All studios, whether big or small need to have a pair of speakers. In this section of the guide we’ll look at a list of the best studio monitors.
The main reason you would want to use monitors instead of regular commercial speakers is simply because ordinary speakers have a coloured and exaggerated sound.
They achieve that by boosting the bass or treble frequencies. But dedicated studio monitors have an ultra-flat frequency response with a tight bottom-end, focused mids and detailed high frequencies.
A proper sound output is important in your studio more than most (if not all) gear. You’ll be able to hear all frequencies more accurately, including other commercial songs.
It’s also a wise choice to use an audio interface to get the most out of your speakers and avoid latency. Here’s a list of the most recommended studio monitors.
1. PreSonus Eris E4.5
Really great for beginners, and if you’re using a small room then the Eris E4.5 are the best choice for you.
They have acoustic tuning controls for Midrange, HF, High Pass and Acoustic Space settings for accurate mixing.
They have a frequency response of 70 Hz up to 20 kHz.
The speakers have a hissing sound on the tweeters which can make it hard to use them for long periods of time, like 8+ hours for instance. You get ear fatigue after a while.
But either than that, they sound really good and worth the price.
2. JBL LSR308
These deliver a professional sound at an affordable price.
They will work well for recording, production and mixing.
If you’re in a small or mid-size room then the LSR308 will deliver a good bottom end and you get good depth as well as ambiance in the high frequencies.
The frequency range for these speakers is from 37 Hz up to 24 kHz. Great monitors and really worth the price.
3. Yamaha HS8
The NS-10 was the most recommended due to the flat response and quality of sound they produced.
The HS8 have the signature white cone woofer.
They come with a unique mounting system that minimizes vibration and improves performance.
These studio monitors have a whopping 38 Hz to 30 kHz frequency response. They also come with ROOM CONTROL and high trim response controlling.
Really beastly and highly recommended not only by me but most professional studios use these monitors.
If you can’t afford the HS8 with 8” woofer, you can also the HS7 (7” woofer) or HS5 (5” woofer) especially if you have a small room.
4. Adam Audio A7X
They produce a well detailed sound with a frequency response that goes from 42 Hz up to 50 kHz.
The A7X has FRONT bass ports, which allows for closer placement to the walls for those who have smaller rooms.
If you want high quality speakers at a great price then these are the best choice.
They’re also all-round speakers, meaning they can be used in a beginner, intermediate and professional studio.
Can’t complain about these monitors, they sound awesome and worth every penny.
5. Genelec M040
Genelec are well known for high-end speakers but the new M-series gives everyone a chance of competing with the A7X at an affordable price.
The M040 have a downward facing bass port which is useful in smaller rooms.
You’ll get excellent active crossovers and room response compensation.
These monitors also come with “Natural Composite Enclosure” tech, which is an advanced mechanisms for a wider listening area and improved sound stage\stereo imaging.
The frequency response is a whopping 44 Hz to 21 kHz. Can never go wrong with Genelec speakers and the M040 is worth every penny.