I have just been using various headphones over the past three or so years, mostly because studio monitors are not “fun” to buy. You know, they are not a synthesizer or something else that’s “cool”. I know, that is the totally wrong way of thinking and the monitors should have come before a lot of other stuff (the fun stuff!), but it’s also not pocket change.
So I finally decided to get proper monitors for my largely untreated room that is around 13-14 m². I should probably have posted here before ordering something, but I figured this is something I need to test in the specific room anyway since it’s such a relative matter. Still, I’m curious what studio monitors you guys use, in which room size, and what your experiences are, both good and negative?
I settled for a pair of Adam F5 monitors (and isolation pads), mostly because I feel that 5" is a good compromise for the room size. They will also stand only 20-30 centimeters (10 inches) from the walls. The bass reflex thing is on the front with these. I considered 7", but those don’t really do all that much more for the bass, and 8", where I think bass would be getting good, are both too big for the room and honesty too costly. There is a small subwoofer from Adam that costs around €400 (as much as the two speakers), so if I ever want more bass, that’d be a route to go.
I am unsure about the size, but it’s probably a good idea to start at 5" and see how that sounds. Worst case is I have to send them back (should arrive next week). I considered the KRK RoKits too, since those are so popular, but reviews at Thomann mentioned a rather audible self-noise and an annoying auto-idle mode. They would have been a little cheaper, too, though not by much, so that would be my next choice if the Adam F5s don’t work out. Yamaha HS5 were also in the same price range, with decent reviews. I also don’t want to spend more than €400 tops for a pair of speakers. Otherwise I’d have considered those BM5s from Dynaudio, which everyone seems to love. Definitely outside of my budget, though.
I still think this is a supremely boring purchase, but I’m a bit tired of always wearing headphones, especially since my desktop or the display don’t have any speakers. So even for non-audio stuff, like gaming or watching a film, having speakers will be a plus.