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Folks, pardon the new thread, just want to focus on recommendations on the current crop of active studio monitors for 2 channel listening pleasure. I auditioned the Adam A7X yesterday at a local Guitar Center and, without any doubt, most of my must-have attributes were there: tranparency, imagining and tonal balance of music instrument, particularly acoustic. Jazz sounds spectacular with these babies! The only issue: they cost $1400/pr. So the questions:
Are there any under $1K alternatives to the Adam A7X / A8X that performs at the same or better level?
What about the Emotiva's Airmotiv 6 and Equator D5?
Hi Pete 1,
For ‘home HiFi’ use the Adams are a that on the 'forward / upfront' side of the audio spectrum.
But since that is not so much of a problem too you, you might also have a listen too makes from Genelec.
However ‘Home HiFi users’ generally like a more balanced and ‘neutral’ sounding speaker, so I think it’s wise too have a listen too these:
- Neuman KH 120 A (adding a SUB is advised)
(Neuman is also formerly know as: Klein & Hummel)
- Focal CMS 50 (adding a SUB is advised: look at there CMS sub)
- Dynaudio’s BMA5 (adding a SUB is advised)
There are other Pro-brands that also sound very neutral and thus are very well suited for 'home hifi use', but they are out of the mentioned budget rage (Event Opals, PMC, ATC, Geithahn, PSI, Quested, etc)
Also have a very good look at the AVI ADM9T active speakers.
They are intended for home use and do sound very good (!)
The ADM9T’s have an extremely good price/performance IMHO
It’s always easy too spend somebody else’s money, but I think you should try and stretch your budget a little if possible. $ 1K is just too tight for 2 active speakers.
* About adding a SUB.
An extra SUB should NOT just ad some bass frequencies along with the satellite speakers.
An extra SUB should CUT OFF (‘filter’) low bass frequencies too the satellite speakers.
This way the satellite speakers do not have too produce these very low bass freq.
This will allow the satellites to produce a much better (lower) mid-rage.
The effect on sound quality is big, and can be easily heard with a demonstration.
So watch for these capabilities when buying an extra SUB.
The Focal CMS SUB is not so expensive, but has these capabilities.
Also check the Sound on Sound magazine.
SOS has good and unbiased reviews online about studio monitors.
NB: I’m familiar with all off the above mentioned speakers. Most I do hear on a regular base, or own them myself.
cMP2 PC > ESI Juli@ > Van den Hul Optocoupler MkII > Lavry Black DA10 > XLR Vovox Direct S > Klein & Hummel O300
I suspect the airy sound was attributed to the ribbons.
There are other studio monitors with ribbons.
A budget ribbon with good ratings is the Truth monitor
Dynaudio BM6A2's sometimes on sale for 1.2K/pr. BM5a2's are under 1K. For really budget conscious use, some might consider:
Here is what some people who use Equator D5s in anger have to say about them:
You could do worse than searching that site for other contenders!
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