passive near-fields.
Oct 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM Post #2 of 5

RonaldDumsfeld

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You can still get small hi-fi bookshelf  style passive speakers quite easily but hardly anyone makes genuine passive monitors any more.
 
JBL Control 1 and Control 5 are still around and within your budget. After that it's all down to budget manufacturers like Berhinger, Alesis and the occasional pair of passive KRKs in the back of a warehouse somewhere.
 
JBL Control 5 is your best bet I reckon.
 
Oct 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM Post #4 of 5

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If you're going to listen near field, I'd recommend looking at speakers that either use a good single full range driver or a coaxial arrangement. Something like the older Tannoy System 600 would be an example of the latter. Never could understand why speakers with offset tweeters are so commonly used for near field use. You really want a proper point source for that.

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Oct 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM Post #5 of 5

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