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Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500

Behringer B3031A 2-way Active Studio Monitors
5 (83.3%)
Adam A5X Powered Studio Monitor
0 (0%)
M-Audio BX8 D2 Active Studio Monitors
1 (16.7%)
KRK Rokit RP10-3 Mid-Field Powered Studio Monitor (3-way)
0 (0%)
Dynaudio DBM50 Active Desktop Studio Monitor
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 5

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Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:04:11 PM »
I'm trying to choose between 5 different studio monitors that are all around $500. Here's what I've got my eye on right now:
Behringer B3031A 2-way Active Studio Monitors
- Ultra-linear frequency response with individual frequency diagrams
- Built-in 150 and 75-Watt power amplifiers with enormous power reserve
- Ultra-high resolution, 2-inch velocity ribbon transducer for ultimate sound reproduction
- Long-throw 8-inch woofer with deformation-resistant Kevlar cone and aluminum die-cast chassis for ultimate bass response
- Controlled dispersion characteristics and extremely large "sweet spot" owing to the unique Behringer wave guide technology
- Active crossover network with 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filters
- Adjustable to a wide range of acoustic conditions and subwoofer operation
- Separately controlled limiter for low and high-frequency overload protection
- Automatic standby mode (defeatable)
- Magnetic shielding allows placement near computer monitors
- Delivered as "matched pairs" with individual frequency diagrams
- Servo-balanced inputs with XLR and 1/4-inch TRS connectors
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany

Adam A5X Powered Studio Monitor
Mid-Woofer
Number: 1
Basket O: 5.5" (145 mm)
Voice coil O: 1.5" (32 mm)
Cone material: Carbon/Rohacell/Glass Fiber
Tweeter
Number: 1
Type: X-ART
Diaphragm area: 4 inch (2420 mm)
Equiv. Diaphragm O: 2" (56 mm)
Velocity transform ratio: 4:1
Diaphragm weight: 0.17 g
Built-in Amplifiers
Mid-Woofer: 1
Type: PWM
Amp. power RMS / music: 50 W / 75 W
Tweeter: 1
Type: A/B
Amp. power RMS / music: 50 W / 75 W
Control panel
Input Sensitivity: -()() to +14 dB
High shelve > 5 kHz: +/-6 dB
Low shelve < 300 Hz: +/-6 dB
Tweeter gain: +/-4 dB
Input connectors
Analog: XLR / RCA
General data
Frequency response: 50 Hz - 50 kHz
THD 90dB/1m > 100 Hz: <=0.6 %
Long term output: >=102 dB
Max. peak: >=110 dB
Crossover frequencies: 2500 Hz
Input impedance: 30 K Ohm
Weight: 14.6 lb (6,6 kg)
Magnetically shielded: No
Height x Width x Depth: 11" (280 mm) x 6.5" (170 mm) x 8.5" (220 mm)
M-Audio BX8 D2 Active Studio Monitors
- Bi-amplified design with 130 watts of distributed power for cohesive, accurate sound
- 8-inch low-frequency drivers with kevlar cones for rich, defined lows
- 1-1/4" high-frequency drivers with natural silk domes and integrated waveguides for smooth, clear highs
- Optimized rear ports for extended low-frequency response
- Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
- XLR balanced and 1/4" balanced/unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, amplifiers, instruments, dj gear, and more
- Volume control
- Includes two isolation pads
KRK Rokit RP10-3 Mid-Field Powered Studio Monitor (3-way)
- True 3-way design enabling the most important part of the frequency spectrum to be reproduced by a separate midrange driver, resulting in an incredibly neutral midrange response.
- Axis Control - The monitors can be placed and positioned vertically and horizontally without losing proper axis orientation.
- Mid-Field - The Rokit RP10-3 is a mid-field monitor, with the optimal operating distance of 1m-4m depending on preference, room size, geometry, orientation, and configuration.
- Curved baffle virtually eliminates diffraction distortion
- Front-firing Port is shape optimized to reduce turbulence and reduce boundary coupling.
- Tweeter Waveguide design provides amazing detail and imaging by optimizing directivity and phase response.
- 1" Neodymium soft dome tweeter This tweeter design utilizes a silk dome for detailed high frequency reproduction.
- Ferro fluid Damping / Cooling The properties of ferro-fluid are used to control distortion and heat dissipation of the tweeter.
- Glass Aramid composite creates very rigid woofer and midrange cones for excellent transient response and accurate vocal reproduction.
- KRK High Efficiency Tri-Amp a triple amplification system provides discrete low-distortion power for each driver.
- While KRK's active three-way crossover systems provide smooth and accurate frequency response.
- Thermal and overload / clip protection to prevent damage.
- Volume control on rear of unit allows a high resolution gain range from -30 dB to +6 dB.
- HF Control enables adjustment of high frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
- LF Control enables adjustment of low frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics.
- Total connectivity - The Rokit RP10-3 is fitted with dedicated balanced XLR, and 1/4" Line inputs and unbalanced RCA inputs.
Dynaudio DBM50 Active Desktop Studio Monitor
- Front baffle tilt for perfect desktop placement
- Smooth HF waveguide securing optimal near field sweet-spot
- Handcrafted drivers, legendary Dynaudio craftsmanship
- Perfect tracking Volume tabletop remote control (optional)
- 117dB SPL Peak power
- 1" High resolution soft dome tweeter
- 7.5" woofer extended excursion
- 2 channel 50 watt RMS power amplifier
- Frequency response: 46Hz to 21kHzv
- HF, MF and LF room filtering
- HP filtering for optimal subwoofer adaption
- Auto standby mode
- XLR balanced and single ended RCA input connectivity

The M-Audio BM8's and the Behringers both come with 2 studio monitors vs. the others which come with one - which it would  be nice to monitor in a stereo field (Can't afford 2 $500 speakers, I've only got $500 to work w/) - But it makes me think they might be lower quality since they are essentially $250 each and the others are 5...Not sure which way to go... Any suggestions?

If you guys can just vote for which one you would recommend more of the 5 I'll go from there. Thanks

Re: Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 07:47:28 PM »
My vote goes to the Behringers. Any studio monitors are more flat and accurate than standard speakers and headphones. They might not have the flattest frequency response available but nothing under $500 will...I'd also consider the listening environment, as even with the best studio monitors available you won't be able to mix properly in a poorly designed monitoring environment.

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Re: Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 07:48:31 PM »
Honestly I'd go with either the M-audio or Behringers because they come in a set. Like you said they might be lower quality because they're essentially $250 ea vs. being 500 each, but mixing only in mono won't translate too great to stereo systems.

All of those 5 are going to be pretty far from flat (relatively) so if you're going to go for low budget monitors they might as well be a stereo set vs. 1 mono speaker.

With 2 you have the choice to use just one and mix in mono then switch to using both for stereo as you want, rather than only having mono and the coloration of the signal on any of these 5 monitors is going to still be much better than most common pc speakers or headphones and what not.
   

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Re: Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 07:52:53 PM »
M-Audio and Behringer are both pretty reliable brands. They don't necessarily produce the top notch gear for music production but pretty good value for the prices.
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Re: Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2013, 11:09:20 PM »
Thanks 4 tha help every1. I think i'll buy my first studio monitors very soon. Unfortunately I can only afford cheap monitors atm, but eventually I'll step it up and upgrade to some decent gear (when I finish treating the studio).

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Re: Choosing Studio Monitors Under $500
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 11:46:03 AM »
I think in regards to popularity (not that it should be a primary consideration), Rokits and Behringer seem to be very well known and first picks for introductory studio monitors
Yeah I think Rokits are the most popular "low end" studio monitors and I'm really not sure why. They are actually pretty bad compared to many other monitors in the price range, yet they continue to get into every other startup music producer's house. Must have some good marketing - I guess "Rokit" is pretty brandable.