But there are more more monitors on the market than ever before. In this article I’ll break down the 40 best studio monitors for music production available today.
How to use the studio monitors guide
Since monitors are so crucial for mixing the price for a pair can get astronomical.
In this guide I’ll be focusing on accessible studio monitors from widely available brands.
Remember that the street prices listed here are for a single monitor only—you’ll need a pair for proper monitoring.
There are plenty of great options on this list, but choosing monitors is a very personal decision. The only way to do it right is by listening.
Once you have some ideas about which monitors are out there, see if you can hear the pair you’re considering at your local pro audio dealer.
Getting to experience the sound in person will clear up a lot of the questions you have about them.
You’ll be listening to your studio monitors for hours on end so they have to work for you!
ADAM’s T series brings the same great sound quality and craftsmanship of the highly respected AX series to beginning budgets.
ADAM AX is one of the most trusted monitor lines for intermediate budgets.
The A7X has been a classic choice for small to medium mixing rooms for more than a decade now.
Building on the legendary status of the classic NS-10 design, the Yamaha HS series promises the same neutral sound with modern build quality and accessible price.
KRK is a popular manufacturer with producers of EDM and hip-hop. The ROKIT line provides an inexpensive, effective range of monitors in all sizes.
The V series is KRK’s premium offering. They’re a little more expensive that ROKIT models of the same size but their extra performance is worth the price!
French manufacturer Focal has released many well-respected monitors for mixers mixers of all skill levels.
The Shape series is their most recent design that delivers excellent fidelity at a competitive price point.
Focal’s Alpha range is accessible to even entry level budgets.
It’s hard to find such affordable offerings from a manufacturer this reputable.
Mackie’s HR824 mk2 were one of the first low-cost powered monitors to gain widespread popularity.
With great, accurate low end the HR824’s have become a classic, and the other offerings from Mackie carry on the tradition.
Presonus has entered the studio monitor marketplace and created some effective and inexpensive offerings that are worth a look.
The Eris line is perfect for beginner engineers who want to start mixing with monitors without breaking the bank
Presonus’ R65 and R80 are a higher performance offering from Presonus’ portfolio with great sound and distinctive styling.
Sceptre is Presonus’s top-end line.
The S6 and S8 offer impressive performance and sonics with their unique coaxial design that places the tweeter at the centre of the driver.
Genelec is another highly trusted name in top-of-line monitors. You can get some of that magic for yourself with Genelec’s new cost-effective offerings.
Dynaudio’s BM5 (now on mkIII) is highly lauded mid budget monitor with a rich history. This classic affordable monitor is still a fantastic option.
Dynaudio’s newest line, the LYD series bring top-level studio performance to intermediate engineers.
Legendary German microphone builder Neumann recently acquired Klein and Hummel for its own line of monitors.
The K&H brand was a heavy hitter in the high-end market, but their partnership with Neumann has produced some fantastic mid-budget models as well.
Monitor your progress
Studio monitors are one of the most exciting pieces of gear to shop for.
Now that you have an idea of what’s out there, go figure out which studio monitors are for you try them out.