Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and new to dj'ing and could do with some help! I have a Traktor s4 mk2 controller that is linked up to a shitty old hifi that has seen better days and I'm looking to upgrade the sound quality ever so slightly. I have read through many posts and read loads of reviews about studio monitors and I am totally stuck on what to buy. I will be using them for hobby dj'ing but want good quality sound that can impress when the need arises. I would greatly appreciate any advice on what to buy and what not to buy if anyone can spare the time to reply. Thanks Paul
The answer, apart from the ever-present and very true "trust your ears" argument, depends on a number of questions you can ask yourself to narrow down your options.
Also, in sound/PA you get what you pay for, so getting low end stuff will, most likely, yield lesser sound quality.
The questions to ask:
1) Will I ever go into producing? If you do, you need speakers that are as blatantly "honest" as you can get them. This kind of speakers, generally referred to as studio monitors or DJ monitors (although you'll never find pure DJ monitors in studios, the other way around happens quite often), has the drawback that they are not made for comfortable listening to music for prolonged periods of time and also not for listening to at high volumes. They actually can cause fatigue of the ears when run too long and too loud.
2) Will I ever go do private and house or pool parties where I want to use my practice speakers? Don't ever use monitor speakers for partying, you WILL kill them - if not the first time then certainly the second time. Also monitor speakers pretty much always come without protective grilles over the speaker cones (as they would influence the sound ever so slightly and that is not what we want in monitors) so the cones can be touched and/or damaged. Here a set of small(er) PA speakers, like 10" active all-range, would work fine. Or one of the 2 satellite/1 sub combinations, like for example LD Systems Dave or HK Audio Lucas Nano two name only two. Another option could be something like the Numark Lightwaves, which come with built-in light effects (that CAN be switched off LOL).
3) How important is heavy bass. In small rooms you would want an extra sub-woofer to pump up the low end and get some extra oomph.
The final question in any purchasing situation of course is budget.
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