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#2318208 - 08/21/14 04:06 PM Speaker/monitor quieries
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I'm looking for speakers for my Kawai MP10. Budget would be under 600 preferably and in terms of size/weight would like to keep them under 11KG (about 24 lbs). I'd want something with a wide sweet spot so not too directional. It would be in a medium sized living room. Would also prefer not to get a subwoofer.

I've already tried out a bunch but haven't quite found an ideal pair. The 2 I thought sounded the best were the Fostex PM841 and Presonus Eris E8 which both also sounded good with software instruments through the laptop. The Fostex were too big and heavy and both were too directional. I noticed with these two that they were both front ported unlike the others I tried (which didn't sound so good). Since the monitors would be placed near a wall I'm wondering if that makes a difference? They were also the biggest and put some vibration through the keys particularly the Fostex.

I'm hoping to settle on the next one and not change them anymore. I was thinking of picking from JBL LSR 305/308 (although there rear ported) Tannoy Reveal 502/802
Or maybe KRK Rokit or VXT. These are all supposed to have a wide sweet spot.

Edited by Enthusiast (08/21/14 04:11 PM)

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#2318415 - Yesterday at 02:47 AM Re: Speaker/monitor quieries [Re: Enthusiast]
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_One_ ElectroVoice ZXA1 is within your budget, and it meets your other specs. It will fill much more than a medium-size living room.

But you'd be giving up stereo sound.

. Charles

#2318416 - Yesterday at 02:51 AM Re: Speaker/monitor quieries [Re: Enthusiast]
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Registered: 05/31/13
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FWIW, I use and like the Tannoy Reveal 502's. Don't know what else to say - so just use this as a data point, I guess!

#2318833 - 20 minutes 46 seconds ago Re: Speaker/monitor quieries [Re: pwl]
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I did think about the EV ZXA1 before but there expensive and very big and heavy as PA speakers tend to be. It seems these type of speakers are better when played at high volume so may not be the best thing for me.

The Tannoy 502 are small and relatively cheap with an advertised wide sweet spot. It's also been described as bright and clear sounding which appeals to me. There have been reports of rather bad hissing though and there's also a lack of controls for tweaking on the back.

I could just compromise on certain things and go back to the Fostex PM841. They probably sounded the best and the sweet spot was not that bad in retrospect. I did like the feeling of key vibration I got with them too.

The slightly smaller PM641 is another one. I read somewhere that in smaller untreated rooms it's better to get something with a smaller woofer so as not to overwhelm with bass. Both these Fostex are 3 way speakers but I'm not sure what advantage that has.

Edited by Enthusiast (16 minutes 21 seconds ago)


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