What Monitors , Bang For Buck ?

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Tittle says it all. I have had my eye on Rockville powered monitors.
So many options. I like the idea of 8" but if 5" would sound decent the price is around a benj.
 

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w/ 5" you'll need a subwoofer...

I have the Yamaha HS5 & soon found out I needed a sub. I got a good deal on the speakers, so, it ended up being $600 for all 3 speakers. I got my speakers from a guy at Capitol records who wanted some 5"s, but wasn't sure what he wanted. So, he ended up flipping them after only a couple hours. I got the pair for $300, so, getting the sub for $300 at GC wasn't a bad deal...

I got the 8" sub & it's very bass heavy. Maybe not as loud as if you get the 8" & 10" sub, but loud enough...

If you get 8"s, you might be able to get away w/o subs...
 

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Got a pair of Yamaha HS7 and a pair of Yorkville YSM1p both active and affordable.
Like both. The Yorkvilles are very old so probably not available anymore.
I use the HS7's without a sub. It is possible but important to follow Yamahas setup guidelines in general and regarding placement in the room to avoid adding too much bass in the mix. For example - do not place them with their backs against the wall.
 
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Several years back I did a couple weeks worth of light research for the same thing (small/home studio room, bang for $$ desktop monitors) on all the usual boards (gearslutz, TGP, etc) and ended up going with a pair of JBL LSR305's based on strong worth of mouth, vs comparisons, etc....they've suited me great ever since, love 'em.
 

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Dude a 1400w 4400w peak 12" speaker , I am in a 8' x 12' room not a hall ! It doesn't sound inexpensive either.

You should look at Yorkville, there is many many configurations. They use higher power to stop the distortion from blowing the speakers...(it's for headroom).
Class D 1400 watts is not unusual, nor is it overkill. It's just trying to keep the sound clean.
I would say that Yorkville is building some of the better PA setups out there these days.

JBL has a lot of issues with blowing tweeters / horns, and that's where we starting looking for something better designed.
 

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I was very recently in the same position(like two weeks ago), and i ended up getting Adam t5v's. Was thinking of getting 7 or 8 inch, but unless your room is big enough and properly treated , they will probably cause more trouble than they will fix. Same with subs. I would advise (and i am no expert, this is all based on the research i did) getting 5 inch and a pair of headphones, you can always add a sub later.
 

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You should look at Yorkville, there is many many configurations. They use higher power to stop the distortion from blowing the speakers...(it's for headroom).
Class D 1400 watts is not unusual, nor is it overkill. It's just trying to keep the sound clean.
I would say that Yorkville is building some of the better PA setups out there these days.

JBL has a lot of issues with blowing tweeters / horns, and that's where we starting looking for something better designed.


Think the guy is looking for studio monitors not PA monitors. Or did I misunderstood the question?
 

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Think the guy is looking for studio monitors not PA monitors. Or did I misunderstood the question?
Yes studio , not PA .
I was very recently in the same position(like two weeks ago), and i ended up getting Adam t5v's. Was thinking of getting 7 or 8 inch, but unless your room is big enough and properly treated , they will probably cause more trouble than they will fix. Same with subs. I would advise (and i am no expert, this is all based on the research i did) getting 5 inch and a pair of headphones, you can always add a sub later.
Good info , I will consider 5". Adam has not been on my list mainly due to price.
 

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I was very recently in the same position(like two weeks ago), and i ended up getting Adam t5v's. Was thinking of getting 7 or 8 inch, but unless your room is big enough and properly treated , they will probably cause more trouble than they will fix. Same with subs. I would advise (and i am no expert, this is all based on the research i did) getting 5 inch and a pair of headphones, you can always add a sub later.
I just checked on the T5v . Not a bad price , about $200 USD a piece.
 

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I see a lot of love for the JBLs. They do an 8-inch monitor for $250. Although for $100 more each you can get Yamaha HS8s, which are studio staples.

I also just realized they discontinued the LSR line in favor for a new line. And I was off with the price. They have the 308 MKII's for $219 each on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR308-Powered-Studio-Monitor/dp/B077NHM2K6?th=1
 

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just keep in mind, if recording, there will be times that you'll be plugging in & that being your bass amp (if you record bass) Bass through 5" speakers is not a good idea, as when you try & get decent bass, you'll blow the speakers...
 

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I will say me and someone tried some monitors with their Line 6 Helix one day at guitar center.

You could hear the 5 inchers
but you could *feel* the 8 inchers









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I paid about £300 for the pair, including stands and cables. Also, arguably more important than which monitors you get, is learning them. Youll also need to break them in if buying new.
 

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just keep in mind, if recording, there will be times that you'll be plugging in & that being your bass amp (if you record bass) Bass through 5" speakers is not a good idea, as when you try & get decent bass, you'll blow the speakers...
I don't have a bass yet but just as you posted I was bidding on some 5" Yamaha's.
I had the bid but someone got them in last 10 seconds.
 

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I have the Yamaha HS7's and sometimes feel I need a sub, but my room is not treated and as others have said bigger speakers and a sub in a room that is not acoustically good is asking for trouble. I have spots in my room where the bass feels at least double the power and other spots where it is almost cancelled completely. A 100W Marshall can go from wimpy to bone shaking in a couple of steps in my room, it's pretty bad.
 

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Yeah , I need something and really don't have a budget for it right now. Kind of why I am looking a the 5" . I would prefer 8"s with a bit more power just if I ever need it.
The rockvilles are on the list. Not to mention ear fatigue with headphones .
 

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I got a pair of Adam T7V not too long ago. They sound great and have some serious testosterone. I think they cost around 5 or 6 hundred for the pair.
 

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I'm not into active speakers I like passive speakers for Guitar and everything else . That's what a power amp is for. PA with a Power Amp to passive speakers.
 

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