Active nearfield monitors

Active nearfield monitors

Hi, are there any producer / engineer types out there.?.which nearfield monitors do you prefer for mixing acoustic music , and why ? which models did you reject before you made your decision (priced around $ 600). Thanks in advance…P

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Peter, I hate to see something go without any remark whatsoever. This is a tough call. I’m happy with mine, but I made that decision partly on getting an unbelievable deal on them. There are a lot of nice monitors out there, and the best bet is 3-way, your two satellites and a bass. I don’t know the prices in $, but my pair alone was originally worth probably 400 quid a piece. As I said, I got a deal on them.

Reading the spec sheets and talking with folks who sell a wide variety are always good ideas. The folks that get in the business are also often the ones that get to trial a wide variety of items. I’ve used JBLs in all shapes and sizes and have mostly been happy with that, and my current nearfields are JBLs. I like Genelec, Event, Mackie/Tapco, Dynaudio, the M-Audio bass I think has had some decent reviews, Yamaha has had decent reviews too, check the magazines ~ there are several that regularly feature reviews. Samson, for the price, are nice. There have others coming into the market. Wharfedale has been into speakers for awhile, but I’ve only recently noticed they are also entering this realm as well as the live stage too. I’m not familiar with them there, but as stereo speakers they have also had good reviews.

That is your problem, there is no one great must-have set, unless you have bottomless pockets. So, knowing what your limits are as far as money, trust those with greater experience than either you or me, the specialists and nut cases that are drawn into the business. You could get a few recommendations, from more than one source, given your limits, and then go out and sit down with some tracks you are familiar with, and listen. Also, check the specs. You don’t want a stereo speaker or anything that will affect the signal. You want that RAW sound that reveals all the crap we are capable of as musicians.

If you’ve got some tracks you’ve already burned, take them. Find the speakers in your price range that provide you with the greatest detail, as far as your ears are concerned. Also, the pros in these shops will see that the speakers are placed properly and you are sitting where you need to be. Often they’ll have a desk and half a dozen different pairs already set up for you ~ the ones that sell best.

Sorry I can’t help you better. I love music, and I love it at its most honest, live, but where speakers are concerned that is the same ~ at its most honest. Our old live set-up was 4-way, custom built from TAD speakers, and damn fine… In your way, as said, I’d consider 3-way… The difference is worth it…

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One thing I’ve found is that it helps (if your setup is less than acoustically perfect!) to mount nearfield monitors on stands with nothing inbetween you and them and no reflective surfaces nearby - you get a very good sense of the stereo spread and depth.

Ceolachan - are your current JBLs Control 1s? I’ve heard these in a conference centre and they do sound very solid and reliable in terms of giving confidence that what you hear is a "warts and all" representation of what’s in the mix.

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It’s warts and all, but my dear sweet wife has claimed them and is using them as monitors for our keyboard, and they are pretty damned good for that end too… Will I ever get them back? :-(

Nice recommendation Mark. I know someone who partially soundproofed their setup, just behind the desk and speakers, and that did have a positive effect on a cleaner sound…

Peter, what have you been considering? That may help others to at least give a response to specific likes and dislikes…

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Hi everyone, thanks for all your replies ..OK then here it goes..I have been considering yamaha HS80 also KRK rockit 6 (found these were bass light)
Am gonna listen to the rockit 8 s next week also on my list are Tapco s8 and maybe Wharfedale diamonds..Have also auditioned Fostex PM 1 s which were quite good they also have a sub option (and cheaper than the yamaha sub to boot) theyre not very flexible in terms of room control unlike the tapcos..As well as doing acoustic music I make some quite heavy dub ( so I would ideally like a a system which could be upgraded to a 2.1 setup… Yamaha HS80 and KRK Rockit 8 are the two main contenders at the moment but im open to suggestions.. on the whole its difficult process to evaluate, I usually bring in some dub to check the tightness of the bass and some of my favourite trad stuff as well..I need something honest which suits both genres.I have been researchin this for ages and have narrowed it down somewhat but am basically still none the wiser..however I am patient and will not open my wallet till Im definitely sure Ive made the best choice , yeah the budget is limited ..wish I could afford a pair of Genelecs but there you go..I did find the KRKs very smooth on the mids and treble..I could go on and on ..but I need somethin that wont sweeten the sound and help me create mixes which travel well..Thanks loads for all your inputs.. would be interested to hear about other peoples experiences with these products…cheers..p

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Hi - now you’ve got me thinking and wishing I had better nearfield monitors - and I found the JBL LSR4326P and now the money I don’t have is burning a hole in my pocket. I realise how important monitors are and I’ve been using really rubbish monitoring.

The JBL model mentioned above sound really good (from the reviews) - anyone actually tried these or got any opinions?

Mark

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The only thing I’ve had hands on were Yamaha, and I was impressed, especially for the price. I’ve used other of their gear in the past and it was robust and when you opened the box the electrics were beautiful, well layed out. I also know there have been several reviews in industry magazines on the Tapco and Wharfedale, including in a mag here called ‘Sound on Sound’ which is, along with another, ‘Computer Music’, run by a great crew, a hell of a lot more experience than I have. Most of my work, believe it or not, is with old things, including my own fieldwork…

I’d trust yourself, you sound like me in needing to know as much as possible before I’ll lay my money down. I can’t add a thing about the KRKs except to say ‘they look nice’. I’m not familiar with the company at all. Scott Garrigus has a website and I think they have chatted about nearfields off and on, and I think it may have been there I’d heard some decent things about Tapcos. One way to chase up other Internet chat is to do a search for the speakers, you should raise some discussions. I always add that as a consideration with everything else, like chatting with those in the know. I have a firm belief in going to ‘sources’, especially living ones.

You probably have a hell of a lot more experience as regards your wants than I do, mostly mine is the editing side of things… I think you’re right in your thinking in other ways too ~ go for two satellites for your $600, with the intention of probably eventually laying out at least $400 for the bass end… The difference is worth it, and the wait is too… If you are bold like me, find some studios in your area and pester them, they can only say no… Those who care won’t just know about the high end stuff, they will all have their own at home, and they talk to each other, online and in the real world…

Good luck…

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I use a pair of older Tannoy Reveal, but they are not active.