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Best cheap second reference speakers to buy? Studio Monitors
Old 31st December 2010
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Best cheap second reference speakers to buy?

I have my Focal solo 6's overseas. I am back home in Canada for a few months and I wondered what cheaper speakers I should get not only for mixing while here in Canada, but also a speaker I'd be able to use a second reference to Focals (when I bring my Focals back to Canada).

I was weighing in on Avantone active mix cubes, KRK's to even cheap laptop speakers.

Any ideas for me?

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Old 31st December 2010
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i haven't used the avantones but i love referencing on auratones. don't know how far that will get you as your only monitors for the next couple weeks though.
Old 31st December 2010
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Old 1st January 2011
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At least coming from the Focals, the Yamaha MSP5's could be good as a second reference. I'd say the HS50's too since they translate well, but that might be a little too far off from what you already have.

I'd skip the KRK's, you'll be beating your head against a wall trying to figure out the low end!

Edit: I just found these and had to post them...THAT is a f'n great price!
http://cgi.ebay.com/YAMAHA-MSP5A-STU...item35aef09c39
Old 1st January 2011
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Best cheap second reference speakers to buy?

If I had solo 6s as my primary I would want a secondary that was more fullrange. Having the Quested 208s and the Bryston 4b has been an eye opener.
I dream of adding Solo 6s as another nearfields in addition to my F11a's.
Old 1st January 2011
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for something midrangey, Realistic Solo-5 (if you can find them, they've been out of production since the 80s).

Wharfedale Diamond 8.2A are quite good and inexpensive and have good detail in the mids.
Old 4th January 2011
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wow, all different replies! Fostex, Yamaha MSP5, ... no one recommending the mix cubes.... Any other recommendations ? If not how do the Fostex PM0.4n stack against the Yamaha MSP5?
Old 4th January 2011
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Obviously, NS10...
Old 4th January 2011
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Yamaha NS10 and be done.
Old 5th January 2011
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i wouldn't use the NS10/NS10m unless a gun was pointed at me.
Old 5th January 2011
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I'd buy NS10 if I wanted to spend 250-350 on an amp and another 700-1000 for the passive NS10's.... I don't.

I want something that is decent for 500-600 that are active.
Old 5th January 2011
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I use Focal CMS 65 and small KRK Vxt4.
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