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ALESIS Prolinear 820/ 720 Studio Monitors
Old 7th September 2007
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ALESIS Prolinear 820/ 720

These days they're going for £200ish at sound control..

What are they like..?

Old 7th September 2007
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Old 7th September 2007
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i heard them when they first came out. i'm putting on my bullet proof vest now, because i'm sure this will be unpopular, but i think it is a heck of a good deal for that price. even at the original prices it was a "fair" deal. they aren't bad speakers at all, ok so they aren't adams or jbls, but they really are much better than you'd think for the money.

suitable for mastering - no. great pair for someone on a lower budget - absolutely. great second set of monitors for anyone - you bet.
Old 8th September 2007
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hey,.. thanks for the reply. Honest opinions are always welcomed.

I'm gonna check them out, but i wondered if they were even worth checking out since i can't find many reviews on them..
Old 8th September 2007
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I own a set of the ProLinear DSP 820s. I A/B'd them against the JBL 6328s (I think that's the correct model number), and they were the hands-down winner, especially in the low mids. The bass is very clear and accurate, and on the JBL's, it was muddy. These were commercial releases I was listening to, and mixes of mine that I was intimately familiar with.

I find the mix translation excellent, and everyone who hears them says they sound amazing. BTW, I don't endorse Alesis, I just really like these monitors, and I have Tannoy, Genelec, Yamaha, Mackie, etc.

I also love the fact that I can control the frequency response from my PC. They do have presets for Auratone, Boom Box, Genelec, NS-10, etc., and I have A/B'd them with the actual model. They are not exact, but they are close, and provide a way to hear your mix on alternate playback models. At any rate, you can easily set the curve for your room or listening preference.

I paid about $600 for the pair, and I would buy another set. Get the ones with the DSP, you won't regret the extra expense.
Old 8th September 2007
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Discontinued, that's why they're so cheap. Doesn't mean they suck, just means they didn't sell very many of them.

Old 8th September 2007
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Originally Posted by warhead View Post
Discontinued, that's why they're so cheap. Doesn't mean they suck, just means they didn't sell very many of them.

But are they any good ?
Old 11th September 2007
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Bumping this up. I had a pair of refurb Truth 2031as fail on me and they wont be in stock for a while. Would the Prolinear 720 (non-dsp) be a good option for a bit more money?
Old 14th September 2007
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...Anyone else?

Old 14th September 2007
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I work at a sound company which contains both a great recording studio as well as a great vintage music store - among other things.... (Clients love it when I tell them they can use any guitar, bass, amp, keyboard, etc. that they want in the store on sessions!)

Anyhow, in my experience, Alesis' newer 620's are a much better sounding box than the 720's or 820's. The 620's are technically of a different series & do not contain the DSP but just sound fuller & more flat. I now use a pair of UREI 2X15" coaxial time alligns, Dyn Audios, Event 20/20's, NS10's & these 620's (within a couple of different rooms, of course). Tried to like the 820's but they were the least helpful to me over the other 3 pairs I have in making mix decisions. There's a lot of cloudiness in the mids that I really dislike. Sound so un-flattering & boom-box hyped.

I do love the ability to alter the curve of the frequency responce & now that they're so much cheaper it's more worthwhile but otherwise there are better monitors out there for the money (or a little bit more, if you're able).
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