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Top 10 Studio Monitors That Won't Break the Bank
Top 10 Studio Monitors That Won’t Break the Bank
Studio monitors are an essential piece of kit. Letting you hear music and sounds in perfect detail. We’ve made it easy to choose which is right for you by compiling our top 10.
Studio monitors are a critical tool for creators, and a fantastic addition for music lovers. Unlike hi-fi speakers, they let you hear both the good and the bad parts of your music in precise detail – and that’s a good thing! Here’s our top 10 that won’t break the bank.
What are studio monitors?
Good studio monitors should have a neutral sound. This means that you hear the truest representation of what your music actually sounds like. So you can be sure that your adjustments are being made for a good reason. If your audio sounds good through neutral studio monitors, you can be more confident it’ll sound good on other systems too.
Hi-fi speakers, on the other hand, tend to exaggerate the good parts of your music. If your track sounds amazing on hi-fi speakers, it could just be the speakers working overtime. When you play your mix on someone else’s system, it may not translate quite as well.
Studio monitors aren’t just for studios either! Anybody who needs a neutral sound will benefit from them – podcasters, musicians, producers, film makers, and even general music lovers.
Which studio monitors should I buy?
There’s a pair of studio monitors out there for everyone. But there’s also a lot to choose from, so where do you start? When looking for studio monitors, remember to consider your budget and the size of your room that you’ll be working in.
Bigger monitors mean bigger bass response, but that may be unmanageable in smaller rooms. As a rough guide, 8’’ monitors and above are good for slightly larger spaces.
Great monitors for small rooms and those that are space conscious. These won’t take up too much space in your room and provide you with clear sound. There’s also a headphone output on the front so you can listen to your mix on headphones as well.
Perfect for the small bedroom producer. These monitors offer detailed and accurate sound reproduction at an affordable price. They have a 4’’ woofer which makes them more suited to a smaller room, so you won’t get overwhelmed by low frequencies. The M-Audio monitors also have an aux input on the front do you can connect up your laptop, computer, or smartphone easily.
Small, affordable, and outstanding sound. For the size and price of these monitors, there’s not much that can compare with the high-quality sound that comes out of them. They stand up incredibly well, given their price and size. Perfect for anyone making music, video production, and gaming. They are transparent and provide a faithful sound.
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Great for many rooms. These Eris monitors have acoustic tuning controls so that you can tune them to your room. Too much bass, you can simply turn it down with the onboard controls. This lets you get the perfect sound no matter what room you are working in.
Great reference monitors for multimedia applications. From creating music to audio/visual work, these monitors are ideal for both. They provide you with clarity and a defined sound. If you’re looking for a pair of compact monitors to give you sound you can trust, these are ideal.
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Professional grade nearfield monitors, perfect for those creating at home. The ESI aktiv monitors provide superb bass and low-mid response, as well as clear highs. You’ll be able to create thick, punchy bassline and sparkly highs with these.
Manufactured to work in any room you are in. Those yellow cones are easily noticeable and many will have known ROKITs G3 monitors. The upgraded generation 4 Rokits provide a clear and flat sound so you can trust these monitors to give you a true sound. They also come with DSP room tuning on the back so you can set them to the room you’re in. This works with their app which helps you to get the perfect monitor placement.
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Adam’s iconic sound is still engrained into Adam’s newest monitors. Adam’s provide you with a sound you can trust. They offer a wide frequency response, superb dynamic range, deep punchy bass, and clear, smooth highs. Their new U-ART tweeter provides you with a wide sweet spot so you can produce clean, punch, and professional tracks. They have a 7’’ woofer which provides a large amount of bass. If you have a bigger room or studio, these are perfect, and you’ll be able to hear your bass clearly.
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A staple for many studios. These can be found in many bedroom producer’s and professional studios. This is thanks to their flat sound, allowing you to hear everything clearly without certain frequencies being boosted. This makes them perfect for mixing music on as you’ll be able to hear every little part of your sounds and you’ll be able to get levels even. The low end is detailed, the low midrange is clear and high frequencies are detailed too. This helps you to achieve the best possible mix.
Made to deliver the most accurate sound reproduction. These are compact speakers designed for portable monitoring, but they also provide some of the highest quality sounds on the market. Genelec are well known for providing monitors that are highly accurate, it’s not hard to see why these appear in many professional studios. If you’re looking for a reliable monitor to take on the road with you, these are the ones.
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