Monitor Speakers

In this guide we’ll outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.

Monitor Speakers
Monitor Speakers
  1. 1.
    Introduction
  2. 2.
    Cabinet Design & Concepts
  3. 3.
    Subwoofers
  4. 4.
    Set-up and Positioning
  5. 5.
    Monitoring Levels
  6. 6.
    Terminology
  7. 7.
    Nearfield & Midfield
  8. 8.
    Hot Deals
  9. 9.
    Conclusion

Welcome to our Monitor Speaker Online Advisor.

Studio monitor speakers are arguably the most crucial part of your entire studio setup - without a good monitoring system you can never be sure of exactly what you're recording to disk, or how your mixes will translate to other playback systems. Studio monitoring is probably also the product category where there the greatest differences in quality can be found from the poorest to the best, there being no single ideal design in the same way as with digital converters for instance. While a pair of hi-fi speakers might seem like a cheap alternative, these will have been designed to give a flattering rather than honest interpretation of the signal, and are also not great at withstanding a hi-hat being soloed at full volume!

In this guide we'll outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features and the differences between various designs.

Our Online Advisor extends to several pages - you can jump from section to section using the index below or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Best rated products

  1. Neumann KH 120 A

    Neu­mann KH 120 A

    Available at short notice (usually 2-5 days)
    $555
    €495.69
  2. Yamaha HS 8

    Yamaha HS 8

    In stock within 3-5 weeks
    $253
    €225.86
  3. Yamaha HS 7 W

    Yamaha HS 7 W

    In stock within 6-8 weeks
    $184
    €163.79
  4. Adam A7X

    Adam A7X

    In stock
    $519
    €463.79
  5. Adam T5V

    Adam T5V

    In stock within 3-5 weeks
    $149
    €133.62
  6. Focal Alpha 65

    Focal Alpha 65

    In stock
    $245
    €219.83
  7. Yamaha HS 7

    Yamaha HS 7

    In stock within 6-8 weeks
    $187
    €167.24
  8. Adam A3X

    Adam A3X

    In stock
    $244
    €217.24
  9. Adam T7V

    Adam T7V

    In stock within about one week
    $179
    €159.48
  10. Genelec 8010 AP

    Genelec 8010 AP

    In stock
    $249
    €223.28
  11. Yamaha HS 5

    Yamaha HS 5

    In stock within 6-8 weeks
    $145
    €130.17
  12. JBL 305P MKII

    JBL 305P MKII

    In stock
    $112
    €100
  13. Presonus Eris E5

    Presonus Eris E5

    In stock
    $202
    €180.17
  14. Presonus Eris E3.5

    Presonus Eris E3.5

    In stock
    $91
    €81.03
  15. Swissonic ASM7

    Swis­sonic ASM7

    In stock
    $208
    €185.34

Top Brands

  • KS Digital
  • Prodipe
  • Mackie
  • Monkey Banana
  • Dynaudio
  • Focal
  • Neumann
  • Presonus
  • EVE audio
  • KRK
  • Fluid Audio
  • HEDD

Most popular products

  1. JBL 305P MKII

    JBL 305P MKII

    In stock
    $112
    €100
  2. Presonus Eris E5

    Presonus Eris E5

    In stock
    $202
    €180.17
  3. Swissonic Sub10

    Swis­sonic Sub10

    In stock
    $186
    €166.38
  4. Presonus Eris E3.5

    Presonus Eris E3.5

    In stock
    $91
    €81.03
  5. IK Multimedia ARC System 3

    IK Mul­ti­media ARC System 3

    In stock
    $273
    €243.10
  6. KRK Rokit RP8 G4

    KRK Rokit RP8 G4

    In stock
    $225
    €200.86
  7. Focal Alpha 65

    Focal Alpha 65

    In stock
    $245
    €219.83
  8. the t.akustik Iso-Pad 5

    the t.akustik Iso-Pad 5

    In stock
    $14.10
    €12.59
  9. KRK 10S2

    KRK 10S2

    In stock
    $375
    €335.34
  10. the t.akustik ISO-Pad 6

    the t.akustik ISO-Pad 6

    In stock
    $15.10
    €13.45
  11. Mackie Big Knob Passive

    Mackie Big Knob Passive

    In stock
    $61
    €54.31
  12. the t.akustik ISO-Pad 8

    the t.akustik ISO-Pad 8

    In stock
    $18.85
    €16.81
  13. Millenium Desktop Monitor Stand DM2

    Mil­lenium Desktop Mon­itor Stand DM2

    In stock
    $18.75
    €16.72
  14. Swissonic ASM7

    Swis­sonic ASM7

    In stock
    $208
    €185.34
  15. Swissonic M-Control

    Swis­sonic M-Con­trol

    In stock
    $36.80
    €32.76