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opia Dec 30, 2003

  1. opia

    opia locus solus

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    hey peeps, i'm about to invest in some monitors and a new soundcard. i have pretty much decided on getting a delta66 soundcard but struggling to decide on monitors as i'm not so clued up on em. at the moment i'm looking at alesis m1 actives mk2 or the samson resolv 80As. both of these are around the 250 mark, there's also blueroom minipods but don't know much about these.
    if anyone could offer any advice or has used any of the above, would be very much appreciated - i'm looking to spend less than 300 on em, buying second hand is an option :Smile3:

    huw x
     
  2. Abstraction

    Abstraction happy juice

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    i've got a pair of behringer truth active monitors. they are the absolute dogs bollocks. i strongly recomend them dude
     
  3. JPsychodelicacy

    JPsychodelicacy Studio Elf

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  4. Faction

    Faction Proto-col

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    You can find information about Richard Allen speakers here. We use them, and Mark Allen (Quirk) bought a pair when we took ours to a session at his house.

    You'll need a decent amp though; we drive ours with a Cambridge Audio Arcam Alpha Hi-Fi amp (£20) and they rock.

    Failing that, a couple of parcel-shelf speakers from your mum's car should do the job...
     
  5. jsainsbury

    jsainsbury Forum Addict

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    i dont like the alesis very much

    i've got m-audio bx8s and i fink they are wicked, but i'm not sure as i havent compared them with much in my room
     
  6. Warwick Bassmonkey

    Warwick Bassmonkey Average Sized Member

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    For what it's worth, I A-B'd a pair of the Alesis monitor ones and a pair of Yamaha MSP5's in the same shop. Initially I thought the Alesis sounded better, until I realised they weren't better, they were just more flattering, especially down the low-end. This struck me as a bad idea. The MSP5's seemed more "honest" to my untrained ear. Plus they are much more compact.

    I plumped for some used MSP5's in the end. Love 'em. I'd happily swap for Ott's 50 quid Sony cassette/radio though - that's the best I ever heard mixing-wise. He wouldn't sell it though.

    But you should ignore all this... ultimately you have to hear for yourself what's best for you.
     
  7. CarbonumJist

    CarbonumJist whistling in the darkness

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    I've been usin' some Tannoy Reveal Actives for about a year now, and I've got some good results so far, although they are a wee bit light in the bottom end...!!!???
    Anyway, a friend of mine, the Rev. Dr. Sigmund Poon from the Cidfloss Corporation swears by his Alesis Monitor 1's. He picked them up for under £300 a couple of weeks ago. They seem like a wicked buy for that sort of money.
    Good luck....!
     
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    hmmm.....the M1s vs MSP 5 question....i thought the opposite.....for me the MSP 5 s sounded weak and tinny on the bass, which may be cool for mixing, but i like something i can hear a bit better when it comes to listening for hours. Also, I found the MSP 5s to resonate at high volumes, maybe just my friends pair, but I didnt really like em at all. Just to be convroversial :Smile3: By the way, as you may have guessed, I have Alesis M1s :Smile3:
     
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    Missing-Link looking forward

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    i have been using some ns10 speakers and the are ok... there is not much bass but if yo can get it to sit well in the mix it sounds booming on a normal hi fi....

    :partysmi:

    i just put him on because is in time to to some nu skoll dave is playeng at the mo :Smile3:
     
  10. opia

    opia locus solus

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    thanks for all the advice guys, much appreciated! must say i'm swaying towards truths now..hearing good things about those from lots of people :Smile3:

    huw x
     
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    I think if you get anything like Truths/Mackies you'd be doing youself a real favour by having a crappy second pair (a la Ott's £50 booombox) to run alongside them for a second opinion.
     
  12. Warwick Bassmonkey

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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Colin OOOD @ Jan 5 2004, 04:05 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I think if you get anything like Truths/Mackies you'd be doing youself a real favour by having a crappy second pair (a la Ott's £50 booombox) to run alongside them for a second opinion. [/quote:4a0e73c31f]
    I've tried looking for something like this, but it seems that boom boxes with line-inputs are as rare as rocking-horse poo.
     
  13. Faction

    Faction Proto-col

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    I use a standard JCV mini hi-fi... a bit better than a boom-box (but still sounds worse than my main monitors!) but they're more likely to have line-inputs.
     
  14. JimBigHeadNoBraincells

    JimBigHeadNoBraincells Junior Members

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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Warwick Bassmonkey @ Dec 31 2003, 12:11 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Initially I thought the Alesis sounded better, until I realised they weren't better, they were just more flattering, especially down the low-end. [/quote:d56e2f0e4f]

    M1's are great for the price and I dont regret buying them, they're a fine set of speakers but the bass is far too strong. I had more complaints from the neighbours after buying them anyway..
     
  15. Ott^

    Ott^ Guest

    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Colin OOOD @ Jan 5 2004, 04:05 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> you'd be doing youself a real favour by having a crappy second pair (a la Ott's £50 booombox) [/quote:fe4e70fdf5]
    <span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>OI!</span>


    You calling my Little Radio "crappy"?


    I'll have you know, that £50 Sony cassette player has been patched in favour of some of the best monitoring systems in the world.

    Sarm West, RealWorld, Ridge Farm - that radio has caused tape ops to look at me weirdly in some of the finest recording establishments available.


    :Grin: :Grin: :Grin:
     
  16. Ott^

    Ott^ Guest

    I use Yamaha NS10's with a Hafler TA1600 amp by the way.


    Not the easiest speakers to learn, but they do give results.
     
  17. Faction

    Faction Proto-col

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    ...and I'm looking forward to hearing them :Smile3:
     
  18. Warwick Bassmonkey

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    I suppose NS10's are OK, but really....those white cones... that's so 80's.

    :P
     
  19. jsainsbury

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    i hate ns10s

    i'd rather use blobs of glue form a brown paper bag, found in the street
     
  20. Ott^

    Ott^ Guest

    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (jsainsbury @ Jan 8 2004, 09:00 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>I'm Open Source, Feel Free To Reprogram Me.
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    Look into my eyes. You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy.





    <span style='color:purple'><span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>NS10's will make your music sound better...</span></span>




    When I click my fingers you will awake and put your nasty hi-fi speakers in Loot.

    You will remember nothing.

    *Click*
     
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