6 Studio Monitors for Home Recording

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A good pair of studio monitors is an essential gear to have it in your home recording studio to ensure you hear uncolored, realistic audio signals in order to enable you to craft a good mix. It is important that the speakers you pick up let you hear your recording with details. To get your final mix the way you want, you need to hear the audio tracks accurately to help you make decisions to adjust cut or boost certain frequency ranges according to what you are planning to achieve. Studio monitors are designed to reproduce audio signals that are as flat as possible across the audible frequency spectrum.  Good monitors will reproduce sound without giving emphasis to any particular frequency over others, no matter what volume level you play the tracks. 

The major difference of studio monitors from the consumer-market home audio speakers is that it does not artificially add bigger bass and brighter highs to make it feel bigger and brighter than it actually is.  There are a number of deciding factors to consider before you choose a good pair of monitors for your home recording setup. Size, drivers -2 way / 3way (woofer, midrange, tweeter), power – wattage, frequency rage, circuitry, cabinets, total harmonic distortion (THD) are some of the aspects you would look at before you decide. However, on a broader spectrum there are two type of monitors – powered and unpowered. Powered or Active studio monitors has in-built amplifiers that drive the speakers. By far active monitors are the popular choice for home or project studios as this eliminates the need of an external amplifier. Unpowered or Passive monitors do not have built-in amplifiers and it requires external power amplifier to drive the speakers. Studio monitors often has a compact design and meant for close distance listening configuration.  Using a compact design and relatively small speakers, near-field monitors are good for most studio applications as they allow to primarily hear the sound coming directly from the speakers, rather than sound that reflects off the walls and ceiling. 

Popular Studio Monitors 

One important thing to do is to experience, take expert opinions, read reviews before you choose your studio monitors apt for you home recording studio. Nothing can substitute careful and critical listening. The ideal monitor varies from application to application and person to person. A good monitor is the one you can trust, and help your ears to pick up accurate and details audio and does not cause listening fatigue. The kind of recording you produce is in a way the primary deciding factor as it may vary from vocal and acoustic guitar to 7.1 channel cinema sound. Assuming that you are going to record multi-track music audio, below are some of the popular choices of near-field monitors for home recording that may suite your budget. 

JBL LSR305

Delivering professional performance at most affordable price points, 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors are first to incorporate JBL’s exciting new technology, the Image Control Waveguide. In conjunction with 3 Series high-performance transducers and system components, the Image Control Waveguide lets you hear detail and depth in recordings as you've never heard before.

The LSR305 is a Bi-amplified Studio Monitor with Magnetically-Shielded 5” Low Frequency Transducer and 1” Soft-Dome High Frequency Transducer and Image Control Wave Guide. Class-D 41 Watt RMS Amplifier for LF, and 41 Watt RMS Amplifier for HF. Balanced XLR and ¼” TRS Inputs with Detented Level Control, HF and LF Trim Controls.

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5"

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Soft Dome

LF Driver Power Amp

41W

HF Driver Power Amp

41W

Total Power

82W

Frequency Range

43Hz-24kHz

Crossover Frequency

1725Hz

Maximum Peak SPL

108 dB

Input Types

1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS

Enclosure Type

Ported

Height

11.75"

Width

7.28"

Depth

9.88"

Weight

10.12 lbs.

 

KRK ROKIT 5 G3

KRK Studio Monitors have been the professional’s choice of recording engineers and artists for mixing and mastering hit records around the globe, as they need to hear every nuance of the audio being reproduced. KRK ROKIT Generation 3 monitors continue in this design philosophy, so regardless of your musical style, genre, or particular mixing needs, KRK Rokits deliver.

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5"

LF Driver Type

Cone

LF Driver Material

Kevlar/Aramid

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Dome

HF Driver Material

Soft

LF Driver Power Amp

30W

HF Driver Power Amp

20W

Total Power

50W

Frequency Range

45Hz-35kHz

Maximum Peak SPL

106 dB

Input Types

1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x RCA

Enclosure Type

Front-ported

Height

11.2"

Width

7.4"

Depth

9.7"

Weight

17 lbs.

 

Yamaha HS5

The white HS5 Powered Studio Monitor from Yamaha is a 2-way reference speaker that is designed for mixing and monitoring in your home or studio. Equipped with a 70W bi-amplification system that powers a 5" woofer and a 1" tweeter, the HS5 is designed to offer maximum headroom, minimal distortion, and an extended response up to 30kHz. The HS5 has both an XLR and 1/4" TRS input that accept either balanced or unbalanced signals for maximum flexibility in a variety of studio setups.

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5"

LF Driver Type

Cone

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Dome

LF Driver Power Amp

45W

HF Driver Power Amp

25W

Total Power

70W

Frequency Range

54Hz-30kHz

Crossover Frequency

2kHz

Input Types

1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (TS)

Enclosure Type

Ported

Height

11.2"

Width

6.7"

Depth

8.7"

Weight

11.7 lbs.

 

Mackie MR6mk3

The MR6mk3 Studio Monitor from Mackie is a powered 6.5" 2-way reference speaker that is designed for mixing and monitoring in your home or project studio. It features an enhanced waveguide system that aims to minimize reflections and diffractions for a wider sweet spot, plus a custom-tuned rear port to help ensure an even bass response.  The speaker is equipped with matched amps and drivers for an optimized 65W class A/B bi-amplified system. It also has a two-level bass boost along with a high boost and cut control. These settings can be adjusted to customize the tuning of the speaker to compensate for acoustical deficiencies that may be present in your monitoring environment.

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

6.5"

LF Driver Type

Cone

LF Driver Material

Polypropylene

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Dome

HF Driver Material

Silk

LF Driver Power Amp

40W

HF Driver Power Amp

25W

Total Power

65W

Frequency Range

46Hz-20kHz

Crossover Frequency

3.25kHz

Maximum Peak SPL

111 dB

Input Types

1 x RCA, 1 x TRS, 1 x XLR

Enclosure Type

Ported

Height

12.7"

Width

8.7"

Depth

12"

Weight

15.9 lbs.

 

PreSonus Eris E5

PreSonus Eris E5 active studio monitors give you the premium sound option that you need without taking up the space that you don't have. These are real studio monitors that give you a very accurate response with a tight bass and extremely clear upper end. These biamped speakers can be adjusted into the acoustic space, an important feature not usually found in a small, reasonably priced studio monitor. The E5 begins with a front-ported enclosure made of vinyl-laminated MDF. It features a 5.25" Kevlar low-frequency driver mated with a 45W, Class AB amplifier. For the highs, Eris employs a 1" silk-dome tweeter powered by a 35W, Class AB amplifier. The E5 outputs a clean 102 dB peak SPL. Its frequency response is rated at 64Hz to 22kHz.

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5"

LF Driver Type

Cone

LF Driver Material

Kevlar

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Dome

HF Driver Material

Silk

LF Driver Power Amp

45W

HF Driver Power Amp

35W

Total Power

80W

Frequency Range

53Hz-22kHz

Crossover Frequency

3kHz

Maximum Peak SPL

102 dB

Input Types

1 x 1/4" (XLR), 1 x RCA (Unbalanced)

Enclosure Type

Ported

Height

10.24"

Width

7"

Depth

7.68"

Weight

10.2 lbs.

 

M-Audio BX5

Whether you’re recording, mixing, or mastering, your monitors are your primary reference source. Accurate monitors let you hear exactly what’s happening in your mixes—and give you the assurance that your music will translate well to other listening environments. The M-Audio BX5 D2 monitors leverage a decade of monitor engineering expertise to deliver exceptional transparency and sonic definition—allowing you to enjoy marathon mixing sessions with minimal listening fatigue.

 

SPECS

Powered

Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5"

LF Driver Type

Cone

LF Driver Material

Kevlar

HF Driver Size

1"

HF Driver Type

Dome

HF Driver Material

Silk

LF Driver Power Amp

40W

HF Driver Power Amp

30W

Total Power

70W

Frequency Range

57Hz-22kHz

Crossover Frequency

3kHz

Input Types

1 x XLR, 1 x TRS

Enclosure Type

Ported

Height

9.87"

Width

6.5"

Depth

8.75"

Comparison Chart

 
 

JBL LSR305

KRK ROKIT 5 G3

Yamaha HS5

Mackie MR6mk3

PreSonus Eris E5

M-Audio BX5

Powered

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Power Configuration

Bi-amped Bi-amped Bi-amped Bi-amped Bi-amped Bi-amped

LF Driver Size

5" 5" 5" 6.5" 5" 5"

LF Driver Type

  Cone Cone Cone Cone Cone

HF Driver Size

1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"

HF Driver Type

Soft Dome Dome Dome Dome Dome Dome

LF Driver Power Amp

41W 30W 45W 40W 45W 40W

HF Driver Power Amp

41W 20W 25W 25W 35W 30W

Total Power

82W 50W 70W 65W 80W 70W

Frequency Range

43Hz-24kHz 45Hz-35kHz 54Hz-30kHz 46Hz-20kHz 53Hz-22kHz 57Hz-22kHz

Crossover Frequency

1725Hz   2kHz 3.25kHz 3kHz 3kHz

Maximum Peak SPL

108 dB 106 dB   111 dB 102 dB  

Input Types

1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x RCA 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (TS) 1 x RCA, 1 x TRS, 1 x XLR 1 x 1/4" (XLR), 1 x RCA (Unbalanced) 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS

Enclosure Type

Ported Front-ported Ported Ported Ported Ported

Height

11.75" 11.2" 11.2" 12.7" 10.24" 9.87"

Width

7.28" 7.4" 6.7" 8.7" 7" 6.5"

Depth

9.88" 9.7" 8.7" 12" 7.68" 8.75"

Weight

10.12 lbs. 17 lbs. 11.7 lbs. 15.9 lbs. 10.2 lbs.  

Approx Price 

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