M-Audio is by far my favorite creators of studio monitor speakers. If anybody ever asks me which kind of monitors they should buy, especially if they’re new to the speaker game, I appoint them to M-Audio. We saw Akai recently come out with very powerful studio monitors, their RPM500 and RPM800. However, M-Audio has some crafty monitors out that can give them a run for their money, especially in terms of price (they also give you pairs). The M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 is one of my favorite pairs out there in terms of price and capabilities. And it’s only at $150 retail (we’ve seen it as low as $120 on some channels).
Alesis equipment has been a huge player in the game of musical instruments for quite some time now. I’ve always been especially fond of the stability of their gear. The Elevate 5 studio monitor speakers are very solid in terms of bang-for-your-buck price as well as some solid features and specs. This pair of speakers has received some great reviews around the net, so let’s check out what they’re made of.
As seen in our review of the Akai RPM500, their studio monitors can pack a powerful punch. I truly feel these can compete with M-Audio, Mackie and JBL in terms of accurate sounding and spec-loaded studio monitor speakers. The only obstacle we’ve really seen is the price (as they don’t come in a pair so multiply that by two for a setup). The Akai RPM800 bring a lot to the table of audio listening. Let’s check out the main features and specs.
So Akai has decided to bring forth some studio monitors — their new series of the RPM500 and RPM800. The only difference between the two, which we’ll highlight in more detail later, is the increased frequency range and wattage in the 800. In our opinion, these are pretty solid studio monitors and worth looking at. I have been so happy with Akai for the past 10-15 years in my experience of the music instrument category that it’s hard to say no to anything they make.