Hey /g/ I was told this is more of a question for you guys
I know a dude who said he will sell his old setup to me for $500, everything looks pretty damn good, at he takes care of his tech I can't find a scratch, blemish or even dust on any of it
Two HS80M monitors
HS8S 8" Subwoofer
Dr Pro Studio Monitor Stands
Would that be worth 500 bucks? or should I ask him to go to 4
I don't make music, just love listening to it, would the setup be wasted on me? Or is it even a good deal?
Prices according to BHphotovideo.com
HS80M Monitor 1 - $349.99
HS80M Monitor 2 - $349.99
HS8S 8" Subwoofer - $449.99
Dr Pro Studio Monitor Stands - $104.99
Auralex Pads - $49.99
Not too bad even used. I mean you could probably get all that stuff a bit cheaper if you snag it all individually, but still.
I think OP is just trying to get something to plug directly into his computer
Just get a Klipsch promedia 2.1 for like 100 bucks, unless you have an ear for music you wont be able to tell much of a difference between all that and louder stuff.
You don't need any special "magic ears" to hear a difference. It's extremely obvious. Any music will sound far better behind a pair of studio monitors vs crappy computer speakers.
You get diminishing returns after cheap studio monitors.
OP has the chance to get a great quality pair of monitors as well as a subwoofer for only $500 (the MSRP on the HS8 is much much higher). That's a fucking steal, and you're telling him to settle for some shitty klipsch set up (the Miccas are decent at least).
the sub is indeed a pile of garbage. an 8" driver and 150W retailing for $450 is absurd.
the HS80M is a cut above the standard monitor design peddled for the last couple decades, but it's still subpar compared to whats possible today.
a tiny, very shallow waveguide means the woofer is playing up much higher than it should, and cone breakup is already rearing its head down at 500Hz.
the crossover is acoustically 3KHz judging by this FR graph---again, that poor woofer!---which is just about the worst place it could be. the miniwaveguide keeps off-axis crossover suckouts from being nasty, something most "tweeter on a box" designs straight up fail at.
on-axis FR has a 5dB upward tilt between 200Hz and 10K. its meant to correct for the slightly narrowing polar response, but it will give them a bright, overly detailed sound. the omni dispersion means these are definitely nearfield monitors, the closer listened to the better, but this is in conflict with the upward tilt. a curious set of compromises that assumes you will have significant room absorption to make up for the speaker's deficiencies.
there's just not anything here worth $500, especially used, especially when a new JBL LSR308 is $218 on amazon right now. a pair of 308s blow the yamahas out of the water.
(quick rundown of the 308: controlled dispersion waveguide means no room absorption required, can be used farfield unlike nearly any other monitor. on-axis FR is much more behaved. bass extends deeper and lacks the 100Hz boomy hump of the HS80Ms.)