When it comes to music production, a good low end is very important; even more so when producing bass-heavy (electronic) music such as Bass-House, Future House, Trap or Hip-Hop. I’m a huge bass head, that’s why I sat down and created this guide to help my fellow bass-heads enjoy their music and rattle the house a bit!
You can use these monitors for music production, music listening, games, movies, and testing how your tracks sound on large systems with a lot of bass.
PROTIP: I would purchase the Yamaha HS8 as they are my personal favorite, but I guarantee you will be delighted no matter which one you choose from my list!
If I were you, I wouldn’t want to overpay; just look at which one fits within your current budget and go for that one.
These studio monitors have so much low-end that will satisfy even the most demanding bass lovers!
LIGHTWEIGHT CATEGORY: Best 5′ Studio Monitor
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We will start our list with the popular KRK Rokit 5 G4. Don’t let this small monitor fool you; Yes, it has only a 5-inch cone, but they have a satisfying low end. Of course, they can’t be compared with their larger brother RP7 or any other 7-inch or 8-inch monitor for that matter, but in their category, their are definitely one of the most bass-heavy 5-inch monitors!
- 25 Visual graphic EQ presets
- KRKroom correction app (iOS + Android)
- Power: 35 W woofer 55 W – 20 W tweeter,
- 5″ Glass aramid woofer and 1″ glass tweeter
- Bi-amped Class-D amplifier
- Peak SPL: 104 dB
- Frequency range: 43 – 40,000 Hz
- Integrated backlit LC-display
- Combo input XLR / 6.3 mm jack balanced
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 285 x 190 x 241 mm
- Weight: 4.85 kg
Grab a pair of the KRK RP5 G4 here
MIDDLEWEIGHT CATEGORY: Best 7′ Studio Monitor
Progressing to the middle-weight-studio-monitor category, we continue our list with the RP5’bigger brother, the infamous KRK RP7.
The KRK RP7 is a mid-budget popular choice amongst music producers and music enthusiasts. The new generation (Gen 4) offers a more flat frequency response, and a stronger bass compared to the older generation 3.
The KRK RP7’s are a solid choice. These are some of the features they offer:
- Onboard LCD Visual EQ
- 7-inch cone woofer and a 1inch kevlar tweeter
- 55 Watts output
- Frequency response: 43Hz – 40KHz
- 25 visual Graphic EQ settings for different environments
- KRK App with Room Correction Tools
- Brickwall Limiter
- Combo input XLR / 6.3 mm jack balanced
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 339 x 225 x 284 mm
- Weight: 7.6 kg
I want to take a moment and talk about something really fascinating! The LCD screen found on the back of the RP7!
KRK is the first company to implement such features to studio monitors; what this screen does is help you get the perfect acoustic tuning for your environment. You can also download an app for Android and apple that guides you through the process and helps you with proper speaker placement, subwoofer level, and level matching.
I am sure this is the way of the future, and I hope other companies will soon follow KRK’s example!
HEAVYWEIGHT CATEGORY: Best 8′ Studio Monitor
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The monstrous Behringer B1031A’s are a great budget-friendly option ( although not even hundred bucks cheaper than the much more recommended Yamaha HS8 covered below) and are one of the two studio monitor sets I use in my home studio.
These monitors look and sound very similar to a pair of KRK’s, but at half the price.
Some of the features of the B1031A include:
- An 8-inch woofer Kevlar cone, and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter
- A total output of 150 watt
- Extremely large “sweet spot.”
- Frequency response: 35 Hz – 20 kHz
- Amp: 100 W LF / 50W HF
- XLR and 6.3 mm balanced jack and RCA
- Room correction
- Input sensitivity is adjustable
- They are magnetically shielded
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 393 x 261 x 345 mm
- Weight: 11.3 kg /monitor
On the back of the Behringer B1031A, you can adjust the output signal by adjusting the EQ parameters; they provide three adjustable settings:
- High frequency (-2db,+4db)
- Low frequency (0db,-3db)
- Room compensation (0db,-6db)
The B1031 (otherwise known as Behringer Truth) has a HUGE bass/sub, a good mid response, and good highs. However, what they win in bass they somewhat loose in clarity since they are a bit less detailed compared to the Yamahas or the KRK’s described bellow.
That said, if you want a HUGE bass, don’t mind about a little less detail in the mids and highs, or if you are on a budget, I would definitely purchase these babies!
OUR HEAVYWEIGHT STUDIO MONITOR CHAMPION: Yamaha HS8
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Finally, we arrived (drum roll please) at our heavyweight studio monitor champion!!
Even if I have their smaller brother HS50 (don’t bother to look for them, they are discontinued), I absolutely love my Yamahas. Same as the current and smaller Yamaha HS5, the HS8 delivers excellent mid-range, high clarity that will surprise you and, of course, a HUGE bass.
These are a few features that come with the HS8:
- The HS8 feature an 8-inch cone woofer and a 1inch dome tweeter
- They produce low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom
- They have a 38Hz to 30kHz frequency response
- A total of 120W output
- Bass reflex system
- Inputs: balanced XLR and 6.3 mm balanced jack
- Adjustable input
- Room control
- High trim control
- (WxDxH): 250 x 390 x 334 mm
- Weight: 10.2 kg
On the back of the Yamaha HS8, you can adjust the output signal by adjusting the EQ parameters; they provide two adjustable settings:
- High trim switch (+/- 2dB at HF) /
- Room control switch (0/2/4 dB under 500Hz)
I have found the EQ control to be very useful since with proper adjustment; you can replicate the sound of the legendary Yamaha NS10!
If you decide to purchase the Yamaha HS8 check out this super deal from amazon, they offer the HS8 together with studio monitor speakers and a cable set! Yamaha HS8 Active Studio Monitors with Speaker Stands and TRS to XLR-Male Cables (click on the link to visit amazon)
Here is also a review aboiut the HS8
As you probably can tell I get REALLY excited about these speakers! 🙂
Okay, now that you have your monitors (congrats!), you also need a pair of cables to connect them to your soundcard.
Best Cables to Use with Your Studio Monitors
When it comes to studio monitor cables, there are a lot of options out there. Instead of cheap ones I highly recommend you invest a couple of bucks more and buy quality cables that will last you a very long time.
You can either choose TRS-TRS or TRS-XLR. I would suggest you opt for a balanced connection (TRS-XLR) because XLR can ground the hot tip when plugging in, while TRS won’t also there is no short or pops and they do tend to be sturdier.
Mogami Studio monitor cables
The best option (by far) and the ones I do use are the
Mogami GOLD TRS-XLR (balanced).
Or the Mogami GOLD TRS-TRS (unbalanced), (click on the link to visit amazon).
Yes, they are not cheap, and I understand that they might not be for everyone. Honestly, I have used cheaper cables for years and rarely encountered any audio-problems.
That said recently, I did upgrade to the Mogami ones since my older (cheaper) cables gave up on me, but if you don’t have the budget at the moment, that’s okay! Simply pick another set, and you’ll be fine. Just make sure you DONT buy the cheapest pair of cables that you can find, at least consider the options that I present to you on this list.
Second on our list and a good alternative to Mogami is the Monoprice XLR Male to 1/4Inch TRS Male Cable (balanced), (click the link to visit amazon). Monoprice has two versions of the same cable the Premier Series and the Stage Right Series. Make sure you AVOID the Premier Series since they’re not good, instead opt for the Stage Right Series. They deliver better isolation from external sounds and have greater durability.
Get Better Bass, Treat Your Room and Your Monitors
Treat your room acoustically; it creates a huge difference! You can have the most expensive monitors in your home studio, and they may sound mediocre just because the room lacks proper acoustic treatment. It costs around $150 to make eight absorber panels DIY style using Rockwool insulation slab. Or if you want to save time buy a set like the
Auralex Acoustics Studiofoam Wedges (click on the link to visit Amazon)
Auralex Acoustics SonoFlat Acoustic (click on the link to visit Amazon)
NOTE: please DONT buy the cheaper versions other brands offer UNLESS they are also 2″ thick. Most of the cheap stuff is only 1″ thick, which has a MASSIVE difference in sound! You have been warned.
This level of treatment makes an unbelievable difference. You will actually hear the stereo image and actually hear the clarity of your monitors.
If you place your monitors on your desc, you will definitely need Monitor Isolation Pads. Isolation pads prevent the low end of sounding muddy, and they improve the overall sound. Monitor stands or isolation pads are an absolute nessecity you MUST have if you’re serious about producing music.
The most popular option is Auralex and then comes the rest. Consider your budget and opt for the best choice, the ones I list will all do the same job just fine.
Auralex Acoustics Monitor (click on the link to visit Amazon)
These are the ones I have.
Studio Monitor Isolation Pads by Vocalbeat (click on the link to visit Amazon)
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