10 Best Studio Monitor Speakers Worth Your Money (2019)

10 Best Studio Monitor Speakers Reviews

10 Best Studio Monitors Speaker Reviews Under Budget: When you are going to set up a music studio, you have to keep many things in your mind and Monitor speakers are one of most essential instrument you need in your studio or home.

Buying microphones, digital keyboards, and other musical instruments are different things cause they need to be worked upon to get result (music). You can play with them but on the other hand speakers are generally just bought and done thing. They hardly need any adjustment and they are fun to play in other way.

But its hard to imagine a studio without a decent speaker. Because that's where the final result will come from.

As I said earlier speakers are really game changer instrument, a great speaker allows you to feel every beat of the song like a musician is playing the stuff in front of you.

We cannot imagine a good music studio without this because of speakers tell us how our music sounds like.

The monitor speaker market is also quite confusing cause all of the brands claims they are " the next big thing " but in reality we all know what they are. So lets cut down the chase and begin our detailed review of best studio monitor speakers worth your hard earned money.

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Studio Monitor Speakers $200

JBL Professional 305P MkII 5" 2-Way Powered

JBL Professional 305P MkII 5

JBL has been a big brand in the musical instruments industry for a long time.

According to its reputation, the brand has given so many amazing products and, LSR305 Studio Monitor is one of them.

The model comes with a five inched woofer and balanced by a 1 inch dome tweeter.

Both of them are equally powered. The LSR305 delivers professional performance at affordable prices.

In addition, the LSR305 comes with 3 series high-performance transducers and system components. You'll hear greater depth and detail in your recordings.

The model is also room-friendly. The rear of the speakers comes with volume control, XLR and 1/4" TRS connections.

The same technology of M2 master reference monitor has been in LSR305.

Mackie Studio Monitor MR624

Mackie Studio Monitor MR624

JBL Professional 305P Alternate

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Reasons To Buy

  • Highly Affordable
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    You can hear greater depth and detail in your recordings with this model.
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    The model is available at affordable prices.
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    The rear of the speaker comes with volume control, XLR and 1/4" TRS connection.

Reasons To Avoid

  • Few complains about hissing sound.

Pioneer Pro DJ Studio Monitor

Pioneer Pro DJ Studio Monitor

Pioneer is not just known for producing studio monitor but well-known for making home audio appliances and of course, they also have an impressive DJ product series.

Actually, this model (Pioneer Piano DJ Studio Monitor) is quite smaller in size but best suitable for the low-space area.

The left speaker of the system is master-powered speaker with the audio inputs, the power switch and volume control. The right speaker is just the slave speaker.

Reasons To Buy

  • The piano is best suitable for learners with a lot of its learning resources.

Reasons To Avoid

  • The keys are not hammered weighted.

M-Audio AV42 | 20-Watt Compact Studio Monitor

Under $200 Studio Monitor M-Audio AV42 - 20-Watt Compact Size

This is another budget-friendly studio monitor speaker but this time by M-Audio.

The M-Audio AV 2 does not come with high-end tweeter but if you have a tight budget, then this is good.

This M-Audio Monitor speaker comes with 4" woofers and 1" tweeters which produces a nice sound in terms of low and high frequencies.

Reasons To Buy

  • Best suitable for a tight budget.
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    Good Design

Reasons To Avoid

  • The system produces a slightly bad frequency response.

Studio Monitor Speakers Under $500 (Between $200-$500)

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor, Black

The HS8 studio monitor is based on the Yamaha NS-10 speakers.

Yamaha used the NS-10 with HS8, which sounds classic in combined form with some new technologies

One of the amazing features is its unique mounting system which controls the vibration and improves the performance.

The Yamaha HS8 speaker has extra large magnets which produce a smoother response on a wider frequency range.

The HS8 has a bigger 150 W driver.

The HS8 studio monitor is made up professional quality.

This is a great option if you don't want to lose it.

Reasons To Buy

  • The smoother sound response produced by extra large magnets.
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    The HS8 comes with built-in filters and sound level controls.

Reasons To Avoid

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KRK RP5G3- 59107 NA Rokit 5 Generation

KRK RP5G3- 59107 NA Rokit 5 Generation

If you are looking for a home studio which has stylish look with amazing performance, then KRK RPG3-NA ROKIT 5 is perfect for your requirements.

The system comes with some small speakers with yellow coned woofers.

This is for those who don't want to spend their money on expensive speakers or who are beginners. This is highly recommended for those.

Reasons To Buy

  • Amazing performance.
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    Budget-friendly.
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    It produces an awesome neutral frequency response.

Reasons To Avoid

  • Not for professionals who cares about even minor details.

Avantone Pro Active MixCube 5.25"

Avantone Pro Active MixCube 5.25

Firstly, Avantone Pro Mixcube Studio Monitor's frequency response is very good on the mid-range.

The Avantone Mixcube has all the connection at its backside.

The audio comes via a balanced XLR socket.

The system is available as a powered or unpowered speaker.

We'll suggest you choose as unpowered because it will give you a choice of choosing amplifier.

But the powered speaker sounds great and function well.

Therefore, we'll highly recommend you to grab this system. It will be a wonderful part of your studio.

Reasons To Buy

  • Attracting sound quality.
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    Compact design.
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    Perfect for your studio.

Reasons To Avoid

  • The system can not be used as the only monitor.

Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

You can call the Yamaha HS5 "mini version" of HS8 that we've included in this review.

As we have mentioned this "mini version" of the HS8, it is fundamentally the same as HS8 except it comes with a smaller 5" driver.

This model comes with a 1" tweeter which produces a frequency up to 30 KHz.

This is a good speaker for the money.

But, if you can buy the HS8, we would recommend them because of its high capacity and wider dynamic range of frequencies.

Reasons To Buy

  • Good Sound.
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    Decent Price.

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Genelec M040 Active 2-Way Monitor

Genelec M040 Active 2-Way Monitor

Genelec is well-known for making high-end monitors.

The M series of Genelec is an affordable series of monitor speaker to the owner of a smaller space studio or home studios.

And, the Genelec M040 is the most popular among them.

It comes with a downward facing bass slot which is best for smaller rooms.

The system also comes with low energy-consuming class D amplifiers and signal sensing auto power-off.

Reasons To Buy

  • It produces great sound.
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    Eco-friendly design.
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    Signal sensing auto power-off.

Reasons To Avoid

  • The system is very costly.

Studio Monitor Speakers Under $1000 (High End Studio Monitors)

Adam Audio A7X Powered Studio Monitor

Under $1000 Studio Monitor Adam Audio A7X Powered Studio Monitor

Adam Audio, the brand is one of the newest brands in the market (ESTD 1999).

But currently, the brand offers three series of monitors in the market: the high-end SX line, the budget-friendly F series and the mid-range budget AX series.

No doubt, The AX series is the most popular series among them.

And within this, the Adam Audio A7X is the best model.

The Adam Audio A7X is well-known for its unique X-ART tweeter which is the most high-tech tweeter design in this review.

The X-ART tweeter comes with high efficiency.

The speakers are able to reproduce frequencies up to 50 KHz which is beyond the limit of human hearing. Another best feature of the A7X is its XLR and RCA connectors.

Reasons To Buy

  • The Adam Audio A7X has a responsive and unique X-ART tweeter.
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    Strong design.

Reasons To Avoid

  • It takes some time to start sonically.
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    High Price.

Neumann KH 120 A - Active Studio Monitor

Neumann KH 120 A - Active Studio Monitor

Neumann is well-known for the making of some of the finest microphones in the world but in 2010,

Neumann came back in the studio monitor market and launched Neumann KH line series.

These monitors come with the Mathematically Modeled Dispersion(MMD) waveguide, the titanium fabric dome drivers and a 525 inch long throw woofer.

The KH 120 is best for tracking mixing and mastering in music studios.

This is a bi-amplified(50 W +50W) two-way monitoring speaker system.

But if you have a low budget Read on the above speakers,

Reasons To Buy

  • The KH features the Mathematically Modeled Dispersion(MMD) waveguide compact design.

Reasons To Avoid

  • High Price.

Best Studio Monitor Speaker Buying Guide

What are Studio Monitors ? studio monitor vs speakers

Studio Monitor Vs Speakers

Its really hard for a newbie to know the exact difference Studio Monitors and Speakers but let me explain it to you.

Studio Monitors are simply Loud Speakers with Speakers Cabinet specifically designed for professional usage in studios.

You will find Studio monitors generally in recording studios or other production environment like film station and on radio stations.

The difference between Studio Monitor Speakers and General Speakers are the capability of the particular frequency needed to represent the exact tone. Speakers produces flat liner phases but in monitor speakers there is no chance of regular phase shifts which occurs on general speakers.

In short Studio Monitors are used in places where the quality of audio tone must be uncompromisable.

Which Is Better Active or Passive Monitor Speaker

difference between active mmonitor speakers and passive monitor speakers

There are basically two types of monitors namely Active and Passive.

Passive monitors need to connect with amplifiers to power them while Active monitor comes with built-in amplifiers.

I can say that if you are getting studio monitor for using in your home or in small setup than active studio monitor is good to go with. The built-in amplifier reduces your installation pain completely and is ready to play out of the box.

Passive monitors are bit more costly but provides much more control over the tones/songs than active monitor speakers. In short Active Monitor is must for any professional studio setup.

But at the end, It depends on your requirement which is the suitable according to your need.

What are Near Field and Far field Studio Monitors ?

Near Field Vs Far Field Studio Monitor Speakers

Near Field Studio Monitors are used when your recording studio is not big enough or not completely acoustically designed to hear the minor details of the sound which comes back after bouncing back.

Near Field Studio Monitors are placed closer (under 6 feet) as compared to Far Field because of the reasons mentioned above. Perfect for home studios or if you are under budget.

Whereas, Far Field are for purely professional purposes. Far Field Studio Monitors also allows you to level up your volume upto a great range which Near Field Lacks. But your studio must be acoustically designed too to feel the audio bounce back.

Facts : Do you know their are couple of audio equipment brands that sells studio monitor speakers (and other musical appliances) only and only to professional studios. Genelec, M & K, Quested to only name the few.

What Power Do You Need For Your Monitor Speakers ?

Again, It depends upon your studio setup. If you are using a Far Field Monitor Speakers than you should go with 80+ watt.

But for Near Field Studio Monitor (for small room) upto 50 watt is maximum to get satisfactory result.

Which Frequency To Opt For ?

Frequency of Monitor Speakers

This is the most basic and confusing part for lots of newbies. 

But you don't need to worry a lot cause Studio Monitor manufacturer takes care of these and manufacture speakers in the standard range between (52 Hz - 21 kHz).

But before purchase make sure you check once to confirm that it matches your need of frequency range.

What Size To Choose?

The size of the monitor speakers depends upon your studio space, If your music room is small than you need to place the studio monitors on your desk rather than mounting them on top. So you need to opt for speaker with smaller size (generally near field monitor speakers).

In small space, small size monitor speaker is better to analyze the tone. But in short the size of the monitor speakers totally depends upon the size of your studio and your placement decision.

What are balanced and Un-Balanced input

Balanced and Un-Balanced input are the part of connection of your Studio Monitor. Many speakers offers balanced input connection and other non balanced. So before getting one make sure to check your Studio Monitor Speaker compatibility with the audio equpimpment you want to get connected too.

Some of the basic connection cables are XLR, TRS (which delivers balanced audio). Unbalanced cable may produce some noise problem.

Cabinet design

There are two commonly cabinet designs: ported or closed.

A port on the monitor is tuned to resonate in the low-frequency response. The bass reflex port can be forward facing or rear facing.

While closed designs do not have any ports. The material of the cabinet is also a factor to consider the material must be strong like high density plastic polymer. The weak cabinet can hinder the quality of the sound and of course the result too.

Conclusion:

In the higher price range, the Adam Audio A7X Powered Studio Monitor is the best because it sounds great. But the Neumann KH 120A Active Studio Monitor is also very close to this.

For the mid-budget range, the Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor is perfect to buy. This one is the budget-friendly option. 

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This post was most recently updated on June 11th, 2019

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8 thoughts on “10 Best Studio Monitor Speakers Worth Your Money (2019)

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      Coverage Pattern of JBL Professional 305P MkII 5″ monitor speaker is 120° x 90°
      No it is not available in pairs. If you are looking for pair than this will be perfect option to look for. The price is also quite affordable.

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    Jermaine S. Gordon says:

    What are your thoughts about PreSonus Eris E3.5? DO you think it is a good studio speaker monitor ?

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      PreSonus Eris E3.5 is a great monitor speaker but is quite cheap. A pair cost $99 . It offers a minimalist design with superb sound. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my hands on them this is why they are missing in this review. Will write a detailed review about it soon.

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      Daniel Cooper says:

      These are my personal favorite under a tight budget.
      1) Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers – $99
      2) PreSonus Eris E3.5 – $99
      3) Pioneer Pro DJ – $149
      4) KRK RP5G3 – $145
      5) Rockville APM8W – $182
      6) Edifier R1700BT – $149

      Hope this help

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    Alinka94 says:

    Thanks for this detailed review I bought JBL Professional 305P Limited Edition and its great. It’s highly affordable and I think The transducers are much more awesome than my imagination. I am not all a pro but I think the design is also a part of great sound. In one word I am totally satisfied.

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