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Looking for the most detailed\natural 4" desktop speakers to use as studio monitors

post #1 of 7
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Hi,

As the headline say :)

I'm producing electronic music and currently working abroad, and don't want to buy big monitors for my temporary apartment so i figured out i'll buy some small speakers to use as reference till the end of this year.

At the price range of 100-150 Euro, i was looking at ESI Unik 04http://www.esi-audio.com/products/unik04/

Anyone have experience with them?

Maybe some Edifier model that is relatively natural sounding?

 

Thanks :)

post #2 of 7
You say you want the most detailed/natural 4" desktop speakers to use as studio monitors, but then you say the price range is €100-150. biggrin.gif

I don't have any experience with those particular speakers, but for near field listening on a desktop, I would never use speakers with an offset tweeter like those. I'd go with either a single driver or a coaxial.

se
post #3 of 7

A pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs + cheap chipamp or KRK Rokit 5.

 

Or, as S.E. alluded to, save up and get something like the KEF X300A.


Edited by anetode - 6/9/14 at 2:09pm
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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post

You say you want the most detailed/natural 4" desktop speakers to use as studio monitors, but then you say the price range is €100-150. biggrin.gif

I don't have any experience with those particular speakers, but for near field listening on a desktop, I would never use speakers with an offset tweeter like those. I'd go with either a single driver or a coaxial.

se

What do you think about these? http://www.prodipe.com/en/products/studio-monitors/item/383-enceintes-pro-4c

 

I'm full of contradictions, i know :D

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What do you think about these? http://www.prodipe.com/en/products/studio-monitors/item/383-enceintes-pro-4c

As with the other ones, I haven't had any experience with them, but being coaxial, as long as they're designed reasonably well, they will be much better suited to your purposes.

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I'm full of contradictions, i know biggrin.gif

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se
post #6 of 7
With your limited budget, I think headphones would be your best best for good monitoring. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 7

The most affordable 4" active speakers suitable for use as desktop multimedia monitors are currently the ADAM A3X. They will set you back ~ 400 Euro. Other manufacturers such as Genelec, Focal and Eve all make competing models but they are even more expensive.

 

If you have the extra space (~1" all round) you can get entry level 5" active monitors from the likes of Mackie, Yamaha and JBL for as little as ~250 Euro if you shop around.

 

At your suggested price point, whatever they say in the sales blurb,  what you get is essentially a regular amp and speakers hi-fi system with the amp built into the cabinets. This means they are often better value vs a traditional separates system. The potential down side is that the manufacturer might have made too many compromises to meet a price point and you end up with reliability and self noise issues.

 

There is also a whole class of powered 'monitors' invented for the use of bedroom studio producers experimenting with basic DAW software such as Traktor, Reaper, Serato and Ableton. Brands to look out for are KRK, M-Audio, Berhinger, Fostex and Samson. I had a pair of M-Audio AV40 for a while. They are neither accurate nor very deep but they did have a typical audiophile sound. Especially nice with house or pop. They also broke down within a year.

 

So buy from a regular dealer you can trust to honour the returns and replacement policy in case you need to take advantage. Try and listen to a selection if you can. I don't have direct experience but in your situation I think I'd start with Samson or Fostex because they have the best reputation.

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