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Studio Monitors with built in USB Audio Interface... good or bad idea? Studio Monitors
Old 4th September 2015
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Studio Monitors with built in USB Audio Interface... good or bad idea?

What do you guys think about killing two birds with one stone with these studio monitors with built in USB Audio Interface?

Samson Studio GT Active Nearfield Studio Monitors with USB Audio Interface

$99.99




PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

USB Audio Interface
4.25" Woofer
1" Tweeter
XLR/TRS, RCA, and 3.5mm Inputs
Dual Headphone Jacks
Includes Cakewalk Sonar LE Software

Samson Studio GT Active Nearfield USB Studio Monitors SASGT4 B&H



VS




Alesis M1 Active 520 Nearfield Studio Monitors with USB Audio Interface

$199



PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

5" Active Monitors
Plug and play
44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit audio
USB 1.1 connector
Two 1/4" inputs
1/4" Headphone output
Includes XLR interconnection cable
Volume knob/power switch
Blue LED power indicator
Bass boost option: 4.8dB at 100Hz
3" lightweight, magnetically-shielded
1" high frequency driver
30 watts per channel

Alesis M1 Active 520 USB | Sweetwater.com
Old 4th September 2015
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Very bad idea, that interface will have subpar drivers, no inputs, no midi, and well whenever you upgrade you are going to need an audio interface.

So better get them seprately
Old 4th September 2015
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Seems like a good idea to me.

What sort of prognostication tools are you using to predict that either of these will have bad drivers?

What makes you says that they'll have no inputs (when it plainly states that they do)?
Old 4th September 2015
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USB 1.1?
Old 4th September 2015
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Seems like a good idea to me.

What sort of prognostication tools are you using to predict that either of these will have bad drivers?
Maybe because of the reputation they have on these boards of their past products and user reports. I wouldn't recommend either of these products based on driver reputation alone. Then there's sub par budget monitors married to a sub par audio interface.
Old 4th September 2015
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When you want to upgrade, you need to replace you're whole setup.
Old 4th September 2015
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Wow, never seen a speaker with a headphone out!
A breakdown of cost for each feature probably wouldn't look too good.

Could be okay for people on a super tight budget though.
Old 4th September 2015
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Thanks for the feedback... any more opinions?
Old 4th September 2015
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Yup, budget starter option. Probably a decent enough quality for someone starting out.

If you get a bit further into music recording/production you'll want greater control over your interface and monitoring. Aside from better quality, maybe you need more ins, bigger or better monitors, extra headphone outs, a quieter pre, a colorful pre etc etc.

You just can't mix and match unless you get separates. If you go higher up the food chain the preamp is a separate and (arguably) even higher up the digital converter splits into separate ins and outs.

In all honesty I'd save up just a bit and go for separate interface and monitors s unless you are totally strapped for cash. . There's so much competition in usb interfaces and monitoring that the quality just keeps getting better.
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Old 4th September 2015
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Both only support 16bit... This alone would be a deal breaker for me.
Old 4th September 2015
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In order to deliver all those features at such low prices corners are being cut in terms of reliability, build, component quality etc. I'd save up a bit more and get something that will work better and last longer.
Old 4th September 2015
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I've read good things about the Alesis, actually.
Old 4th September 2015
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Alesis and Samson are not know for developing quality audio interfaces, and I think an audio interface is the most crucial element of a home studio. Good drivers make a system stable and efficient, deliver low latency when you need it.

I didn't notice the samson ones had inputs, well I suppose they can work. But personally i think this is the case where buying cheap will result in buying twice.

There are cheap audio interfaces with way better support as the Steinberg UR line.
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Quote:
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I've read good things about the Alesis, actually.
Yeah... the Samson Studio GT's have pretty good reviews too.
Old 5th September 2015
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Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface

$99.99




PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

USB monitors and audio interface
2x2 USB audio interface allows simultaneous recording and monitoring of computer audio
Magnetically shielded to prevent interference when placed close to computer monitors
Record and monitor audio using either ⅛",¼" TRS or RCA stereo inputs
Lightweight, portable size perfect for desks, project studios and mobile-recording rigs
Volume control, power-switch and ⅛" headphone jack located on front panel for quick access
- See more at: RPM3 : Akai Professional - Iconic music production gear, including the legendary MPC
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