Need Some Monitors

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by jobrien, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2007
    hey quick questions for all the audio experts out there. I got a macbook pro and a behringer xenyx 502 mixer for my mic's and amp and all that jazz. Im moving to a college residence in september and wont have room for my amp and everything, so im looking for some cheap monitors. Im going to school for film and am a video editor, so having good sound is very important to me. I was looking at the M-audio AV20's along with the Behringer ms16. Now, ive only been looking at them because they are cheap ( and i dont know many other audio brands ahah). I just want to check out all my options.
    So basically, to get to the point. Small, cheap ($150-) and good quality monitors/speakers for a video editor? Any Suggestions.
    Im hoping to run the monitors into my 502 and from there to my mbp. Will that be fine?
    Im not dead set on like professional monitors. But i just want a crisp sound from a bookshelf-like speaker.
    Im new to the audio side of things.
    So feel free to give me some tips or point me in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance guys,
  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
  3. macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    With a budget of only $150 it's going to be tough to find a pair of accurate and clean-sounding monitors.

    The KRK Robokit speakers are excellent speakers in their price range, but they're over your budget of $150. I did see pairs of the older model 5" KRKs going for ~$200 a few month back, but they quickly sold out. Normal street prices is about $300 for a pair of KRK RoKit 5 G2s.

    Frankly, if producing an accurate sound track is a priority I'd suggest you raise your budget for monitors.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2007
    Yah thats what i was expecting to hear. Well, im on a student budget. The MBP already put my in debt aha.. And i wont be mixing music or anything. Its just stuff like noise reduction and adding different filters to the audio for my videos. Its just hard to do stuff like noise reduction, when your speakers make more noise than the actual audio clip aha. Anyways, even if theres a really nice clean pair of normal computer speakers. Just ANYTHING that will give me crisp audio
  5. macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    Headphones. It does not sound like you need the stereo image per se. The Sennheiser HD-280 will serve you well, weigh in at about $80, and not piss off your neighbors/roomates.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Get a good pair of headphones (Grados and Sennheisers are great) for around $100 and then save up your money for a GREAT pair of studio monitors.

    I use ADAM A7's and they make inferior monitors like the KRK's sound like ****.
  7. macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    At that price range you are going to have some difficulty. I can't remember how much I picked up my Behringer Truths, but it was under $200, the 2031a's are 8" though...


    I don't know how your monitor's would make mine sound bad? But I'll take my E8's and V88s in the battle royale :D
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    You'll get considerably more for your money in the secondhand market. Thats what I would do..
    Also, with that budget, there will be plenty of decent and useable hifi stuff too. Not ideal, but if you choose carefully you could scrape a workable solution together.

    I've done some pretty big jobs on very modest monitoring equipment before. Actually, thats a lie.. I was using hifi (albeit reasonably decent hifi) for my monitoring equipment :eek: The trick is learning the system and being 100% familiar with how it sounds. That way you know exactly what to expect when you pipe your own material through it. This has its cons of course.. But in short, it is possible to do some great work using quite humble equipment so long as you are familiar with it.
  9. macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    imho, cheap monitors can be made useful w/ just a couple hundred bucks of smart room treatment. c.f. the 244 panels from gik acoustics or the minitraps from
  10. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    I just happen to have a "502" right here on my desk. You will not need great monitor, the 502's sound is not that good. I only use it to mix sound from an iPod or metronome into the headphones for "play a long" practice in headphones. I only need to hear the notes. I tried using it for recording -- noisy preamp.

    For your use, you just need to hear the audio track and are not mixing those $100 m-audio speakers would do it. They lack bass

    You might also want to concider headphones. You can buy some very nice ones for $100

    If you are really short on cash check out the local thrift stores. I found an 80's vintage pair of passive studio monitors for $35 this weekend. Not small by any means but you'd pay at least 10X the price for the same ones bought new

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