Monitor recommendations <500.00 for mixing rock/metal
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11th May 2013
Old 11th May 2013
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Monitor recommendations <500.00 for mixing rock/metal

I know this thread has been posted a million times before, and I feel like I have probably read every one of them, but with the changing times, and advances in tech, and monitors that were once expensive now being available for cheaper used, I figured I would start a new one.

I am currently using Event 20/20 P's, which I bought new and have had for a decade now. I have never been totally thrilled with them, as I feel they are not very true. I will add, due to the constraints of my apartment, I am working in an untreated room.
I am thinking about getting new monitors, would like to stay under 500.00, need something good for working on Rock/Metal mixes, and would consider buying used.
Any suggestions? Go.....
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11th May 2013
Old 11th May 2013
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the best advice is to read howie weinbergs post "speakers". im going to grab a set of those krk's...
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11th May 2013
Old 11th May 2013
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Equator D5, just do a search for them over the forums. Very good high-mid clarity and stereo image + excellent customer service and return policy if for some reason you don't like them.
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11th May 2013
Old 11th May 2013
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Get some room treatment. And DA conversion. And get yourself a nice amplifier too. Powered monitors are usually plain rubbish. I don't care what anyone says. Class D amps suck. All of them. Go ahead and say this one or that one isn't bad. They all sound the same. I have never heard a class D amp that had any soundstage. EVER. But if you've never heard a real soundstage set up by a nice amp and a pair of speakers, you wouldn't know. Class D amps all have the same exact problems with imaging. There is none.

If you're spending $500 you're not buying monitors, you're getting reference speakers... as in "let me reference what my full range mix sounds like when restricted."

Originally I wrote a huge rant here, but what's the point, somehow it's really hard to convince people that a corporation who exploits the plight of third-world populations would lie, cheat, and steal from them just to fleece a little extra wool off their backs.

The amp is EVERYTHING. This has been proven to me time and time again. Even a poorly designed speaker will sound WAY better with a nice amp.

My advice is to get a used Bryston 2B-LP and a pair of Alesis Monitor One passives... can be had for about $300-500. I've made some great mixes using that setup, just be careful with your bass extension range. A benchmark DAC1 is about $450 used. Welcome yourself back to reality.
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12th May 2013
Old 12th May 2013
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Originally Posted by psykostx View Post
Get some room treatment. And DA conversion. And get yourself a nice amplifier too. Powered monitors are usually plain rubbish. I don't care what anyone says. Class D amps suck. All of them. Go ahead and say this one or that one isn't bad. They all sound the same. I have never heard a class D amp that had any soundstage. EVER. But if you've never heard a real soundstage set up by a nice amp and a pair of speakers, you wouldn't know. Class D amps all have the same exact problems with imaging. There is none.

If you're spending $500 you're not buying monitors, you're getting reference speakers... as in "let me reference what my full range mix sounds like when restricted."

Originally I wrote a huge rant here, but what's the point, somehow it's really hard to convince people that a corporation who exploits the plight of third-world populations would lie, cheat, and steal from them just to fleece a little extra wool off their backs.

The amp is EVERYTHING. This has been proven to me time and time again. Even a poorly designed speaker will sound WAY better with a nice amp.

My advice is to get a used Bryston 2B-LP and a pair of Alesis Monitor One passives... can be had for about $300-500. I've made some great mixes using that setup, just be careful with your bass extension range. A benchmark DAC1 is about $450 used. Welcome yourself back to reality.
I am interested in hearing what you have to say. What do you recommend, Class A? Class AB?
is there such a thing as a lower priced Class A or AB amp?
Are there any newer class A or AB amps that I wont have to take out a mortgage for?
Keep in mind I am not a pro studio, I am a at home recordist, that does this for fun, I like writing and recording my own music, even if I am the only one who hears it, but I would like to improve my mixes the best I can, and within a reasonable budget, since I am not making money with this equipment. I took a look at Bryston, I also looked at some hafler, and carver stuff that I saw recommended around GS. The Hafler and Carver stuff seems much more in my league price wise. Although I did find one Bryston that I am keeping my eye on to see what the price goes to.
But please rant away, I am interested in hearing what you have to say.
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12th May 2013
Old 12th May 2013
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I just got my first monitors. Primarily for editing audio for video. I got tannoy 6" passive for $125 a piece and drive them through an 80s Nakamichi receiver.

I have no idea how this would compare to something more "professional" but it's way better than what I ever had before.
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14th May 2013
Old 14th May 2013
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I could never get a good kick sound out of a 20/20. Thats like one of the most annoying things ever about a monitor. Ended up getting a pair of used 4408's and haven't had that problem since. You're going to need an amp if you end up going on up that road. Also, I have a pair of 4406's which I like better for high-end, but lacks bottom end. Its weird though because they use the same tweeters, I guess the crossover is different in the 44's and 42's.
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14th May 2013
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Blue Sky eXo2. They come with an integrated sub which is a huge bonus for rock/metal.
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