Don't take anyone's opinion on this... Go to your local music store if you live in a big city. They will have a room full of monitors. You can give them a CD with familiar tunes and listen to all of them.
You have to try before you buy with speakers. At least buy used as a starting set
Ascend, I think, makes the best speakers under 300. Everybody doing comparisons with them and they always come out on top for resolution and detail. Just add a woofer since you will need a subwoofer anyway. The Arx is also good at 300$ per pair.
Went to BestBuy yesterday and listened to all of the speakers there using that interface widget. Played Bob Dylan acoustic songs which should have been "easy" but all the speakers sounded raspy and boxy.
raspy: instead of a smooth sounding voice, singer sounds like he has a sore throat
boxy: instead of the singer sounding like he's in a large open space, the speaker makes it sound as if the singer is singing out of a toilet stall
all shit speakers have these key features; the raspy feature is due to a low quality woofer; the boxy quality is due to poor tuning of the cabinet, poor phase control of the drivers, or just shitty drivers
Why is everyone only caring about woofer size and cabinet space size? These are two specs that mean almost nothing independently. You can go to almost any thrift store and buy 15-inch woofers and put them into a massive box, it doesn't mean its going to sound good.
Get a pair of Chane A1rx-c for $300. They have a ribbon tweeter which is usually only found in very high end audio setups so people will think you spent thousands on it. I don't know or care how they sound. Just tell people you dropped $2000 on them and they'll start thinking it sounds real good.
Sound quality wise, no. A 4'' woofer can sound just as good as a 15'' woofer. Unless you live in a nightclub or stadium, a 4'' woofer is going to be plenty loud above 60-80hz. In a home environment, you're much better off just getting a subwoofer than full range speakers.
The cabinet size has to be of sufficient size. I'm just commenting on the people ITT implying that the bigger the size, the better. Not true, it has to be tuned. You can't just build a bigger, huger box for a speaker and think its going to automatically sound better. And vice versa a lot of consumer speakers are designed to save space but are too small to sound good.
Take for example this guy >>52699950. Unless you're an audio engineer and know the math that goes into speaker cabinet design, and at the same time also a carpenter than can construct a high quality boxes, you're going to get terrible results no matter how big your box is.
What does stereo have to do this? And 50hz is easily possible for 4-6'' woofers if they are good quality with high excursion. Thing is, you're much better off getting a nice 12-15'' subwoofer to play below 60-80hz, and above that 4'' woofers are more than capable. Its about design and build quality, whether your woofers are 4'' or 8'' means very little 80+hz. Same with tweeters, no one cares about the physical surface area of their tweeter, because the size is usually already sufficient.
yep, there's a lot of shitty speakers out there with the cabinet not properly tuned to the drivers -- usually the garbage sold by non-magnolia BestBuy
the material used for the cabinet, and the stuffing, also produces weird resonances when done poorly
and people seldom assess the midrange driver/s -- the amount of displacement of the solenoid and the flexibility of the surround and the resilience of the cone material -- all these things affect the output fidelity
Maudio BX5 is great for the price, but mine crapped out after about 5 years. Not terrible, but frustrating. I was gonna get a pair of Focal Alpha 50s to replace them, but they seemed even less reliable. Ended up going for the Yamaha HS8, and I'm reasonably happy with them. I don't think they're as flat as the HS5 or even the BX5, but I'm not really producing anymore, so it's nice for general non-critical listening.
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