Mackie HR624 by allawishus
I think this monitor is still relevant as it's still available on the used market (for silly prices) and it's the best Mackie I've heard.
I should qualify that by saying I've heard and used the HR824 Mk1, HR624 MK1 and MK2 and the MR5 MK2.
I now use other monitors along side these in the studio but I've never been able to sell them on as they still serve a purpose.
The MK1 sound great and are still one of my favourite listening speakers.
They are cinematic in sound, very 3d and always impress when turned up loud.
Unlike the 824 models the bass is not overblown and is rich and deep in small rooms.
It excels on electronic sound sources. 808's and 909's sound like they should on these speakers. In other words they sound like they do on a good club sound system. The sub that they put out may be a lie but I don't care, I like it and find it very useful.
They also display the mid range in a useful (if not entirely accurate) way. It seems the upper mids are lifted which gives them a 'loud' character when compared to other monitors. This can be useful when mixing at low volumes but also a little painful when blasting.
The low mids are what let the speaker down. They are not fairly represented and must be checked on headphones.
The high end is a little splashy and confused due to the metal tweeter but it's not a deal breaker and mixes don't suffer.
Many people dismiss the HR624 as 'hifi' and I suppose they are in that they do impose a 'character' on what ever is played through them.
Things sound slightly more polished on them as though they've had an extra treatment.
But this for me is why I find them useful. If they are 'hifi' then it's a very good hifi and a useful real world, cinematic view on your work (like a radio edit).
It allows me to hear that perhaps a track is closer to being finished than I thought it was and always gives me something else to fix in the mids that wasn't picked up on before.
On some more neutral speakers even finished mastered tracks don't sound quite finished.
So, not great as a solo set but a worthy and useful addition to the family that cost peanuts on the second hand market.