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Postby leonardo 1 » 17 Apr 2019, 00:19

Does anyone use two decent small and cheap active monitors? I can't afford two qsc K2 8 ... or other expensive brands. Until now I only used one monitor, but now I can't play with one anymore .. I need stereo listening. So I was thinking of small, comfortable, lightweight and cheap compact monitors that sound decent .. I will certainly have to take a mixer too. Which do you recommend? Graxie for your advice !!
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Postby maxpiano » 17 Apr 2019, 08:03

Behringer B208D, good value for the price, small, light and sounding well (more than enough to be used as monitors in a live situation, but also as main speakers in small venues such as solo/acoustic or duo).
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Postby JayDee » 17 Apr 2019, 08:32

The Alto 10" powered monitors https://www.altoproaudio.com/products/tx210 can be had for about $169 ea in the US and are decent considering the price. Yamaha DBR 10's can be had for a little more and IMO would be better.
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Re: Active monitor...

Postby MvanD » 17 Apr 2019, 09:34

I use Behringer Eurolive B205D. Does the job. Because I play with two keyboards, I have them connected (using balanced cables to eliminate hum from the theatre lights) to my own stage mixer.
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Re: Active monitor...

Postby Leo Castro » 17 Apr 2019, 22:03

Alto TS210. I have 2, sound really good.
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Re: Active monitor...

Postby cphollis » 18 Apr 2019, 05:04

Or maybe consider ambient in-ear monitors? Not everyone's cup of tea, but ~$300 can buy you some amazing sonic bliss, as well as attenuate the chaos around you.

Funny story? I used a nice pair of ambient in-ear monitors for a while. I had to stop for a silly reason. During gigs, the sound quality was so good I went from "performance mode" to "sit back and listen mode" and ended up regularly missing stage cues and similar. Band members asked me to stop using them.

They're that good.
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Re: Active monitor...

Postby maxpiano » 18 Apr 2019, 08:07

cphollis wrote:Or maybe consider ambient in-ear monitors? Not everyone's cup of tea, but ~$300 can buy you some amazing sonic bliss, as well as attenuate the chaos around you.

Funny story? I used a nice pair of ambient in-ear monitors for a while. I had to stop for a silly reason. During gigs, the sound quality was so good I went from "performance mode" to "sit back and listen mode" and ended up regularly missing stage cues and similar. Band members asked me to stop using them.

They're that good.


IEM are good if all members of the band use them, imho, otherwise you will isolate yourself from the rest of the band and listen to something different compared to what the band is actually sounding like (at least on stage, not FOH)
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Postby cphollis » 18 Apr 2019, 15:01

That's why I mentioned "ambient" IEMs. They attenuate outside sound by 20 dB or so, enough to hear what's going on around you, but not overly so. You can have a conversation with them still in your ears, yet not be bothered by crashing drums, searing guitars and the like. I can use them regardless of what the other musos choose to do.

If you haven't tried them, they're certainly an interesting option if you're looking for lower-cost, high-fidelity stereo stage monitoring.

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Postby sus_4 » 18 Apr 2019, 15:24

I concur with cphollis... I've been using Westone's Pro 20 ambient IEMs for about a year now. They stay in my ears for the entire gig. I can hear the stage mix, stage cues, (and bar conversations) without removing them between sets. As an added bonus, my vocals have improved since using IEMs due to having a cleaner, more direct vocal monitor.
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Re: Active monitor...

Postby maxpiano » 18 Apr 2019, 15:28

cphollis wrote:That's why I mentioned "ambient" IEMs. They attenuate outside sound by 20 dB or so, enough to hear what's going on around you, but not overly so. You can have a conversation with them still in your ears, yet not be bothered by crashing drums, searing guitars and the like. I can use them regardless of what the other musos choose to do.

If you haven't tried them, they're certainly an interesting option if you're looking for lower-cost, high-fidelity stereo stage monitoring.


I wasn't aware of that type of IEMs. Learned something new today, thanks cphollis :)
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