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New Monitoring needed (HS80m, event 2020, event ps8 or adam a5x)

Discussion in 'Backline' started by CharlesMonroe1989, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. CharlesMonroe1989

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    Hi :)

    I'm searching for some good active monitors for about 700€(pair). I tested the Event 2020 and the Yamaha HS80m and i liked both. But which one will fit better to my needs? I heard the Yamaha have to be placed very well in the room otherwise the bass will be overemphasized
    I saw some Event PS8 for a very good price, but i dont know them and cant find any reviews on the internet about them. Does anybody know them? Are these the old 2020?
    And there are the Adam A5x which would also fit my budget, but i couldnt test them yet.

    So please give me some advices :)

    Greets
     
  2. AntonioPetrole

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    I went to guitar center the other day and listened to a bunch of monitors. I can only give my opinion on 2 of them thought.

    HS80M- Super stale sounding (exactly what monitors are for). They sound pretty transparent and but for me they seemed like they kinda colored the sound, although I don't think that is the case.

    Adam A5X- SUPER transparent and clear. The stereo imaging on these was incredible also. These were my favorite ones when I went.
     
  3. kcyrowolf

    kcyrowolf New Metal Member

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    ^ Good to hear. I would also like to hear some more opinions on the Adam A5x monitors, as I am possibly looking at purchasing a pair next month (as my first ever set of monitors).
     
  4. John_C

    John_C formerly Skeksis268

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    For what it's worth, I just got a pair of focal cms 40s and I love them, completely transparent with no hype.
     
  5. elmoe

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    Another vote for the Adams! I love mine to death, altough i never compared them to those events. For my ears they are better sounding than the yamahas, also way better then krks in the same price range.
     
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    Don't know about those other monitors, but I've been using the HS80 for about a year now and I'm really happy about the results. I don't know how transparent they are, but they translate well to other systems for me, and that's all I really care about. I also like that the bassrange extends decently low for the pricerange. I use them within a treated room, and I don't feel the need to use a sub for now. I don't mix any of the extreme sub-bass genres though, so keep that in mind.

    The only gripe I have with these is that the high-end is very fatiguing imo. I used the switch on the back to attenuate that by 2db and have been perfectly happy eversince. I also like the mid-boost switch, because it shoves that critical guitar/vocal/etc clashing range in your face. Almost like putting a magnifyingglass over it. You may or may not like that, so try and see for yourself.
    I've heard people say that with this midboost activated, the speakers are closer to the NS-10, but I can't confirm that since I've never worked with those.

    Another thing you should know is that these monitors always seem to produce a tiny bit of hiss. It is comparable to using VCC with analog noise enabled on a couple of tracks. It never bothered me at all, but I've seen posts on several fora where people would go nuts over this, so it's worth mentioning.

    And yes, the placement and the room is important to make these things work at their best, but I'd say that's true for any monitor. Far too many people are using decent monitors in an untreated corner of their room below earlevel, and wonder why it sounds like shit. Makes stereojesus cry! One advice that gets repeated everywhere again and again, that shouldn't be taken lightly, is this: roomtreatment is the BEST investment you can make for your studio. Even more so when you build it yourself. Don't be scared of this, because it is very easy to do. And this comes from a guy that can't even drill a straight hole :D Even if very minimal, it's still a lot better than not having any treatment at all. If that's still out of the question, at least try to optimize your monitoringposition as much as possible. If you are unsure how, this is a good place to start: http://www.realtraps.com/art_room-setup.htm

    Sorry if I'm giving you way more information than needed here by the way...I tend to do that. I just wish someone else would have given me this kind of info a couple of years ago, cause it would have saved me a lot of frustration. If even a single person picks up something helpful from my walls of text, I've served my purpose :)
     
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    Another vote for HS80M here. Lovvvvving mine.
     
  8. crillemannen

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    Hs80's all the way THE best monitors in low-mid-end range, and stands out well against high-end monitors to. I didn't buy the Event opals after listening to them, kept the hs80. i rest my case
     
  9. Ermz

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    It depends on the individual. I have a friend who owns HS-80s, and can't listen to them anymore after hearing my Opals. You've really gotta try it for yourself. That said, the HS-80s are generally seen as good monitors in that price range.
     

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