I've been dipping my toe in the home recording thing recently. One lesson I've learned—and I think it's good one—is that if you want to sound good, get a decent set of monitors. So, I'm starting to shop around. Any thoughts on a decent set for a rank beginner? I don't have a price point in mind, but I do want to stay in the budget/value end of the spectrum.
FYI. I use a Roland Rubix 22 for an interface and an iMac for my DAW software. Not sure if it's relevant to my question, but I may as include it.
So is JBL--who offers a few models of really nice powered monitors with a flat response.
Don't waste your money on KRK (e.g., Rokit monitors) brand. They are popular and you see them all over the place, and they look cool with the yellow speakers, but they are really crap (cheep cheep components and crap assembly). I've had a few appear on my bench needing repair, and having seen under their petticoats, they are not good quality and overpriced for what they are.
The only redeeming value they have (for me) is this:
As always, your own mileage may vary.
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I can add: For me when I did the side by side comparisons I quickly realized the difference and knew I wanted the Yamaha monitors. I also quickly realized the Yamaha monitors were going to run me about $750.00 at the major retailers.
I did not buy them, because I simply did not have the $$$ to spend on them right then. I waited and shopped.
I ended up saving my $$$ and I eventually purchased a pair on eBay at a substantial discount. They were an *open-box* deal or something like that, but were considered new. I received them, they appear new and they function perfectly.