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#2328918 - Today at 05:18 AM Studio monitors for a digital piano
diegopefm Offline
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Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 1
Loc: Spain
Hello all, Iím new to the forum and I write here to ask a question about my digital piano studio monitors. My piano is a Korg PA588 and last year Iíve bought a pair of active studio monitors called ESI Near05


but as I donít know much about sound Iím not sure it was a good buy, because I love pure crystal sound and Iím not very convinced with the resulting Near05 sound, the sound is kinda compressed. Now Iíve bought virtual piano Ivory II ďAmerican Concert DĒ and cannot appreciate the same brilliant sound in the monitors as in my Sony headphones.

Now checking my monitors specifications Iíve noticed that the frequency response is 60Hz - 20kHz while many others have a higher frequency response, like ESI Near08


which have a frequency response of 40Hz - 24kHz, so I ask is it possible that this difference in frequency response between mine and Near08 (for example) is really significant and make a big difference in sound quality as to make it worth to try to sell mine and buy others? (cannot spend much money right now)

Any comments will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


Edited by diegopefm (Today at 07:34 AM)
To understand what is recursivity you first have to understand what is recursivity.

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#2328944 - Today at 09:16 AM Re: Studio monitors for a digital piano [Re: diegopefm]
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Those sorts of specifications (60Hz - 20kHz) are really not very useful on their own. In any case, we can only hear up to 20kHz at the very most - if you are an adult, especially a musician who has been subjected to a lot of high decibels, you probably won't hear anything much above 8 or 10 kHz.

What is more important is the spectrum of sound within those limits. Your speakers look OK but perhaps not adequate to represent the sound of real instruments such as piano, giving the full range and depth of sound.

We find headphones - ones of good quality, costing in the 80 - 250 euro range, say, very good at representing digital pianos - far better than speakers of a similar cost.

I'm quite happy with these Yamaha monitors, which should be better than yours. Even so, I am aware that the sound range is limited and the speakers are great as a reference for other sound systems (that is what reference monitors are supposed to do, anyway)


To get the sound you want, maybe you simply need to get larger, better designed, and consequently, more expensive speakers.

There are lots on the market - KRK, Yamaha, EV, JBL are a few names among very many. I think Behringer do well regarded monitors (their Truth range), too. Check those out, maybe.

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#2328976 - 23 minutes 56 seconds ago Re: Studio monitors for a digital piano [Re: diegopefm]
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Registered: 08/02/09
Posts: 476
The ESI NEAR 08 will have bass response , ESI NEAR 05 do not. But the two share the same tweeter and electronics so the over all sound will be similar. The 8" will probably not sound compressed though like the 5" as the 8" will have much better dynamics.
Toddy is correct to point you in the direction of the yamaha speakers if you are looking for a quality monitor.

#2328978 - 12 minutes 55 seconds ago Re: Studio monitors for a digital piano [Re: diegopefm]
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 1861
Loc: Pennsylvania
I would suggest you try to get something from a local store where you can return them without incurring a cost for doing so.

Trying to find monitors to match the sound you get with headphones is basically not possible so if you start down that road get ready for disappointment and cost.

Good Luck

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