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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 impresses us with 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

"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

"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

"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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Mackie CR3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

"These little monitors blew me away when I plugged them in! They sound fantastic! Great highs, mids, and the bass is blooming. I use them as studio reference monitors and they work great."
- Dale in Canton, TX

"I use it for studio reference and it's a really good product, easy to connect and the sound is really amazing at that price point."
- Jay in Sunrise, FL

"These monitors are a great addition to a subwoofer. As a producer, you gotta have clear reference to what you're doing. I highly recommend these for the purpose of referencing your highs and mids."
- A customer in DeSoto, MS

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PreSonus Eris E8 Active Studio Monitors

"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 LSR310S Powered Studio Subwoofer

"This sub is all that and more. The crossover helps give my mixes the sound I am really looking for. That low-end bass hits smooth with an air-tight feel."
- Bobby in Arcadia, LA

"This subwoofer is pretty powerful. It provides clean and tight bass which has helped me to identify problematic areas in the lower frequencies."
- Carlton in Washington, VA

"Love it! Sounds great, not boomy, clear bass. I keep it about in middle control volume or less depending on recording. Glad I added the sub to my system!"
- A customer in Dallas, TX

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KRK RP8G3 Rokit 8 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitors

"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

"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

"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... for the price there is no comparison -- they are just amazing!"
- Astor in Miami, FL
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Kali Audio LP-6 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor

"At a reasonable listening level, they have low end that rumbles, mids that sit snug in the mix and highs that aren't harsh or washed. It's simply amazing how even these sound across the frequency spectrum and without a sub."
- Zachary in Bloomington, IL

"Nice separation. I've experienced fatigue with a few other "higher end" brands but these sing with the track and allow me to lean into the mix."
- Kerry in Columbia, SC

"Right out of the box they give such simple instructions for the best setup depending on the room. I’ve been working in studios in LA & Nashville for years, and never found monitors I completely love until now!"
- Jason in Nashville, TN

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