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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi There,
I have a bit of a problem. I have my own project studio (24 track hard disk and a 48 channel mixer with a bunch of hard synths). I use Sonar and Sibelius for everything.
Right now I have a pair of Event 20/20 BAS speakers which I love and still intent to use. However I was just given a Mctintosh 2300 amplifier in great shape. I want to utilize it in the studio but I can’t afford real expensive studio monitors.
Looking around with my small budget, I’ve seen a few brands like the Yamaha BR15 or the Yamaha BR12 which are pretty inexpensive. There are a few other brands like Peavy that have a similar product at a similar cost.

A few friends of mine told me that with the Mcintosh I really should be using a better studio monitor rather than the PA speakers I can afford.

Is it worth it to get the lower cost PA speakers or should I just bite the bullet and sell the Mcintosh (they are going for $1700 and up and stick with my 20/20 BAS.

Thanks,
Steve
post #2 of 8
For $400 you could get a pair of KEF iQ30 speakers, which are good enough to work well with the mac. Check the KEF Direct website.
post #3 of 8
I would look into the Behringer B2030P studio monitor speakers. These are very affordable and quite popular at Audioholics by folks how have owned them.

http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-B2030P-Ultra-Linear-Reference-Monitor/dp/B000N94S7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344354793&sr=8-1&keywords=Behringer+B2030P
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

For $400 you could get a pair of KEF iQ30 speakers, which are good enough to work well with the mac. Check the KEF Direct website.

Looks good but the KEF iQ30 are only rated at 120 watts. That's too low for the 300 watt output of the Mac.
Thanks,
Steve
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by ack_bk View Post

I would look into the Behringer B2030P studio monitor speakers. These are very affordable and quite popular at Audioholics by folks how have owned them.
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-B2030P-Ultra-Linear-Reference-Monitor/dp/B000N94S7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344354793&sr=8-1&keywords=Behringer+B2030P

I've looked at them as well but they are only rated at 100 watts. I'd blow them up with the 300 watts on the Mcintosh

Thanks,
Steve
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by musicmanstevve View Post

Looks good but the KEF iQ30 are only rated at 120 watts. That's too low for the 300 watt output of the Mac.
Thanks,
Steve
Huh?
Only if you turn the dial way too far... Just because an amp can give 300W doesn't mean it has to. There's only 4 dB difference between 120W and 300W anyway.
post #7 of 8
Dude, it's not like the amp is going to be putting out 300W all the time. Be reasonable with the volume and you'll be fine.
post #8 of 8
Yes, it doesn't work that way. Look at it this way, the Behringer monitors are rated 89db sensitivity with 1 wall at 1 meter. Meaning with only one watt of power you are at 89db from 1 meter away. With a 100watt receiver you will be pushing over 107db from 8' away. That is loud...


For reference:
http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html
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