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Mackie CR3 vs Presonus Eris E4.5 as second set of monitors to complement Eris E8
Old 3rd December 2015
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Mackie CR3 vs Presonus Eris E4.5 as second set of monitors to complement Eris E8

Hello, fellow gearslutz!

I hope to hear some thoughts and advice on the subject, preferrably from experience.

Backstory (beware of TL;DR):

A year ago I got myself M-Audio AV40 as a pair of first monitors to complement Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro in terms of space and panorama adjustment. Therefore I was OK with not so ideal frequensy response. Room treatment wasn't (and isn't) an option beacause my home studio is in a rented apartment. Hopefully I'll be able to move to my own place in a year or two.

It was smooth sailing since then, but decided recently to replace my desk with bigger one, and it led to change of speaker position. I could set speakers further from walls and wider (equilateral triangle). The change was huge. So I went on and bought Ultimate Support speaker stands. It became even cooler. But uneven low end (deficit from 4 inch woofer and excess from from back port facing corner) set me on a quest for bigger front ported speakers.

I ended up with Presonus E8. At first I was worried with them being to big for my room (4x5 m) but since I got same price for them as for KRK Rokit RP6 I thought what the heck and went for it.

E8 are really good. I could get more done without retreating to headphones.

So AV40s were put up for sale and got picked up for a good price surprisingly quickly and without bargaining. So I got funds to buy a new set with just a small addition.

Now I'm in a kind of seller's remorse. I liked them, despite overheating and loud pop they produced every time I turned them on and off.

So I wonder what would I gain using 2nd pair of cheapo speakers. The sale went so fast I couldn't get the scheme tested by myself.

The questions are:
- Would one benefit from second pair? Is it useful? I like my gearslutting frugal so I need a sound reason for a cash splash.
- If yes, what would be better option? I chose a bunch:
-- Mackie CR3. Pros - cheapest of the pack, smallest footprint, pads included, front power switch. Cons - 80hz-ish limited bass response, back port.
-- Mackie CR4. Pros - same as CR3 switch + 4 inch woofer. Cons - back port.
-- Eris E4.5. Pros - biggest woofer. Plenty of acoustic adjustment options. I can get same price as for CR4. Cons - back port. Biggest footprint on a desk.
-- Behringer MS40. Pros - front port. Cons - I dunno, Behringer? Also ugly as hell.
-- Presonus Ceres 4.5 and 3.5.
- Should I stop feeding my GAS monster and use the money elsewhere?

I auditioned CR3 and CR4 in local store and liked them both. Of course CR4 gives more bass, but I found high end better on CR3. Mayby because CR4 were defective (passive speaker had 1/4 of volume). I can audition Behringer same store.

I can buy online and return all of these. They are basically same price more or less.

Please let me know what you think of it.
Old 4th December 2015
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๐ŸŽง 5 years
No one has anything to say? Hm... This can't be true
Old 4th December 2015
Gear Head
๐ŸŽง 5 years
Not that I'm an expert in anything here, but I would just simply buy a set of cheap logitech computer speakers or something and use those as a set of generic speakers to test your mixes in. It's what "most" people have anyways, so if you can test your mix in them. Just my .02
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