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Recommendations for speakers

Postby Atmospherium » Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:42 pm

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a set of good entry-level, cost-effective PC speakers.

I'm playing guitar into my PC via a Line 6 UX1 interface and POD Farm amp simulator. At the moment I'm listening to it thru a set of headphones from the UX1, not ideal.

Many thanks
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Mike Stranks » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:37 pm

... and your budget is...?
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Fealow » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:38 pm

Most of M-audio's range of monitors are reasonably priced and are a pretty decent entry level .
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby alexis » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:55 pm

Have you considered not buying speakers, but rather high quality headphones instead?

Some well-respected engineers and musicians (including admins/moderators from the SOS fora) recommend quality headphones over entry-level and mid-range speakers/monitors for ability to mix accurately, if I understand correctly (with frequent use of reference tracks, no different than if using professional-level speaker/monitors that cost the price of a small SUV).

This would especially hold true in rooms where entry level speakers are likely to be used - acoustic nightmares, improved but often not curable with acoustic treatment. Good quality headphones can bypass these problems, often at a lower price than the inferior entry level speakers they would replace.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan07/a ... phones.htm

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan10/a ... phones.htm
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby johnny h » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:58 pm

Fealow wrote:Most of M-audio's range of monitors are reasonably priced and are a pretty decent entry level .

Is this a joke? M-audio's speakers serve no purpose whatsover.
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby alexis » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:15 am

Here's a gratis chapter on speakers from SOS's very own Mr. Mike Senior's highly acclaimed (and personally recommended! FWIW) book, Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio: http://kindleweb.s3.amazonaws.com/app/1.0.11.053.093655/KindleReaderApp.html?asin=B004NNUZ5K&containerID=kindleReaderContainer&asinPrice=9.85&tophostname=www.amazon.com&iframeName=kindleReaderIFrame1303191167912&dp=1
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Parco » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:40 am

And what type and size of speakers you need, and passive or active?

I'm now using a pair of passive Wharfedale Delta 70 which a power amplifier H|H MX250 250w
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Jeff Ling » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:12 pm

I'd like to recommend picking out some of your favorite commercial music, and listening to it on several sets of monitors. (maybe some of your friends have some you could check out) Choose the monitors that sound best to you. No matter how hard you try, you will always gravitate towards mixing to suite your personal tastes. When you find a set of monitors that you enjoy listening to, your mixes will tend to fall in line with the commercial music that you used to audition with.
If you aren't in a position to test monitors before you buy, at least get used to the ones you do end up with by listening to well respected, well done mainstream music for a while. Listening to music for homework...
My bedroom computer has a $50 Altec Lansing setup, with 2 small satellites and a sub. I like it just fine.
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:15 am

johnny h wrote:
Fealow wrote:Most of M-audio's range of monitors are reasonably priced and are a pretty decent entry level .

Is this a joke? M-audio's speakers serve no purpose whatsover.
Harsh and not true... I have a clock on one and my spectacles' case on the other...
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Re: Recommendations for speakers

Postby Parco » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:32 am

m-audio speakers?
They are too blur and not enough fidelity for me.
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