The general problem I have with active studio monitors in this price range is three-fold:Some great suggestions for a very nice passive stereo setup but there is another way to assemble a great stereo system and it would be remiss of me if I didn't mention it: an active speaker based system.
Gava mentioned ASR in post#17. Did you take a look at the ASR speaker reviews preference ratings? If so, you may have noticed that five out of the top seven highest rated speakers were active designs. That said, it's just someone's opinion after all so beware in placing too much importance to it.
I don't know if you're familiar with active speakers (I'm not talking about powered passives) but if not, definitely worth checking out at this stage because system architecture is quite different and this could be the ideal moment to consider a move over to actives designs which tend to offer better sound-per-pound than an equivalent passive setup - that's my opinion having used both passive and active systems over the decades. I think it's fair to say that most people consider active speakers to be a superior technology to passive speakers - but not all. Have a Google and see for yourself.
- They mostly tend to be nearfield optimised, so you need to consider that in a larger space.
- Therefore they often need a sub if you are going to use them in a larger space.
- They are often utilitarian in their design - robustness is prioritised over aesthetics.
Possibly just slightly out of budget but I like these a lot however - they look good, have a lot of controls and are big enough and are designed for and have enough bass to fill a larger space. If you consider the total amplification built into the two speakers it is 105W per channel optimised for the drivers.
Focal Shape 65's are ideal monitors for larger recording and listening spaces. They feature a 6.5
And adding a controller of course.
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Stands will be required and a few quid for cables... total would be in the 1,300 range plus stands so maybe 1400 altogether which is a bit over budget.
But I'm sure this setup would sound great.