5 Of The Best Studio Monitors (My Review 2018)

I think you will agree:

Studio monitors are one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have in your studio.

And having a good pair of ​speakers can change the way you mix dramatically.

In this post I will be reviewing the 5 best studio monitors to have in your studio.

5 Best studio monitors
5 Best studio monitors

I think you will agree:

Studio monitors are one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have in your studio.

And having a good pair of monitors can change the way you mix dramatically.

So you can get the best sound for your mixes...

...And become an audio guru in no time!

More...

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​KRK - ​Rokit 5 G3

​TOP CHOICE!

Overall Rating

Build Quality

Price:

$299

Type:

​Active

Freq Response:

​45Hz - 35kHz

Freq Response:

​45Hz - 35kHz

Price:

$299

Type:

​Active

We Like

  • ​Great build quality
  • ​Clean and clear sound
  • ​Fantastic value for money
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    Extremely popular
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    Great punch for small monitors

We Dislike

  • ​​Not as good as more expensive monitors
  • ​The start-up delay is annoying after the speakers have gone to sleep
Krk Rokit G3 Studio Monitors

Summary:

​The price, build quality and sound from these monitors are incredible​.

And that's why they're the top choice.

KRK are a ​highly well-known brand and have made some extremely high end studio monitors.

These are no exception, except they're budget friendly.

For a small room the 5 inch monitors should be perfect.

They give a lot of punch and won't blast too much sound in your room.

If you have a larger studio you might be better off getting the 6 or 8 inch monitors...

...They will have a lot better low end and sound will ​accommodate your room ​more.

​These monitors have an auto shut off feature after 20 minutes.

​​This is great for saving electricity and your monitors life span.

But:

​It has a delay that takes about a second to come back on...

...And this is frustrating, especially if you want to use them quickly for reference.

​However this does not change the way I feel about these speakers at all.

​If you are getting your first pair of studio monitors ​or need a reference pair.

KRK's are my favourite and the best bang for the buck!

accommodate
Krk Rokit G3 Studio Monitors Back
  • Features
  • Specs
  • High Frequency adjuster allows you to tailor it to your personal taste
  • Low frequency adjuster to compensate for room acoustics
  • Extended response up to 35kHz
  • Proprietary waveguide optimized for superior imaging
  • Clean midrange and tight bass

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​​Audioengine - A5+

Overall Rating

Build Quality

Price:

​$399 - $​469

Type:

​Active

Freq Response:

​​50Hz - ​22kHz

Freq Response:

​​50Hz - ​22kHz

Price:

​$399 - $​469

Type:

​Active

We Like

  • ​Makes any studio look great
  • ​Comes with a remote
  • ​External heatsink for cooler speakers
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    Outstanding build quality

We Dislike

  • ​No TRS or XLR input
  • ​Not marketed as reference monitors
  • ​Does have some ​coloration
  • Overpowering bass
coloration
Audioengine A5 Studio Monitors

Summary:

​If style is what you are going for then the Audioengine A5+'s will be for you.

The bamboo looks incredible with a perfect finish all around...

...Making them a centre​ piece for any studio.

There are a few problems with them though.

One is they have no TRS or XLR support and you can only use RCA inputs.

​Not only that, they do have some coloration and the bass is overpowering.

These are not marketed as ​pro audio mixing monitors.

​However:

Audioengine has its roots in the studio monitor world and the A5+ is quite good for this purpose.

They have had customers tell them they use these for nearfield listening and mixing with excellent results.

Another great feature on the A5+ is the heatsink on the back.

This helps to keep the speaker cooler when blasting out music for long periods of time....

...It will also help with overheating which was an issue with older models.

​You can get these in 3 different styles Bamboo, black and white with the bamboo being the most expensive.

So if you want some great speakers that look amazing and will be the centre piece of your studio...

...And you ​don't mind the coloration these speakers have.

Then​ look no further!

Audioengine A5 Studio Monitors Back
  • Features
  • Specs
  • Front panel volume control
  • Full-size 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Magnetically shielded
  • USB power charge port
  • Remote control

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PreSonus - Eris E4.5

Overall Rating

Build Quality

Price:

$​199

Type:

​Active

Freq Response:

​​70Hz - ​20kHz

Freq Response:

​​70Hz - ​20kHz

Price:

$​199

Type:

​Active

We Like

  • ​​High build quality
  • ​Great budget price
  • ​Impressive sound quality
  • ​Frequency customizations
  • ​Smooth and even frequency response

We Dislike

  • ​Lower frequencies ​only go as low as 70Hz
  • ​​Not big enough for larger rooms
  • ​No XLR Input
PreSonus E4.5 Studio Monitors

Summary:

​Presonus has made a great pair of budget studio monitors with the E4.5's.

The build quality is ​terrific and will last a long time.

It also produces ​a ​​​clear and distinct sound with ​wide stereo ​representation.

It's worth noting:

If you have a larger room you might want to go for the next size up like the E5's or even E8's.

This will allow the speakers to occupy you room ​more effectively...

...And will also give you a much ​greater bass response and low end punch.

​​​Here's the thing:

These monitors only go down to 70Hz.

Which means you won't be able to hear anything lower than that.

This shouldn't matter too much as frequencies this low are more felt than heard.

​Although:

​The sub bass of a mix can really muddy up a track if you're not careful.

So you might want to get a sub-woofer to go with these speakers making them not so budget friendly.

Buts that's up to you.

For what you get with presonus E4.5 is incredible and well worth the price by far.

Anyone looking to get their first pair of studio monitors to connect to their new audio interface won't make a bad choice in getting these.

PreSonus E4.5 Studio Monitors Back
  • Features
  • Specs
  • Able to adjust the high frequencies
  • Able to adjust the low frequencies
  • Acoustic space settings for accurate mixing
  • High pass filter
  • Amplifier soft start feature eliminates popping on power up

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​Mackie - CR4BT

Overall Rating

Build Quality

Price:

$​1​69.99

Type:

​Active

Freq Response:

​​70Hz - ​20kHz

Freq Response:

​​70Hz - ​20kHz

Price:

$​1​69.99

Type:

​Active

We Like

  • ​​Comes with isolation pads and RCA cables
  • ​Able to connect to Bluetooth
  • ​Light and portable
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    Made for music and studio use
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    Solid build quality

We Dislike

  • ​No EQ adjustment
  • ​No XLR
  • ​Unable to remove power lead
  • Doesn't go lower than 70Hz
Krk Rokit G3 Studio Monitors

Summary:

The makie CR4's are quality monitors for how much they cost.

The build quality and finish are solid while also being very light and easily portable.

They produce a flat EQ response which is great for mixing and being able to hear all the little mistakes.

You can connect to these via TRS and RCA...

...And there are two handy ports on the front for your headphones and aux insert.

The CR4's also has a left and right switch on the back so you can position the powered speaker on the side of your choice.

I don't like:

The fact you can't take out the power lead in case it breaks or dies...

...Also you are unable to change the eq settings to your setup and studio like you can on the presonus E4.5.

It does come with some free isolation pads that the speakers sit on and also RCA cables which is a nice touch...

...And being able to connect through Bluetooth is handy when you just want to listen to music.

It's worth noting you can get the CR4's without Bluetooth for a little bit less.

​So, for a budget studio these are a lovely pair of monitors to own.

They have many different connection capabilities, great sound, portable and a well all rounded speaker. 

Mackie CR4 Studio Monitors Back
  • Features
  • Specs
  • Ultra-wide frequency range
  • ​Studio-quality design, sound and performance ideal for multimedia creation and entertainment
  • Choose which side of your desk gets the volume knob
  • ​Convenient front panel features including headphone out and aux in
  • Professional-grade components for optimized sonic performance

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​Yamaha - HS8

Overall Rating

Build Quality

Price:

$​699.98

Type:

​​Active

Freq Response:

​38Hz - ​30kHz

Freq Response:

​38Hz - ​30kHz

Price:

$​699.98

Type:

​​Active

We Like

  • ​​Flat frequency response
  • ​Solid build quality
  • ​Made for studio environments
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    Great distinction in separation
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    Able to change the frequency response to suit your room

We Dislike

  • ​Pricey
Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors

Summary:

​These are by far the most expensive on the list.

But at the same time they have the best sound quality.

​If you have the money and want an excellent pair of studio monitors.

These are what you want.

As they say, "you get what you pay for".

And when it comes to studio monitors they're right!

The frequency response is fairly flat so you hear what you are supposed to hear and not coloration.

This makes them a beast when it comes to mixing and mastering in a studio.

A great feature with these monitors ​is the switches on the back allowing you to change the room control and high trim.

The monitors are meant to be placed at least 5 feet from the wall.

But as most of us can't do that.

​So, you can set the room control to compensate for the lack of ​space in your studio which will help reduce the bass build up.

The high trim switch will allow you to boost or cut 2dB above 2kHz.

Giving you greater control over the high frequencies to suit your studio needs.

The only bad thing about the Yamaha HS8 is the price.

If they were cheaper they would have been the top choice.

But if you can afford to pay the hefty price tag.

Do it now! ​You won't regret it.

After all to get anything better than these you are looking to Pay into the thousands!

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors Back
  • Features
  • Specs
  • Room control Switch
  • high trim control
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
  • 75w LF plus 45w HF bi-amp system for 120W power amplification
  • 8" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter

And The Winner Is...

Krk Rokit G3 Studio Monitor Transparent

KRK - ​Rokit 5 G3

  • ​​​Exceptional sound​​​​
  • ​​Great build quality

​And the most impressive ​studio monitor in its price range.​


Which is your faviourite Studio Monitor

​Let me know in the comments below which your ​favourite is...

...And what Studio monitors you're going to get.

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