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, quantity preambles and amazing compressors etc.are fun matters because you can enjoy with them and create different kinds of sound.

But speakers hardly need any adjustment and they are fun to play in other way.

We cannot imagine a good music studio without this because of speakers tell us how our music sounds like. Therefore, picking the best studio monitor speakers is one of the most important things for setting up a studio.

Here, we are going to mention some of the best studio monitor speakers which are currently available in the market. You can choose one of them according to your requirements.

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. LSR305 Studio Monitor is one of them.

The model comes with a five inched woofer and balanced by a 1" 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • Best suitable for a tight budget.
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    Good Design


  • 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.


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


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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.


  • Amazing performance.
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    It produces an awesome neutral frequency response.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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,


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


  • High Price.

Best Studio Monitor Speaker Buying Guide

Active or Passive Monitors

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

It depends on your requirement which is the best.

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.


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 March 8th, 2019

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2 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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