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These speakers are able to deliver sound that is pure, flat, and balanced. On its out of the box, flat setting, the HS5 reproduces music without any coloration whatsoever. While this may not be ideal for music enjoyment, this is crucial when you are trying to get your audio mix right. The HS5 features updated transducers and slightly bigger tweeters compared to the old HS50m studio monitors. This results in improved frequency response and increased sound resolution. With these monitors, you will be able to hear every detail of the song that you are mixing. Also contributing to these speakers’ amazing clarity is the bi-amp setup, where there is an amplifier dedicated for the woofer and another one for the tweeter. This eliminates sound distortion, even at high volume levels. See More
The HS5 is versatile in terms of the input signals that it can accept. This is because the speaker gives users the option to choose from 2 different input types: XLR and TRS. Both these connections accept balanced and unbalanced signals. You can use these speakers with DACs, audio interfaces, receivers, mixers, and computers. See More
Do check if you are paying for a single speaker or a 2-speaker bundle. If this is your first time buying studio monitors, then you might think that the price is for 2 speakers. However, this HS5, as many other studio monitors, is usually sold per piece. This effectively doubles the list price for a 2 channel system. See More
You can reduce the HS5’s output using the Room Control switch on the back of each speaker. You can choose to cut -2dB or -4dB from the overall volume. This is very useful when the speaker is placed near a wall as this will help to minimize sound reflections and help to maintain a flat and even sound. See More
You can adjust the speakers’ volume level in accordance to your room setup with the Room Control switch
It is recommended to have a room that is optimally set up for music listening/monitoring if you want to get the most out of these speakers. For example, if you have a listening space that is quite small with a lot of flat and hard surfaces for the sound to reflect off of, then you can have problems like unnatural and lean sounding bass. Thick curtains, bass traps, and other sound absorption solutions can help you get the flat and accurate sound reproduction that these monitors are known for. See More
You can choose to adjust the tweeter output of the HS5 using the High Trim switch on the back of each speaker. You can boost the output up +2dB for louder and more piercing highs or you can reduce the highs -2dB for a more mid and bass focused sound signature. See More
The HS5 comes in what is considered a sweet spot in terms of size as they are not that bulky. This makes them ideal for medium sized rooms, but these are compact enough that they can be used in tighter setups. However, these speakers are able to produce sound that is noticeably better than smaller studio monitors. If you have a small to medium sized room, these speakers can adequately fill the space with high fidelity sound. If you have a really large room, then full sized studio monitors may be the better fit. See More
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In its flat setting, the Rokit 5 produces highs that are clean and crisp. These speakers also produce bass that is impactful and very well defined. These sound characteristics are achieved through the use of a 5 inch glass-aramid composite woofer along with a 1 inch-soft dome tweeter. The sound output of these speakers is consistent throughout the wide volume range thanks to the use of a bi-amped system where one amplifier is dedicated to the woofer, and another one is used for the tweeter. See More
You will need to pay extra attention to the setup of the space that you will be using these speakers in. You can place these speakers closer to a wall without too much bass reflections thanks to the front port design. However you will still need to consider adding sound insulation on key areas of your room like on the walls, floors, and ceilings to bring out optimal accuracy from these speakers. See More
These speakers’ highs are very clear with little to no distortion and do not come off as sibilant. These speakers are able to deliver a great reproduction of high frequencies thanks to the use of KRK’s proprietary waveguide technology which optimally directs sound to the listener’s ear. Not only does this result in clarity but also allows for accurate imaging of the sound. See More
Bass frequencies may be exaggerated because of the front bass port design. This is definitely not ideal if you are really after a flat sound. This can be mitigated by using the low frequency adjustment knob at the back of each speaker. See More
If you feel that the highs are not to your liking, then it is possible for you to either boost or reduce highs using the high frequency knob adjustment on the back. You get the option to reduce the highs -2dB lower or increase the said frequencies up +1dB. See More
It is possible for the Rokit 5 to work with computers, audio interfaces, smartphones, and a wide variety of other audio sources. This is due to the 3 input options on each Rokit 5 speaker which include an unbalanced RCA, balanced TRS, and balanced XLR connections. See More
The bass that the Rokit 5 produces is not lacking in any way. Low frequencies sound full and have a lot of power without sounding muddy. Bass delivery is clean and direct thanks to the front bass port design of these speakers which minimize the bass reflection problems that most rear ported studio monitors have. See More
What makes the MR8 a great choice for a studio monitor is that this speaker is able to deliver truly accurate sound ideal for music production. At its flat setting the bass is tight and punchy without much boom. The mids are full and precise while the highs are crisp and airy without being too sharp. This sound is achieved thanks to the speaker’s 8-inch woofer which is able to provide great bass and mids output, as well as higher volumes without distortion or hiss. This large woofer is complemented by the 1-inch silk dome tweeter for accurate and natural reproduction of the higher frequencies. Audio accuracy is further achieved thanks to the monitor’s amps being matched to the drivers used. See More
This studio monitor may not be the best option if you have a small room or a small desk. The 8-inch woofer of the MR8 requires a large cabinet design to house it, which means that this studio monitor will take up a lot of desk space. You will definitely want to use this with a large desk or a much better option would be for you to use speaker stands. See More
This studio monitor is capable of producing clear instrument separation and imaging. For example, crash and ride cymbals can come off from the far left or far right of your listening space, as if you were sitting in front of the drums. This is thanks to Mackie’s proprietary waveguide design which allows for efficient soundwave travel from the tweeters to the listener’s ear. See More
If you place this studio monitor with the rear near a wall, it may result in bass reflections due to the rear bass ports. This can cause you to hear too much or too little bass. Either way, this is bad for mixing. You may want to consider a 1 to 2 feet distance from the rear of the monitor and the wall. Also, you can add bass traps and other sound absorption solutions behind the speaker to minimize bass reflections and achieve optimal sound accuracy. See More
Lower frequencies can be quite difficult to tame, but the MR8 can provide bass that is balanced yet impactful and fast without sounding loose or floppy. This is achieved by the use of custom tuned bass port situated in the rear of the monitor. See More
With this studio monitor, you also have the option to boost the highs for enhanced detail and sparkle to the sound or lower the highs output to get a sound that is flatter, with more emphasis on the mids. This can be adjusted according to your preference via the High Boost/Cut Filter switch that can also be found on the rear of the monitor. See More
This studio monitor’s bass out can be increased up a notch or two, which will give you more powerful bass, resulting in more thump and boom from the woofer. This option gives the MR8 the extra versatility to be used as a multimedia speaker as, for example, explosions in movies can have a lot of oomph and rumble. This can be toggled by the Low Frequency Filter switch in the back. See More
You can easily use this studio monitor with a number of audio sources including computers, audio interfaces, audio receivers, and mixers due to the three input options this monitor has. This includes balanced TRS and XLR inputs as well as an unbalanced RCA input. See More
These speakers are able to produce a nice and smooth sound despite being quite small in size. There is an emphasis on the higher frequencies and the bass can sound full. Imaging is forward with a lot of detail. This sound is achieved by the use of three-inch polypropylene-coated, high-temperature voice coil woofers for the low and mid frequencies and a 1-inch silk cone tweeter for the highs. Overall, the sound is clearly a cut above the multimedia speakers that are within the AV32’s price range. See More
You can definitely crank these speakers up to max in order to get extra volume. However, do expect some audible distortion at high volume levels. If you prefer loud volumes for listening or mixing, then bigger studio monitors will suit your needs better. See More
These speakers deliver optimal high frequency detail and clarity to the listener. This is due to M-Audio’s use of their proprietary waveguide design which allows for efficient travel of the high frequencies to the listener’s ears. This tech is further supported by the use of highly flexible silk cones on the tweeters which further reduce the restriction of the sound being produced. See More
The volume output of these speakers is not that high, which can also be attributed to these speakers’ small size. While these are perfectly usable for close audio monitoring, this may not be a good option if you want your studio monitors to fill the room with great sound. See More
The AV32 can fit in virtually all studio setups thanks to its truly compact size. It's true even if you have a rather small and cramped desk. This feat is achieved via a simple and small cabinet that houses the 3-inch speaker and 1-inch tweeter combo. See More
Some may find the bass output of these speakers to be a bit lacking. The small 3 inch woofers can only deliver so much bass and while the output may be enough in small rooms, the bass can leave a lot to be desired in larger rooms. See More
You may find this speaker very convenient to use if you also tend to listen to music on your headphones. There is a 1/8” headphone out jack which will channel the sound output to the connected headphones instead of the speakers. For added sound control, you can also adjust the volume of your headphones using the volume knob on the speakers. See More
You can easily integrate these speakers into your current audio chain. These speakers offer RCA inputs at the back as well as 1/8” input in front. This makes the AV32 compatible with DACs, audio receivers, and even smartphones and mobile music players. See More
These speakers are very attainable price-wise. These are positioned as entry-level studio monitors with prices that are not too far off from most multi-media speakers available on the market. This makes high quality, pro-level audio monitoring speakers within relatively easy reach, and should fit many budding audio enthusiast’s budgets. See More
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