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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby white warrior » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:42 am

i got these beauty's for about 210 quid from anderson's http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1665&brandID=2 i think thay came 2nd in the best monitors for less then 300 quid! enjoy :)
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SmokeHouseStudio » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:05 pm

Wow, thanks for the tip mate, they look great. But, obviously I need to know which speakers were no. 1 for under £300 :)
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby gnarl » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:08 pm

We were arsking the same question around here a couple of years back, and we went for the Alesis M1 MkII which we are very happy with. We were heavily influenced by this Paul White review.

His review was very acurate IMO, and he also said "I'd certainly be very happy to use M1s as main monitors in my own studio". Which is fair enough don't you think?

You also might want to consider the newer Alesis M1 Active 620 & 520 which is also in your price range and are also reviewed by Paul White here

Hope this helps.
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby the nooge » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:35 pm

You should check out the Fostex PM1s in my opinion. I preferred them to Alesis M1 Actives when I listened to them in Turnkey. I've always found the M1s to sound a bit flabby (whatever that means). :headbang: The M1 passives are different beasts though. I prefer them. You've really gotta try 'em TBH. Shouldn't be too hard to audition a load in a shop in this price range.

I like KRKs as well, but can't comment on the sub £300 ones.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SmokeHouseStudio » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:53 pm

gnarl wrote:We were arsking the same question around here a couple of years back, and we went for the Alesis M1 MkII which we are very happy with. We were heavily influenced by this Paul White review.

His review was very acurate IMO, and he also said "I'd certainly be very happy to use M1s as main monitors in my own studio". Which is fair enough don't you think?

You also might want to consider the newer Alesis M1 Active 620 & 520 which is also in your price range and are also reviewed by Paul White here

Hope this helps.

I met Paul White a couple of years back and he was using Mackie monitors in his home studio. They sounded great, but I cannot remember what they were.
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby white warrior » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:04 pm

SmokeHouseStudio wrote:Wow, thanks for the tip mate, they look great. But, obviously I need to know which speakers were no. 1 for under £300 :)

awright then......in first place goes to......... samson Rubicon R5A 235 quid http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1778

but just one question for you...do you ever buy like future music or SOS magazines? its constantly filled with the best monitors to buy under or over 300 quid?
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SmokeHouseStudio » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:11 pm

white warrior wrote:
SmokeHouseStudio wrote:Wow, thanks for the tip mate, they look great. But, obviously I need to know which speakers were no. 1 for under £300 :)

awright then......in first place goes to......... samson Rubicon R5A 235 quid http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1778

but just one question for you...do you ever buy like future music or SOS magazines? its constantly filled with the best monitors to buy under or over 300 quid?

Here's the sad truth.... from 1995 to 2001 I bought just about every cope of FM and SOS. These are now boxed up and I haven't bought a magazine since. I kind of dissapeared up my own ass a bit and drifted away from the technical side of things to concentrate on being a live musician. It's a real shame because at one time I had an impressive knowledgebase which has since deteriorated into novice status.
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby white warrior » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:18 pm

SmokeHouseStudio wrote:
white warrior wrote:
SmokeHouseStudio wrote:Wow, thanks for the tip mate, they look great. But, obviously I need to know which speakers were no. 1 for under £300 :)

awright then......in first place goes to......... samson Rubicon R5A 235 quid http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1778

but just one question for you...do you ever buy like future music or SOS magazines? its constantly filled with the best monitors to buy under or over 300 quid?

Here's the sad truth.... from 1995 to 2001 I bought just about every cope of FM and SOS. These are now boxed up and I haven't bought a magazine since. I kind of dissapeared up my own ass a bit and drifted away from the technical side of things to concentrate on being a live musician. It's a real shame because at one time I had an impressive knowledgebase which has since deteriorated into novice status.

LOL i fel your pain..it used to be porn holding my bed up now its SOS magazines lol but i just had a quick check on digital village and thay have droped in price!!!!!!! http://www.dv247.com/invt/25854/ you cant go wrong! :)
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SmokeHouseStudio » Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:27 pm

Thanks mate, I really appreciate your help.

That's one hell of a bargain there I reckon.
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby gnarl » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:55 pm

jprestage wrote:You've really gotta try 'em TBH. Shouldn't be too hard to audition a load in a shop in this price range.

I agree with John. Pick yer 5 best reference tunes and try em all!!!!!
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby jonboyblue » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:18 pm

Yamaha msp5a's are pretty usable. I've seen them for sale for £175 which is pretty reasonable.


There's also the tapco range. I haven't read a review of the S8's but they might worth checking out. Big ole 8" bass woofers

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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby Edward Jones » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:14 am

Same Q, same problem.

I must decide between the Behringer's Truths 3031A or the M-Audio's Bx8a. I have read some good reviews about beringers (when they works of course) but I dont know anything about the Bx8a. (the M-audio stuff is cheap too)

I dont have options cuz i live in hell. :madas:
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby jrbcm » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:04 am

I had monitor ones for years, but now I use them as a second pair of monitors to Adam p22's. Side by side, the Adams are crystal clear and you hear EVERYTHING, whilst the Alesis sound like they're virtually underwater. Funny thing is though, hearing the mixes I did on the Alesis', they sound fine on the Adams and whatever else. The moral? Just get something you like for whatever reason and most importantly stick with them...your ears adjust and get to know one set of monitors, hence ns10's being the standard for so long despite being so awful. :)
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SmokeHouseStudio » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:11 am

jrbcm wrote:I had monitor ones for years, but now I use them as a second pair of monitors to Adam p22's. Side by side, the Adams are crystal clear and you hear EVERYTHING, whilst the Alesis sound like they're virtually underwater. Funny thing is though, hearing the mixes I did on the Alesis', they sound fine on the Adams and whatever else. The moral? Just get something you like for whatever reason and most importantly stick with them...your ears adjust and get to know one set of monitors, hence ns10's being the standard for so long despite being so awful. :)

Awesome advice there mate, thanks.
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Re: Active Monitors for <£300?

Postby SVEA » Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:22 am

I have the original M-Audio BX8's..a bit middley, but been fine for the last couple of years, no complaints. I've sold work mixed on them, and they translate well to other systems, so they must be reasonably honest. When I upgrade it'll be to the £1000+ bracket, otherwise, they get my thumbs up.

Like the poster above said, so long as what you get isn't a complete pile of twaddle (i.e too coloured), you'll learn their sound and how they translate over time. Some very prolific re-mixers and so on just use regular hi-fi speakers and get away with it as they know them so well.

Oh, and avoid the Behringer Truths like the plague. They really are not very good IMHO even though they look ok.
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