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Top 10 Best Studio Monitor Speakers

Where music production is concerned, you cannot just use any type of speakers and expect to hear all the minute details that are so vitally important when making producing great quality music.

You need the best studio monitor speakers in order to get an accurate reproduction of tonal qualities from the audio source. Here are 10 of the best models that will get you hearing and creating better music.


KRK
Rokit 5 Gen. 3

Mackie
Creative

JBL
LSR305

Presonus
Eris E4.5

Behringer
MS16





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Available AsSingle / PairPairSingle / PairPairPair
EnclosureMDF with Black Vinyl FinishAll-Wood Cabinet DesignN/AVinyl-Laminated, Medium-Density FiberboardN/A
LF Driver5" Aramid Glass Composite woofer3" or 4" Polypropylene-Coated Woofer127 mm (5")4.5" Kevlar®4"
HF Driver1" soft dome tweeter0.75″ ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeter25 mm (1") 1” silk dome1.5" high-resolution tweeters
Freq. Response45Hz - 35kHz (+/- 2 dB)
  • 3" - 80Hz - 20kHz
  • 4" - 70Hz - 20kHz
  • 43Hz - 24kHz70Hz - 20kHz80Hz - 20kHz
    Max. Peak SPL106 dBN/A108 dB 100 dB N/A
    Power Output50W50WN/AN/A16W
    Impedance10 k ohm balancedN/AN/A10 kN/A
    User Controls
  • Volume Range (-30dB - +6dB)
  • LF Level Adjust (-2dB, -1dB, 0, +1dB)
  • HF Level Adjust (-2dB, -1dB, 0, +1dB)
  • Powered Speaker Position
  • Front Panel Volume Knob
  • LF Level Adjust (+2 dB, 0, -2 dB)
  • HF Level Adjust (+2 dB, 0, -2 dB)
  • Volume Range (A-type taper)
  • MF Level Adjust (variable -6 to +6 dB)
  • HF Level Adjust (variable -6 to +6 dB)
  • Low-Cut (flat, 80 Hz, 100 Hz)
  • Acoustic Space (flat, -2 dB, -4 dB)
  • Highpass Filter (Off, 80 Hz, 100 Hz)
  • Volume Control
  • Bass
  • Treble
  • Connections
  • Unbalanced RCA
  • Balanced 1/4" TRS
  • Balanced XLR
  • Auxiliary
  • Headphone Out
  • L/R TRS (BAL/UNBAL)
  • L/R RCA (UNBAL)
  • Passive Speaker Output
  • XLR
  • TRS Balanced
  • Stereo 1/8"
  • 2 x Balanced ¼” TRS
  • 2 x Unbalanced RCA
  • 1/8" TRS headphone connector with auto-mute loudspeaker function
  • Stereo RCA
  • Additional Features
  • Proprietary waveguide optimized for superior imaging
  • Lightweight, glass-Aramid composite woofer delivers clear midrange and tight bass
  • Front Firing Port - Low-frequency extension while reducing boundary coupling
  • Radiused edges reduce distortion from diffraction
  • Low-resonance enclosure for minimized distortion and colorization
  • Factory installed foam pad provides isolation between the speaker and surface
  • Left/right speaker placement switch allows you to decide what side of your workspace has the volume control and the power
  • Front-facing controls
  • The lit power ring will let you know monitors are ready to go
  • Includes two professional-grade isolation pads that minimize unwanted bass buildup and allow you to tilt the monitors up or down for more focused listening
  • Includes 1/8” stereo RCA cable, a 1/8” to 1/8” cable (for smartphone connection) and a 6’ speaker-to-speaker cable to connect the left/right speakers together
  • JBL’s Patented Slip Stream™ low frequency port design
  • The -10 dB/+4 dB sensitivity switch ensures compatibility with a broad range of signal sources
  • Tested to play continually at full output for 100 hours without failure
  • Front-firing acoustic port for superior bass-frequency reproduction
  • Optimized, resonance-suppressing internal bracing
  • Amplifier “soft start” feature eliminates popping on power-up
  • RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient, and subsonic protection
  • Magnetically shielded for placement near computer monitors
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • 3-Year Warranty program
  • Dimensions230 x 185 x 282mm
  • CR3 - 8.5" x 15.3" x 11.5"
  • CR4 - 9.8" x 12.5" x 16.8"
  • 298 x 238 x 251 m241 x 180 x 163mm15.4" x 7.2" x 11.3"
    Weight6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)
  • CR3 - 6 lbs
  • CR4 - 7 lbs
  • 4.6 kg (10.12 lbs)5.9 kg (13 lbs)12 lbs
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    M-Audio
    Studiophile AV40

    Presonus
    Eris E8

    Alesis
    Elevate 5

    Behringer
    MS40

    Alesis
    M1 Active 320





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    Available AsPairSinglePairPairPair
    EnclosureVinyl-Laminated MDFN/AHigh-Density WoodN/AN/A
    LF Driver4" diameter, polypropylene-coated, magnetically shielded with high-temperature voice coil8" Kevlar 5"4.75"3” lightweight, magnetically-shielded
    HF Driver1" diameter, magnetically shielded silk cone tweeter1.25" silk dome 1" silk dome2.5" high res tweeters1” silk dome
    Freq. Response85Hz - 20kHz35Hz - 22kHz 55Hz - 20kHz50Hz - 25kHz80Hz - 20kHz
    Max. Peak SPL101.5 dB105 dBN/AN/AN/A
    Power Output80W75W (LF) / 65W (HF)40W (continuous) / 120W (max)2 x 20W10W per channel RMS
    Impedance10 k ohms unbalanced / 20 k ohms balancedN/AN/AN/AN/A
    User Controls
  • Volume Control
  • Input Gain
  • Mid/High
  • Low Cutoff
  • Acoustic Space
  • Volume Control
  • Bass Boost
  • Volume Controls (Line 1/Digital & Line 2)
  • Bass
  • Treble
  • Volume Control
  • Connections
  • Left and right RCA line
  • Left and right 1/4" TRS
  • 1/8" aux
  • 1- balanced XLR
  • 1- balanced 1/4" TRS
  • 1- unbalanced RCA
  • 3.5mm jack stereo output
  • RCA
  • 6.35mm jack input
  • 3.5mm jack stereo output
  • Optical
  • Coaxial
  • Stereo TRS & RCA
  • Left and right RCA line
  • Two 1/4” phone jacks
  • Stereo 1/8” TRS mini-jack input
  • Additional Features
  • Proprietary OptImage wave guide technology to deliver superior clarity and detail
  • Precision-engineered crossover ensures that the sound emanating from the low-frequency driver will blend seamlessly with the sound from the high-frequency driver
  • Professional adjustments fit the monitors to your studio and application
  • Automatic protection from RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, transient and infrasonics
  • Optimized, resonance suppressing internal bracing
  • Magnetic shielding minimizes interference with displays, TVs and other electronic equipment
  • Built-in power supply that works worldwide
  • Elliptical waveguides minimize reflection and widen the listening area
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion
  • Ultra-high resolution 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters for an incredible dynamic range
  • Magnetically shielded for placement near computer monitors
  • Powerful woofers and tweeters provide ultra-linear frequency response
  • 3 year warranty
  • USB 1.1 audio interface
  • Play audio from your computer and record audio coming into the speaker to your computer
  • A Bass Boost switch helps emphasize bass frequencies
  • Magnetically shielded for placement near TV and computer monitors
  • Dimensions222 x 152 x 184mm9.84" x 11.77" x 15.12" 22.1" x 18.4" x 26.9"11" X 6.8" X 9.6"5" x 6.5" x 7.37"
    Weight6.34 kg (14 lbs)22 lbs5.7kgN/A11 lbs
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    • LF Driver – The woofer or subwoofer is used to reproduce low frequencies (bass) and works in conjunction with the enclosure design to produce suitable low frequencies.
    • HF Driver – The tweeter is the driver that reproducers the highest frequencies in the speakers.
    • Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) – This is the highest output that the studio monitor speakers are able to handle without resulting in distortion or damage.
    • Frequency Range – This is the range of frequencies the headphones can produce from low bass to high pitch frequencies.
    • Impedance – This measures the degree of the speaker’s electrical resistance.
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    Do You Really Need A Pair Of Studio Monitor Speakers?

    One of the most frequent questions asked by aspiring and upcoming music producers is if it’s really necessary to buy a pair of studio monitor speakers, or can you just use a pair of home stereo speakers or headphones? Lewin from Garageband answers this questions the best.

    Mixing On Home Stereo Speakers

    Studio Monitor SpeakersYou can’t really successfully mix properly on a set of home stereo speakers, and yes, if you really want to take mixing seriously, you do need a set of monitors in your home recording studio. There’s really no other way around it.

    So the reason you don’t want to mix on your home stereo is this. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a Sony, Pioneer, JVC, whatever, if you’re mixing on a home stereo system, those speakers, the tuners, everything about them is designed to represent what the engineers at that company want you to hear. So what that means is every speaker company is going to be a little bit different. The tone and EQ shape is going to be different.

    Most of the time, what you’re going to get out of a home stereo speaker is a lot of extended lows and a lot of extended highs. So if you’re someone who’s currently mixing on your home stereo system, and you take it out of your studio and put it in your car or your friend’s speakers, and you suddenly hear that the low end is crazy huge and the high end is totally terrible like really thin, tinny and trashy sounding, that’s because you’re mixing on home stereo speakers.

    Mixing On Studio Monitor Speakers

    Monitors are designed to do a much different thing. They’re designed to give you the flattest, most accurate representation of whatever it is that you may be recording – Guitars, pianos, drums, your voice, whatever.

    Now of course, there are several manufacturers and they all sound a little different and they all have different components. However, they’re all basically trying to do the same thing. So when you get a mix sounding good on a set of studio monitors, then you can take it out of your studio and play it in someone’s car stereo and you don’t have those problems like extended lows or highs because you’re mixing on something that doesn’t have those.

    The above transcript covers only the first few minutes of the below video, so you may want to watch the rest of it where Lewin compares two of the studio monitor speakers that he uses in his home studio.

    If you want to read more in-depth information about all the different elements that make studio monitor speakers, then I recommend that you check this article out.