Alesis Monitor One MKII Studio Monitors (Passive)
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6.5 mid/bass driver (75W) 1 tweeter (25W) shielded against computer/monitor interference very flat response, frequency range: 38Hz-23.5kHz (-10dB point) connectors: combination XLR/jack with input level control Dimensions: 381 x 216 x 248mm Weight: 9kg each
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Buy these, seriously. Best value for money on a pair of passive monitors.
Of course being two-way, not three-way, monitors the mids are filled in with the 6" sub and the 1/2" tweeter, but regardless they still are fantastic. Alongside a Samson Servo 200 Stereo Amp that I bought with them, they deliver their full potential.
Great value for money and I would recommend them to anyone who is starting off with some studio reference monitors.
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I'd recommend these Alesis monitors not only to home recording engineers, but also for general music and TV listening. If you're used to muffled consumer-grade speakers, these monitors will sound a little bright at first - and then you'll notice how much more detail you're hearing in the music, detail that is obscured by lower quality speakers.
The Monitor One's have good bass response for their size, but this is inevitably limited by the 5" effective piston diameter of the woofers. I added a budget Velodyne VX-11 subwoofer to extend the bass response of the Monitor One's. The subwoofer is set to roughly a 70 Hz crossover frequency, and about 8 o'clock on the sub volume knob. The Velodyne integrates very smoothly with the Monitor One's at these settings, and the overall sound is nothing short of superb - for a total budget of about $300 for both monitors and subwoofer! Outstanding sound on the cheap!
I have not heard anything that sounds audibly better than these Alesis Monitor One's until you get to the Mackie HR 824's in the $1300 range - more than *seven times* the Amazon price of the Alesis Monitor One's!
As an aside, these passive Alesis Monitor One's sound much better than the active Alesis M1 Active Mk II monitors do. The active monitors use the same woofer and tweeter, and the active crossover network is even smoother, but unfortunately the M1 Active's have very sloppy, boomy, undefined one-note bass that ruins the otherwise smooth balance of their sound. A real pity.
In summary, if you're looking to spend under $1300 for a pair of monitors, check these Alesis Monitor One Mk 2 out. There's a lot to love about them, and not much to critique.
I'm not running these through any state-of-the-art amp, but rather just this little 40W amp: LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply
These speakers truly make listening to music a completely different experience. They have very even response, even at low volumes and the sound quality is like nothing I've ever heard. Even with my tiny 40W amp they can still easily get to volumes that are comfortable for me to play drums over, and never distort in the slightest.
Whether I am listening to jazz, classical, folk, rock, punk, or even death metal, every instrument is perfectly articulated. No matter what type of music I can always pick out each instrument independently without having to try. They respond to EQ changes dynamically and intuitively.
No complaints here. They were easily worth every penny and are sure to be a lasting part of my home studio.