It is with great excitment I bring you the first episode in our series on studio monitors. During this series we are going to talk about buying monitors, are expensive cables really worth the cost? How to get the most out the speakers you have and more, infact we even have a prize to give away. This week I’m going to cover some basic monitor related terms, theory and give you some ideas on creating a good test CD.

  • Paul

    I use a pair of denon scf-102′s fantastic little speakers only cost me £70, yes indeed full range speakers are way better than using subs. i do use a seperate amplifier a TEAC AG-10D, set it to direct matrix it produces really good sound all through the spectrum. Its also handy to have a decent vu/graphic eq display so you can actually “see” the frequencies performing as they should on the speaker

  • federico

    DSP project is simply great! Straight to the point with useful and clearly explained advices, interesting interviews as for topic and questions .. you actually always do a really good job!
    Congratulations to “our host, Rupert Brown” :) and whoever works with him at this project.
    I’m lacking a pair of monitors by now and will of course take advantage of your advices when choosing them, hopefully soon..

  • Alvaro

    Very comprehensive introduction to the basics, well done! This should clear a few things up for anyone getting started or wanting to review monitor basics.

  • Alvaro

    Very comprehensive introduction to the basics, well done! This should clear a few things up for anyone getting started or wanting to review monitor basics.

  • Fishwater

    First off, studio monitors are NOT “basically loud speakers” FALSE FALSE FALSE! Second – you talk about studio monitors for this “blog” but in your video I see your NEAR FIELDS nicely COUPLED TO YOUR BRIDGE! NO NO NO! Decouple them with stands, stop calling them LOUD SPEAKERS and learn2audio! Go to school – ANYTHING – LEARN what you are talking about before talking about it, PLEASE! Stop spreading misinformation!

  • Anonymous

    1) “A loudspeaker (or “speaker”) is an electroacoustic transducer that produces sound in response to an electrical audio signal input.”
    A studio monitor is a loudspeaker designed to produce a flat frequency response no? please enlighten me.

    2) Its great your eager, but just a little too quick. This was just the first episode (and long enough as it is) I have an upcoming video in the series covering decoupling where I will also be reviewing Primacoustic recoils (decoupling pads). In fact if you look closely on the episode preview image (picture shown before pressing play) you will see it sitting under my monitor.

    I welcome criticism as a chance to improve, looking forward to your reply.

  • Paul_clews

    Actually Rupert you’re right they are just speakers, (thats the round thing at the front for people that dont know lol) mainly with a power and mains transformer built in (some don’t)
    I had a pair of yamaha ones years back they were good but not a patch on the dennons.

    Decoupling the speakers is actually not needed for close range setups where your ears are so close to them after all you wouldnt put headphones on stands would you.

  • The Scaremonger

    @fishwater set us straight then… are you referring to some of the things that Rupert appears to have consider when actually testing these units?

  • Slicknote

    ya rupert he told you take his ass to school lol

  • Don Capili

    @fishwater I think what rupert means is studio monitors are a “type of loudspeakers” this is correct. I have done a fair amount of reading support this claim. And near fields are again a “type” of monitors for which they have smaller sweet spot basically… and I suggest you cooldown :) peace

  • Lewis

    Good guide to the basics, I offer reviews of monitors myself at
    Studio Monitor Reviews