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Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? #2699863
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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!

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Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2699868
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iloud micro monitors or Presonus E5, both ~$200 for a pair


[Kawai VPC1/ES100 - VSTs: Garritan CFX, VILabs Italian Grand, Ravenscroft 275 | Pianoteq 6 Standard: Steingraeber E-272, Bluethner - Ableton Live 9 Lite, Tascam US2x2, Mackie BIG KNOB, SMSL HP-AMP, Schiit Fulla 2 - Sennheiser HD700 / Sony MDRV6 - Presonus E5+T10, iloud micro monitors]
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Originally Posted by TonyDIGITAL
iloud micro monitors or Presonus E5, both ~$200 for a pair



Perfect. Thank you for this. Do you know if I could possibly use an existing Polk 10" subwoofer with these?

Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2699884
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JBL LSR305 - on sale for $99 now at B&H

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/998214-REG/jbl_lsr305_sr305_5_2_way_powered.html?sts=pi

JBL LSR308 - on sale for $199 usually - but today and tomorrow (and probably again) for $129 at B&H

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/998215-REG/jbl_lsr308_sr308_8_2_way_powered.html



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Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2699889
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Originally Posted by PersianNight
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.


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Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2699918
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Concerning these Iloud Micro PianoManChuck has a review of them on youtube



I ve tried them with a guitar (simulated amp on iphone) and they were impressive, I m going to get some for my next piano.

Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2699925
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What kind of piano do you own?
Originally Posted by PersianNight
I'm looking for a set of good, fairly inexpensive set of speakers/monitors to use with a digital piano?

Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: MacMacMac] #2699941
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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
What kind of piano do you own?


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.

Re: Can anyone recommend a set of monitors/speakers? [Re: PersianNight] #2700082
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I'm actually tempted to give this a try:

https://www.techhive.com/article/3222044/speakers/yamaha-yas-107-soundbar-review.html

Has an analog input and a separate subwoofer out so I could still use my current sub.

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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.

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+1 for what MacMacMac said

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.

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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) smile
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...


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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
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.


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