hope that helps

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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    If you've got a bit more in the budget, I love my Mackie 824's
    Careful, man, there's a beverage here!
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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    Thanks to y'all for the info. It seems like I've got a lot of research ahead and this should help me get started. Thanks again.

    Tim

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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    There are some people at NSS that got Blue Skys and love them. They might be worth checking out.

    -JF

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    Re: Monitor Speakers

    You really have to pick a price point first:
    under about $600
    $600 to about $2000
    over $2000

    Do a search in the NS Sample Library discussion. In recent months there was an extended discussion of near field monitors in that middle price range. A number of professionals commented. It will confuse you as any discussion of such subjective matters will/should but is well worth it.

    A big problem is finding a place where you can listen and compare. I myself settled on the Event ASP6 and the Dynaudio BM5A, but had to hear them in very different settings. One was Sam Ash on venerable 48th street in New York, where you cannot get a moment of quiet. The other was in a totally professional sound studio with closed door and pro wall treatment, just me and the monitors and an attendant technician to make any adjustments I wanted! I chose the Events mainly because they are ported out the front instead of the rear. In my setup I could not easily provide enough room behind the speakers for rear ported models, which the Dynaudio are.

    I chose six inch instead of 8 inch even though most people seem to get 8s. In the case of the Event, the entire package is identical even the amplifiers and all detailed specs. The only difference is the size of the speaker itself and the enclosure. So the quality is really identical. The 8 will give you more bass which for some kinds of music is often desired but there are two concerns. One is that in near field monitors ideally,of course, the room acoustics are excluded from your ears, but a larger bass may tend to wander around the room unless the room is acoustically designed with suitable materials, etc. Secondly, it is not always desirable for composing or mixing to have the bass so strongly represented.

    But alas, it is all so wonderfully and frustratingly subjective. Try to enjoy the process.

    Ed

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