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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: near field monitor size Reply with quote

for my next foray into the world of home recording i've been looking at studio monitors - and apologies as i have started a thread like this before i think years ago. i currently have a logitech pc 2.1 system at the moment which is shit for recording.

what speaker size would be best for near field monitors? 5" or 8"?

the speakers would be about 2-3 feet from my ears and sat on a desk. people seem to bang on about the better bass of 8" speakers but i'm really after overall neutral sound and response for a better mix.

also taking any suggestions. currently looking at the yamaha hs range or rokits. they have to be active though.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HS80Ms are great, I have used some a few times when mixing with a friend. Very solid feeling and sounding. They were inspired by the NS10s so they definitely have a good lineage.

I'd recommend the Fostex PM.04s or 05s because they are good and cheap for what you get, anything by Adam if you have the money, JBL have a few interesting entry level models and KRK are very good too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use HS80Ms and while I hate how everything sounds, they translate like a motherfucker. It's so weird.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer 8" speakers because of the bass response. I've had HSM50s and I liked them but didn't love them. The 80s are a great pair of monitors though. The last pair I've owned are the Sonodyne SM50AK. They were only 5.25" but man do they rock.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There has been a lot of buzz for the Equator D5's
http://www.equatoraudio.com/D5_Studio_Monitors_with_DSP_300_Pair_p/d5.htm
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