The Best Home Studio Monitors for 2018
Shopping for the best studio monitors should be easy. Whether looking for the best value studio monitors for home recording or a set of monitors for a professional recording studio, it’s not as if options are thin on the ground. But at the same time, too much choice has a habit of making things all the more complicated.
Which is precisely why DJkit has selected what we and our customers alike believe to be a selection of the best studio monitors in the world right now. So wherever and however you intend to use them, opt for any of the following and you won’t go far wrong:
First up, these Pioneer DM-40 Black Active Monitors bring compact yet powerful performance to any home or professional studio environment. Among the best affordable studio monitors out there right now, these attractive speakers boast the same technology as Pioneer’s professional S-DJX series and Pro Audio speakers. The combination of DECO technology and a renowned front-loaded bass reflex system ensures a comprehensively outstanding sound reproduction – all for just £129 and packaged with a free RCA to RCA cable.
With a brand-new Bi-amped, class A/B amplifier for large headroom and low distortion, KRK's Rokit 5 G3 powered studio monitors bring true professional sound quality into any studio. Designed for producers and recording artists with a meticulous eye for accuracy, the system consists of a 1" soft dome tweeter and 5" glass-Aramid composite woofer. Total quality and performance irrespective of your musical style, these outstanding monitors are available for £129 each, or buy a pair for £249 and save even more.
When it comes to the best recording studio monitors for those on a budget, our full recommendation goes the way of these Mackie CR4 bargains. Designed to deliver the best of all worlds, the monitors are incredibly compact yet feature the kind of build quality and premium technology typically exclusive to far more expensive studio speakers. Enjoy rich, clear and vibrant sound reproduction, enhanced by the premium all-wood casing and intuitive design. All for the generously low price of £125 for a pair.
Or if looking to keep things below the £100 mark, the Mackie CR3 represents the perfect choice for entry-level home producers and recording artists. Each kit comes complete with absolutely everything you’ll need to get up and running, further adding to the value for money of this extraordinary package. Though perhaps not quite as powerful as some of the higher-end monitors on the market, the Mackie CR3 provides an ROI that’s simply astonishing.
Last up, Yamaha’s HS7 studio monitor range has gained legendary status all over the world for a very good reason. If looking to enjoy truly premier-quality sound without overspending, this could well be the hardware for you. Boasting a 2-way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 6.5" cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter, sound reproduction is just as about as consistent as it gets. Unbeatable responsiveness and durable build quality, the Yamaha HS7 is up for grabs for £159, or save more by picking up a pair for £315.