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).