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I was thinking about purchasing a pair of speakers. I'm stuck between the JBL LSR305's, JBL LSR308's or the KRK Rokit 6 G3's. Which pair of speakers would provide amazing highs and mids while still being able to pump out some nice bass? I know that a sub is still needed but for now, I would like the best studio monitors for under $400. I plan on connecting these bad boys to my gaming PC. I like listening to a wide variety of music including rap, oldies, r&b, alternative and some rock. I also game a lot and watch a ton of movies. Thoughts please?
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From those I would go with the LSR308s. They will have a advantage in bass compared with the other two. I would also look at the new Mackie MR8 mk3s, if older MRs are anything to go by, those promise to be very good speakers, and a real rival to the 308s.
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From those I would go with the LSR308s. They will have a advantage in bass compared with the other two. I would also look at the new Mackie MR8 mk3s, if older MRs are anything to go by, those promise to be very good speakers, and a real rival to the 308s.
Thanks for the suggestion but it seems like the Mackie's aren't as good as the JBL's and cost more.
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I have compared the previous generation of Mackie MRs to the previous lower end JBL LSRs, and they both sounded equally good. Mackie makes excellent entry-level and mid-range monitors. Their HR series is actually THX pm3 certified. Not many monitors have that certification, and you would have to step up to the LSR 6328 to get that from a JBL monitor. I don't know where you got the idea they aren't as good as JBLs, but I can tell you that opinion isn't widely shared in the recording business.
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There's 2 reviews on the Internet from "professionals" that mention how they are good speakers but that the highs aren't great.

The Mackie MR8mk3 looks great and Amazon has a bunch of 5 star reviews so I think I should consider them. I can't seem to find any comparisons to the JBL's though.
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There's 2 reviews on the Internet from "professionals" that mention how they are good speakers but that the highs aren't great.

The Mackie MR8mk3 looks great and Amazon has a bunch of 5 star reviews so I think I should consider them. I can't seem to find any comparisons to the JBL's though.
One thing I disliked about the 308's was the highs. I thought they were very unnatural.
The Yamaha HS series has better sounding highs (IMO). They sounded better overall than the older NS series but still fatiguing to me.
Definitely worthy of a listen as you may like the highs. I thought the mids and bass sounded as good as the 308.

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-HS8-Stu.../dp/B00DCYMVB2
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The Yamaha is too expensive for a pair so I'll have to pass on those. Its between the JBL LSR308, Mackie MR8mk3 or KRK Rokit 8 G3.
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Down to the Mackie MR8mk3 or the JBL LSR308. I wish I had a guitar center nearby....
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I was thinking about purchasing a pair of speakers. I'm stuck between the JBL LSR305's, JBL LSR308's or the KRK Rokit 6 G3's. Which pair of speakers would provide amazing highs and mids while still being able to pump out some nice bass? I know that a sub is still needed but for now, I would like the best studio monitors for under $400. I plan on connecting these bad boys to my gaming PC. I like listening to a wide variety of music including rap, oldies, r&b, alternative and some rock. I also game a lot and watch a ton of movies. Thoughts please?
There's another alternative - the Behringer B2031A.

There are those who see a lot of resemblance between it and the LSR308.

Between the LSR308 and the B2031A its your choice, as they are both very good, competitively priced and highly regarded.
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There's another alternative - the Behringer B2031A.

There are those who see a lot of resemblance between it and the LSR308.

Between the LSR308 and the B2031A its your choice, as they are both very good, competitively priced and highly regarded.
Just read some posts on the Behringer B2031A. Folks are claiming that they sound muddy. I'd rather stick with a well known brand like JBL or Mackie in that case. Thanks for the input though.
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I can't say for sure about the B2031A, but the B2031p sound fine to my ears. I wouldn't get them over a pair of MR8 mk3s though. The 2030 and 2031s are really just reverse engineered clones of first generation Mackie HR monitors anyway. The 2031p were a killer deal when they were available, you could get them for $120 each (I got mine for $65 each new!) They are good monitors, but the new Mackies and JBLs have to be better.
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