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Old 29th January 2013
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studio monitors and roomsize

Finally I have saved enough to grab a decent pair of studio monitors. I have a budget of £1000. I ve been looking at the Mackie HR824's and the Genelec range. Room size is 5m (l) x 4m (w) x 2.4m (h). I was just wondering if these would be the best product for my price range and room size. Any help much appreciated.

Old 9th February 2013
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Well, ended up going with the Neumann KH120 s. For me, sounded just right, better than the mackies and the genelecs and perfect for my room size
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Originally Posted by soulresonance ➡️
Well, ended up going with the Neumann KH120 s. For me, sounded just right, better than the mackies and the genelecs and perfect for my room size
You made the right choice - at that price the KH120A are the best in my book.
Old 9th February 2013
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Doesn´t matter what speaker-size you use for a room.
the small room is the problem, no matter what speaker is in there.

For bass and lower mid frequencies small rooms act like equalizers on steroids with CRAZY peaks and dips. (plus bass-reverb)

the speaker-size itself only dictates how low the lowest frequency it can create. (and how loud)
if you have a small speaker = not very low bass at all

where there is no bass created, there can be no problems with bass.
(kind of putting your head in the sand when it comes to bass frequencies.)
Old 10th February 2013
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Ditto what reflection said. Especially since your room is rectangular, bordering on square, you're going to need treatment just to level off the crazy peaks and dips in the frequency spectrum that you'll be dealing with. Try to level your room off a bit (or get a bigger, less-square room) to really enjoy those beautiful new Neumanns
Old 10th February 2013
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My advice is to run a sweep at a little higher than your normal monitoring level and LISTEN first...
What do you hear?
If it's a typical room, you will hear certain frequency ranges pop out really loud.
That's your first problem.

Your second problem, and this is not as easy to figure out without measurement is the frequencies missing due to room effects.

After you play with this for a while, get a decent sound level meter, even a Rat Shack will work and start taking measurements. There are some great sites on the net and don't discount the audiophile sites because some of them have great information as well.

If your room is like typical project studios, you will be shocked.

At this point, you need to look at rearranging things and then treatment.

Just my 2 cents.
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