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Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby Kwaidan » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:40 pm

I'm looking for a new home studio desk, but so many of them are badly designed,
especially the monitor shelves, they are so narrow. Do these manufacturers think
we all use tiny speakers/monitors. Or do they think we don't use larger monitors!
I'd prefer a wider shelf to get my nearfields on.

I've looked at the Zaor desks, the glorious workbench etc. Some are overpriced
for what they are though.
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby Watchmaker » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:56 pm

If: *there's a sucker born every minute*

and: production is influenced by factors other than demand

or: the profit motive is the impetus for decision making

then: loop

Mainly because every room is different. To mass produce something like a desk necessitates a lowest common denominator design. Custom builds are usually far too expensive for the hobbyist. Building your own is fun and allows you to take your own special circumstances into account.
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby Rincewind » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:11 pm

It is good thing that one cannot balance studio monitors on the meter bridge any more. This avoids the mechanical coupling of the cabinet to the desk thereby reducing vibrations. Put the monitors onto stands where they belong!
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby Alba » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:42 pm

I use a 6'x3' solid wooden dining table and put the monitors on small stands on the table. Everything goes on or under it and i have hooks around the rims for cable etc. Not too expensive either.
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:56 pm

I've recently got one of these: https://www.gear4music.com/Recording-an ... tural/2QY9
cheap and cheerful and the finish is definitely budget but it's actually reasonably robust and I'd happily put a normal nearfield on there.
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby tomas » Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:46 pm

Kwaidan wrote:I'm looking for a new home studio desk, but so many of them are badly designed, especially the monitor shelves, they are so narrow.

I have a Quiklok Z600. It has 8HE of rack space, a drawer for computer keyboard + mouse, and the top shelf accommodates a pair of KRK 8" monitors with two 27" displays between.

Too bad that it is no longer in production, but you can perhaps find a used one.

https://images.app.goo.gl/eM7orKgb2t5Kte5C6
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby Kwaidan » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:45 pm

blinddrew wrote:I've recently got one of these: https://www.gear4music.com/Recording-an ... tural/2QY9
cheap and cheerful and the finish is definitely budget but it's actually reasonably robust and I'd happily put a normal nearfield on there.

I was looking at that desk on Gear4music, it's certainly not too bad for the price, i wouldn't use the top shelf that comes with it. Lookspretty flimsy. Better off putting a couple of 4U pods in it's place. The desk also looks like a cheaper knock-off the glorious workbench.
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby fatbenelton » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:42 pm

tomas wrote:
Kwaidan wrote:I have a Quiklok Z600. It has 8HE of rack space, a drawer for computer keyboard + mouse, and the top shelf accommodates a pair of KRK 8" monitors with two 27" displays between.

Too bad that it is no longer in production, but you can perhaps find a used one.

https://images.app.goo.gl/eM7orKgb2t5Kte5C6


Fame do a very similar version....actually looks like a licensed or ripped off version as it's identical!

https://equipboard.com/items/fame-w-200 ... orkstation
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Re: Why are Home Studio Desks so badly designed ?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:05 pm

Kwaidan wrote:
blinddrew wrote:I've recently got one of these: https://www.gear4music.com/Recording-an ... tural/2QY9
cheap and cheerful and the finish is definitely budget but it's actually reasonably robust and I'd happily put a normal nearfield on there.

I was looking at that desk on Gear4music, it's certainly not too bad for the price, i wouldn't use the top shelf that comes with it. Lookspretty flimsy. Better off putting a couple of 4U pods in it's place. The desk also looks like a cheaper knock-off the glorious workbench.
Well it's obviously not as solid as if the side panels were a single piece but I wouldn't call it flimsy. It's certainly not going to be a problem from a weight-bearing point of view, but if your studio is a busy place where people might be bumping into things or leaning against it you might want something more substantial.
But I've got no qualms. It would be even more stable with a few bits of hardware bolted in.
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