madtheory wrote:As you guess, the LF definition issue is a function of the room they are in. Your average domestic room will have big problems from about 300Hz down. Adding a sub will only make that worse, because the problem is all of that bass standing around in the room- literally! It's because of the room dimensions. The hope is that your room is not a perfect cube...
This is easily improved by installing bass traps and panel absorbers. Trap the corners first, that's where the biggest build up is. Simply putting in two rolls of Owens- Corning 703 in each corner will do floor to ceiling in a typically sized room. Position your monitors on two corners of an equilateral triangle where your head is the third corner, and using the 33% rule to position them in the room. Then do the four mirror points with panels. This is important- everyone does the side walls, but forgets about the floor and the ceiling! A nice rug is a good idea, if you don't have carpet.
That's the simple way to get a better sounding room. There is more you can do if you want to get into the details. This is a good beginning source of info:
One can get far deeper than that if you wish!
The great thing about acoustic treatment is that, compared to buying more gear, it's very very cheap to get a big improvement in sound quality.
As for monitors, in the £500 bracket it's tough to choose, they're all pretty much the same. I think the Mackie's are a more thoughtful and better value design than the Yamaha's, which are trading on the good name of the classic NS10 and NS20- even though they have none of the advantages of those designs. The KRK's are good sounding but the amps have a tendency to blow, whereas the Mackie's are relatively reliable. If you could double your budget and stretch a little, you could get RCF Mytho 8 which perform well above their price bracket.
ninja6485 wrote:Something that might be helpful to someone else setting up a room: My room is too small to get the suggested distance between the monitors and the walls, but also maintain an equilateral triangle. Am I correct in assuming that the triangle has priority over distance between the monitor and the walls?
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