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Which Nearfield/Midfield monitors do you own/use daily?
View Poll Results: Which nearfield/midfield monitors do you own ?
ADAM
119 Votes - 18.89%
AE
0 Votes - 0%
Akai
0 Votes - 0%
Alesis
12 Votes - 1.90%
ATC
11 Votes - 1.75%
Auratone
24 Votes - 3.81%
Avantone
18 Votes - 2.86%
Barefoot
15 Votes - 2.38%
Behringer
7 Votes - 1.11%
Dynaudio
60 Votes - 9.52%
ESI
1 Votes - 0.16%
Event
40 Votes - 6.35%
Focal
57 Votes - 9.05%
Fostex
10 Votes - 1.59%
Genelec
81 Votes - 12.86%
JBL
48 Votes - 7.62%
KRK
66 Votes - 10.48%
KS
0 Votes - 0%
M-Audio
18 Votes - 2.86%
Mackie
42 Votes - 6.67%
Proac
21 Votes - 3.33%
Quested
21 Votes - 3.33%
Tannoy
48 Votes - 7.62%
Tascam
6 Votes - 0.95%
Yamaha
146 Votes - 23.17%
Home hi fi
36 Votes - 5.71%
Computer speakers
32 Votes - 5.08%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 630. You may not vote on this poll

Old 17th April 2010
  #1
Which Nearfield/Midfield monitors do you own/use daily?

Ok just wanted to see what people are using are the moment, I hope that I've covered most commercial studio monitors with the poll but If I missed something please let me know and I'll add them
Please share which model you're using (ie. SX3A, Twin, MM27 etc ...)

Also, If you're using Passive speakers, which Amp are you using to drive them?

This is a public poll as I don't think people should be shy about their speakers, please let me know if you'd rather keep quiet about your speakers and I'll remove this option and make it anonymous.

Thanks for taking the time !

* I can't actually edit the Poll so please name yours if It's not on the list, unless the moderators can fix this so we can enhance the poll options...
Old 17th April 2010
  #2
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UREI 809 / White 4001 / Crown DC300A
JBL 4401 / Crown DC150
JBL S38 Baron (D130 and 077 tweets) Crown D150A

Yeah... some old school stuff, but I have used the JBL 4401s since I bought them new in '83.
Amazingly, every time I send my mixes to name mastering houses they do very little EQ work.

The Crowns all have a complete re-cap job as do the White EQs.
Old 17th April 2010
  #3
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Blue Sky medias and I'm after a pair of the lil Harbeths
Old 17th April 2010
  #4
nice !

I'm on NS-10M - Bryston 3b sst most of the day .

Auratone (with the bryston) and ADAM S4A and checking the Focal twins now.

I'm looking for ns10 replacement but I as the famous U2 song goes ...
Old 17th April 2010
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Adam here, P33, also NS10 in studio, Adam A7 home
Old 17th April 2010
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Quad 520 for my Auratone 5c SuperSoundCubes and MC2 Audio amps for my by now active Tannoy LittleReds with modified BSS FDS360 xovers.
Old 17th April 2010
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Yamaha NS10M with a Bryston 4BST
Westlake Audio BBSM-10 with a 4BSST
Old 17th April 2010
  #8
The blue Tannoy Reveals, from a Mackie Satellite, read/weep.
Old 17th April 2010
  #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by joelpatterson View Post
The blue Tannoy Reveals, from a Mackie Satellite, read/weep.
Yamaha MSP7's from a Mackie satellite
Old 17th April 2010
  #10
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adam a7's for mixing, krk rp8's for tracking...
...so far!
Old 17th April 2010
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Yamaha MSP7's from a Mackie satellite
Oh no! Our secrets are being revealed!
Old 17th April 2010
  #12
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Choice of:

Genelec 1034/Rane EQ
Tannoy Little Reds /BGW 750
Mackie 824 Mk1
Yamaha Ns10 orig /Quad 405
Genelec 1029
Auratones /Quad 303
Missions / Armstrong

I usually have 1034 /Mackies/NS10

Little Reds in the lounge

AV
Old 17th April 2010
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ADAM A7s at home. I'm after a pair of NS-10s too for next year when I move into a bigger place.

I study at LIPA - we can use 3 of the 6 studios as first years, two fitted with Genelec 1031s and D.A.S 8s, and a 5.1 set up of 1030s in the Icon studio.

Main monitors in the George Martin Studio are Coastal Acoustics Boxer T4s.
Old 17th April 2010
  #14
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Spendor (BBC design) LS3/5a monitors, driven by Marantz 100w mono-blocks - NHT sub
Tannoy System 600s (coaxial), and Red Reveals, driven by Alesis RA300s - Tannoy TS10 sub
Avantones, driven by Harmon Kardon PM65 amp
Cambridge Soundworks (Henry Kloss design) Classic Model Six speakers, driven by Harmon Kardon PM 65 amp - used for home audio reference

Yep. You are correct. Obsolete, all. And that is OK. I am familiar with each monitor/amp combination, and they all serve a purpose. No flavor-of-the-month, here...

Best.
Byll
Old 17th April 2010
  #15
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Org KRK V8s, I cannot believe that Mackie is ranked that high...wow
Old 17th April 2010
  #16
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tannoy precision 8 passives. BAM!
Old 17th April 2010
  #17
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There is no such as obsolete as long as you know the sound of what you mix on.

You see, what blows my mind is that I see you guys with the newer and more flavor-of-the-year type speakers like ADAM A7s, yet you want to change to something like an NS-10.

When I bought my JBL 4401s in '83 I actually was going to buy NS-10s because they were the rage since Bob Clearmountain had just mixed "Born in the USA" or some Bruce Springstein record on them.
I auditioned them and thought, "There is NO WAY I can have these as my only monitors!"
The JBL 4401s were the best sounding speaker in my budget range.

I just can't do NS-10s.
I have tried to use them on many occasions since '83 and quite a few of the rooms I have used had them.
They are a very un-comfortable experience for me and I just don't like mixing on speakers that never sound god or comfortable.

What is fun to experience is how good things sound on my JBL S-38 Barons.
They are mirror image JBL pro monitors from 1960 (S-38s originated in '56 I think.)
They have a 15" D130 and newer 077 1" tweets.
They originally had 075 "bullet" tweeters, but I scored a pair of the less beamy 077s and they are the same basic driver with a "better" lens.

The S-38 box and D-130 were a JBL playback standard originating the late '40s in Hollywood.
They started with a multi-cellular horn, but went to the "bullets" in the early '50s.
It is still a surprisingly modern sounding speaker set up.
Old 17th April 2010
  #18
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I use the NS-10's, I'm not sure why people say that they sound bad....as long as their not damaged, their properly cabled and are connected to a decent receiver, they sound pretty good to me and everyone else I've encountered.
Old 17th April 2010
  #19
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They sound good if you like a REALLY forward midrange and no low end.

HONK CITY!

They are fairly fatiguing to listen to for an extended period of time, too.

If I want a forward mid-range I switch on my UREI 809s.
They at least have low end!

NS-10s are one element of the '80s sound and techniques that I experienced and don't really want to go back to some of that stuff.
I am pretty locked into pieces of gear that are classics and work well, but NS-10s don't fall in that category to me.
Old 17th April 2010
  #20
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I primarily use B&W 805's powered by a Classe CA2100. First real set of speakers I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Before that I had a pair of Berhinger Truths.

I also have a pair of Rokit 5's, and will be getting a single Genelec for a third references sooner or later.
Old 17th April 2010
  #21
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A monitor I'd like to have would be a pair of Tannoy Golds.

I once had a pair of SGM 1000s which were OK although they were improperly mounted in the studio's soffit.
The smaller Golds are probably my favorite monitor.

I could deal with A7s and BBSM10s.
I used to mix the old ZROCK live radio broadcasts on the Westlakes.
They were not fatiguing and had good detail.
Old 17th April 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dbbubba View Post
They sound good if you like a REALLY forward midrange and no low end.

HONK CITY!

They are fairly fatiguing to listen to for an extended period of time, too.
I dunno, as long as the mixes that you are listening too are decent, they will good on them, to me.........but yeah, they aren't full range.
Old 17th April 2010
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Focal Twins, genelec Sub
Old 17th April 2010
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I dunno, as long as the mixes that you are listening too are decent, they will good on them, to me.........but yeah, they aren't full range.
I have tried to use them for years.

One studio I track vocals in has a pair of NS-10s powered by a Hafler on the meter bridge.
Their main monitors are Westlake/Sierra Audio in a full Hidley designed room.
The big monitors sound fantastic, but I'd like to work on small near fields to concentrate a bit better.
I settle for a pair of Tannoy PBM 6.5s because I get annoyed by the NS-10s honk.
It really distracts me when cutting vocals.

Obviously some people can mix on them, but they are poor choice in my book for a tracking monitor.
They are too far from neutral.
Old 17th April 2010
  #25
I use KRK 6000's with a Carver TM1 powering them.
Old 17th April 2010
  #26
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LCR set of ATC300ASLs in custom cabinets. Quad amped by Bryston 4BSST2pro amps. Modified ATC crossovers. White programmable analog EQs.

2 Genelec 7071 subwoofers.

(Pictures shows them in storage in an iso booth.)



Greg
Old 17th April 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dbbubba View Post
A monitor I'd like to have would be a pair of Tannoy Golds.
Yes I like the Tannoy golds. I have used the 15 inch ones in large cabinets, as well as the 10 inch ones that were meant for home stereo systems. Pretty flat almost boring sounding but translate pretty well. The 15's sound bigger obviously, but even the 10's are good. Haven't heard the 12's.
Old 17th April 2010
  #28
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Quested s8 here. I love them.

there ain't no substitute for amp power (370 watt rms per side)
Old 17th April 2010
  #29
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ATC 100 ASLs and ATC 20 SLs on Chord SPA1032 (Bryston 3B while the Chord's getting a new power supply....).

Also LS3/5As and Spendor SA300s in the spares room
Old 17th April 2010
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To those who mentioned Tannoy Golds (dbbubba and rocksure):

Is that those lovely Monitor Golds AlNiCo jobs from the late '60s or Super Gold Monitors (ferrite magnets and almost identical to Super Red Monitors) from the late '80s?
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