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Looking for desktop monitor speakers £300 budget. Help appreciated

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I am very much into my house/techno music where bass quantity/quality is important, as well as accurate representation of overall sound. I'm not a DJ/Producer but I want some top quality speakers anyway as an upgrade on my harmon kardon soundsticks. Why not. I'd like a pair that are great for near-field listening but could also fill a medium room for a little party at a push.

 

I would be like to hook them up to my laptop (latest macbook pro) or sometimes my mobile. I just noticed a thread where someone was specifying they needed USB input for their speakers. Why would that be the case? Can these kind of speakers not connect to laptops through the headphone jack? (As you can tell, I know nothing about speakers)

 

So far I have looked at the KRK Rokit RP6 G3, Adam F5 and the JBL LSR 305. The JBL seem to be the best value whereas the Adams seem to be the best quality, with the Rokits being somewhere in between. Can anyone help me pick please or suggest what I should be looking for? Should I go for the Rokits as they have a 6 inch woofer and can be bought for similar prices to the JBLs/Adams in the UK?

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Since you are into techno and house music, I'd recommend getting your speakers and then saving up for a subwoofer. There's just no substitute for a subwoofer when it comes to bass biggrin.gif
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Well Adam do a sub-woofer as part of the F range and there is a Rokit sub-woofer so that is an easy upgrade down the line if I opt for either of those brands

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Originally Posted by mindy123 View Post

Well Adam do a sub-woofer as part of the F range and there is a Rokit sub-woofer so that is an easy upgrade down the line if I opt for either of those brands

You don't need to match the subwoofer brand with the speaker brand as long the subwoofer will hook up into the speaker setup. Buy the best subwoofer for your money instead.

Here in the US, music stores that sell DJ equipment, guitars, drums, etc., often have studio monitors setup for demo listening. You should see if you have any stores in your area that do. Listening to speakers definitely trumps advice on Internet forums smily_headphones1.gif
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You don't need to match the subwoofer brand with the speaker brand as long the subwoofer will hook up into the speaker setup. Buy the best subwoofer for your money instead.

Here in the US, music stores that sell DJ equipment, guitars, drums, etc., often have studio monitors setup for demo listening. You should see if you have any stores in your area that do. Listening to speakers definitely trumps advice on Internet forums smily_headphones1.gif

Yeah we do not have places like that in the UK. Hmmm I like the idea of matching speakers and sub-woofer though...just feels right!

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I own a pair of rocket 8's and for my 16x12 room it can rattle it. I got them really cheap, $300 usd for a pair. I ******* love the speakers. The only issue I had was with computer inference. I had to buy the xda-2 and xlr cables to rid it of it. The sound is amazing, massive bass and you can still hear the music crystal clear. 

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Mindy where in the UK are you, there are stores but mostly in the London area.  Local suppliers may not have much stock, let alone demo units.  I have had good service from DV247 in the past but they have shut a lot of the smaller stores and work mostly online and have a huge store in Essex iirc.  I used their Barnet outlet several times before it closed, and they were alwayas very competitive on price and staff were very helpful.

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Look for monitors with an 8" driver and you'll be surprised how low they can go. I also recommend looking used - people usually take good care of monitors and there are great deals around from people having to sell off their studio gear for money reasons.

Have a look on a site like gumtree and i'm sure you'll find some great monitors for £300.

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I recently added some KRK RP6 G3's to my setup and am seriously impressed with them for the money, my ADAM 7's cost significantly more and the difference's are not huge.  The problem with 8" drivers is space, some a seriously HUGE on a desk, and you can do the same job with a smaller speaker and a dedicated sub.

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I recently added some KRK RP6 G3's to my setup and am seriously impressed with them for the money, my ADAM 7's cost significantly more and the difference's are not huge.  The problem with 8" drivers is space, some a seriously HUGE on a desk, and you can do the same job with a smaller speaker and a dedicated sub.

+1

It's much easier for speaker designers to create speakers with more and deeper bass using bigger drivers. 8" drivers will go pretty deep. Plus, you'll generally get better dynamics with larger driver speakers (play clearer at louder volumes).
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