Originally Posted by Anghello
If I would not like S1X would give a try to Egg. Anyone tryed EGG vs. Neumann vs. S1X?
Hey Anghello! I just recently went through the same problem. I went down to VKLA and was able to do a shootout between all the monitors mentioned in your post and many more including PMC, ATC, K&H, Dynaudio, Barefoot, etc. (except the Rock
, and from Adam I tried A7x
, S2x, S3X-V, S3X-H).
Bottom line: I had to stretch the budget, but the winner was clear for me... Adam S2X!!!
The S2X was really in a league of it's own compared to those you listed in your original post.
As far as your quote above, the Eggs weren't bad (I even got to meet Andy Munro and talk to him about their design), but didn't have the richness of the S2X and really lacked low end. The Neumanns were not on the same level at all. They are way too hyed in the low and high end for mixing IMHO. They sounded relatively good when hyped; like some hi-fi Bose or something, but not right for mixing.
Another honorable mention goes to the Focal Twins. The Twins were actually really nice and I could definitely do good work with them, but while using my reference CD of reference mixes I really know, they had me questioning the low end a little more than I would like.
One of the things that blew me away when doing the shootout was how vastly different all the monitors sounded. It wasn't like doing a shootout of 1176
plugins where they all sound about the same. There were clear winners and losers.
For me, the ultimate winners were the Adam S2X! I did not have any issues at all with a harsh top end, and I didn't feel like I needed to "burn them in" excessively if at all. The detail from the S2Xs made me re-fall in love with music! I know it sounds dramatic, but it's true! They really have a magic to them the way they let you feel like you are swimming inside the music. It's like music in 3D!!! The stereo image is fantastic, but the best part is the amazing balance within the frequencies. The lows are rich and deep; the mids are focused and true, and the highs are clear and crisp! It has the best of all worlds!
It's improved my mixing much more than I care to admit! I can really hear the flaws in my old mixes and can get right to the issue. Before, I was guessing a lot more because I didn't have as clear of a picture in the bass or low mids. Now, I am truly mixing with confidence! I used to do a mix and burn a CD to take to other systems for reference and would have to come back and tweak the mix so many times it would take me forever to call a mix done! Now, I can do it once with confidence!
As a side note, the S3Xs sounded great too, but they really sounded very similar to the S2X. For the price difference, I think the only thing I might be "missing" is the power/volume of the S3Xs, but in my environment, that's not really necessary. The S2Xs are plenty loud!
Hope that helps!!