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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by funsongs » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:09 pm

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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by Thedude4774 » Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:39 pm

Just a follow up! My speakers haven't really worked out so far. Not their fault. But I'm in such a small apartment and they have to be so close to the wall that the bass frequencies carry too far whenever I play them loud enough to be of good use. I've tried to do super cheap ways of cancelling out the sound but it hasn't worked so far so I will have to save up and do some sound treating. But I was really trying to decide between the Yamahas and these, and I think given my situation the Yamahas would have been better because the biggest criticism against them is a lack of bass. But, truthfully, I started school about a week after I got them so I haven't been able to spend the time I need to get it all worked out and really break them in yet, so the jury is still definitely out, but if you are in a super small space with shared walls and can't do a ton of sound treating, you may not want to go with the JBLs.

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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by AlanHall » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:50 pm

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Just a follow up! My speakers haven't really worked out so far. Not their fault. But I'm in such a small apartment and they have to be so close to the wall that the bass frequencies carry too far whenever I play them loud enough to be of good use. I've tried to do super cheap ways of cancelling out the sound but it hasn't worked so far so I will have to save up and do some sound treating. But I was really trying to decide between the Yamahas and these, and I think given my situation the Yamahas would have been better because the biggest criticism against them is a lack of bass. But, truthfully, I started school about a week after I got them so I haven't been able to spend the time I need to get it all worked out and really break them in yet, so the jury is still definitely out, but if you are in a super small space with shared walls and can't do a ton of sound treating, you may not want to go with the JBLs.
Do you have highly-reflective parallel walls? There may be nodes in play that reinforce the 'wrong' frequencies in the same spot you have your ears. Move around the room while music is playing to hear if there are differences (peaks/valleys) in the frequency spectrum. You might find some relief by simply placing the speakers or yourself a few feet (or inches) from where they currently reside.

Also the JBLs have some rudimentary EQ switches on the back, correct? Be sure to play with them before you give up.

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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by Thedude4774 » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:56 pm

Hi Alan! Thank you! I went back to school so I haven't really gotten to record much, and I kind of gave up because there was nowhere else to place the speakers in our current living arrangement except in a corner near the walls, and I think that is the big issue. But lately I've been using them with super low volume with my head basically right between them. Seems like the best I can do for now! Practically using them like uncupped headphones. :) But at least I'm getting some use out of them. As soon as I can change our living arrangements and get them in a better space I think they will be great. How are your speakers working out? Thank you for the help and feedback!

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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by Telefunkin » Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:16 am

I know this is a bit of an old post but just to add a little bit more to the considerations, my own personal opinion (based on a bit or research) is that in a small room where the monitors must be close to walls and corners, its better to avoid rear-ported monitors. Its hard enough to control the low frequencies anyway but when the monitor starts by pushing them out at the rear against the wall and into the corners it adds to the problem. Front-ported monitors at least send the low end forwards, and although it will soon hit the other walls and corners in a small room I'm convinced it helps a little. Examples of front-ported monitors include the Eris E5 (budget end but good value), and the more expensive Adam A5X. You could also look at smaller speakers but if you later move to a larger room you definitely will miss the bass end (although you could then add a sub-monitor). Ultimately though, the best thing is to set up in a larger room that is not square, or worse still cubic, and fit some bass traps.
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Re: Advice for budget home monitors?

Post by lesmac » Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:27 am

I had trouble with bass boost on some 8" speakers because I couldn't get them out of the corners. No amount of roll off on the back of the speakers helped. They were Event Opals and they were front porting too! There was a 15dB or so boost in the low end at about 50dB or so listening level! I can't remember correctly now but it was crazy. I don't know why I even bought them! I let myself get talked into it by a salesman.

Long story short I got a reasonably cheap, at the time, Blue Sky Media Desk 2.1 system. They are discontinued now. They aren't fancy at all but the ability to position a sub in a small room is key to getting a little more level out of your monitoring setup.

I used the method of sub placement where you put the sub at your listening position as a first step. Most manuals that come with these systems outline the process.

I had a pretty drastic drop in level at around 120Hz which is a little above the crossover point but I just put an EQ boost over the output going to the 2.1 system. I have another set of 6" monitors and a single 5" on a different out without the boost.

Some people might say you should or shouldn't do this or that but I'm happy with my setup.

I did put a lot of acoustic treatment in the room. Pressure traps for the frequencies that have longer wavelengths than my room dimensions [32 in all] and velocity traps for whatever else is around. If they were 40% effective I'd be surprised but at least I tried.

Now if I had a bigger room I wouldn't advocate for a 2.1 system but in my small room its the only way I can crank it a little to hear and feel the bass without the low end of the room going bonkers.

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