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[French review] Focal Alpha 50https://fr.audiofanzine.com/enceinte-active/focal/alpha-50/editorial/tests/focalpha.html[IMG] https://medias.audiofanzine.com/images/normal/948527.pngFocal Alpha 50 en jaune et Dynaudio BM5 mkIII en bleu* Focal Alpha 50: 258 €* Dynaudio BM5 MKIII: 389 €Off course. The key is in what kind of music you listen to and its recording quality. Modern/commercial music is very bad mastered, very bad. With DR < 8, 9 or 10 dB. And if it is over in MP3 or other loussy formats ... it is ilogical to spend a lot of money on the audio system.I always emphasize that I mean very good recordings.There are more measures in Diyaudio thread.
We need a shootout of $150 each studio monitors!JBLKRKMackieBehringerYamahaAnd how exactly does one put the .wav file into foobar? I have installed the convolver but can figure out how to add the file.
With bad recordings, JBL is a champion. Or with TV, films...
Using REW, send a 450Hz tone at -20dB to the system (JBL LSR 308 speakers), take an RTA with UMIK-1.Note high level of 3rd harmonic distortion in the speaker output.It is clearly audible.
A brief audition at any Guitar Center should convince you that no shootout is necessary. JBL will stomp the rest.
You gotta wonder just where JBL gets off marketing an inexpensive active 2 way studio monitor that generates universal praise and hogs the industry awards without exceeding state of the art standards or proving itself to be utterly and unanimously without the smallest fault. Pretty cheeky, I'd say. They charge like $149 each for these things and don't even offer chartreuse or mauve. Plus, they aren't even made in the USA and you have to get them from those clueless pro audio types. Hello????
I have not listen the new JBL 305P and I have no interest in it.
Bass is well-rounded and strong without going over-the-top — which exactly what you would want from a pair of monitors that you’ll likely end up mixing on. The bass extension is quite a lot deeper than our old MR5 MKII speakers, but even when the speakers were mounted closer to the wall, which typically causes the bass to sound overblown, we didn’t experience anything beyond a small bump in the 130-140Hz area — which was actually subdued a little with the acoustic switch set to the right option. That makes a pretty serious case for Mackie’s acoustic switch — we can safely say that it’s not just a gimmick, despite our skepticism when we first got the speakers.
Pleasantly SurprisedI have 10+ years experience producing music full time. i'll be honest, i'm currently working with a pair of Adam 7x's and Dynaudio BM5's and I was looking for a 'junk' pair of monitors to use as a random reference point. I purchased these Mackie's without having listened to them and only because they were the right size and color. I hopped into a mix the day I got them (something I never do because I like to learn them first) and I was shocked. They suited my room and my ear perfectly. I've actually been using them more than my Adam/Sub combo. I do Hip Hop and Pop and I could probably get rid of my sub now. On top of all that they are translating extremely well! So surprised a pair of monitors under $400 are working this well for me. That being said I'm replacing my Dynaudio with these Mackie's. You don't need a brand name and a high price tag to get it done.
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