Best Studio Monitors For Beginners? Choosing the right studio monitors when you’re starting off is probably one of the hardest things you will have to do, you will probably spend days or even weeks looking online at several reviews, several tips trying to find out which monitors would be the best choice for beginners.
To be honest, it all depends on your budget, what you’re going to be using the studio monitors for, and also the size of your room, imagine putting the huge 8″ monitors in a small little box room, now that would just sound terrible! probably have your neighbors knocking on your door, or worse kicking your door down! auch! let’s not go down that route.
So let’s cover what you will need to plan, in fact, many music producers skip this part and end up learning the hard way, it’s always good to plan ahead. Check out more about studio monitors on our page here.
Set your budget for studio monitors
What you will need to do is set yourself a budget for the studio monitors. Are you in that 50 to 100 bracket? 100 to 200 bracket? 200 to 400 bracket? or 400+ bracket? Whatever your budget is please stick to it, don’t do a rookie mistake, and start looking at high-end professional monitor speakers by spending 10,000, wasting all that money to only spend the next 3 years learning how to use fl studio/logic and probably even worse giving up with the hobby later! Be reasonable but don’t overdo it, if you’re a beginner we would recommend spending around 100-200 on your first monitors.
What you’re using studio monitors for?
Ok what you will need to do is make a choice, are you going to be using the studio monitors for music production? audio reference? Mixing and engineering? plugged into your TV pr pc? or for general gaming?
If you’re using the studio monitors for gaming, tv, or pc, in fact for simple and general things like listening to music, playing games, or just simple general sound output, you should not worry too much about the sound quality as you will not be mixing or mastering a track for some big artist who just spent 5000 so you can craft up their next big EP! so anything between 50 to 100 (dollar, pounds or euros) will do just fine for you.
if you’re going to be using these monitors for mixing, mastering, audio reference, or just general music production, you should be looking at spending at least something around 150 to 300 (dollar, pounds, or euros)
Studio Monitors 5″ 6″ or 8″?
This is the size of the monitors, they generally come in 5inch in diameter, 6inhc or 8inch, of course, the bigger the size the bigger the sound output and watts. We highly recommend small bedroom studios to go for 5″ or 6inch monitors as 8″ would create too much noise, it would be very hard to mix/master and to get an accurate audio reference. 8inch studio monitors would be for larger rooms something bigger than 5 by 6 meters at least, the bigger the room the better.
Here is a very popular list of the top 10 budget Studio Monitors which all cost between 100 to 400 (dollars, pounds, or euros)
1. Yamaha HS5 Powered
2. KRK RP6G3-NA Rokit 6 Generation 4
3. JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor
4. Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers
5. Mackie CR Series CR3 – 3
6. KRK RP5G3W-NA Rokit 5 Generation 4
7. KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Generation 4 Budget
8. PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-Way
9. Adam Audio F5 5″
10. JBL LSR310S 10″ Good for gaming, TV or PC!
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