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Today I will be showing you my affordable home listening/recording setup with the Alesis Monitor1 MK2 studio monitors (Range from $110-$180 for a pair!) and the Lepai LP-2020A+.

Items to buy:
Alesis Monitor1 MK2 Studio Monitors: http://amzn.to/14qPkuv (Used pair for only $117 dollars currently)
Lepai LP-2020A+: http://amzn.to/Z8ixdl ($20)
AmazonBasics 16-guage speaker wire: http://amzn.to/10SVS8B ($7)

Total: $144

Here is what it will look like in a home setup:


I have listened to many different studio monitors such as the Yamaha HS80ms and Mackie MR5mk2s and I will say that these sound almost up to par with them. The accuracy of the mid/treble is just astounding and the bass is nice and tight with a nice thump to them. I have listened to Classical, Jazz, House, Rock, and many other genres of music through this setup and the Alesis Monitor1 MK2s never seize to amaze me with their clarity.

biggrin.gifI hope this review was helpful and will let you save a few $s. Thanks for reading! biggrin.gif
Edited by BluJae - 6/26/13 at 7:34am
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Not bad though for what I have seen active monitors like M-Audio AV40 Studiophile for instance offer better bang for buck. Yamaha HS80M are some pretty nice active monitors (and 120watt). Coming even close to thous in sound quality is a pretty bold claim.

Are you running a audio interface or are you relying on asio4all to keep the latency down? By the way I like your Totoro plushie biggrin.gif
    
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Not bad though for what I have seen active monitors like M-Audio AV40 Studiophile for instance offer better bang for buck. Yamaha HS80M are some pretty nice active monitors (and 120watt). Coming even close to thous in sound quality is a pretty bold claim.

Are you running a audio interface or are you relying on asio4all to keep the latency down? By the way I like your Totoro plushie biggrin.gif

Hi Bit_reaper! I have never actually heard the M-Audio AV40s although I really like M-Audio (I use the Axiom 49 for making music). How do they sound compared to the Yamahas? Also, I am making that claim from listening to very few songs on the Yamahas so it may not be that accurate. worriedsmiley.gif

And yes, I am using asio4all to keep latency down. Also, I got the Totoro plushie in Japan. biggrin.gif
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Hi Bit_reaper! I have never actually heard the M-Audio AV40s although I really like M-Audio (I use the Axiom 49 for making music). How do they sound compared to the Yamahas? Also, I am making that claim from listening to very few songs on the Yamahas so it may not be that accurate. worriedsmiley.gif

And yes, I am using asio4all to keep latency down. Also, I got the Totoro plushie in Japan. biggrin.gif

The M-Audio AV40 are your basic entry level studio monitors. I haven't used then my self so I'm going of second hand info here but basically they are some of the better "cheap" active monitors out there. Noting that special. When compared to much more expensive monitors like HS80ms that are over twice the price (the AV40s are ~$130 while the HS80ms are in the +$300 range) so really its no surprise that the yamahas in this case have much better power and fidelity. Even comparing them to HS50's would be quite unfair though the difference here would be much smaller.


My own setup looks like this. Miditech audiolink II interface (asio and directsound driver support) that I then run trough a Yamaha HTR-6130 av reciever and into some Yamaha NS-50B tower speakers. Not exactly near field monitors but the setups works decently enough. For input I have my guitar, a Behringer B1 condenser mic (surprisingly good for the price) and a Akai MPK49 midi keyboard though I have to admit I never really learned to play keys that well so it mostly collects dust tongue.gif
    
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The M-Audio AV40 are your basic entry level studio monitors. I haven't used then my self so I'm going of second hand info here but basically they are some of the better "cheap" active monitors out there. Noting that special. When compared to much more expensive monitors like HS80ms that are over twice the price (the AV40s are ~$130 while the HS80ms are in the +$300 range) so really its no surprise that the yamahas in this case have much better power and fidelity. Even comparing them to HS50's would be quite unfair though the difference here would be much smaller.


My own setup looks like this. Miditech audiolink II interface (asio and directsound driver support) that I then run trough a Yamaha HTR-6130 av reciever and into some Yamaha NS-50B tower speakers. Not exactly near field monitors but the setups works decently enough. For input I have my guitar, a Behringer B1 condenser mic (surprisingly good for the price) and a Akai MPK49 midi keyboard though I have to admit I never really learned to play keys that well so it mostly collects dust tongue.gif

That's a nice setup! The Akai MPK49 is definitely a really good controller for making music. Too bad it's collected dust. rolleyes.gif
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That's a nice setup! The Akai MPK49 is definitely a really good controller for making music. Too bad it's collected dust. rolleyes.gif

Yeah the MPK49 has some good features. First thing I did was rip it apart to put in some foam to make the pads more sensitive. After that they where very nice to use. My main complaint is the key action it self (supposed to be semi-weighted). They feel quite stiff even compared to a real piano. I tried a axiom and actually found its keys to be much lighter and have a nicer spring to them. Made me kinda wish I had gone for a Axiom 61 Advanced instead.
    
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Yeah the MPK49 has some good features. First thing I did was rip it apart to put in some foam to make the pads more sensitive. After that they where very nice to use. My main complaint is the key action it self (supposed to be semi-weighted). They feel quite stiff even compared to a real piano. I tried a axiom and actually found its keys to be much lighter and have a nicer spring to them. Made me kinda wish I had gone for a Axiom 61 Advanced instead.

I've actually never liked the feel of the keys on midi controllers. They just can't get the keys to emulate the feel of a real piano. I just have to deal with it. tongue.gif
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I've actually never liked the feel of the keys on midi controllers. They just can't get the keys to emulate the feel of a real piano. I just have to deal with it. tongue.gif

I hear that. Noting like the real thing biggrin.gif
    
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