Broken studio monitor = time for a group test 3

Bugger. While having the slightest of reshuffles in my shoebox of an office, I’ve managed to injure one of my Stanton ATM.6 monitor’s rear controls. Now, if I breathe too heavily, or a car passes outside, the monitor now emits a lightweight crackle. I should probably get it fixed, but it seems like an ideal opportunity to do a monitor group test.

But before I randomly go off and organise a bunch of large boxes to be delivered to my gaff that barely has room for headphones, I’m keen to know what you guys use, why you use them and what your buying decisions and criteria were. I’ve always felt that the end of the audio chain has been somewhat forgotten, where we’ll harp on endlessly about sound quality while playing our sets through frankly shitty home hifis or borderline blown out loudspeaker.

Essentially what do you want from a monitors group test is what I’m asking. I’ve already got something sketched out, and aim for this to be the next headphone-style ever-growing definitive super group test. But I want to make sure that I cover everything practically possible within reason. And manufacturers – if you feel that we should feature your favourite shiny monitors in the group test, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request. Equally retailers – drop us a line with your best sellers (confidentially of course). That’s always a good indicator too.

So dear reader – do you have expensive finely tuned directional studio monitors or your parent’s cast off MIDI tower?


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