Sonic State Studio / Speakers / M-AUDIO (MIDIMAN) Sp-5B

Average rating: 7.3/10 out of 10

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Rowan Pope a part-timer user from Australia writes:
Just like Yamaha's MSP3's and Rolands PM5's or whatever they are called, these active speakers do not deserve the tag monitor. Yes, they sound fantastic. They sound punchy and crisp etc. That is how good hifi speakers sound. They are NOT flat, the bass dips sharply below 200 hz (although pressent, is inaccurate) and they do not deserve to be called monitors. If you want something to hear your keyboards or synths on while you play, fine. But for mixing and EQ'ing on, useless. Better off using high end hifi speakers. These are good, but not for their intended purpose. check out the extensive review in the Feburary 2002 edition of Sound on Sound www.sospubs.co.uk That is the only music mag i truely trust their opinion on. Good value for money though for listening speakers, and if you can't afford anything more and your happy with them, buy them. But they are not a flat response.

Rating: 3 out of 10 posted Thursday, 04-Apr-02 at 9:35
Mike G a part-timer user from USA writes:
Just bought them last night. Replacing my JBL 6208's. Still getting used to some of the low end missing, but my setup is in a closet and make for some false bass frequencies. Thos big jobs were just too much, as I'd mix and it would sound great there, but the bass is gone when I play it somewhere else. For the money, can't beat it. They sound punchier than the JBL's and stereo imaging with the lower profile speakers is WAY better. Good score with these.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 28-Feb-02 at 13:33
anonymous from USA writes:
I think Olivier is just upset because he blew his money on an overpriced set of speakers. Have you even actually HEARD these monitors? I highly doubt it. I don't see why people rate something they've never even used. "Don't expect wonderful results out of a 300 bucks system like this one. Think fatiguing high end, absence of low end, poor stereo definition. " Who is expecting 'wonderful' results out of 300$?

Come on, it's obvious this guy hasn't even heard these speakers!

In my opinion, worth every penny.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 11-Feb-02 at 12:33
Tim a part-timer user from USA writes:
pretty good first pair of monitors (not the best).... all sounds below 30hz come out the rear port, and oftentimes this will cause an unwanted rumble or rattle. I have to change my bass sound to compensate for this. probably not the best reference. The low end leaves a lot to be desired. much better on the mid and high tip.

construction seems pretty solid overall, I am a bit worried about the silk dome on the tweeter. seems very fragile. pivoting tweeter is not very useful. seems like more of a gimmick.

also, the magnetic sheilding is not totally perfect. sometimes when using a lowpass filter the mointors still cause distortion on the computer screen.

I got mine for $275 so not complaining. great bang for your buck, but not a pro product. definately still beats using headphones or consumer speakers!

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Friday, 08-Feb-02 at 13:13
David, Carperfield from USA writes:
Wonderful Sound! I can't believe how MAudio make this stuff. Perfect score.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 06-Feb-02 at 1:9
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