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Thread need help choosing my first real studio monitors

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hankydanky

hankydanky

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1 Posted on 09/19/2014 at 05:51:21
So far, I've been looking at the:
  • Yamaha HS8
  • Rokit RP8
  • Equator D5


I'd like to speak with people who have extensive experience with any of these monitors or could provide other recommendations for preferably less than $400

Edit: I plan on using these to produce EDM, if that makes a difference

[ Post last edited on 09/19/2014 at 06:08:38 ]

mixingmaniac

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2 Posted on 09/19/2014 at 06:14:55
Among your 3 choices, I would choose between the Yamaha and Equator, which are much more accurate monitors IMHO. With that said, I think the D5s are a bit small for EDM, so you'd likely need to compliment it with a sub.

I might even advise you to get a sub for the yamahas, given the importance of bass in EDM, though the yamaha's don't need it as much as the Equators.

Between your 3 choices, go with the Yamaha HS8s. Otherwise, just to make things even more complicated :oo::oo:, I would add the JBL LSR308s to your list. They've been receiving fantastic reviews. And if this AudioFanzine review is accurate, looks like I'm not the only one that would choose JBL over Yamaha (granted they aren't comparing the exact same models) https://en.audiofanzine.com/active-monitor/jbl/lsr305/user_reviews/r.124080.html

good luck! can't go wrong between the yamaha and jsl's either way, but definitely consider a sub.

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Mike Levine

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3 Posted on 09/19/2014 at 06:23:59
The HS8's are highly regarded for the price. I don't own a pair myself, but I know an experienced engineer who speaks very highly of them, and they've also gotten high marks from our users who've reviewed them (https://en.audiofanzine.com/yamaha/series-hs8/user_reviews/). If your price range is $400 for a pair (or was that per monitor?), though, the HS8's will be over your budget. Another 8" monitor that's gotten high marks is the PreSonus Eris E8. Our reviewer really liked the E8 a lot (https://en.audiofanzine.com/active-monitor/presonus/eris-e8/editorial/reviews/eris-ramazzotto.html). It sells for about $250 per speaker, so is closer to your budget.
hankydanky

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4 Posted on 09/19/2014 at 06:30:32
Thanks for the responses guys. Makes my decision much harder, but good to know that HS8s seem to be the consensus from my list.

I was thinking less than $400 per monitor. I saw a deal on Amazon for $333/monitor: https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-HS8-Studio-Monitor-Black/dp/B00DCYMVB2

So I'm thinking that might be my best bet. I'm not the richest man but these seem like highly respectable monitors given the price range. I think I'll try and test them out at Guitar Center, thanks again.
Mike Levine

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5 Posted on 09/19/2014 at 06:56:19
Glad to be of some help. Good luck!
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