Are you serious? Did you purposely limit that to intolerable levels? Is that even limited or just clipped? That actually hurt - last time I press play without turning volumes down.
Originally Posted by PettyCash
This would be the best solution in your situation DJDMAN. In the amount of time I have been using these headphones, I have to say the balance you can achieve with them seem to translate well to what you will hear with a set of good studio monitors. They are also pretty good at reproducing low end. Forget about trying to use multimedia speakers as more than just a 2nd reference, you will only get so far.
Check em out.
+1 for ATH-M50s - I have them and I love them. They're not that expensive either. If I had use, I would buy a 2nd pair no problem.
Headphones are actually better in some cases, worse in others. They'll let you judge top end more clearly (or I should say painfully) and you can usually hear reverb clearer (especially if your room isn't treated). But it's also possible something will sound clean or clear enough on headphones, but sound muddy/unclear even on decent studio monitors (separation is key). I often mix switching between monitors/headphones and can usually nail levels dead on over a wide range of systems with the combination.
I would suggest learning your speakers if anything - maybe $5 speakers are unworkable, but any speakers that aren't complete garbage can be worked with. It's all about knowing what the sound from your speakers will sound like other places. Studio monitors are just magically good at sounding similar most places.