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  • Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

    As a counter list to the


    The ULTIMATE Monitor List Commercial and DIY Best in the World!!!!!

    AS POSTED by ridikas. I would ask the pe members to list their favorite powered monitors.


    no restriction except they must be powered.

    here are my favorite ones.

    diy focal mtm using focal 7w4411 cones and focal tlr tweeters or

    diy focal mt using focal 7w4411 cones and focal tlr tweeters


    btw I made them with the exception of the cabinets.

    they use this amp


    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-775

    and here they are in photos. I purchased the focal 7w4411s at about 220 a pair and the focal tlr tweeters at 400 a pair. the drivers were made in france. I have been lazy and did not cut mounts for the plate amps. so they even qualify to ridikas since he wants non powered take a look at the location of the plate amps.
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    Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

    While I do think that this "Best in the World" parody thing is already silly :rolleyes:

    I'll propose the Behringer B2030A as outstanding (holds its own with the best of them) in the "stupid little box" catagory, and the Linkwitz PLUTO as an example of how much better it can get if you get "out of the box" . . .
    "It suggests that there is something that is happening in the real system that is not quite captured in the models."

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    • #3
      Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

      The Mackie 8's sound good to me near-field. They may be in more control rooms than all other brands combined, because almost every radio and TV station uses them as well as recording studios. Here in Tussa, they are in all but 8 of 51 radio stations and all but two of the TV stations(of 39). My "voice guy" has them in his home studio (I do a few educational videos a year for the State Universities). Everybody loves them because A: they sound good B: if they break, ever, you have a replacement set coming overnite or faster and your's repaired free.

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      • #4
        Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

        yeah the mackies are pretty solid

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        • #5
          Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

          Originally posted by Whitneyville1 View Post
          The Mackie 8's
          I presume you mean the Yes-They-Are-Really-Good Hr824 . . . (not the MR8) . . .
          "It suggests that there is something that is happening in the real system that is not quite captured in the models."

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          • #6
            Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

            Since your spec dosen't have a price restriction on it or only those offered to general consumers.....

            I've used various Klein & Hummel (K&H)powered near field monitors over the years and found them very honest for almost any musical genre.

            Since Neumann bought out K&H and then introduce their KH 120 A - Active Studio Monitor , I would consider it to be one of the top contenders for the title "best powered monitors in the world" (for near field - since "monitors" are generally used that way - or it's bigger brother the 410 which is more of a mid-field or main monitor)

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            • #7
              Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

              The two models that Behringer offers are very good, especially for the rice. They are the B2030A and the B2031A.

              The only problem is the driver configuration. The B2030A uses a 6.75" mid-woofer and a 0.75" tweeter and the B2031A uses a 1" tweeter with an 8" mid-woofer. What is the problem? Off-axis response. If Behringer used the 1" tweeter with the 6.75" woofer (and crossed over much lower, let's say 1.8kHz), it would be one killer deal. As they are now, both designs slightly fall apart in the midrange if listened to off-axis.

              http://www.zaphaudio.com/temp/B2031P...5-30-45-60.gif

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              • #8
                Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

                yes, the Hr824's and the eariler Mackie 8's (only name on them). Radio stations (like KREK I now part-time for) take three pair of them for "remotes". I'm not "on-air talent", but they do the job for them. They still "thump" pretty good at 100 feet.

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                • #9
                  Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

                  Originally posted by philiparcario View Post
                  I would ask the pe members to list their favorite powered monitors.

                  no restriction except they must be powered.

                  I suspect that Genelec's 8260A is a very good monitor, but have not had the opportunity to listen to a pair of those.

                  It has a shallow waveguide loaded coax tweeter/midrange with well smoothed transitions for minimized diffraction, crossed to a 10 inch woofer, in a DSP filtered active 3-way tri-amp'd monitor, for ~$5k each.

                  No hokus poke-us in this one...

                  http://www.genelecusa.com/products/3...onitors/8260a/

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                  of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
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                  A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
                  (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

                    I love what you did with the Focal stuff.

                    These turned out exceptionally well for me. The Engineers at the studio love them. (Of course, I "borrowed" Behringer amps and crossovers to drive them with :D)



                    Click here for Jeff Bagby's Loudspeaker Design Software

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                    • #11
                      http://www.adam-audio.com/en/pro-audio/products
                      No matter where you go, there you are.
                      Website

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                      • #12
                        Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

                        I second the Genelecs and Jeff Bagby's MTM design. You just know they'll rock. :D

                        To add some...

                        These PMCs:
                        http://www.pmc-speakers.com/product....d=15&show=spec

                        These ATCs:
                        http://www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk/scm300at.php

                        These Grimm LS1s:
                        http://www.grimmaudio.com/pro_loudspeakers_ls1.htm


                        what, who said monitors = 2-way 2-driver 10" tall bookshelves?
                        :blues: Flat frequency response, a smooth sound power response free of resonance, careful driver-integration, and high dynamic range both upward and downward :blues:

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                        • #13
                          Re: Asking for opinions for the best powered monitors in the world

                          Originally posted by ridikas View Post
                          The two models that Behringer offers are very good, especially for the rice. They are the B2030A and the B2031A.

                          The only problem is the driver configuration. The B2030A uses a 6.75" mid-woofer and a 0.75" tweeter and the B2031A uses a 1" tweeter with an 8" mid-woofer. What is the problem? Off-axis response. If Behringer used the 1" tweeter with the 6.75" woofer (and crossed over much lower, let's say 1.8kHz), it would be one killer deal. As they are now, both designs slightly fall apart in the midrange if listened to off-axis.

                          http://www.zaphaudio.com/temp/B2031P...5-30-45-60.gif
                          Are we reading the same chart? This speaker has excellent directivity characteristics.

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