Studio monitors for Helix use.

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As a home player I'm looking to get a set of stereo monitors to setup at home. 

The room they will be used in isn't too big, only 4x3m so I don't want something overpowering.

I've been looking at the KRK Rockit 6 g3s and also the JBL LSR305 models. Both can be had almost new for about £200. I thought the extra inch of cone size might mean the KRKs had the edge but there's a lot of critics and the JBL seem to be widely liked. 

Anyone had both and can comment on one over the other?
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  • TenebrousTenebrous Frets: 133
    I did quite a bit of research into this, but I don't own a Helix, so make of that what you will.

    Anyway, the Yamaha HS series seemed to get a lot of love. I saw a few people have issues with the KRK's, but tone is subjective, so you might love them.

    Probably best to wait for an actual Helix owner to chime in, but based on my research, I'd consider adding the Yamaha HS series to the list of your potentials.
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  • kennedydream1980kennedydream1980 Frets: 231
    edited October 31
    I use Mackie CR3’s with my Helix and they sound great in my little spare room, I’ve dialled in presets on them that have really translated well for live use.

    Bonus features are they have a headphone out and an aux in on the front of the left powered speaker (The right speaker is passive and runs off the left powered speaker)

    Also the on/off volume control is on the front of the powered speaker. 

    It means everything you need is accessible on the front of the speaker, which is really handy when you haven’t got a lot of space to work in.


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  • @Tenebrous I didn't look at Yamaha because I thought they were too expensive but the HS5 don't seem badly priced. 
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1897
    For the money, the HS5’s are great monitors
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 12204
    I use a pair of Tannoy Reveal 6 passives, with a cheap Lvpin 2020A power amp I got from China. They sound great...however, I also have them sitting on isolating pads, on top of decent heavy stands and spikes and isolated from the desk they sit on. I also have a fair bit of acoustic foam on the walls to cut down on nasty high-frequency echoes.

    For what it's worth, I found that the stands, isolation pads and acoustic foam did far more to improve the sound than anything else I've tried (including the upgrade to the Tannoys from the Denon-branded Mission hi-fi speakers I was using before).
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 959
    I got a pair of Yamaha HS7s for exactly the same application. Very happy with them.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    And I went for Presonus Eris E8s for my Helix, which are a chunk more expensive but have lovely big 8" drivers and look like grumpy robots. They are on huge stands.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • BenBen Frets: 43
    I've been using the JBL LSR305 for a few years now. Love them to bits, and a much cleaner sound. The KRK RP5's I had before added bass, which resulted in not-so-great monitoring...
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  • @Ben ; do you find they can get a bit overwhelmed by too much bottom end or at volume? 
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  • BenBen Frets: 43
    @chickenchaser Not at all. So far they have been great!
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4286
    Cone size is going to be a bit dependant on room size I would have thought.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14087
    Cone size is going to be a bit dependant on room size I would have thought.
    Yes.

    Very important not to have cones bigger than the room.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • stevebsteveb Frets: 19
    Adams t5v are brilliant for the money. Only played my helix through them once though. It did sound good 
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  • Sporky said:
    Cone size is going to be a bit dependant on room size I would have thought.
    Yes.

    Very important not to have cones bigger than the room.
    Yep, hence the idea of nothing bigger than 6 inches for the room
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