Originally Posted by Redrider469
I do like studio monitors but for the price and flexibility, I ended up getting a pair of passive speakers powered with a receiver. You are right though, the price to sound ratio is pretty good. I prefer the receiver route with passives as well because I can add a sub while having good crossover settings and not to mention being able to power a 5.1 setup if I choose to.
I definitely agree. I also have a thing for passive monitors, even if matching them with a good power amp is necessary; it is well worth it. I own actives too, but I feel more secure (for some odd reason) when I can decide the guage of cables I will use and have the power amp separated from both speakers in case of a power failure or accident.
Originally Posted by attilahun
I love the active studio monitor as a desktop solution, they save space and are well suited to near field listening. I'm using the Genelec 6020/5050 2.1 system.
Genelecs are pricey but I found a great deal on eBay.
That's the way to go about it. There are always good deals to be had on ebay, especially now-a-days that most people that bought studio gear probably realized their dream of building a recording studio was just a fad, or are just trying to recover some, not most, of the money they originally spent on their equipment.
Originally Posted by NAWilson9
I have a pair of M-audio BX5 D2's with a KRK 10S sub that I use for my desk and absolutely love it.
@Redrider469, If you use a studio sub, you get crossover control. Your left and right channel audio goes into the sub, the sub takes out whatever is below where you set the crossover, and then sends the remaining to your monitors.
I was skeptical about studio subs for a long time (due to the difficult when it comes to treating your room properly and the difference that positioning can make in a small room, but after purchasing a B&W ASW-1000 to handle anything below 40hz that my PMC monitors can't reach, I am just enjoying music on a new level. I never thought the 20-40hz region was going to hold all that low bass goodness!
Originally Posted by Somnambulist
Yes, using Focal CMS 50s at the moment. May (may!) upgrade to Event Opals after I've treated my room properly.
I am currently selling my Event ASP8's (the event line that came before the opals), just because they're way too big for my needs, but I hear only great things about the Opals. I like the event sound signature for some reason. They make mixing a lot easier as they translate easily, and their bass extension is always a plus.
For a two-way system, the Opals beat most, if not all 3 way monitors, and they are so damn powerful! I think a new pair runs 3k+ but I have seen lightly used pairs go for as low as 2.2k on ebay. I think that they were also featured on a sound magazine, claiming the top spot as the new favorite monitors for recording engineers. The opals are def. mid-field monitors though, so having a small room for those beasts would not be a good thing.
Good luck with treating your room though. Acoustic treatment is a head-ache!