I recently picked up a pair of the 5" models and I am loving them in my new office setup. Wonderful imaging in them!
For this price it's hard to say no.
These 5" studio monitors popped up on Monoprice's anniversary sale this morning for 35 less then their regular sale price... just couldn't resist and ordered a pair. Will make great PC speakers. (Even remembered to order some XLR adapter cables.)
I just got these and wow they are amazing. So much better than my old logitech speakers. I need to pair them with a sub now though as they don't have great low-end. For the size and the price they are great though. Really good imaging and clarity all around. Mid and high range are great as well. Honestly for like $140 these were nothing short of a steal.
The sub 1000 was one of my top picks but I ended up using a JBL ES250 that was in my living room. Like 5-6 Years ago I bought an epik conquest sub and the amplifier went bad just after it was out of warranty. I bought the JBL to hold me over as I couldn't afford the $500 price tag the owner wanted to charge me for a replacement amp (1000 watts). Then I found that parts express sells a 500 watt amplifier for $200 that is the exact same size so I bought that and my conquest works good again (not quite as loud but still really good). The JBL does great under my desk. I was playing around with a db meter and from listening position I maxed it out (127 db). Of course it helps that I'm only like 2-3 feet away. It definitely is a good compliment to these monitors and it's not too big.
I'm also interested in the upcoming 8 inch monoprice monitors to come out. Thinking of putting them in my garage. It's pretty amazing how much value you get out of studio monitors. They sound awesome and power themselves so you don't need to buy a receiver.
I also saw these on Amazon:
which seem to be a super good deal.
this might be a really noob question, well I am a noob at audio lol.
But how and what is the easiest way to set these speakers up with a sound blaster z card? On the back of it, i have no XLR input or TRS. I would only assume i would need to buy some type of adapters? If so, could someone point me out which ones to buy?
There is a great chance both the 3" and 5" Monoprice active monitor speakers are M-Audio clones. My guess is because M-Audio really isn't a company any more and any possible agreement the OEM had against their designs are now invalid. The M-Audio Studio Pro 3 looks exactly like the Monoprice 605300. They both have the volume control, aux-input and headphone output in the same locations on the front.
In 2012 Avid sold the M-Audio consumer music products and engineering but kept the audio interface products and some other stuff. Essentially M-Audio is no longer a company, it's been broken up between Avid and inMusic.
I used to have a Fast Track Pro USB audio interface. Since the sale there is no more driver support, the product is effectively dead.