What are the best studio monitors?

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    #1Yamaha HS8

    Yamaha HS8

    Yamaha HS8 is an 8-inch 60-watt monitor speaker that features 38Hz to 30KHz frequency response. It also sports most of the features from other Yamaha HS Series speakers such as Low Resonance Enclosure Design and a 1-inch dome tweeter.

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    Justin Grant
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "These are the best studio monitors that you can buy at this price point. The sound is quite comparable to the HS80m. That one is more expensive and the only thing you lose out on is sub bass extension. These are much cleaner and clear in sound in comparison."
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    #2JBL LSR305

    JBL LSR305

    JBL LSR305 is a 5-inch bi-amplified monitor speaker that features a 43Hz to 24kHz frequency range and a trim switch for both high and low frequencies. It also has a balanced XLR and 6mm TRS inputs, as well as JBL's Image Control Waveguide.

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    Jack Aguilar
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Comparing these to the Yamaha HS8, these are less accurate and clear but you have to take the price into consideration. The LSR305 can usually be found for half the price of the HS8 and the difference in sound is not that huge."
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    #3KRK Rokit 5 G3

    KRK Rokit 5 G3

    KRK Rokit 5 G3 is a 5-inch bi-amped monitor woofer speaker with a 1-inch dome tweeter. It has a 45Hz - 35KHz frequency response rate and 50-watt output. KRK Rokit 5 G3 is available in both black and white finishes.

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    Bobby Anderson
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "These are top studio monitors in my opinion especially when you consider the price. These don't just sound great and balanced, they also get pretty loud. You could possibly pair them up with a sub but the sound is enough for me personally."

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    #4ADAM Audio A7X

    ADAM Audio A7X

    ADAM Audio A7X is a two-way 7-inch nearfield monitor speaker that features the brand's trademark X-ART tweeters. It sports a frequency response rate of 42 Hz to 50 kHz and has ports for both XLR and RCA input cables.

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    William Deng
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Make no mistake, these are expensive monitors but if you can afford them, you'll be owning some of the best studio monitors for the money. There is so much detail in these and once you pair them up with a good sub, it's a system that will serve you for a long time."
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    #5Neumann KH 120 A

    Neumann KH 120 A

    Neumann KH 120 A is a Bi-amplified monitor speaker with 5.25-inch woofers and a 1-inch dome tweeter. It features a frequency response rate of 52 Hz to 21 kHz and an Elliptical Mathematically Modeled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide.

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    Albert Hayes
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "I had my reservations with purchasing monitors this expensive but I took the gamble and I was rewarded with a stellar sound that was coming out of such small and compact set of speakers. It handled everything that I threw at it flawlessly."
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    #6Yamaha HS5

    Yamaha HS5

    Yamaha HS5 is a bi-amped nearfield monitor speaker that has a 5-inch cone woofer and a 1-inch, and Room and High TRIM response controls. It has ports for balanced and unbalanced XLR and TRS inputs.

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    Tony Dai
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "Purely in terms of sound, I would still pick the HS8 over these but then again, these cost around half of those. They're quite clear and has surprisingly good extension considering the price. Check them out if you have a limited budget."
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    #7Focal Solo6

    Focal Solo6

    Focal Solo6 is a two-way powered monitor speaker with a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch inverted-dome tweeter. The speaker features a frequency response rate of 40Hz to 40kHz.

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    Ao Zou
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "These belong to the upper echelon of studio monitors and their price reflect that. What you get for the money is an uncolored, unboosted sound and a flat and incredibly detailed representation of music as it was intended to sound like."
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    #8M-Audio AV42

    M-Audio AV42

    M-Audio AV42 is a two-way monitoring speaker system with 4-inch woofers and 1-inch cone tweeters. It features a frequency response rate of 75 Hz to 20 kHz and a blue power LED indicator of the waveguide.

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    Billy Rogers
    Written on May 24, 2019
    "An affordable pair of studio monitors that offer good sound and clarity. After a while of using them though, you start to hear this hum that apparently a lot of users get. They'll suffice for music and some light sound production but not much else."

Summary

Best What are the best studio monitors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Yamaha HS8Electronics 20 Paid
2JBL LSR305Electronics 11 Paid
3KRK Rokit 5 G3Electronics 11 Paid
4ADAM Audio A7XElectronics 3 Paid
5Neumann KH 120 AElectronics 3 Paid
6Yamaha HS5Electronics 2 Paid
7Focal Solo6Electronics 1 Paid
8M-Audio AV42Electronics 1 Paid
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