M-Audio BX5a Deluxe by evo6
The M-Audio BX5A Deluxe studio monitor system makes an excellent first pair of monitors. It offers up 70 watts of power which is fine for a nearfield monitor in a smaller bedroom or studio space. I've owned the previous model which was the BX5A and in comparing the two I have to say the new Deluxe model offers slightly better stereo imaging, but otherwise sound very close. My biggest complaint is the 5" driver which really compresses the low mids and lows to the point it almost becomes a guessing game as to where the kick drum and bass or bass synth are actually sitting in the mix. To be fair, almost all small diameter speakers suffer from this, so I shouldn't just pick on the BX5A. The tweeter is non fatiguing to my ears which is nice since I like to mix for several hours, often into the night. I own the M-Audio 8" sub as well, and using the monitors combined with the sub definitely is the way I recommend approaching any mix with heavy low frequency action-assuming your room is properly treated. If you have minimal treatment, then you will actually make things worse by adding a sub, but that is another topic altogether. Overall, these little guys make a great pair of monitors if you're on a budget, and a great second pair to reference against your big expensive monitors.