A good quality studio monitor allows music producers to make precise adjustments when recording, mixing, editing or mastering. Music lovers also get to enjoy a high quality sound with a deep bass and a pristine high frequency. While the accuracy of the studio monitor is paramount, some other factors to be considered include the following; wattage, active or passive, driver types, cabinet preferences and partly the brand. Other factors to look out for include room correction, noise reduction and an equalizer system. To put it briefly the higher the wattage the easier it will be to make accurate adjustments to limiters, gates and/or compressors. Additionally, active monitors have an inbuilt amplifier system while passive monitors require a compatible amplifier plus cross over.
M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor
This AV 40 powered speakers features a 4 inch polypropylene-coated woofers , a 1-inch ferrofluid-coated silk cone tweeters, a 20 watt-per-channel amplifier spotting a class A/B architecture and a front panel volume control. The AV 40 studio monitor is impeccably designed to produce a tight, accurate bass balanced with clear highs. The enclosing wood cabinet ensures a deep, rich bass sound is reproduced while the magnet shielding allows for safe use near computer screen monitors. Coupled with the 1/4-inch TRS, RCA inputs and 1/8-inch stereo auxiliary input, the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 is without a doubt a contender for the best studio monitors.
The HS8 of the HS series of studio monitors from Yamaha is a powered near field monitor that features an 8-inch cone woofer and a powerful 1-inch dome tweeter. The HS8 has a bi-amp design with the woofer and tweeter each having dedicated amplifier units (75W LF and 45W HF) for high resolution sound. The overall design and MDF cabinet is ideal in increasing the sound accuracy and eliminating unwanted resonance. Some other features included are; the ROOM CONTROL, the HIGH TRIM switches and the state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. The HS8 studio monitor also has TRS and XLR jack inputs.
Mackie CR5BT 5” Multimedia Monitors
The CR5BT studio monitor features a 50-wattage of power, 5-inch woofer, premium transducers and of course Bluetooth connectivity among others. Mackie Creative Reference studio monitors with its professional sound quality, deep bass response and the convenient high quality components makes them the best bet for music lovers and media creators. What’s more is the waveguide system, the high-output drivers, an all-wood cabinet and lastly the icing on the cake is that the Mackie CR5BT 5” Multimedia Monitor comes at an unbelievably low price.
JBL LSR305 Professional Studio Monitor
The LSR305 powered studio monitor, part of JBL’s 3 Series, features a 5-inch long-throw woofer and a 1-inch damped-woven Neodymium tweeter. It is professionally designed to deliver a deep bass and smooth, clear high frequency response. The LSR305 incorporates JBL’s game-changing technology, the Image Control Waveguide which in conjunction with the high transducers allows you to hear the most detailed audio ever. These studio monitors are extremely room friendly as they will deliver quality neutral sound across the recording room.
KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor
The RP5G3-NA has a bi-amp design with class A/B amplifiers that allow for low distortion and large headroom. The 1-inch soft-dome tweeter with an extended response of up to 35 kHz delivers pristine sound clarity while the proprietary waveguide has been optimized for superior imaging and adjustments. The 5-inch glass-Aramid composite woofer delivers a rich, deep bass while the numerous input connections makes sure that you can configure the monitors to any system. The KRK RP5G3-NA is undisputedly one of the most used and best studio monitors in the market.
Having chosen either of the best studio monitors highlighted above, the next step is getting the most out of them. You can find more options for studio monitors at Baloo Blues. Proper placement of the monitors can greatly improve on the quality of the sound. An easy yet effective way of placing them is setting the speakers in an equilateral triangle form i.e. each of the two monitors at the opposite ends and your work desk at the other end of the triangle. Speaker stands can also come in handy however, don’t shy away from consulting from experts on how best to place the studio monitors. Lastly, remember that the main work of the studio monitor is to make the sound as accurate and detailed as is possible.