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All-Star Gear: Studio Monitors

Your Most-Trusted Reference Speakers

Shopping for the perfect monitors for your studio is quite different from shopping for most other gear. While other All-Star lists are filled with gear that impress us with their tone, feel and features, monitors earn their merit for how flat or uncolored their output is.

Of course, other criteria like wattage, I/O and size can help narrow your search, but at the end of the day, being able to trust your mix to accurate monitors is key. It's why we've put together this All-Star list of studio monitors, along with quotes from happy engineers who swear by them in the studio.

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Adam A7X Powered Studio Monitors, Pair

"The clarity is UNMATCHED! Also the ribbon tweeter is GREAT for long mix sessions. I'll add the Adam Sub8 and the very SLIGHT loss of bass response should be more than compensated. CLEANEST monitors I've heard for under $3,000 yet!"
- Robert in Mandan, ND

"I go to the studio and hook them up to my audio interface and from there on, I'm truly blown away. There are truly the sexiest monitors I've seen or heard."

"Crisp, precise highs, warm mids and detailed great lows; very impressed."
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Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitor, Single

"The HS8s are on the money and probably the best buy of any monitor costing $0-$1000 each. Buy them...you will be glad you did."
- Jeff in Rochester, NY

"I would recommend these to anyone who really cares about getting perfect levels and hearing sounds and frequencies as they really are!"
- Noah in Palmdale, CA

"The low, mid and highs on these monitors are as true to the mix as you can possibly get. The clarity is breathtaking, even at very high volume."
- Derrick in West Orange, NJ
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Behringer B2031A Truth Active Monitors, Pair

"The sound is clear, transparent, very flat and translatates to the outside world perfectly if mixed correctly."
- Couri in Macon, GA

"Listen over and over and learn them. They will bring great results and you'll fall in love."
- Nick in Los Angeles, CA

"Everything stands out in the mix; it's almost like having a seperate speaker for each instrument."
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PreSonus Eris E8 Active Studio Monitors, Pair

"Perfect for a bedroom producer wanting to hear the bass hit. I'm more than happy with the volume of these things and would buy them again in a heartbeat."
- Brandon in Lima OH

"You dont need a sub, and the stereo/mono imaging is insane."
- Chris in Tampa, PA

"I just recently purchased a pair of E8s with a Temblor T10 connected with Mogami and this setup is what I needed. Flat sounding with plenty of power to go loud. Money well spent."
- C in Dallas, TX
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JBL LSR308 Powered Studio Monitor, Single

"They are VERY clean; the sweet spot is simply amazing! They carry good bass, although I still have a sub to check my mixes when I'm done."
- Steve in McHenry, MD

"Rich, full bass, clean, crisp highs, and everything in between. I am extremely happy with these monitors, ESPECIALLY at this price."
- Kevin in Culver City, CA

"I absolutely love these LSR308s! Tight punchy lows, Crystal clear highs! And the confidence I have in buying JBLs! What's not to love?"
- David in Long Beach, MS
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KRK RP8G3 Rokit 8 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitors, Pair

"The mixer board's master volume is at around 60% - 70% and my work area rumbles; you can barely hear yourself think and yet no distorted sound. Really crisp."
- Joey in Mundelein, IL

"Great sound on all frequencies, awesome for a small studio. Great price as well!"
- DJ Nikolas in Los Angeles, CA

"The 8s are hugely powerful and the sonic quality is superb. Across the sonic spectrum, the fidelity is clean and well-balanced."
- Michael in Paducah, KY
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Avantone MixCubes Active Studio Monitors, Pair

"Built solid, quality you can feel the first time you pick one up. The cones are virtually indestructible, they can take all the punch I can throw at them! The unique zero enhanced flat response make my mixes click every time."
- Keith in New Orleans, LA

"The best advantage of the Mixcubes is that they are really small...Sound is as expected, full range and bright with its small driver."
- JW
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Neumann KH-120A Active Studio Monitor, Single

"Sonically brilliant! Tight, focused lows and mids and pristine highs. These monitors reveal things in your mixes that you wouldn't have noticed before and allow you to make corrections much more easily...even minor changes are obvious."
- Cody in Chanute, KS

"I am so happy with these monitors; they translate flawlessly. I have used many brands, from the NS-10s to Genelecs to Focals and for the price there is no comparison -- they are just amazing!"
- Astor in Miami, FL
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