TNGator wrote:Hi Drop. Yes speakers are a must..technically speaking they are referred to as monitors as they are designed differently than hi fi speakers. The monitors will come with the cables and are those 1/4 inch type (like a guitar lead). Your phones will usually plug into a front port on the unit.Drop wrote:So i checked the KA6 and its really out of budget, so if you could suggest something a bit cheaper, something around 100, max 130 maybe ?
For midi keyboard i really dont mind what functions maybe if it would have full scale keys and function to control my daw
And for the connections, do i need speakers ? I have headphones but i dont understand the cables, do i have to buy some more cables if i want midi and guitar with interface ?
I may have to upgrade my own audio device one of these days and I would absolutely need midi ports. My keyboard is midi only. Quite old but works great and was made way before usb was invented. So yeah for me an audio device with no midi is like air con on a wheel barrow. Useless. I see SOS did a review this month of the 3rd gen Focusrite. Quite a bit more than your budget but it got a great review. About €160 I think. Thomans have a pretty good range and you can filter their list using a price filter.
I think you are talking about active PC speakers?
Studio monitors fo not come with cables and the cables needed are XLR balanced. It is usual for for the XLR to be of the "combi" type so that it can also accept TRS 1/4" jack plugs but they are certainly NOT "guitar" cables.
Studio monitors are not that different from the better quality hi fi speakers. The likes of Kef. B&W, and Quad have striven for decades to produce accurate speakers and indeed many of their products have served admirably as studio monitors. The main difference is that these days the vast majority of "monitors" are active whereas hi fi units are almost all passive and need an external power amplifier.
The OP would probably be better off to continue with good quality headphones and check results on an audio system, even in the car rather than buy into the bottom end of the "monitor" market?
There will always be great debate but truly accurate monitors start at about £1000 the pair?