affordable active monitors

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  1. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Member

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    ok here is the deal. i dont need anything that i am mixing an orchestra with. i want decent, affordable (say under 600 a pair), active speakers. My questions are, will listening to cd's through a computer sound good through these speakers. or will i still need my computer speakers. I want my setup to be amp into randall iso cab, sm57, digidesign mbox, computer. with the monitors hooked up to the mbox. i think this would be great for recording as well as listening to my amp cranked a little at lower volumes but how will these speakers work for say, listening to an mp3 or a cd.
     
  2. Unburst

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    KRK, make my fave small monitors and they have a range of budget active speakers.
     
  3. wsaraceni

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    would you choose them over the mackie 624s. the 624s seem to get good reviews around here and also are in my price range.
     
  4. MichaelK

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    I would not.
     
  5. wsaraceni

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    would anyone chose anything over the mackies for equal price.
     
  6. Scott Peterson

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    No. IMHO of course.
     
  7. Unburst

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    Yes.
     
  8. Screamer

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    It depends on what you think will help you better, sound wise. Not everybody hears things the same way. These are going to be used as tools. ;)

    Personally, I have the 624's and love them. In the price range you are mentioning I think they would be a great buy. And yes, they sound great for casual listening too, not fatiguing at all. I try to listen to as much as possible on them as it will give me a good point of reference for mixes.
     
  9. jemaholic

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    Hello gents,

    I opened a pro recording studio in Danbury, CT in 1978 back in the dark ages. Samoria Studios to be exact, on Main St. next to the Palace Theater.

    I learned a lot over the years and now have a Mackie HDR24/96 in the basement with a few racks of stuff and *gasp* a Behringer MX9000 board.

    I don't subscribe to bashing the pacific rim stuff- I use what sounds good to me.

    Although I'm glad the ADAT technology days are over, there are some superior sounding powered near-field monitors out there for not a lot of money.
    B-8's, Truths, Yamahas.....

    I guess I'm just saying keep an open mind and no reservations when choosing your next pair.

    Of course, I want an SST or a Neve board and nothing beats a Studer 2" machine IMHO:dude
     
  10. Play by Tone

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    Has anyone ever listened to the Blue Sky stuff?
     
  11. loudboy

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    You should also look at the Tannoy Reveal Actives. I like them a lot.

    A VERY surprising monitor was also the Yorkville Actives. Pretty cheap and great-sounding, altho they won't go super loud.

    MG
     
  12. OOG

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    bashing the pacific rim should not be alowed:D
    love my Yamaha MSP 5's(and 10's)
     
  13. G'OlPeachPhan

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    Wharfedale Diamond 8.2a monitors... They're all the buzz over at homerecording.com

    I bought a pair and they are FANTASTIC. I bought mine brand new from the guy named "deepwater" for $300 brand new. They are the best kept secret in monitors.

    Youc an also check them outhere
     
  14. jzb

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    I have a set of the Sky 1. I like them more than the Mackies 824's I own or the Yamaha NS10's too (duh!).

    I've been thinking of a set of Adams recently.

    -j
     
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    +1

    I have Diamond 8.2 passives
     

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