The Best Studio Monitors For Recording

Studio monitors are a very important purchase for your recording rig.  Having the best studio monitors will not only help you make good mixes, but will save you from having many headaches along the way.  I made a bad purchase previously by getting cheap studio monitors with a bad frequency range.  The outcome, I had to burn a CD, go drive around, realize my bass was all off, then come back and alter it.  After that, I had to repeat the whole process.  This caused a lot of frustration from me.  That being said, let's discuss what you should look for to get the best studio monitors.

What To Look For In Your Studio Monitor Purchase

There are to main points that you should look for when making your studio monitor purchase, and one to be aware of when mixing.

  • Frequency Range:  I mentioned in the previous section of this article what can happen if the speaker frequency range is sub par, and I cannot stress the importance of this enough.  You need to have good frequency coverage.  For more on frequency ranges, check out our article here.
  • Quality:  This might seem like a simple point, but keep in mind that you are trying to make the best recording possible.  Having speakers that lack in quality will lead to poor recordings.
  • Frequency Response:  All speakers will have boosted frequencies in certain ranges, the best studio monitors will be as flat as possible.  This is exactly what you want.  An example of this would be some of the more popular headphones that have boosted bass.  You DO NOT want any speakers that have this.  Luckily, most studio monitors don't do this, but you should be aware if you are planning to use standard computer speakers.

Now let's take a look the best studio monitors currently available.  (The following products contain affiliate links.  This means at no additional cost to you, I get paid if you click through and make a purchase.)

The Best Studio Monitors On A Budget

KRK Rokit 8

The KRK Rokits are probably the most popular studio monitors for home studios, and there is a reason why.  They are more affordable and produce a good sound quality.

  • Frequency Range: 35Hz-35kHz
  • Woofer Size: 8 inches
  • Total Power: 100 Watts

Yamaha HS8

It's Yamaha, and they make great sounding speakers.  A little higher in price, but great sound quality and power

  • Frequency range: 38Hz-30kHz
  • Woofer size: 8 inches
  • Total power: 120 Watts

JBL 305

JBL has great sound quality, and these speakers are VERY affordable.

  • Frequency range: 43Hz-24kHz
  • Woofer size: 5 inches
  • Peak: 108 dB

If you have any questions about choosing the best studio monitors for your recording rig, or any recording questions at all, do not hesitate to ask us!  We can be reached through our contact us page found here.