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    Anyone have suggestions on very inexpensive monitors or speakers to use practicing at home? I'm thinking maybe using a 2 piece bookshelf system while I save up for some KRK's or similar. Would that work?

    I also have access to a pair of old-ish school Cerwin Vega bookshelf speakers. They are passive. Any suggestions on a cheap amp to power them?

    I'm basically looking for clever temporary alternatives in getting around buying some proper monitors. Ideas welcomed. Thanks!

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    Get a cheap amp or stereo receiver on craigslist. You could probably even find a few decent "bookshelf" speakers cheap.

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    Unless you need crystal clear unprocessed monitors, KRK's are not worth it. For production work, they're great, but the way I see it, you can get louder speakers that sound better by simply shopping around for some regular stereo components. Then, you have something that doubles as a regular stereo.

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    Try a few thrift stores. You're likely to find a descent solid state amp/receiver to power those CV bookshelf speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sobi View Post
    Unless you need crystal clear unprocessed monitors, KRK's are not worth it. For production work, they're great, but the way I see it, you can get louder speakers that sound better by simply shopping around for some regular stereo components. Then, you have something that doubles as a regular stereo.
    I think I disagree with you, especially for $300 for a pair or RP5G2s. I haven't heard any hifi system for that price that sounds anywhere near as good. And, hell, I use them for production, djing, normal listening…even watching movies.

    I'm not saying you're wrong…but I'd love to hear these "cheaper than $300 for a pair that are louder and better-sounding than KRK" speakers that people keep talking about. I've looked, and I can't find them.

    As to the OP…if you can't afford $300 for a pair of monitors that are certainly good enough for a bedroom…spend as little money as possible. Like…$50 at the top end. Anything you buy will get thrown away when you have $~300 to spend, and you'll hate using them anyway. If you or a buddy has a computer 2.1 system sitting around, use that.

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    just keep saving and then get better KRKs
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    Thanks all! I have a really blah 2.1 system that has some seriously lacking mids and sounds tinny. I might use that in the meantime as I think using my 15" powered speaker is a bit much at home.

    I'ma give the thrift stores a quick visit. I always see receivers piled up on each other and ignore them, but they might be worth sifting through.

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    I had posted this in another thread, so here it is again...

    If colour doesn't matter to you, Unique Squared has the rokit 6 in white for 139.00 with free shipping. Use coupon code inc500YAY! for 10% off first time orders or theres another code, SXSW2011MS for 10% off.

    You'll end up with 2 Rokit 6's for about 250 shipped.

    http://www.uniquesquared.com/krk-rp6...tor-white.html

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