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Greetings. I'm looking for a set of good, fairly inexpensive set of speakers/monitors to use with a digital piano? Also, what is the ideal placement of external speakers? Any help would be much appreciated!
Perfect. Thank you for this. Do you know if I could possibly use an existing Polk 10" subwoofer with these?
Depending on the sub: active sub woofers usually can be adjusted in cut-off frequency for the incoming signals from the audio interface which then wired further to the input of these studio monitors. However, you need to make sure that the signals from the sub are NOT amplified (line OUT level, NOT speaker level) since studio monitors are active unlike normal hifi speakers. Non-studio-monitor subs usually provide unbalanced outputs only which fits the iloud anyway. For the Presonus E5 it's better to use balance output but that is only provided by studio monitor sub such as my Presonus T10. And of course the JBLs are excellent too. In my case however I need front bass firing since my monitors stay very much in front of walls so the Presonus are good for now. I would try out the new studio monitors in your setting first before hooking them up to any sub so see whether they're adequate since their bass usually quite good enough for piano use. I have my T10 hooked up but don't feel like I really need it when playing piano.
Korg G1 Air, which has a decent speaker setup. However, I'm loving Korg Module on the ipad for the electric piano sounds, and unfortunately the Korg doesn't have an audio input. So I'm looking to output from either the ipad or the midi to ipad adapter I have.
My gut feeling produces this order of preference: 1. JBL LSR308 ($400 for the pair) 2. JBL LSR305 ($200 for the pair) 3. Iloud speakers 4. Yamaha soundbar The latter is for a TV. Not a proper choice for a piano. The Ilouds might be good. But at $300 they seem overpriced. I'd choose the JBL monitors.
The lsr 305 descend well enough in frequency and they have a good sound stage, wide sweetspot. In fact I had the for about two years and recently I got the presonus eris e8 on a sale and ended up selling them. I was a bit underwhelmed. They descended only slightly more than the lsr 305, despite the 8" woofer, the sound stage and sweetspot were not as good. Other than that, they looked better and the sound was somewhat more balanced, but not enough to justify the price. I used the lsr 305 against the wall with the bass at - 2db and didn't encounter serious problems. Unless you're willing to pay 2-3 times the price, the lsr 305 is a great choice. I didn't hear the eros e5 but I'm pretty sure it's lacking in bass. Also, the lsr 308 might be worth considering, although I didn't test them either.
I have been testing the iloud since this x-mas (I can't resist $200 for a pair) vs my Presonus E5 (no T10 switched on) and I can report that the base register lower than 50Hz (G1/G1#) do sound softer. My understanding is that the DSP circuit -that is in charge for the perfect flat frequency response- on the iloud must limit the output to 50Hz to protect the 3" driver from blowing out. This is a limitation of physic and even the iloud with DSP can't do magic. The iloud is still a great set for music listening due to its size and quality of sound it produces, but just not my first choice for playing software pianos unless I have to travel or have no space around my keyboards.. Its bluetooth connection also adds an extra to its versatility. I'll keep it next to my Presonus E5 to have an A/B comparison as studio monitors. I also keep another set as my desktop speaker (I know I'm greedy but they are just too cute to ignore) The fitting bag for travel is a bit expensive with $40 here in the US but I guess I'll need one when planning to fly / go around and have a need to have my piano sound with me...
My gut feeling produces this order of preference: 1. JBL LSR308 ($400 for the pair) 2. JBL LSR305 ($200 for the pair) 3. Iloud speakers 4. Yamaha soundbar The latter is for a TV. Not a proper choice for a piano.
My wife hates using a subwoofer, so my TV plays through an LG soundbar, with the subwoofer turned off.
. . . There's very little low bass.
_With_ a subwoofer, it might be OK for piano.
But I agree with MacMacMac -- there a lots of happy LSR 305/LSR308 owners, here.
. Charles --------------------------- PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq / Lounge Lizard / Korg Wavedrum / EV ZXA1 speaker