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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 3, 2014

Pioneer S-DJ50X Powered Monitors

If you are in the market for some mid-range production speakers or some general listening speakers – your choices are much harder to make than the rest.  For someone who never produces music, they are not going to see the benefits of a thousand dollar speaker setup.  Likewise, the guy who just wants his music loud and full of bass; he is not going to want production monitors that will make his music flat and loud.  The average listener actually does not know what kind of speakers they want.  They just want some semblance of good music at a good cost.  So why would anyone want to go with a speaker that is half production, half listening?

In truth, most DJs will never take advantage of a good near field monitor.  While they could benefit from hearing certain nuances of sound that other won’t – none of this matters in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 19, 2013

Monkey Banana monitors — now in the UK

Shapes in speaker design are sort of a taboo that can lead you to the no-fly list without a second glance.  The square rectangular cubed shape design is popular of good reason – they look serious and they aim to be taken seriously.  I’ve seen some designs that were really on the wall, and I had a hard time taking it seriously at first.  There have been speakers that actually fold out into their final form, or speakers that lay completely flat with little thickness at all.  Both of these might be solid performers, but I can’t help but think that they are a cheap idea that cannot perform.

I once saw speakers that were a sphere which allowed sound to travel in all directions.  It sounds like it would work well (since sound is being distributed into every direction), but truthfully nothing beats the basic tried and true design …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 4, 2013

5 of the best affordable monitor speakers

The idea of studio monitors being affordable for the common man was not something that was easily achievable until the last ten years or so, when the technology and production methods became wide spread.  It was almost like the creators of top end monitor solutions never wanted the manufacture of them to become cheap – but they have.  Typically, when the word “monitor” comes out of a producer’s mouth, dollar signs tend to appear right above them.  Monitors are not cheap, nor should they be.  There is a word for cheap monitor, and it is spelled “bookshelf speaker”.  It is unfortunate that the word is tossed around the way it is, because many speaker sets should not be called monitors.

KRK and their Rokit series monitors are perhaps the most well known in the DJ community.  Their price is affordable, yet still on the expensive side – but it is …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 28, 2013

KRK’s Founder Develops Behringer NEKKST K5 & K8 Monitors

Having a monitor in your studio or practice room is essential if you want to hear your music properly.  Never mind the fact that your music may be played on subpar speakers or headphones, when you’re mastering your music or trying to create transitions it helps to hear every little element within a track.  Once you’re mixing a song live, you may not even be able to hear your music over the loudspeakers, but at least you’ll know it’s correct.  KRK Rokit Series monitors are something like the Pioneer CDJ’s of the speaker market.  It’s hard to look at them and not love the aesthetic design – but when you also realize how accurate they are as near field monitors, it makes them hard to ignore.

Their front firing port and yellow cones are the trademark of KRK’s speakers, but this may come to change.  The owner of KRK, Klawitter, …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 5, 2013

You’re Smarter Than Your Receiver

No matter why type of audio equipment you buy, everything from speakers to microphones to a surround sound setup needs to be calibrated in some way.  Manufacturers bank on the fact that your bedroom, studio, or living room doesn’t look like the guy’s next to you, thus, if you have a home receiver of some sort it usually has options to make up for unusually short or large distances.  Nearfield monitors such as the KRK Rokit series generally do not need to be adjusted for acoustics like other speakers, since they are intended to sit close to the listener.  Any farther away and you lose the perspective and “sweet spot” from the equilateral triangle they form between you.

Once you go with midfield speakers or surround speakers for listening, that’s when attributes like delay need to be tested out.  Some speakers even come with programs to automatically adjust to whatever …