Active Studio Monitors

With the trend towards computer audio desktop rigs, let's throw out some good suggestions for powered monitors that make great near field music. Focal and Yamaha come to mind for me based on experience.
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,190
    Emotiva
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,166
    Anything by focal or Yamaha? Or specific models?
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,027
    Jbl, Adam, kirk, genelec, there is a lot of powered monitors
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Looking for experienced user reviews.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    I've personally used the Presonus R80 and can't recommend them enough. The R65 would also be good if you don't need/want the bass response that an 8" woofer can give you.

    Highs are absolutely perfect on these, extremely reactive and effortless. Can listen for several hours and they never get fatiguing. Definitely worth your consideration.
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,536
    AudioEngine, KRK Rokit, JBL, come to mind instantly....
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I've personally used the Presonus R80 and can't recommend them enough. The R65 would also be good if you don't need/want the bass response that an 8" woofer can give you.

    Highs are absolutely perfect on these, extremely reactive and effortless. Can listen for several hours and they never get fatiguing. Definitely worth your consideration.

    The Presonus R80 do look very nice. Thank you for you input Clipdat.
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,018
    NHT.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,027
    The Adam a7x was outstanding in its price range. Best bang for the buck goes to the jbl Larry 305 or 308.

    For. More money. The genelec 1032b and 805b are more another outstanding monitors. I am using kef ls50w in near field with good results but it’s not a true studio monitor like the genelec or Adam. It depends on what you are going to be using them for. Listening, producing, or?... and price range. Just for listening, on a budget, the jbl 305 or 308 play way above their on sale price range.
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    My use will be listening in the office. They will be placed very close the the back wall, so my initial thought was front port as apposed to rear. Budget is $400 to $1000.

    Man those JBL 308 seem like a great deal. I need to find a local place to audition a variety of brands.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Nearfield listening.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,027
    If you have a guitar center or sam ash, they usually have them. The 308 play well above their price. The Adam are a bit more analytic but sound darn good also.
    Lumin D1, KEF LS50 Wireless, Cayin scd-50T, LH Labs VI Dac, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9, HP I7 Laptop, Wireworld Eclipse 7, Wireworld Aurora, Wireworld Electra 7, Signal Magic Digital, Cardas Quadralink 5C, Velodyne SPL1200
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,027
    I think they have the red 305 one sale for 100 each unless the sale is over.
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    USB helpers: w4s Recovery

    HT: Elite SC27, Full Polk RTI setup.

  • My elderly neighbor brought over a box of electrical cords and such last year and in it was a BOSE tabletop ipod charger/amp.
    She asked me if I wanted it, so I said sure !
    I'm not a big BOSE fan, but this little rig, with an 1/8" stereo plug, makes a computer sound pretty darn good !
    I have it set on a shelf, dead center over my laptop screen and liked it so much that it replaced my Dayton 15 wpc classT amp & a pair of walnut Minimus 7's (with upgraded xovers).
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    So what pair did you decide on?
    With the trend towards computer audio desktop rigs, let's throw out some good suggestions for powered monitors that make great near field music. Focal and Yamaha come to mind for me based on experience.

    Got Dayens?
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    None yet. Still shopping.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    Got any finalists that you're considering? I'll help you decide :)
    None yet. Still shopping.

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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Got any finalists that you're considering? I'll help you decide :)
    None yet. Still shopping.

    Finally decided on the Focal Alpha 65. Will post some impressions in a few weeks!

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    Nice choice.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,113
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Got any finalists that you're considering? I'll help you decide :)
    None yet. Still shopping.

    Finally decided on the Focal Alpha 65. Will post some impressions in a few weeks!

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    Nice choice, I'd like to hear them.
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Also got these to rest the speakers on:

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    Great choice. You're sparing no expense :)
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,394
    Git you some, Eric!
  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,651
    If you're looking for a true monitor the Focal are an excellent choice, they also make for a great listening experience if you only listen to well recorded music. Just keep in mind they're intended for studio use, so they don't pull any punches on poor recordings. They're a great speaker, but I have way too much poorly recorded music in my library for these to be a contender for me.

    I have those IsoAcoustics Aperta stands under the LS50W and they're awesome.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    Thanks AsSiMiLaTeD!

    I may have too many poor recordings too, so time shall tell if these work for me.

    Something about near field is magical.

    I wish we had a list of excellent near field bookies.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    @Conradicles were you able to audition these before purchasing? What made you go with these over some of the other options that were suggested?
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    No audition. I went with these based on my love for the previous Focal speakers I owned and the reviews were pretty good.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    they don't pull any punches on poor recordings.

    You Sir are correct. These are breaking in now so more to come in the future...

    The IsoAcoustics Aperta stands are LEGIT.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    These speakers excel at instrument placement. Stereo image is also rock solid.

    The bass is rediculous for a 6.5" driver.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,027
    Cool! Looks like soothing to check out.

    I have a question on the IsoAcoustics Aperta. I thought the idea was to couple the speaker to the speaker stand and then spike the stands to the floor. Do you have them on a shelf instead of a speaker stand? if so then I understand why we would want to de-couple it. if not, I am trying to understand the reason why to have them?
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