Help me pick best studio monitors ~ 1500$ Neuman KH 120 vs Adam A7x vs Focal CMS 50

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  1. Psyside

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    Hi guys, i'm looking to buy one of this speakers, and i got some a bit specific questions about them.

    Q: Usage?

    A: Music listening, (no production) mostly rock and instrumental music/vocals/blues/new age, i prefer detailed sound and huge soundstage, with decent lows.

    Q: Room size?

    A: 5x5m

    Q: DAC/Soundcard?

    A: Xonar STX


    Q: What part of speakers quality is most important to you?

    A: AMPS and build quality, would also like to know, which from this speakers use most quality parts, and the exact models of amps, for example i heard mosfet based amps are the best, and better then PWM/regular amps.


    Thanks in advance !
     
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    Magnepan MMG?: http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG

    Low sensitivity and 4 Ohm load, so you would need to ask them about what amplification they found works well with them (total guess, but maybe NAD or the lower end Parasound stuff?)

    I doubt you are going to get insane spl or gut thumping bass, but a voluminous soundstage and lots of detail would be consistent with Magnepan ribbons.
     
  3. Psyside

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    I'm in small room, so to save you some time, i only need (can use) studio monitors, my desk where i keep them is the only free space, cranked up room ye.

    Thanks for the suggestion, but i need info about this 3 pairs, no Hi-Fi gear.
     
  4. cheez

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    Psyside, unfortunately most folks are not familiar with studio monitors. They are more into Hi-Fi stuff usually in the lower rank versions (budget).

    I own a pair of Focal CMS40 and have done a lot of research on Focal speakers before I decided to go with the 40. I would recommend the Focal CMS50 out of those options you listed as the CMS lines excel in the mid range in wider stereo imaging and soundstage. Mid detail is where these speakers excel and they have pretty flat frequency response. The highs are more than good enough IMO. Definitely beats Adam series. If you are going to do a lot of near field listening you maybe better off with the CMS40. They sound even fuller than the 50. The component quality is equal to that of the 50 and 60 line. You then couple it with a sub and you will have a killer system.

    Another good one to look at is Genelec 8030A. They are the 5 inchers (mid woofer) and supposed to have very good SQ. A little outside of your price range but pretty close.
     
  5. Psyside

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    Thanks for the answer cheez, i would look at CMS 40, but they lack bass, and i think CMS50 is not alot better in that regard.
     
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    if you are looking for a 2.0 solution and don't mind active speakers the look of these the KRK Rokit RP10-3s are a great value at 1000$ for a pair, they play flat to 30hz and have great clarity and detail. great low end for music, you dont really need a sub as most music but if you really want the sub 30 notes you would need one like with almost any speaker

    they are kinda large - could be a drawback

    http://www.krksys.com/krk-studio-monitor-speakers/rokit/rokit-rp10-3.html
     
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    how far are you sitting from them? they are near field so if it is at your desk and you are sitting at your desk you are fine.

    the Adams are nice.
     
  8. Psyside

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but yes they are to big.
     
  9. Psyside

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    Yes 1 metter, why do you prefer the Adams?
     
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    Personal preference :p

    That is the thing with speakers, ask two people and you will probably get ten different answers.
     
  11. Psyside

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    You own them or have? how are the highs, i heard they are a bit harsh, i own A3x atm but i guess A7x should be different even the tweeters should be the same.

    Also what about the bass, is it boomy?
     
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    I have heard them. Like the ribbon tweeter. I would not call it boomy. If you have A3x already, and like it, A7x is the obvious choice.
     
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    I've got some Wharfedale Evo2-10's that I use on my computer desk. Though they are cheaper than the KRK's and such posted(I got mine for 400 for the set). They are passive and I think a sub is needed. The highs on them are very very nice, and the bass is great as well. Though they do better if you standing back a bit, they also sound great when sitting in my desk. I've also got some KRK Rockit 6's and 8's and I like the wharfedale much more.
     
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    I have a pair of Adam A7xs for my computer setup and another pair that I use in conjunction with a Sub8 for my home studio.

    I extensively tested them against virtually all other monitors in the $1400-$2000 price range, and definitely preferred them.

    Simply put though, the only way to truly make an informed decision is to go try them out yourself with the genre(s) of music you mostly listen to.
     
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    Thanks but the issue is here they got the older version which had port noise issues, will go and listen them anyway.

    Thanks for the answer, sorry but i don't prefer passive speakers.

    Yes, i will give them a listen, like i said, they got the revision 1, which had port noise issues, will go and give them a listen to see maybe they are not effected.
     
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    Port noise was an issue back in Feb and not all of them were affected. I would imagine it is no longer an issue. You can always copy down serial number first then contact Adam. They will tell you if it is the fixed one or old stock.

    Here is where? :p
     
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    I tried that, they said they cant tell me the serial, but i'm 95% sure its the old stock....
    Thanks will check them out!
     
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    Oh well. Only seller in town?
     
  21. Psyside

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    Yes, only :(
     
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    I was gonna suggest KEF LS50, but looks like you are looking for active speakers.
     
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    Second the recommendation for the Airmotiv's. Have the 6's for my desktop setup, no problems with them.

    Just ordered their new XDA-2 DAC as well :)
     
  24. cheez

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    Psyside,

    Add 3 more hundred dollars and you can opt for a pair of Focal CMS65. It has the 6.5" mid bass driver and the lows down to 45 hz. It should provide good study bass.

    Another fantastic option is to opt for a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers ($200) and an Audioquest Angel cable ($1200) if you aren't for "loud" listening. It's an exclusive expensive setup but still falls right under your price range. Add an 8" or 10" sub and will give you tight, controlled, hard, detailed, authentic bass from the system. The A2's will make your sub sound tight while the sub will make your A2's sound big. Best sound I ever received, even beating the Focal CMS40 with sub in nearfield listening, no kidding.

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