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Speakers

Post by epitome » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:42 am

Any advice from you experts -

I'm looking to get some speakers for a PC that will mainly be used for dabbling with music creation.

I was looking at these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-GigaWo ... +series+ii

But then I wondered if a set of cheap monitors would be better:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Audio-AV32-Re ... r+speakers

Would one of those be better than the other? Are either going to be good enough, or do I need to spend more money? I don't want to spend too much, as I'm very much an amateur anyway, just doing it for a hobby...

Any advice/suggestions, please? :)

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Re: Speakers

Post by mcbpete » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:26 pm

The bottom one (the M-Audio) looks very similar to the one I have, might actually be the same model (or in a slightly different newer casing)!

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If so aye it's good - nothing mindblowing (though reference monitors should never really put a wild sheen on things) but definitely decent enough. I'd avoid the Creative ones, any gaming type speakers tend to have horrible frequency response (boost the bass and top end leaving the middle horrible hollow) and say the bottom are definitely good enough for music work it as a hobby.

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Re: Speakers

Post by epitome » Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:00 pm

Thanks for the info :)

I've been reading about them a bit today - there seem to be pros and cons to both. I do like that the Creatives allow you to adjust the bass and treble on the speakers themselves, and playing around with that might allow me to find a fairly "neutral" sound.

Now I kinda want to get both... But then there's lack of money and lack of desk space (another reason I'm still considering the Creatives, as I think they're a bit smaller)... Oh, decisions, decisions... :)

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Re: Speakers

Post by mcbpete » Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:17 pm

Production monitors (as opposed to speakers) should be calibrated to have that neutral frequency response as standard so I wouldn't worry about that. My M-Audio monitors respond in almost exactly the same way to my AKG-701s (which definitely DO have a flat response) so colouring shouldn't be an issue. The problem with those bass/treble dials is that you have absolutely no idea what frequency, gain or Q-width that it's effecting, it's just boosting some unspecified bit of sound

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Re: Speakers

Post by epitome » Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:59 pm

mcbpete wrote:Production monitors (as opposed to speakers) should be calibrated to have that neutral frequency response as standard so I wouldn't worry about that. My M-Audio monitors respond in almost exactly the same way to my AKG-701s (which definitely DO have a flat response) so colouring shouldn't be an issue. The problem with those bass/treble dials is that you have absolutely no idea what frequency, gain or Q-width that it's effecting, it's just boosting some unspecified bit of sound
Ah right, yeah, that makes sense. Cheers :)

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Re: Speakers

Post by Pandemonium » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:02 pm

I also vote M-Audio :)
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Re: Speakers

Post by epitome » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:05 am

Thanks. We have a winner :)

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Re: Speakers

Post by seedy » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:37 pm

no question m-audio given those two


i have krk rokit 5's and they are working out well

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