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need help selecting low cost studio reference monitor... Fischer FA-003 / KRK KNS8400 / AKG k240 // ?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hey, I'm in the market for a <250$ reference monitor for light mixing, editing, eq... surgical detail work...

I make mostly electronic/dance music, but my taste is quite eclectic, so I end up working on all sorts of stuff.

 

I've been reading a lot of threads and reviews, trying to narrow my selection down..

 

I started off wanting the Audio-Technica M50, due to glowing endorsement.. but it seems like it would be too bassy and coloured for my needs.

Also considered the AKG K701/702s.. and these look like exactly what I need, but I don't have the budget to shell out for them AND a decent amp... I am going to be running straight from my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface, and as I read, these are a waste without a $300+ amp.

 

soo.. right now my top contenders right now are: 

 

-Fischer FA-003 / Brainwavz hm5 / Jaycar studio monitors (are the jaycars really legit? 50 bucks???)

-KRK KNS-8400 .. heard really good things about the detail..

 

and maaybe

 

-AKG k240... classic, industry standard, I've used them before, and liked them, but didn't love them either.

-Shure 840

-beyerdynamic dt770

-grado SR80i

 

 

so, any thoughts?

 

I am open minded as to open or closed designs, as long as the headphone is:

clear, honest, and detailed in all frequencies. something revealing, neutral, flat... along the lines of a studio monitor speaker.

present and defined bass is important, but I want it to be honest, not overhyped.

 

I know that's a lot to ask for in the price range, but here we are

 

any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

 

thanks!

 

-z


Edited by HeardAnimal - 10/19/13 at 4:57am
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

one of my big questions is.. how do the FA-003/HM5/JAYCARS compare to the KRK KNS-8400s? both seem to be great.

anyone use both extensively? I haven't been able find any convincing comparisons.

 

now on price alone I wanna go with the jaycars, but if there's a standout among these, or some cans I've overlooked, I'm definitely willing to pay more for a better set.

post #3 of 12
In addition to the FA-003/HM5/Jaycar, check out the NVX Audio XPT100. Another one of these headphones created by the same manufacturer by rebranded. Although the NVX comes with two sets of ear pads and a flexible headband.
post #4 of 12
The the list you have the most neutral is akg 240mk2.
Better look for flat cans without coloring.
T
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Varoudis View Post

The the list you have the most neutral is akg 240mk2.
Better look for flat cans without coloring.
T

I assumed they were all pretty flat, especially the FA-003's and KRK's... no? are they more coloured cans?

 

Also like I said, I used the k240's before (not mkII mind you) and I didn't love them. 

they seemed to have almost no bass representation,, even when there was tons of bass there. it was just so thin.

now I don't want overhyped or false bass, but I want to know if it exists and be able to work with it.

I'd love to know what some owners of the k240's think about this.

 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

In addition to the FA-003/HM5/Jaycar, check out the NVX Audio XPT100. Another one of these headphones created by the same manufacturer by rebranded. Although the NVX comes with two sets of ear pads and a flexible headband.

hah wow, another rebrand of the same set? jaysus.

but the jaycars are FIFTY BUCKS... is there any reason (other than the extra pads) to buy from any other source?

customer service, i assume, would be better... but 50 bux... 

post #6 of 12
Sure. If you can find the Jaycars for $50. The only place I know of that they are priced that is in Australia.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

cool, anyone else have an opinion or experience with any of these cans?

post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeardAnimal View Post

cool, anyone else have an opinion or experience with any of these cans?

There's plenty of threads discussing most of those different iterations of those headphones. Just google the make/model # with head-fi as a keyword, and you'll find lots of people talking about them, hundreds of posts. smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

yeah, I spent a week or so doing that... haven't found the insight I'm looking for.

 

tbh I don't usually even post in forums looking for help, I usually just use search for what I need to know.


Edited by HeardAnimal - 10/20/13 at 1:10pm
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

none of my budget home studio heads have experience with these cans?


Edited by HeardAnimal - 10/20/13 at 1:10pm
post #11 of 12
Best discussion about a particular headphone happens in those active impressions/owners threads, not here. The introductions and help section is mostly for helping you to find choices that might fit you, not necessarily discuss the headphones in great detail. Usually better to have those kinds of discussions in the particular threads for the model.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

ok, thanks! I'll post in a few impressions threads

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