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http://www.djdeals.com/behringerB3031A.htm (backorder)
http://www.birdlandmusic.net/item-B3...5-Watts-1-Pair (in stock)

These are closer to serious studio monitors, but at much lower prices and will destroy most other monitors in their price range. This is $110 lower than what most of the other sites online are offering at the moment. I've owned two pairs of Truths for 6+ years and they're very well built, despite being Behringer products.

You can crank them up to ear-destroying volumes and still retain crystal clear clarity. They're also quite loud at the higher volumes, I've used them as booth monitors in a club before.

Reviews (there seem to be no professional ones, so I added some forum ones):
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The Behringer 3031a are the best under $500 US dollar 8" monitors I have
tested. The KRK VX4 are the best for, very small monitoring (4" woofers).
Under $500 per pair 8" models from M-Audio, KRK, Yamaha, Mackie, etc. I
find to be lacking in comparison either in low end, or in controls for high &
low end. I use much better monitoring myself that costs many times more
but on a budget, you are not going to find a better deal for an 8" monitor.
http://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-e...-monitors.html

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Any review of how a speaker "SOUNDS" is purely subjective to the reviewer. If at all possible, the best thing to do is to listen for yourself with source material you are familiar with. To wit: These speakers were purchased mainly for use with my Tyros 2 workstation. Reviews of the various sub woofer/ small satellite speaker systems for this type of application left me a bit cold. I really wanted something better than overpriced and under powered boom-box speakers for a stand alone speaker system. Reviews of earlier Behringer studio monitors suggested that for the money I should really try the B3031As. I compared the Behringer B3031A speakers side by side with the original version Mackie HR824. Once adjusted to a similar gain and low and high end settings I listened to various selections of classical music. (i.e. Spartacus Suite No.2 "Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia" will give most any system a work out!) It's not how loud ya make it, it how ya make it loud...! The B3031A speakers appear to be a quasi rip-off of the HR824 design, (even down to how the sheet metal covering on the back is punched out and bent and the placement of the toroid power transformer and so on). The B3031A speakers are represented as being reasonably flat, however, to me the speakers have a bit more tone coloring in the mid-mid range and somewhat in the upper registers when going through transitional frequency sweeps (very Legato arpeggios). The high end, via the ribbon tweeter is crisp but then again I noticed subtle differences between this type tweeter and the dome tweeter in the Mackies. The high end sound focus is fairly broad so placing yourself in exactly the right position to hear the "sweet spot" is not necessary. While these speakers aren't exactly Hr824 clones they do sound very good by themselves. Plenty of *clean* bass and lots of undistorted volume. These speakers are superior to many I have listened to in the same price range.
http://www.zzounds.com/productreview--BEHB3031A
Edited by test tube - 11/25/10 at 8:22pm
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Bump for a great price for great budget monitors!



-Question though: How loud did you turn them up? I know the ribbon motors used to decay quickly over 110dB.
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