Looking for Advice on Inexpensive Desk Monitors

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  1. TigerTheFrog

    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    I'm moving my studio in a different place in my apartment, so I'm moving my monitors there.

    But I'd still like to have something small and decent-sounding at my current desk. I will continue to play and listen to music here, but pristine quality is not as important.

    I'm looking for something in the $100 to $200 range. What do you suggest?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Paul Grymaud

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    Hmm... Playmobil #5610
    Low quality but small and low budget.
    4 monitors + synth + guitar + mikes...
    No problem (noise) with Your neighbours
    5610-back.jpg
     
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    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    Thank you. :grin: This looks awesome, but at the moment I'm considering the PreSonus Eris series, until I hear a better suggestion.

    I generally use headphones with SonarWorks at my desk. Getting this second set of speakers is more for just getting some sound out my computer, YouTube, etc. Again, I'm not going to be mastering with them.
     
  4. whiskers

    whiskers Perpetual student

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    I'm a big fan of my JBL LSR305s. Pretty sure they've had an update recently too.

    https://reverb.com/p/jbl-lsr305-active-monitors-pair
     
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    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    I'm rethinking this due to the sale on now at JBL. The JBL 308P 8" monitors are now $100 off or $149 each. If I buy them at Musician's Friend now it's 15% off or $255.

    I'm thinking of getting these and using them in the studio, as they are probably much better--and certainly bigger--than the Event Tria Monitors at my desk. It's also possible that the Tria subwoofer would work with the JBLs.

    Do you think this is the best choice at the $255 price point? These speakers list for $500, but I suppose they go on sale often, maybe for even more than this 40% discount.

    And again, I am NOT a professional. Strictly a hobbyist, and one whose hearing is fading, particularly in the upper ranges.

    This is a terrible time... too many sales going on.

    Thanks again for your expertise.
     
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    Can't speak specifically to the eight series but in JBL telestore series is a great entry level studio monitor sounds clean, clear, crisp, & accurate in my book.

    The one thing you want to be careful of, and should affect your decision is the fact that these are powered studio monitors with a built-in amplifier. That means they will probably hear a bit of a hum or buzz on standby. Myself and hundreds of others have this notice in reviews. For me the issue was solved when buying balanced TRS cables and an audio interface. If You already have those I would say it's the best bank for your buck probably. Without those I'm sure the issue would get pretty annoying.

    Not sure how they stack against the trias though
     
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    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    I am going through a Focusrite 2i2 now and will get another one or something similar for the studio. The Trias are also powered, and I never heard a hum for years, but now that they are old, I do hear a hum now and then.

    If I get these, I'll put them together with the Trias and A/B them.
     
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    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    You've got me thinking about these again. Probably a more practical (and economical) choice, and it takes me back to what I was asking for in this thread. They sure will fit much better on my desk and maybe they'll be okay.
     
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    They've got decent power and low-range response, too, at least compared to my current rather lackluster setup.
     
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    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

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    Searching the internet, the word is very good on the Kali Audio LP-6 speakers. I read that the company was founded by former JBL employees.
     
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    another vote for the jbl 305.
     

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