Best Studio Monitors For Your Vintage Synth

Post date:

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:34


Naomi Bolton

Some vintage synth owners use their instruments purely for their enjoyment and never get as far as recording anything. Others record their compositions for personal use or to share with friends. In both these cases there isn't really a need for expensive speakers as a good pair of headphones or consumer speakers will be more than adequate. However, if you are serious about recording your work and sharing it with the public, then you can benefit from studio monitors. Unlike hi-fi speakers, good studio monitors will enable you to listen to your music without the boosted bass and tinny highs favored by consumer audio products, in order to get a more accurate portrayal of your audio. Decent studio monitors are not cheap, so if you are unsure about where to spend your hard earned money, then take a look at some of the ones that has been rated as the best buys.

HEDD Type 20 Studio Monitor


type 20

The HEDD Audio Type 20 speakers are not cheap, but when it comes to performance they are hard to beat. In fact, a lot of people who own these monitor speakers swear that they are able to outperform much more expensive speakers. The great thing about these speakers is that they not only sound great, but it is also clear to see the quality of their design. Another advantage for those with small home studios is that the Type 20 speakers are very compact. Overall, the Type 20 studio monitor offers superb analog monitoring as well as support for optional input-cards for more connection options. 

Focal Shape 65


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The Focal Shape 65 monitors are two-way active studio monitors that are designed with flexible positioning in mind. Focal has made use of Neutral Inductance Circuit technology as well as TMD Surround to minimize distortion, while the low directivity of the tweeter gives you more freedom in regards to speaker placement. The Focal Shape 65 monitor is designed without a port, but can be placed near a wall thanks to its double passive radiator. Finally, these monitors not only sound great, but thanks to the walnut finish they also bring a warmer look to any studio.

Mackie MR Series


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If you have a smaller home studio and don't have a fortune to spend on monitors, then the MR series by Mackie are worth a look. These stylish looking monitors feature baffles that are designed around Mackie's logarithmic waveguide, which basically matches the dispersion of the tweeter and woofer to each other. These monitors are not designed to be placed against a wall as they are rear ported, but you can match the response of them to the room position by making use of the rear panel controls. Overall, this series offers decent sound at a good price.

Tannoy Reval 802


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Tannoy also has ultra-compact studio monitors in the form of their Reveal 402, but if you are looking for something a little bigger, then it is the Reveal 802 you want. With the Reveal 802 you get an active, 2-way monitor speaker with 8" woofer and 1" soft-dome tweeter . Electronic musicians in particular will appreciate the frequency response of 42 hz up to 43 khz and with a Max SPL of 114 dB, these monitor speakers can get loud. For those who have small kids roaming around, the poke resistant tweeter will come in handy and they are front ported, so they are useful in smaller spaces too. 

Eve Audio SC203



If you have a really small home studio and don't want to compromise on sound quality, then check out the Eve Audio SC203. At only 116 x 190 x 134 mm in size these monitor speakers are clearly designed to fit on your desktop, but don't let their size fool you, they still deliver a maximum sound pressure level of 94 dB. The SC203 speakers are able to deliver crisp highs, clean mids and even the lows are not bad considering the size of the speakers. While you could probably find bigger monitor speakers in this price range, there are few other speakers that can deliver this kind of quality in such a compact size. 


There is no shortage of quality studio monitors available on the market, so the ones listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Let us know in the comments below or on the forum what type of monitor speakers, if any, you prefer for your own home studio and which ones you would want if money wasn't a factor.