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best studio monitors for 500$??

i'm poor....very poor, ....spent all my money on my studio....and the last thing i need are a pair of monitors

so GS'S,...if you had around 500$ to spend on a pair....which would you get?

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You might think I'm kidding but the PSB Alpha B1's are really amazing for the price.

PSB Speakers - Alpha B1 Monitor

I just got them for my home system and honestly wouldn't hesitate to mix on them if I had to (I've got PMC's in the studio, so there's no need). I was able to pick them up for $200 CAD.

You'll need an amp for them. I'm using a used NAD amplifier that I got for $200 and it works great with these.

Honestly, I'd go with the PSB's with a good amp over any of the budget "pro" active monitors any day of the week.
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Used pair of Yamaha Hs80m...for that price used you really cant beat em.
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I actually got my HS80m's for 468$, for the pair, NIB on Ebay. It caught me by surprise but you could easily get as lucky.
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In this price range.. I honestly think that everyone is going to say something a little bit different... Honestly, I'd get/find a cheap non-cosmetically perfect pair of Yamaha ns10's (which can usually be had for around $450) and then I'd power them with a really cheap power amp of some kind until I could upgrade the power amp....

It's the only suggestion that I can give which gets you 1/2way there... leaving you the chance to get the rest of the way at a later date by adding a decent power amp and maybe a sub of some type if you prefer it...

There really are a number of options... what type of music are you primarily working on??
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just picked up a pair of yamaha hs80m for $350 each yesterday and love these things! some people say they don't have enough bass.....forget that, you don't need sub. i did a rap session yesterday and man these things can kick!stike
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what type of music are you primarily working on??

mainly voks, guitar, piano, cello violin

not a full band yet,...or drums....
thanks everyone for the input

i guess i'm leaning toward the yamaha's right now,...do they have any kind of built in eq?...i've heard you should stay away from that...i'm totally new to this...first studio build etc.....experienced songwriter/musician,...completely inexperienced in the field of recording
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HS80M

They have bass adjustments to tone it down and adjustments for mids and highs as well. Check out the Yamaha site and you can see the switches.
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+1 on the Blue Sky monitors.


Great for all around sounds, excellent translation, and very low ear fatigue factor.
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KRK V4? no?
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Yorkville YSMP1's (powered) or YSM1's. SoundOnSound did a shootout with these vs more expensive monitors (Tannoy Reveal's etc.) and found that mixes translated better than with any of the others. This has been my experience as well...Great Canadian company with modest pricing.
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I used the HS80m mainly for pop, rock, acoustic, indie, hardcore music...they have plenty of bass...i really dont see why you would need a sub....it does have switches on the back so you can adjust the bass cut off if you do use a sub plus some other controls...but i keep all mine flat....check the website it has pics of the switches. Definitely check ebay though....they go new on there all the time for a good prices and even better prices used! I really dont think for 500 bucks you can get too much better then these.
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I have HS50ms as my primaries for right now and they get the job done.
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thanks everyone for your 2 cents

it seems like the yamaha's are the most popular so far....

i don't need a sub,....for what i'm doing that would probly be overkill,....just something that is going to sound clean and not completely change the perception of the mix (which is what people have told me about speakers with eq built in....i don't know from experience) but if you could just set the eq to flat then i don't know how it would really change it....which makes me lean a little toward the yamaha's

how are genelec 1029a's compared to the hs80m's? or the dynaudio bm5a's?

anyone have a preference?
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I was attracted to the HS80's but a couple of reviews said they had a noteable hiss with no program information applied. Anyone confirm that ?
They were actually my first choice until I read that.
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no sooner did those words leave my mouth, did i realize there are lots of bad habits that could have arrived those two at the "hiss" scenario....
I just noted it becaue there were two independent reviews stating the same thing.
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i havent heard it but i will listen closely to make sure.
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Yorkville YSMP1's (powered) or YSM1's. SoundOnSound did a shootout with these vs more expensive monitors (Tannoy Reveal's etc.) and found that mixes translated better than with any of the others. This has been my experience as well...Great Canadian company with modest pricing.
Yep, in that price range these do very well (for my ears anyway).
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I am using a set of Alesis M1 Mk2 actives and a Fostex sub monitor.

I have been mixing on the Alesis for about 10 years or so, so theres no surprises with them. I'm sure there may be "better" monitors in someones elses opinion out there, but I like the sound I get from them.

For the money, I would recommend them. Never had an issue, and my mixes are great. Never really hear anyone say anything bad about them either... Just my two cents...
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NS10's go for around $500. If you can find a pair in good condition don't miss it.
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You may still find some ST-6 (KRK) around. At $100 each, they sound really good - leaves you enough for a decent amp.



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KRK rokit 5's are decent for the price
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KRK V4? no?
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The KRK V4 series 2 were not that great. They really were tuned like a set of bookshelf speakers - tubby around 80-100Hz and no extension.



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thanks again everyone....i still don't know what to choose....any more persuasions would be awesome
i guess the three favorites so far are the

hs80m / yorkville ysm1 or 2p/ krkv4 / what about wharfedale 8.2a?

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I had the alesis m1 mkII and upgraded to the hs80m....was a noticable upgrade....the clarity and bass response in the yammys is way way better...
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Yorkville YSM1p's if you don't have an amp, YSM1's if you do. Done. Excellant speakers for <$500
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noteworthy: I think I am going to build my own studio monitors. The parts fall into the sub-$500 range, and they are supposed to be far superior to many higher end monitors costing a lot more.

They are passive, so you will need an amp for them.

Google Vifa studio monitor kit and you will see.

For the DIY'er, this can be a very gratifying experience, and a chance to have $5,000 monitors for a tenth of the cost.

I will keep everyone posted as the project continues. Oh if I could just hit the lotto lol!
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I vote NS10 also.

I've heard rumor GC was trying to clear out HR824 MKIs for around 500 a pair. Wouldnt be a bad option either.
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