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  1. #1 Budget (audio) Studio Monitor Recommendation 
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    Hey guys, I did a search and didn't find anyone really talking about audio monitoring. This is really important to my work, so I wondered what you guys use when you are editing. I have been using a set of good bookshelf speakers, but I am ready to upgrade to true studio monitors, and I'm looking for recommendations. I work mostly for my church, so my work is played on a large sound system with nice subwoofers, I would like to keep my sub in my edit bay so that I can make sure the low end sounds good. Say I wanted to spend less than $500 on a pair of speakers, what would you guys recommend?
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    We use these on several of our editing computers. Everyone seems to like them - and they're pretty cheap, all things considered.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005F3H6Q8
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    These are probably the best monitors under $500 that you'll find.

    http://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR305-Two...rds=jbl+lsr305
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    Almost too cheap to be true - 24-Bit/192 kHz Digital 40-Watt Stereo Near Field Monitors - we have them on every NLE here, and we are happy with them.

    http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Spea...behringer+ms40
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    How long have you been using those Behringers? I haven't found them to be an incredibly durable or long-lasting brand.
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    The oldest ones we have are 3-4 years old, no problems so far - and we use them on a daily basis.
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    You wont find a better monitor under 900.00 than the Presonus Eris 8 in my opinion. There are plenty of reviews online and I personally like them in my recording studio. Guitar Center has them for 249.00 a piece with free shipping, so they just squeak in under your budget.
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    Among my favorites in this same general price category: Tannoy Reveals

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/New-Gear...annoy%20reveal
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    If you need your low end you might wanan check out some Samson Resolv plus a compatible Samson Resolv Subwoofer - I have an old passive Model w/o subwoofer, Resolv65, and am really happy with them for the last 10 years.
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    If you're getting serious about monitoring, you can throw away some serious cash if you don't consider your environment. Follow some basic (and affordable) best practices and at least kill the early reflection points. You'll be amazed at the clarity increase.

    Google "Ethan Winer" and find his forum on DIY acoustic room treatment. Made a massive difference in my mixing space. I went for killing early reflections at the sides & ceiling, diffusion on the back wall (cube-style bookcase with various books & stuff), isolating the speakers, a back wall low-mids deadener and treating the corners. Other than commercially purchased side deadeners, I built all the other pieces and used just one carton of Owens Corning and a few yards of black burlap. Worth every penny.
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