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Akai RPM3 vs. Blackwidow?

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I can get a set of RPM3 Monitors for $63, or a Razer BlackWidow for $56. Currently using a busted ass Keytronic and a pair of RX900's while producing.

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Just ordered the RPM3 today...I don't know if you made a choice yet, but when I get mines on Thursday, I'll let you know.

Where did you see them for $63? I paid $87 on Amazon.
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Just ordered the RPM3 today...I don't know if you made a choice yet, but when I get mines on Thursday, I'll let you know.

Where did you see them for $63? I paid $87 on Amazon.
$63 on amazon at time of post, price on Akai stuff fluctuates wildly. I once saw a APC40 for $170 one night and $235 the next morning.
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EDIT: sigh, I didn't realize the port on the main speaker was damaged pretty badly. It probably doesn't affect the sound, and it's out of view, but annoying. Gonna keep them anyway since I don't want to go through the hassle of sending them back.

Ah, I did see $63 for the pair, but I wanted Free Prime 2-day, so I went with the more expensive option.

Got them today and they actually sound great for a small set of speakers.

I can't really tell you how it sounds, but the highs are crisp, and the bottom end is boomy (even more boomy with the bass boost feature.) I am probably going to close off the port and see if I can tighten up the bass a little bit.

I am somewhat annoyed by the volume control, which at very low settings, seem to turn off the tweeter. I guess you'd never play them that low anyway. The volume control can go up to about 90% before they start to distort (using my iPad as an audio source for testing; running Pandora.) I expect them to sound even better with CD's or high-bitrate/lossless sources.

The finish was much nicer than I expected also - all the pictures online made it look like cheap shiny plastic, it's not near that bad. And the things seem solid, no vibrations and they have a decent weight to them.

Here are a couple of quick [big] pictures. I may do a YouTube video in a few days after I get my setup fixed up over the weekend.




Edited by bakashrimp - 10/27/11 at 8:16pm
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EDIT: sigh, I didn't realize the port on the main speaker was damaged pretty badly. It probably doesn't affect the sound, and it's out of view, but annoying. Gonna keep them anyway since I don't want to go through the hassle of sending them back.

Ah, I did see $63 for the pair, but I wanted Free Prime 2-day, so I went with the more expensive option.

Got them today and they actually sound great for a small set of speakers.

I can't really tell you how it sounds, but the highs are crisp, and the bottom end is boomy (even more boomy with the bass boost feature.) I am probably going to close off the port and see if I can tighten up the bass a little bit.

I am somewhat annoyed by the volume control, which at very low settings, seem to turn off the tweeter. I guess you'd never play them that low anyway. The volume control can go up to about 90% before they start to distort (using my iPad as an audio source for testing; running Pandora.) I expect them to sound even better with CD's or high-bitrate/lossless sources.

The finish was much nicer than I expected also - all the pictures online made it look like cheap shiny plastic, it's not near that bad. And the things seem solid, no vibrations and they have a decent weight to them.

Here are a couple of quick [big] pictures. I may do a YouTube video in a few days after I get my setup fixed up over the weekend.



Okay, thanks!

I think I'm going to pull the trigger.
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