Alesis music equipment has come out with some very solid studio monitors — their Elevate 6 series. This is an upgrade from their original Elevate 5 studio monitors which received many positive reviews around the net. In the 6 series you are given the choice between either the active or passive studio monitor. The main difference between the two is the obvious passive vs. active comparison in which the active have a built-in amplifier, (we typically recommend for a studio, regardless of home or professional, unless you want to purchase your own separate amplifier that matches up with it’s compliance). This one made our list in our top 10 best studio monitor speakers article. Let’s see more information.
Today we review the best studio monitor speakers for your home, semi-pro or even professional studio, whether you’re on a budget or have saved up a decent chunk of money. Studio monitors are exceptional in terms of sound accuracy, particularly geared towards musicians and producers mixing or mastering tracks. As opposed to typical market speakers by the popular brands we see on TV, most of those either up the bass or treble frequencies or pay less attention to driver detail in order to appeal to the larger market. Monitors battle this by giving you the truest form of sound the artist intended for us to hear, evenly distributing their frequencies among the drivers and providing some powerful amplifiers built-in to their compact size. Let’s review the top 10 best studio monitor speakers available today.
This is the big bertha of M-Audio‘s three-way active studio monitor speakers. The M3-8 are beasts, with crazy tech and specs that truely justify it’s $350 per speaker price. We already saw the capabilities in our M-Audio M3-6 studio monitor review, but if you have the dough for this, you will not be disappointed in terms of speaker power and overall accuracy with every possible frequency of a song. Some argue that mixes stand out when the mids are genuinely tweaked, which are stated to be the centerpeice of the entire song (the vocals). Let’s check this bad boy out.
Although we’ve explained that one of the largest aspects of a home or professional studio is a recording microphone, if you can’t hear what you’re making or listening to accurately, your whole setup is pretty much a dud. We highlight and review the best studio monitors for under $500 and help you decide which reference speakers to use in your music equipment rig. Let’s get into the details.
I will be honest that I was skeptical at first of a studio monitor priced at nearly 5 bills a pair. The wood finish did however catch my eye, and the brand logo of M-Audio music gear always seems to get me going (whether that’s because of conditioning or I’m just a huge fan, probably both!). However, M-Audio never disappoints me when it comes to the build and overall quality of their products, pparticularlystudio monitors as they’re pretty infamous for reference-type of gear. Here we have the M-Audio M3-6 three-way active studio monitor speaker, and we want to take a look at the specs on this one.