Sunday, 6 November 2011

M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe 130-watt Bi-amplified Studio Monitors

Today I'm taking a peek at another set of awesome looking speakers from an awesome brand, the M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe Studio Monitors.
Sporting an ultra-sleek outer shell, these monitors look really nice with any setup. Really nice and low profile. The body is standardly shielded to prevent any outside interference leaking into your valuable listening experience and a bass port runs through the speaker's bodywork. The speaker cones are solid and built from kevlar and provide booming low end. The 8 inch drivers feature rubber surrounds around the edge to ensure maximum dampening.
The tweeters in the BX8as are 1-1/4 inch in diameter, crafted from natural silk and believe me, deliver a solid, clear high end that commends the value of this stunning pair of speakers.
Beneath the hood of the BX8a is a crossed-over, bi-amplified setup. The advantage of bi-amplificiation is that the drivers are designated to each driver independently which ensures that the drivers are delivering only their optimal frequencies.
The volume and power controls are tucked away on the back of the units and you can connect your audio source via XLR or TRS.

I enjoyed these speakers very much, they definitely caught my eye, and they're on special on Amazon at the moment.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System review

Today I'm taking a peek at yet another sleek set of speakers from the highly regarded audio brand Creative, the Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia system. These gorgeous speakers are budget, look amazing on your desk and they don't sound half bad too! They are promoted as featuring BassFlex technology, which we believe to be the optimised body design which pumps out as much low end as possible without a subwoofer being necessary.

The speaker cones are an attractive silver and are high quality. They are small but they do create a nice rumble and are capable of putting out quite some volume when needed!

The T12 system features a convenient front access volume control which moves fluently and clicks off satisfyingly along with a headphone jack and a line in for usage with iPods, mp3 players and any other sound source you may need to connect on the fly. Very useful!

The T12s are light, low profile and portable, making it ideal for the gamer, musician or movie fan who wants maximum performance and minimum luggage with impressive results time after time.

I found these speakers for under $60 on Amazon, shipping worldwide. Extremely good value. I'm very impressed by the T12 system and you will be too!

Check the T12s out on

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones Review

Moving from speakers to headsets this month, I've been shopping around for decent budget headphones. Today I'm taking a closer look at the Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones. As any studiophile will tell you, your headphones are vital in both recording and playback applications.

When recording, you need to be sure that sound leakage is kept to a minimum to reduce feedback and to keep your recorded track isolated for compression and processing. On the other hand, you'll be needing an accurate stereo image while mixing with headphones, perhaps to get an idea of how your mix will sound in the listener's head.

The Behringer HPS3000 headphones are well-rounded enough for both of these purposes for a price that will not break the bank but will do the job time and time again. They include everything that you'll need for comfortable producing and listening.

The HPS3000 headphones feature very comfortable padded ear cups which fit like a glove for long hours in the studio getting everything right and feature a durable construction to make sure that they last for years. The cable is made from oxygen-free copper to reduce tangling and to increase durability. In the box is a 1/4 inch TRS adapter so these headphones will truly fit any audio application, from your MP3 Player to your mixing desk.

An ultra-wide frequency response makes sure that you'll get the most accurate representation of your mix; you'll notice the high-definition lows and the transparent highs on these headphones - these headphones truly are the masters in their price range. Consider these headphones for an accurate, durable and affordable solution for headphone monitoring.

The Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones are on sale for $21.14 at Amazon, a 52% saving from the list price of $43.99!

Check the Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones out on Amazon now!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III multimedia speakers review

Today I'm taking a look at these extremely aesthetically pleasing Harman Kardon Soundsticks III. These unconventional speakers feature eight transducers per side, which fill any room with sound. The amplifier boasts 40 watts of power and the central unit contains a powerful sub-woofer.
Your games, movies and music will come to life and the fully adjustable speakers will pump a wall of sound in any direction.
These speakers are the pinnacle of modern design, after all, the preceeding Harman Kardon SoundSticks II and subwoofer is featured permanently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The whole system including subwoofer has a frequency range of 44hz-20khz, your audio source connects through a 3.5mm jack, making it possible to use the SoundSticks with virtually anything. Have a look.

Monday, 23 May 2011

KRK VXT-8 Studio Monitor Review

These sleek speakers from KRK feature an 8 inch woven kevlar woofer and a 1 inch silk dome ferrite tweete. They have a frequency responce ranging from 37Hz - 22kHz, which is a pretty epic range for speakers with a similar price tag! These speakers put out 90 watts of sound, a force to be reckoned with! They feature bass ports to allow air to travel through the body, they're compact, self-amplified and look awesome with the big yellow woofer speaker! Take a look at the full specs here.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Akai RPM3 active studio monitor review

Hi guys, yesterday I posted the Akai RPM8 monitors, today I bring you their little sisters, the Akai RPM3. And no, that isn't a mistake, that is their real price... $99.00

What can I say about these? They look incredible, plug in via USB, are magnetically shielded, are lightweight and highly portable - ideal for your desktop or small mobile recording rigs. They have volume pots on the pot too.

These speakers actually act as an audio interface with 1/4 inch jack or aux inputs. No special drivers are required, which is a huge bonus for those looking to plug in and go!

For your money you get a pair of speakers and a reliable audio interface. At this price, how can you go wrong?

The Akai RPM3 monitors are going on Amazon for only $99!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Akai RPM8 8 inch studio monitors

The Akai RPM8 is a stunning quality value set of studio monitors going for a knock down price at the moment on Amazon. The list price of $699 has been reduced to $400; you save 43%!
I'm just going to go over some features as usual so you know why I think this is so worth your while if you want some amazing value speakers that perform!
These speakers are two way, bi-amplifed nearfield studio monitors with 8 inch drivers, kevlar woofters, 80 watts RMS into the woofers and 40 watts into the high resolution tweeters. The frequency response ranches from 39khz to 20,000hz!
The controls are tucked away on the back of the units, leaving plenty of room for the dual bass ports, allowing for air to circulate more freely, giving a tight, focused bass sound.
Check em out! Akai RPM8 8" Active Studio Monitor

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Behringer Truth B2030A Active Studio Monitors

Today I'm returning to Behringer once again, with the fantastic Truth B2030A active studio monitors.

They boast an ultra accurate frequency responce from 50hz all the way to 21kHz, they use dual amps with a large power reserve to power the woofer and tweeters independently, the woofer measures over 6 inch across and they are secured with a reinforced aluminium frame to reduce vibration.

The tweeters are ultra high resolution and have been ferrofluid-cooled. (This essentially is a part of the manufacturing process which makes them more durable and more resistant to heat)

On the back, the frequencies can be set for both the high end and the low end, which is a very nice touch for getting the optimal sound for whatever you are producing. There is also a room compensation switch which allows you to take out the lower frequencies, depending on what listening situation you are in.

These speakers are incredible, and I highly recommend that you check them out!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 Active Studio Monitors!

A while back when I started this blog, I reviewed the best-selling M-Audio Studiophile AV40 monitors to a great reception.

Today I bring you the budget but brilliant option, the AV-30s which may appeal to you if you're on a tighter budget, and trust me they are brilliant!
They have an active active, look great, feature 3 inch woofers and 3/4 inch silk dome tweeters which bring the high ends really well. Bass ports throughout the case give the low ends the ability to push a lot more air.

15 watts per channel means that for the $99.99 you pay for it, you get a huge output! The power switch is tucked away on the back of the left speaker, you get the choice of auxillary inputs or 1/4 inch jacks, there is a bass boost switch for a heavier low end which is a nice touch for the money you pay.

Take a look at these great speakers now!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Behringer B2030P Ultra Linear Passuive Reference Monitors

Sticking with my recurring theme of budget speakers for your home studio/gaming needs, I thought I may as well mention another good set of monitor speakers, the Behringer B2030P!

As the name suggests, these speakers have an ultra-linear frequency response ranging from 75hz to 21kHz. There's a solid woofer with a reinforced diaphram for solid bass and endurance. The magnetically shielded body is built out of die-cast aluminium and I think you'd agree, it'd look very nice sitting on any desk! The unit's main cabinet is built to keep vibration to a minimum, so you hear nothing but pure bass pumping out of the 6 3/4 inch woofers.

These passive speakers can handle up to 100 watts of input power. I have included a link on this post to a reference amplifier by Behringer, the A500. I would recommend you purchase it or at least check for similar stats so you know you're not going to blow your speakers and that they will sound incredible!

Be sure to take a look at the full description of these awesome speakers on Amazon!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Avantone MixCubes Passive Studio Monitor

Today, something a little more unusual and compact.
The Avantone Mixcubes Passive Monitors are a little different from what I've summarized on here before, I've tended to stick to active monitors with integrated amps, which these are not!

These passive monitors feature passive full range 8 ohm drivers and a cuboid 6 1/2 inch cabinet with a retro-cream finish along with an aluminium frame to give it extra rigidity.

These speaker cabinets were built to advance on the older 5C Sound CubesO, which were a hit world wide, with a more linear frequency responce.

The intention of these monitors is to enable producers to hear their mixes over a smaller speaker set-up. The recommended power rating is 50-200 watts of solid state power or 10-1000 watts of tube power. Avantone advise using a high quality sutdio-greade power amp.

If these smaller, compact numbers take your fancy, visit them on Amazon now!

Monday, 28 February 2011

M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe 70-watt Bi-amplified Studio Reference Monitors

Another great product by M-Audio in the Studiophile series is the Studiophile BX5a Deluxe edition active monitor set. It has the value you'd expect from M-Audio's home recording range and the clarity, features and power you'd expect from something a little more up-market.

The BX5a Deluxe edition updates the older BX5a monitors with several enhancements. The design has been overhauled with an attractive new case design, the circuitry has been bought up to date which includes a new low-frequency transducer for well-defined bass and a new custom amp has been added to integrate the high and low frequencies better.

The drivers are constructed from Kevlar, which as I have posted before, is a fantastic material for this application with it's thermal and mechanical resilience.

The BX5a Deluxe is also bi-amped, which is a nice touch to power the high end and low end independantly which reproduces all frequencies across the spectrum a lot more accurately.

As standard, bass ports, magnetical sheilding, XLR and TRS inputs and cool blue indicator lights on the front of the units.

Definitely worth a look! Click here for more information!

See the Behringer BX5a Deluxe Monitors at my other blog!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Check out my other Studio Monitor Reviews blog!

Hey guys, I've set up a bigger directory of Studio Monitors at

I did this because wordpress allows the creation of pages, so it may be a little easier to get indexed for direct google searches.

I'll still be updating here, so stay with me bloggers!

Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitors!

I'm a big fan of big sounding speakers with a small price, so today I bring you the fantastic sounding Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitors!
  • USB 1.1 audio interface for 16-Bit / 44.1-48 kHz direct computer recording and playback
  • 2- 1/4" phone jacks inputs, stereo 1/8" TRS mini-jack input, stereo RCA line inputs
  • Front mounted on/off volume control and 1/8" stereo -TRS mini headphone out jack
  • Magnetically shielded for placement near TV and computer monitors
  • Full range 2-way bass reflex design for superb sound quality including a Bass Boost switch to emphasize low frequencies
These speakers connect by USB, which can be used to record and play back audio via it's own independant audio interface. A nice feature for producers starting out from scratch, or simply for use recording demos, etc.

For more on this product, please click the image which is a link to where you can buy it now on!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Behringer MS40 Active Studio Monitors

Hey guys, hows your weekends going?
Today I thought I'd bring in another bestseller on many music technology sites, the stunning Behringer MS40s. As standard they are magnetically shielded, compact and look ultra sleek next to your set-up. Even better? Check out the price from Amazon! That's for the full set. Not a bad deal at all in my books!

They are compact and super affordable, here are the main specifications.
  • 2 way active studio monitors suitable for home or pro studios, recording and monitoring
  • Built in 2x20 watt amplifiers with plenty of headroom
  • Powerful woofers and ultra high resolution tweeters for an accurate response
  • High resolution 24 bit D/A converters
  • Optical and Coaxial inputs for direct connection to many types of audio equipment
  • Two stereo inputs can be used simultaneously with independent volume controls
This is one of the best prices I have found across the internet, so check out their entry on now!

Friday, 25 February 2011

Technical Pro MRS-6 6 inch Studio Monitors

While not particuly flat reference monitors, these brilliant Technical Pro MRS6 studio monitors still look gorgeous on your desk and sound fantastic! Even better when you take a look at the price to your left!
The Technical Pro MRS6 are perfect for your home studio on a budget and  feature a 6 inch woofer and a 3 inch tweeter. They put out 40 watts of power (one amplifier), meaning these are plenty loud enough for a small or medium sized room.
A standard RCA input is on the back, allowing you to hook these speakers up to almost any sound system!
They are pretty much the same size as a standard set of monitors which is cool too!
For more on these awesome speakers, check their page out with my link to!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

KRK Rokit RP5 G2 5 inch studio monitors!

A good friend of the blog, (! sense !) asked for my summary of the KRK RP5 G2 Rokit studio monitors (or something similar but here we go)
These KRK speakers feature an 8" inch glass aramid composite subwoofer and a 1" neodyum soft dome tweeter with ferro fluid. Solid design features that contribute to the nice build, which features rubberised footing on the bottom of the enclosure to reduce low-frequency coupling.

How do they sound? Loud. 140w per side in fact! There's no sane reason to bring these to full volume indoors, but the juice is there if you really need to. For such small units, this is an incredible punch for your price!

The KRK RP5 G2 Rokit has a low end frequency cut-off of about 52Hz. The higher end is extremely detailed, helped no end buy the quality of the tweeter which is not seen often in more budget speakers like this.
The controls are located on the back of the unit which features a generous amount of inputs: RCA unbalancced, Balanced 1/4 inch jack and XLR.
You get a high frequency adjustment pot for minor tweaks to the responce and a volume pot measured in dB.
Overall, an extremely good value speaker for your money. They are going down in price, so take a look at them now on

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

behringer ms16 active monitors

These Behringer MS16 monitors may be the audiophile/musician on a budget's best bet!
They feature high power ampifiers that drive the 4" woofers and high resolution tweeters.
Two stereo line inputs are provided to connect other products such as iPods or mp3 players and the best thing is they are available to be used simultaneously.
They are magnetically shielded as you have come to expect from a trusted brand such as Behringer and they put out 8 watts per side which will fill smaller rooms easily!
There is a seperately adjustable 4" mic input which is a very cool feature for these speakers.
For the low end of the spectrum, these are the best value monitors you'll get for your money, and many users will tell you about how well they fit into their setup.
Take a look at these ones now on (follow my link)

Monday, 21 February 2011

YAMAHA HS50M Active Studio Monitor

Hi guys, sorry for the downtime. Busy with University and filling in for my friend's old band in preparation for a tour in March, but that's another story.

Today I'd like to show you a studio classic, the widely respected
Yamaha HS50M active studio monitor.

This two way monitor is priced individually and puts out 70 watts of power on a single side. Definitely a powerful number to say the least. Individual amps are used for both the woofer and the tweeter. The volume pot is tucked away on the back of the unit, along with XLR and TRS inputs for standard connections.

The speaker casing is attractive, with a distinctive 5" woofer and a 3/4" tweeter encased in a bass reflex system to make the low end that much punchier.

On the back end of the speaker, hardened audiophiles are bound to be impressed with the EQ switches available. There are switches to scoop or boost the mid-range by 2dB for your engineering preference, a room control switch which can reduce unwanted resonances in your studio by cutting out the lower and mainly unused frequencies, a high trim, which obviously reduces the higher frequencies and a low cut to adjust the lower end of the spectrum to your liking.

You really have to hear these speakers to believe them, and they are available for a very reasonable price on Click the picture to see more. Cheers!

PS. Here is a link with a price for two units.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tannoy Reveal 501A Active Studio Monitor

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple days!
Today I've been looking at the lovely Tannoy Reveal 501A monitors.
These things flaunt a frequency responce of 64hz-30khz.
The power amp puts out 60w so that's 30w a side! Quite a loud pair of speakers for your money! As a bonus, you get a trim switch which helps you adjust the monitors to your environment or listening preferences.
The volume control is also neatly tucked away at the back alongside the Balanced XLR and unbalanced jack connectors.
These are quite chunky, at a height of 30cm, but this is necessary to get the maximum amount of resonance as some of you audiophiles may know!
Check them out on now!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

ADAM Audio A7

Today, I got something in a little pricier than my previous review subjects, the stunning ADAM Audio A7 Powered monitors.
Although pricier than my previous reviews, the clarity is something else on these things.
They feature a carbon fibre woofer and a solid structure.
You have a choice of an unbalanced phono or balanced XLR input, as well as some fixed EQ controls in the back, so you can fiddle with the overall sound a little which is a nice choice.
These monitors offer a 46hz to 35khz frequency response which is ambitious, but you can feel the lows in your belly, which is always nice!
Each side features an independant 50 watt amplifier which allows for these speakers to push a whole lot of air with an impressive level of clarity.
Have a look at these babies on right now! (Price is individual)

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Behringer Truth B1031A

Today I'm taking a closer look at one of Behringer's best-sellers: the Truth B1031A. These speakers are one of the most talked about products in the recording industry, and it's not hard to tell why. As the name suggests, these speakers are designed to tell you the truth - and as a serious audiophile and home producer myself, I can confirm that Behringer has outdone themselves on this occasion.

The Truth B1031A speakers feature high resolution single dome tweeters and Kevlar-coned woofers, which produce a well-rounded flat frequency response which is essential for getting an accurate representation of the track you're working on.

Taking a look at the sleek exterior, the bright yellow kevlar woofer stands out and looks plain cool, Behringer mention themselves that the Truth B1031A features an extremely large "sweet spot" - or the optimal point of listening so you can hear every valuable nuance of your mix.

 These speakers are active and are powered by precision class A/B amplifiers which are solid and pack a punch. A/B amplifiers basically mean that the woofer and tweeter are powered seperately, 50w for the low end and 25w for the high.

All in all, I found this speaker to be incredible value, especially when it's available online for so cheap, for example, it's available for just $142.99 on Amazon, pretty good considering you're saving $157, that's more than 50%.

Take a look at the B1030a on

Monday, 7 February 2011

Yamaha MSP3

The Yamaha MSP3 is an elegant set of monitors I managed to get my hands on last week.
It is a compact set-up, featuring a 10cm woofer and 2.2cm tweeter. These beauties are active so no external amplification is required, making the MSP3s ideal for home studio enthusiasts or producers on a budget. The compact size allows portability, and the logical inputs on the back (XLR, phone jack, RCA) make the user experience more friendly.
Although small, the MSP3 puts out 20 watts of power, reasonable for medium sized monitoring areas or studios.
Ceiling and wall mounts are also available (sold seperately), showing that these monitors are serious with a big sound and a hard, accurate punch.

For the studio enthusiast in a small area, the MSP3 is a valuable addition on a budget. Take a look at them on now. They are retailing for an incredible $164.99!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Review: M-Audio Studiophile AV-40 Powered Speakers

Last week I got my hands on a pair of these beatiful M-Audio Studiophile AV-40 speakers from Boasting an extended frequency range for a reasonable price and featuring a solid fiberboard construction, I thought they were definitely worth a once-over.

Straight out of the box, they look fantastic and feature 1/4 inch jack outputs that can connect directly to your soundcard, mixer or audio interface, phono ports to connect to your hi-fi, and loads of other extras which I'll get onto shortly. Solidly built little numbers, they are sleek black and feature a 1 inch tweeter and 4 inch woofer, and include a bass-port in the back to project the lower frequencies. If this isn't enough, there is a bass boost switch, which I personally find to be overkill, but all you bass freaks might enjoy it.

As I mentioned, you can connect this product to almost anything, there is a convenient headphone out on the front of the interface, so no more rooting around the back of your set-up to plug in your cans. A 3.5 mm input right next to this enables easy iPod or mp3 player connection which is pretty cool.

For more advanced looks at this mean set of speakers and what comes in the box, check it out on the provided link on now.