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Monitors vs Receiver and Speakers

post #1 of 6
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Hi all,

I haven't been on this site for a while. I have a question regarding studio monitors vs "normal" receiver and speakers. What i have now is a denon dra-325r stereo receiver and a pair of mission ms50's. My thought was that i would like to purchase a used pair of dynaudio bm5a"s. So basically, is it worth it, or should i upgrade to better speakers like paradigm or jamo's? Aren't the monitors better? Or if not the dynaudio's, something else. Any advice would be very much appreciated, and thank all you guys in advance.  

post #2 of 6
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30 views, and yet no replies. Is this really such a dumb question?

post #3 of 6
A monitor traditionally means that the speaker has a fairly flat response aimed at accurate sound reproduction for "monitoring" the audio in studio production work. Studio monitors can be passive or active (e.g. powered). Some home audio speakers have a neutral response, too and are even called monitors. I run Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SEs with an HK 3390, and I would pit my setup against any similarly price studio monitor set.

Now some people will claim that powered speakers offer an advantage because the more expensive ones are often bi-amped with active crossovers. The assumption, of course, is that everything else is equal for similarly priced passive speakers. You could certainly find passive speakers that have good drivers and voicing more suited to you, thus negating the advantage that the electronic design of actives will give. Plus, you already have a good receiver. So you'll be paying for amplification all over again.
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thanks for the response. so of what i have listed, should i upgrade the speakers first? i didn't think the mission ms50's were life changing, but i did buy them for 30 bucks.

post #5 of 6

I would upgrade the speakers first. The Dynaudios will probably allow you to play louder without distortion than your current setup. It also has a larger bass driver, so should sound more fleshed out in the bottom octaves. Most likely it's a good choice if you're mainly going to listen at your desk or are tight on space.


If this were a living room setup, it wouldn't be ideal. A stereo receiver with a remote and passive speakers would probably make it more convenient / flexible in terms of doing double duty for audio and video.

Sound and Vision recently had a mini-monitor shoot-out (all passive speakers) that you might be interested in as well.

post #6 of 6
You'll get the biggest bang for your buck from putting all your money toward upgrading your speakers first.
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