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Best Studio Monitors Under $300

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Why Every Professional Studio Needs Monitors

If you’re serious about mixing music, you need a pair of high-quality studio monitors. Specifically designed to create the most accurate sound for editing, mixing, and mastering, every professional in the industry knows how essential these are for a hi-fi studio setup.

If you’re building your studio set up for the first time or upgrading on a budget, this list is for you.

We’ll go over the top three studio monitors on the market right now priced at less than $300. Then, you’ll learn the most important qualities to look for when selecting your studio monitors.

And, if you’ve got the money to spend, we’ve got a bonus studio monitor feature.

Let’s get into it.

KRK ROKIT 5 G4

Price: $179 each ($358 a pair)

Active/Powered: Yes
Power Configuration: Bi-amped
Power Output: 55W Class D
Driver Size: 5 inches
Driver Type: Kevlar

Frequency Response: 43Hz – 40 kHz
Maximum Peak SPL: 104 dB SPL
Room Correction: DSP-Driven EQ with 25 settings
Input: XLR-¼” TRS Combo

Height: 11.22”
Width: 7.48”
Depth: 9.49”
Weight: 10.69 lb.

Special Features:
LCD screen for EQ visuals
Control via the KRK app on your phone or tablet
Front-firing port (safe to put near walls)

PreSonus Eris E5

Price: $125 each ($250 a pair)

Active/Powered: Yes
Power Configuration: Bi-amped
Power Output: 80W Class AB
Driver Size: 5 inches
Driver Type: Woven Composite (LF) and Silk Dome (HF)

Frequency Response: 53Hz – 22 kHz
Maximum Peak SPL: 102 dB SPL
Room Correction: Yes
Input: XLR, ¼” TRS, and RCA

Height: 10.24”
Width: 7”
Depth: 7.68”
Weight: 10.2 lb.

Special Features:
Front-firing port (safe to put near walls)

Behringer Truth B1030A

Price: $138 each ($276 a pair)

Active/Powered: Yes
Power Configuration: Bi-amped
Power Output: 75W Class AB
Driver Size: 5.25 inches
Driver Type: Kevlar Dome

Frequency Response: 50Hz – 20 kHz
Maximum Peak SPL: 110 dB SPL
Room Correction: Yes
Input: XLR, ¼” TRS, and RCA

Height: 11.13”
Width: 7.8”
Depth: 11”
Weight: 12.1 lb.

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Yamaha HS7

Price: $320 each ($640 a pair)

Active/Powered: Yes
Power Configuration: Bi-amped
Power Output: 95W Class AB
Driver Size: 6.5 inches
Driver Type: Dome

Frequency Response: 43Hz – 30 kHz
Maximum Peak SPL: unknown
Room Correction: Yes
Input: XLR and ¼” TRS

Height: 13.1”
Width: 8.3”
Depth: 11.2”
Weight: 18.1 lb.

Studio Monitors for Audiophiles, Artists, and Musicians

No matter what you’re doing—recording, editing, mixing, mastering, or even just listening—if you want to hear an accurate sound, you need good studio monitors.

When you’re on a budget, it can be hard to know how much to spend on audio equipment—so we’ve broken down the most important features on this list for you to know which of these monitors is best for your studio.

Price

When it comes to audio equipment, the age-old saying holds true: you get what you pay for.

Unfortunately, not all of us are rock stars or celebrities with a disposable income. If you want to spend more, but can’t just yet, consider buying what you can afford now and upgrading later.

Newer models are always emerging, so you’ll want to change it up every so often anyway.

Active Power, Amplifier Types, and Wattage

All the amps listed here are active (also known as powered) studio monitors. That means they have built-in amps providing power to the speakers.

All these speakers also feature a low to mid-range frequency driver (what some people casually refer to as the speaker, even though it isn’t) known as the woofer and a high-frequency driver known as the tweeter.

These monitors are all bi-amped—which means that the woofer and the tweeter are both supplied with separate sources of power, giving the sound output more clarity and headroom.

When you look at the power output, that’s the total amount of power supplied to the drivers. If you’re interested in how much power the tweeter and the woofer are supplied with individually, you can find that out on the product pages.

The bottom line is that more Watts equals more power and more clarity. With a stronger amp, you’ll have more headroom, more dynamic range, and less distortion.

Amp Classes: Strengths and Weaknesses

You might also notice that some of these amps are class AB and one is class D.

All amps output less power than they consume, and the wasted energy is emitted through heat.

Class D amps are the most efficient. They emit the least heat and don’t’ require heat sinks. Due to the lack of this component, class D amps are lighter weight than class A, B, or AB amps. If you’re looking for portable speakers, weight is an important consideration.

But class D amps aren’t the not the most high-fidelity—that’s class A.

Class AB amps are power efficient (although not as much as class D) and hi-fi (although not as much as class A), making them a good middle of the road option for efficiency and accuracy.

Frequency Response

Before you set up your studio, you’ll want to make sure that the studio monitors you choose can emit the full range of frequencies you’ll be mixing. Most of the time, 50 Hz to 20 kHz is enough, but in general, a wider range will provide a more accurate reproduction of sound.

When it comes to frequency though, your studio monitors’ ability to produce any sound without distortion may be more important than the range.

Choosing the Right Studio Monitors for You

There are audio engineers, musicians, and audiophiles out there, all with different needs, different studio setups, and different priorities.

There is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to the right pair of studio monitors for you, so consider your specific needs when shopping for your next piece of audio equipment.

Read this article about what you need to know before you buy if you want to learn more about the most important qualities to consider when shopping for studio monitors.

What do you think is the most important quality when comparing studio monitors? Tell us in the comments below!

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