I am putting together a nice home studio. I am wanting to know the truest powered monitors up to $2,500.00?
While I think the Adam A7 line is a great lineup, they aren't in the same league as some of the others listed here. If you have $2500 to spend all on monitors, then spend it - don't buy the Adams just to save money. If, though, you need to beef up your room, maybe spend $1000 on room and $1500 on the A7Xs. Maybe. Probably not though....Adam A7x seems to be at the top of the heap in this price range (about $700 each).
This is something I see repeated over and over and over on the forums - because it's (pardon the unintended pun) sound advice. But the reality is that it's very, very difficult to do this and hear the speakers you want. In Dallas (where I live) I find it damn hard to go to audition the speakers I would want in that price range. I could find 1-2 sets at this store, maybe one pair at another store, but that's it. It's not easy. If we were talking about a $500-$1000 price range, then sure - we could do it all at one store. But there just aren't enough companies that have in stock the Focal, Event, Adam, Dynaudio, PMC, Genelec, etc lines all at the same time.I believe this is something you'll have to figure out for yourself. I audtioned 6 or 7 different pairs at my local music store... The best thing (if you can) is to buy, try and return the ones you don't like...
True dat.But the reality is that it's very, very difficult to do this and hear the speakers you want. In Dallas (where I live) I find it damn hard to go to audition the speakers I would want in that price range. I could find 1-2 sets at this store, maybe one pair at another store, but that's it. It's not easy. If we were talking about a $500-$1000 price range, then sure - we could do it all at one store. But there just aren't enough companies that have in stock the Focal, Event, Adam, Dynaudio, PMC, Genelec, etc lines all at the same time.
Also, I'd take a serious listen to the JBL 4328Ps and 6328s, as the DSP room correction built into the monitors really works, and helps get the bass right in a less-than-perfect room. Great results with mine.
Transparent is a very relative thing. Really all that matters is to pick some monitors and get used to how they sound in your space (hopefully said space has room treatment or it's all for naught) I use ADAM A7s at home and I think they work great, but it's taken me about a year to fully get used to them, which I think is normal for most monitors.
I see this a lot when discussing monitors and makes absolute sense to me,"learn" your monitors is essentially what your saying...So,if this is true (not being facetious here) then why not buy the cheapest,most reliable,speaker available and "learn" the **** (literally) out of them?
I think there are a number of issues that speakers address, some more accurately and more easily than others. For example, let's say you learn your monitors really well. This generally means, you understand where the frequency anomalies are, and you can balance your highs and lows well on them.
But you can only fix issues in your mix that you can hear.
If, for example, your monitor is squashing your bass mimicking a compressor because the woofers and amp are at their operational limit and distorting at reasonable volumes, you're not going to be able to hear what's happening with the actual compressor you're using on your bass track. If you can't hear into the mix, you're going to have to guess at reverb tails, phasing issues, front to back depth of field placement of instruments, etc. If you can't hear a problem noise, or some anomaly on the recording, because the monitors mask or can't reproduce it, you can be SOL.
It's like looking at the world with the wrong prescription on your glasses. You might be able to walk around town and find your house again, but you also might not be able to read a newspaper or magazine.
It's easy to miss details in a mix on any monitor, even the best ones. But your odds are improved when you work on a good system. That said, there's nothing wrong with having something that's not a great system on hand to check your mixes as a secondary reference.