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Looking for budget actives
« on: April 02, 2015, 05:55:05 PM »
Hey there, I hope it's okay to post a new thread for advice, I haven't seen any general recommendation threads around.

I finally want to get some real speakers, as opposed to the 8 years old $20 Mantas I have, and as I'm not exactly too serious about music production yet, I was looking into some budget options. I do know that I definitely want actives, and ones that are under €180 a pair.

So far I've settles on these four models:
M-AUDIO BX5 D2
PreSonus Eris E4.5
Alesis Elevate 5
ESI aktiv 05

I've heard the ESI lack bass, and since I mostly listen to post-punk and other bass guitar driven music, I'm probably going to pass on them. Other than that, I'm not sure which of those to get. The M-AUDIOs seem to have the best reviews, but the rest are pretty positive as well...

As I said, they will be used mostly for listening to post-punk/shoegaze/goth rock/deathrock/punk, occasionally jazz and some "classic" rock. I do think I would also prefer them to be as flat as possible - if that doesn't contradict - becase I do make music on the side (dark ambient, another really bass heavy genre), and I want to start learning how to master. DAC will be added later, probably one of the HiFimeDIY line.

Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2015, 11:18:37 PM »
Leaving the PreSonus, I've tried all the other three you mentioned. Yes, it's true that ESI lacks bass. Not worth the investment. M-AUDIO would be my first choice simply because of it's amazing specs at an affordable price. It looks sophisticated too.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2015, 10:16:19 AM »
Would you really go as far as to say they are not worth period, or did you mean just for my use? Cause from what I've heard, sans the lack of bass, they sound reasonably flat, and I've heard them recommended for a beginner's studio..

Anyway, thanks. I'm trying to find a shop that has all the models so I can try them out, but it'll take a while since they seem to all be on the other side of the state. I am inclining to the M-AUDIOs more and more though. Just a question, do you have any idea what exact cabels do I need to connect it to the PC? I know I need mono ones, but I'm not sure which right now. :V

Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2015, 07:00:55 AM »
There are thousands of good speakers on the market but sad to say most of it are very expensive. But the quality is very nice and fit to your needs. In contrary to those cheaper one has a low quality and easy to get broken, the sounds are flat, the bass is out of tune and it is a lemon. Usually, it seems made in China. Anyway, it depends on your budgets at the end.

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2015, 10:25:45 AM »
There are thousands of good speakers on the market but sad to say most of it are very expensive. But the quality is very nice and fit to your needs. In contrary to those cheaper one has a low quality and easy to get broken, the sounds are flat, the bass is out of tune and it is a lemon. Usually, it seems made in China. Anyway, it depends on your budgets at the end.

Uh, okay, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. :V

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Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 12:02:57 PM »
Hey there, I hope it's okay to post a new thread for advice, I haven't seen any general recommendation threads around.

I finally want to get some real speakers, as opposed to the 8 years old $20 Mantas I have, and as I'm not exactly too serious about music production yet, I was looking into some budget options. I do know that I definitely want actives, and ones that are under €180 a pair.

So far I've settles on these four models:
M-AUDIO BX5 D2
PreSonus Eris E4.5
Alesis Elevate 5
ESI aktiv 05

I've heard the ESI lack bass, and since I mostly listen to post-punk and other bass guitar driven music, I'm probably going to pass on them. Other than that, I'm not sure which of those to get. The M-AUDIOs seem to have the best reviews, but the rest are pretty positive as well...

As I said, they will be used mostly for listening to post-punk/shoegaze/goth rock/deathrock/punk, occasionally jazz and some "classic" rock. I do think I would also prefer them to be as flat as possible - if that doesn't contradict - becase I do make music on the side (dark ambient, another really bass heavy genre), and I want to start learning how to master. DAC will be added later, probably one of the HiFimeDIY line.


If you haven't made a decision yet, i'd consider the Behringer Truth B2031A's as another budget option. They don't produce a completely flat signal (not sure anything in this range does), but you can definitely create a good mix w/ them that will translate over to other systems sounding just as good.

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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2015, 01:42:21 PM »
If you haven't made a decision yet, i'd consider the Behringer Truth B2031A's as another budget option. They don't produce a completely flat signal (not sure anything in this range does), but you can definitely create a good mix w/ them that will translate over to other systems sounding just as good.

Thanks, but they cost more than twice the amount of what the M-AUDIOs would cost. The M-AUDIOs cost around €180-200, the Behringers retail for over €360 here..

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Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2015, 02:46:28 PM »
If you haven't made a decision yet, i'd consider the Behringer Truth B2031A's as another budget option. They don't produce a completely flat signal (not sure anything in this range does), but you can definitely create a good mix w/ them that will translate over to other systems sounding just as good.

Thanks, but they cost more than twice the amount of what the M-AUDIOs would cost. The M-AUDIOs cost around €180-200, the Behringers retail for over €360 here..


Sorry that was the wrong model - These ones are what I was thinking: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-High-Resolution-Reference-Monitor-Speaker/dp/B002GHBZ3Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428612271&sr=8-1&keywords=Behringer+Truth+B1030A


The B2031A's are nice too for the price, but like you said its above the budget..

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Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2015, 04:16:26 PM »
Sorry that was the wrong model - These ones are what I was thinking: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-High-Resolution-Reference-Monitor-Speaker/dp/B002GHBZ3Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428612271&sr=8-1&keywords=Behringer+Truth+B1030A


The B2031A's are nice too for the price, but like you said its above the budget..

That one is expensive too - €290 per one monitor. :S Don't know why, the pricing is kind of weird in Europe sometimes. Thanks, though!

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Re: Looking for budget actives
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2015, 05:40:41 PM »
Sorry that was the wrong model - These ones are what I was thinking: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-High-Resolution-Reference-Monitor-Speaker/dp/B002GHBZ3Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428612271&sr=8-1&keywords=Behringer+Truth+B1030A


The B2031A's are nice too for the price, but like you said its above the budget..

That one is expensive too - €290 per one monitor. :S Don't know why, the pricing is kind of weird in Europe sometimes. Thanks, though!
wow thats crazy it only shows $120 ea for me... ;/

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2015, 06:30:51 AM »
wow thats crazy it only shows $120 ea for me... ;/

Yeah, the prices can be pretty weird from continent to continent. I know a friend who bought a set of Yamaha MSP3 for $200 new, they cost over $500 for a set here..