BUDGET STUDIO MONITORS

Best Studio Monitors Under Your Budget: Ultimate List

(Last Updated On: February 5, 2019)

Here is a genuine list of best budget studio monitors available in the market. Read this article and give your opinion in the comment that which is your favorite studio monitor.

Best Studio Monitors Under 100

M-Audio AV32 10-Watt Studio Monitor

Budget Studio Monitor

Price – $98.99

M-Audio is known for making professional recording products in the budget. Their products deliver high-quality performance and also fits in your pocket. Do you know how I am telling this with confidence? because I have used M-audio products for a while. I had M-Audio Fast track Pro USB audio interface for mobile recording and used it with my laptop for mixing on the go.

It was able to deliver a good quality mix to my client. I had M-audio AV32 studio monitors too for approx 1 year. The overall performance of this studio monitor is good and it won’t let you down. Though with this monitor pair you get average quality in mixing.

The Bassline is not much low so if you should use a separate woofer for the low frequencies.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 3″ polypropylene-coated Woofers
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Ferro Fluid Cooled Silk Dome
Amp 10-Watts RMS Per Channel
Cabinet MDF wood
Frequency Response 80 Hz – 20,000 Hz
Inputs RCA(Back Side), 1/8″ stereo auxiliary(Front Side)
Other variants AV42 (4-Inches woofer)

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Samson MediaOne BT3 Active Studio Monitor

budget studio monitor

Price – $99.00

Samson is a new player in the pro recording field but its products are quite acceptable. Within 3 years Samson made its place in recording equipment market. Mainly Samson produces studio monitors, headphones, and microphones.

Frankly saying Samson products are medium range products and suitable for home studios only. Samson MediaOne BT3 active studio monitor is the bestselling product though. You can try it if you want to create a small home studio. The main thing I consider in any studio monitor is the frequency curve. More flat curve delivers more accurate sound. MediaOne delivers an average quality frequency curve. Let’s have a look at the features of Samson MediaOne BT3.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 3-inches copolymer woofers
Tweeter Size and Material 1-inch silk dome tweeters
Amp 15 watts per channel RMS
Cabinet MDF wood with AV shielded for multimedia applications
Frequency Response 80 Hz – 27,000 Hz
Inputs RCA(Back Side), 1/8″ stereo auxiliary(Front Side), Bluetooth
Output 1/8″ Phono Headphone Out Front Panel
Other variants BT4 (4-Inches), BT5 (5-Inches)

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PreSonus Eris E3.5-3.5″  Reference Monitors

PreSonus Eris E3.5

Price – $99.95

Like Samson, Presonus is also a new player in recording equipment market. They are active in the manufacture of monitors, headphones, mics and audio interfaces.

If we talk about the brand recognition, Presonus has more brand value then Samson. One of my friends bought a Presonus Eris studio monitor and it performs well in his home studio. Though you can’t get a fully professional mix with this monitor. But within $100 it is a good product.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 3.5-inch (89 mm) Kevlar  woofers
Tweeter Size and Material 1-inch (25 mm), silk-dome tweeters
Amp 25W per speaker (not bi-amped)
Cabinet MDF wood with AV shielded for multimedia applications
Frequency Response 80 Hz – 20 kHz
Inputs RCA-Un-balanced, 1/4″ TRS – Balanced, XLR – Balanced
Controller Volume, Mid, High, Low cutoff, Acoustic space Controller
Other variants Eris E4.5, Eris E5, Eris E8, Eris E44, Eris E66

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Best Studio Monitors Under 200

Rockville DPM5B 2-Way 150W Active Studio Monitor 5.25″

Rockville DPM5B studio monitor

Price – $114.95

Rockville DPM5B is an entry-level monitor. But don’t underestimate it as it has featured with 75-Watt RMS amp which delivers you a stunning crystal clear sound. As well as its nearly flat frequency response help you to mix your work perfectly. this studio monitor is the best piece for your home studio.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 5.25″ polypropylene cone
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Ferro Fluid Enhanced Neodymium Silk Dome
Amp 75-Watts RMS Bi-Amped  25 -Watts for high range, and 50-Watts for the low range
Cabinet MDF wood
Frequency Response 55Hz – 20kHz
Inputs XLR, 1/4″ TRS – balanced, RCA – unbalanced
Other variants 6 inches and 8 inches

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Mackie CR5 BT Studio Monitor: 5-Inches

Mackie CR3

Price – $179.99

If you are a professional audio engineer or musician you probably know about Mackie. Mackie is especially known for their wide range of analog and digital mixer boards. But they are also in studio monitors.

Mackie CR Series Studio Monitor is their most bought lower mid-range monitor. You can easily monitor and mix your audio with these pro studio monitors. Mackie CR-5″ deliver a good nearly flat frequency response curve which is required for a good mix. This monitor also performs well in high volume as the distortion is low.

If you want a monitor that is able to give you the best quality sound below $200 then you should go for this monitor pair.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 5″ polypropylene-coated woofer
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Ferro Fluid Enhanced Neodymium Silk Dome
Amp 50-Watts RMS
Cabinet MDF wood
Frequency Response 60Hz – 20kHz
Inputs 1/4″ TRS – balanced/unbalanced, RCA – unbalanced, Front Panel Aux – 1/8″ Stereo Phono
Output 1/8″ Headphone out – Front Panel
Other variants CR3 (3″), CR4 (4″), CR4 LTD (4″), CR4 BT (4″)

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Best Studio Monitors Under 300

KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Powered Studio Monitor -Generation 3

krk rokit 5

Price – $299.00

KRK is a famous brand in the pro-audio field. Generally, KRK manufactures high-end monitors for professional grade studios. But from past few years, the concept of home studios grew like a mushroom.

Especially with the digitization of audio recording, the whole recording gears got tired in just a piece of audio interface, a monitors set and a computer loaded with some professional recording DAWs.

KRK realized that and then released their budget Rokit series for the home studio owners. The sound of KRK RP5G3-NA is just amazing. You would realize the magic of KRK monitors when you mix a record with this pro studio monitor.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 5″ Aramid Glass Composite
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Soft Dome
Amp 50-Watts RMS Two Way Bi-Amped 20-Watts for Tweeter and 30-Watts for Woofer
Cabinet MDF wood Black Vinyl Wrap
Frequency Response 45Hz – 35KHz
Inputs 1/4″ TRS – balanced, RCA – unbalanced, XLR – Balanced
Controller Volume, High-Frequency Cutoff Volume, Low-Frequency Cuttoff Volume
Other variants Rokit 4 G3(4″), Rokit 6 G3 (6″), Rokit 8 G3 (8″), Rokit 10-3 G3 (10″)

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JBL 305P MkII 5″ Studio Monitor

JBL 305P MkII 5" Studio Monitor

Price – $299.99

If you have a car you already know the brand JBL. JBL manufacture car audio. But only a few of you would be aware that JBL is also active in pro-recording and live sound fields. They have a wide range of products in live sound and recording studio gear.

JBL features a wide range of studio monitors and their 305P MKII 5″ studio monitor model is a bestselling product in Amazon.

305P MKII 5″ is a mid-range monitor and performing well in home studios. The frequency response of this studio monitor is flat enough to get a good quality mix. You can also use this monitor for reference while recording in high volume.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 5″ polypropylene-coated woofer
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Soft Dome
Amp 82-Watts RMS 2-Way Bi-Amped 41-Watts for Tweeter and 41-Watts for Woofer
Cabinet MDF Matte black PVC, Injection-molded structural ABS
Frequency Response 49Hz – 20kHz
Inputs 1/4″ TRS – balanced,  XLR – Balanced
Controller Volume, High-Frequency Cutoff, Input sensitivity, Boundary equalizer
Other variants

JBL 306P MkII (6.5″)JBL 306P MkII (6″),

JBL LSR308(8″)

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Best Studio Monitors Under 500

Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor

yamaha hs80m studio monitor

Price – $399.98

Yamaha- The big name in the pro-audio business. Everybody including me and you know about this company. They are not only in pro-audio but spread over many other fields from automobile to shipping.

But here we will talk only about their pro-audio field. They have a huge range of musical instruments, analog and digital mixers, mics, audio interfaces, effect processors audio monitors and many more.

Their audio monitors are made for professional studios. Yamaha HS5 is also a pro range studio monitor and delivers the tremendous audio quality. I am telling that because I have HS series audio monitor in my studio.

The final mix I get with this professional monitor is perfect. I love the frequency curve it has. I think in sound quality only KRK pro series beat Yamaha HS series monitors.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 5″ polypropylene-coated woofer
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Soft Dome
Amp 70W RMS, 2-Way Bi-Amped, 25-Watts for Tweeter and 45-Watts for Woofer
Cabinet MDF Matte black PVC, Injection-molded structural ABS
Frequency Response 54Hz – 30kHz
Inputs XLR3-31 type (balanced), PHONE (balanced)
Outputs XLR (L-R)
Controller Volume, Room control, High trim, High cut, Low cut, Phase control
Other variants

HS5I (5″), HS7 (6.5″), HS7I (6.5″), HS8I (8″),

HS8 (8″)

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KRK RP8G3-NA Rokit 8 Powered Studio Monitor – 3rd Generation

KRK rokit 8 features

Price – $499.98

As I have already described above the KRK Rokit series monitors you can refer to there for information. However, KRK Rokit 8 has some extra feature which you can see in the table below.

Features

Woofer Size and Material 8″ Aramid Glass Composite
Tweeter Size and Material 1″ Soft Dome
Amp 100W RMS, 2-Way Bi-Amped
Cabinet MDF wood Black Vinyl Wrap
Frequency Response 35Hz – 35KHz
Inputs 1/4″ TRS – balanced, RCA – unbalanced, XLR – Balanced
Controller Volume, High-Frequency Cutoff Volume, Low-Frequency Cuttoff Volume
Other variants

Rokit 4 G3(4″), Rokit 5 G3 (5″),  Rokit 6 G3 (6″), Rokit 10-3 G3 (10″)

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