Outstanding but affordable reference monitors?

I'm deciding what studio monitors to get but I'm under the budget as well. I can't get anything above 400 dollars US, but I want something that is balanced and flat in sound or something that you personally like.

Edit: sorry, what I meant was I prefer not to buy a pair of monitors that will cost me above 1000 US.

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mclovin98 2 years ago | 2 comments

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  • Alcane
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    The KRK Rokit 5 & 6 series monitors are great, I have the 6's myself and they serve me well.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • cjonesnyc
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    I have a pair of yamaha hs50m's which should be around $400.  I've been happy with them and seem to do the job pretty well. I've also heard good things about KRK's but have no personal experience with them.

    in regards to your edit:

     i've also heard great things about yamaha's hs80m. I've been looking into getting a second pair of monitors myself, I most recently heard about some pioneer ones, the s-dj08, which are about 1000 for the pair. I've only seen about 2 reviews though which said the sound was really good, flat as well but they also seemed to pay more attention to the features rather than the sound.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • Branislav
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    I prefer ADAM A7X they have really nice and truly sound.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • psherburne
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    One more vote for the KRK Rokit 6. I have a pair of Genelecs in my own studio in Berlin, but I bought a pair of KRKs for my mom's basement, when I was living there for an extended period, and I was very pleased with them. Very flat, "true" sound to my ears. I actually made my last record with them, and it got licensed for two different mix CDs, so it seems like they did the trick!

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Metaphreaq
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    second vote those rokit's .. getting really cheap try the m-audio Bx# series, they will def help your mixes, pair that with a decent pair of headphones like the beyer dynamics and alot of burn and listen elsewhere (car, home stereo, etc)

     

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • bigDirt
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    Your price range is going to limit you a bit as far as a wide selection. however, as Alcane mentioned, the KRK Rokit series speakers will work quite well. Alternatively, the MR series from Mackie are also quite good for entry level monitors. Most entry level monitors will have a bit of colour to their sound, but nothing that a bit of ear training can't manage. And it really comes down to personal preference - how your music sounds on these speakers. Some of my friends swear by KRK. Others dislike them and prefer the Mackies. The best way to find out is go to a store that has both set up, and take some of your produced music, or favourtie music (music you aspire to sound like) on a disc or iPod, and ask them to have a listen. Happy shopping!

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • rebelinc
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    Iv been using ESI nEar for a while now and find they are nice neutral and give you the possibility to create a great mix/mastering at a very affordable price.

     

    /Dan

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • gato.rui
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    i use my mackie's HR824 for 10 years now, never let me down. They are a good compromise between a flat precise sound, useful for engineering, and a comfortable musical sound, essential for music production. Right now you can get the MKII series, if too much expensive, go for the HR624.

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • DjMustang
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    i use the mackie HR624's. in my opinion they sound way better than the krk's. and good headphones like the sony mdr 7506 or beyer dynamics are a good addition.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Rota1960
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    Yep, KRK Rokit 6. Be sure to place them at ear height

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • holtymusic
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    I have "vintage" Yamaha NS-10Ms with support from a powered yamaha subwoofer, I am quite familiar with their sound. I know to exaggerate the midrange to compensate for them. My final mixes, I always listen through on these, my sennheiser headphones, some high quality earbuds, and the computer's speakers. If I can make it sound great on these four sources - I'm done! Don't be afraid to go with used gear, you may be able to get more for your money. 

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Raikard
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    Go for Adam or Genelec for that range of price.

    Rokit, Esi, Alesis and other low price monitors often output a too much coloured sound.
    Btw, of course, you'll never have a good sound without a minum treated room, also with the high end expensive monitors.

    My advice is to spend the maximum that you can for a good pair of monitors, and then when you can, treat a bit your room.
    Monitors are essential, a friend of mine were used to a pair of Alesis, when switched to Adam he discovered another world.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • spr1000
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    Id like to also add second to the monitors being important your room and sound proofing is going to make or break that mix. You can have high ende speakers but if your mixing in a room that isn't set up right your end result may not be what you expect

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • Sunfell
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    I must be doing it wrong- right now, I'm using my Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers. But I just got started, so upgrading to high-end monitors is a bit down the line for me. I'm taking notes here- I saw some KRK monitors at Best Buy.

    I am planning to pick up a set of Klipsch Image headphones for my laptop studio.

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • ziggomatic
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    i used to owned a pair of KRK RP5 for years and now i have the RP6 2nd generation and i can't complain. my mixes sounds good on my friend's dynaudio so i guess it's a good sign hehe. if you have to choose between those 2 i'd go with the 6" because the 5" don't have enough punch in the kick drum

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • empolo
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    I don't have a properly treated room so I went with the KRK 8400 headphones. Check the reviews - they are very true and are essentially the headphone version of the Rokit.

    @ Sunfell -  I have the Klipsch Pro Media speakers too - they're great for general listening and they pack a punch (just ask my hatin' a*s neighbors).  : )

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • KLIMAUDIO
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    I used the JBL LSR2325p's with a home made sub and the JBL monitor controller/Room correction box...and I was impressed at the sound for such little money. I only had them a couple weeks since I wanted to upgrade my entire system and ended up switching to LSR4328's and the matching LSR4312 sub...but that is out of your price range. As a point of reference, my main speakers in my home theater are Dunlavy SC-IV's, and I have spent a lot of time working on ATC monitors as well....all costing way more than most people are willing to spend on monitors. I can still say I actually like the smaller JBL's. Not as much as the others....but for the money, they are most impressive.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • benjamin bear
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    i've been loving my Roland Cube Monitors...the mixes translate so well to PA systems.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • djnfinity
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    I've been using the Mackie MR8's for 2 years now, very nice full sound, super clear and lots of power to test EDM at high volumes with an 8inch woofer.

    Some say they are a bit bass heavy, but I like to make my tracks a bit more bassheavy, so by using these i'm assuring myself that I'm pushing the bass as far as she goes without going overboard on these and that translates to not being too bassheavy on other speakers.

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • MisterRaintown
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    I am very satisfied with Genelec monitors. Check them out. They are honest, direct, show lots of detail and are fun to listen to without making the music too beautiful. I really love them!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • tooheys
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    Another vote for a pair of KRK Rokit 6's. They are great.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • brettwemyss
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    I have alesis M1 Active mK 2 they are brilliant. Pick them up for about 250 for the pair

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • arnovj
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    I'm a real fan of KRK Systems.

    I have KRK-RP8 (G1) and KRK-RP6 G2's. I've worked with KRK-RP8 G2's,

    My favorite is the first generation of KRK-RP8, but the KRK-RP8 G2 are great to.
    If you have the budget (and no neighbours), i would throw in a KRK sub as well.

    And keep in mind.. Speakers are a matter of taste and like.
    Try before you buy, compare, play music that you know and make a choice.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • SonarScope
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    Prodipe Ribbon 8 exelend low price monitors / next to me are krk RP8 and cant sell them 

    my next strategy is to hide Prodipe when buyer come to listen RP8 :-)

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • De-Cntrl
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    Another vote for the KRK Rokit RP6 G2.

    However, a sub is really helpful when you go with 6" speakers.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • AlphaDisco
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    I really dig my Blue Sky MediaDesk 2.1 system. It looks like the price has gone up a bit, but they are still in your range. Here is a pretty balanced set of comments from GS:

    http://www.gearslutz.com/board/rap-hip-hop-engineering-production/149232-blue-sky-media-desk-2-1-yummz.html

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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