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Best active monitors for around $200? (New or used)

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I was decided on getting the M-Audio BX8a deluxe used off Amazon, but further research revealed that a lot of people had issues with them quitting after a few months and since they were used I assumed it was only a matter of time before they quit on me. So, my question is what, in your opinion, is the best active monitors for around $200?

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Call it personal bias, but from my first impression: STAY AWAY FROM M-AUDIO MONITORS

 

When I was in the market for some active monitors I ended up ABing M-Audio 5" monitors (forgive me, I don't remember the model number) with the Fostex PM0.4 monitors I ended up buying (the pair for $200).

Now the biggest difference between the two was volume, obviously, as the M-Audios were 5" woofers compare to the Fostex 4", but the difference in sound signature was even bigger. M-Audios were muddy all along the mid range, and lower mids were coloured to the point of being boomy and distorted. The highs on the M-audios were not very crisp, and again distorted with the lower mids that thumped in.

 

The Fostex' were impressive for being so small. The detail in the highs were impressive, not the best, but better than the M-Audios. The roll off seems MUCH higher. The bass however is pretty much non existant, but for me, that just means getting a subwoofer. I do plan on trading up to the PM0.5 active monitors after I get the pmSUBn subwoofer to match. Unless I end up finding a better set up for my budget.

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i think i'm going to go with the yamaha HS50m's they have them for a really good deal on newegg.

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Thats not that good a deal Guitar Center had them for $120 each not that long ago (whenever their last bi sale was)

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i think i'm going to go with the yamaha HS50m's they have them for a really good deal on newegg.

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