Originally Posted by edvardd
I have a question for you guys. I'm looking for a pair of monitors in the pricerange of about 700 $. I'm going to use my laptop and connect them through my iBasso D1 DAC. I will use it for 90 % music listening and 10 % music producution. So I'd rather have a pair that are suited for a great music experience and not necessarily exact studio monitors. I'd rather have a warm sound than an overly cold or natural sounding speakers. Are studio monitors almost by definition near field monitors? Should I be looking somewhere else? Sorry about the confusion, I'm new to this hifi-world. First post
Unless you spend obscene amounts of money, all monitors are near field. Midfield and main monitors cost tens of thousands of dollars and are designed for very large studios.
That doesn't mean that near field monitors are necessarily designed for you to listen to them at close distances. In fact, a lot of people acoustically treat their room so that they can listen to their nearfields at farther distances and get better depth and soundstage. Unless you acoustically treat your room, you're listening to the room and the sound vibrations bouncing off your walls rather than the sound from the speakers themselves.
But seeing that you are not a professional music producer, and because you are not looking for accurate sound, why delve into studio monitors? There are plenty of reputable brands that make bookshelf speakers and so on that will have the warm sound you are looking for.
If you do indeed still want to try out studio monitors, I would recommend you look at the KRK RP8 over the similarly priced Yamaha HS80M and M-Audio BX8A. The Yamaha and M-Audio are both known to have a fatiguing high end, whereas KRK are known for a fuller low-midrange sound signature. Blue Sky also has their MediaDesk 2.1 which, unlike the others I've mentioned, includes a subwoofer. I would not recommend the latter though unless you have a large enough space and would possibly consider acoustic treatment, or else the bass will just be out of control.
Also, I don't know how you plan on connecting your iBasso to your monitors. Monitors typically require either 1/4 inch TRS or XLR cables to connect to the back of each speaker so you should get a DAC that has balanced outputs.