PSA: A killer littler pair of monitors.

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I needed some small monitors for the other side of the studio where I do a lot of sound design and didn't want to spend too much.

A producer friend worded me up about the IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors, so took a punt on them.
These little monitors are pretty incredible for what they cost (£250).

I'm seriously impressed with them.
Only downside is they are unbalanced in (or Bluetooth) but some XLR to RCA cables sorted that out.

If you are in need of a small set of monitors then you'd struggle to get better than these for the money.

I am the juice of four limes.
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3253
    I must admit I have been contemplating getting some of these to try and free up some desk space in my cramped little studio.
    How do you find the bass response on them?
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    equalsql said:
    I must admit I have been contemplating getting some of these to try and free up some desk space in my cramped little studio.
    How do you find the bass response on them?
    Bass response is actually remarkable.
    It isn't 'natural' and I couldn't really mix on them, but it doesn't lack bass in any way.
    If anything there is too much.

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  • I think @Fretwired has a set of these. They do look interesting 
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 19046
    I think @Fretwired has a set of these. They do look interesting 
    Fret has two pairs .... ;-)

    One on my work PC (great with Spotify) and a pair in my studio. Hooked them up to my HX Stomp and they sound great.

    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    Funny, as I'm considering a second pair for the side of the studio that has all the Eurorack stuff.

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  • BranshenBranshen Frets: 965
    I've got a pair. If u want to nitpick, u can get it to make weird port noises if u try hard enough. For example, play a ~50hz sine wave tone at high volume.. I also don't love the proprietary L to R speaker cable. It also doesn't do sub-bass but I don't think anything that size is physically capable of that.. 

    I didn't realise how much I would use the Bluetooth function until I had my pair. Its a killer feature! And also, I love that it can play from two sources simultaneously. I.e. Via bluetooth and through the aux/RCA in. I hook up my phone and computer to it at the same time and can play media on any device through the speakers without having to disconnect one or the other.

    I love my pair. It sounds fantastic and is a bit of an engineering marvel. 
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  • For anyone looking to get some cheap-ish monitors, it might be worth waiting until the Kali Audio LP-6 monitors are available over here. US price is $149 per single, so - assuming we don't get wrecked on the currency conversion - it's possible they could turn out to be a proper bargain over here too.
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 19046
    For anyone looking to get some cheap-ish monitors, it might be worth waiting until the Kali Audio LP-6 monitors are available over here. US price is $149 per single, so - assuming we don't get wrecked on the currency conversion - it's possible they could turn out to be a proper bargain over here too.
    Sadly $149 will equate to £149 .... there are some cracking deals on monitors about at the moment.
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • Fretwired said:
    For anyone looking to get some cheap-ish monitors, it might be worth waiting until the Kali Audio LP-6 monitors are available over here. US price is $149 per single, so - assuming we don't get wrecked on the currency conversion - it's possible they could turn out to be a proper bargain over here too.
    Sadly $149 will equate to £549 pretty soon .... there are some cracking deals on monitors about at the moment.
    Here, fixed that for you :D

    But, more seriously, we can but hope. I don't really need to upgrade my monitors (Tannoy Reveal 6 passives), but I do keep looking at the Kali Audio ones and wondering...
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • andy_kandy_k Frets: 21
    + 1 for the IK Ilouds, I have no space in my flat for a proper desk, so I got mine clamped to a fold away desk that I pull out for mixing , amazing sound for the money, bass rolls off around 50 htz, but thats good for my downstairs neighbours, still plenty enough detail for mixing though, and they are louder than I can take them.
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  • Fretwired said:
    For anyone looking to get some cheap-ish monitors, it might be worth waiting until the Kali Audio LP-6 monitors are available over here. US price is $149 per single, so - assuming we don't get wrecked on the currency conversion - it's possible they could turn out to be a proper bargain over here too.
    Sadly $149 will equate to £549 pretty soon .... there are some cracking deals on monitors about at the moment.
    Here, fixed that for you :D


    Wont we just be using the dollar over here anyway by then?

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    Fretwired said:
    For anyone looking to get some cheap-ish monitors, it might be worth waiting until the Kali Audio LP-6 monitors are available over here. US price is $149 per single, so - assuming we don't get wrecked on the currency conversion - it's possible they could turn out to be a proper bargain over here too.
    Sadly $149 will equate to £549 pretty soon .... there are some cracking deals on monitors about at the moment.
    Here, fixed that for you :D


    Wont we just be using the dollar over here anyway by then?

    I think we are heading for a barter-based plura-currency system: Dollars, cans of beans, sexual favours, clean water, least favourite children etc.
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  • I love my iLoud, IK make some really cool hardware 
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  • horsehorse Frets: 631
    Im thinking of getting a pair of these.

    I know the connecting lead length is a bit restrictive at 1.5m, but would need to wall mount them somehow as wall / desk space is at a premium. I couldnt spot any specific wall mounts for them, but do you current owners think I could sit them on some generic speaker wall mount stands / any reason that won't work(other than not being the best place for them)?
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  • andy_kandy_k Frets: 21
    They come with threaded inserts for mounting to mic (size) stands, I bought clamps that allow them to stay on the fold away desk i use, not perfect, but works for me.
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  • Bill_SBill_S Frets: 21
    I have had a pair of these for two years. They are an absolute godsend in a small studio, where you have no choice but to be sitting close to the speakers. I honestly think they are a better option than “normal” sized speakers if you are tight on space. I used to have a paid of Alesis Monitor Ones and the iLouds are better for my room. When I bought them I also spent about a grand on acoustic treatment . 
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  • TADodgerTADodger Frets: 64
    Visited GG Brum today as a drop in to look at Monitors, and saw Adam T5V (huge), Yamaha HS5, Presonus E5, among others.....they are all so large that they would take up a good chunk of my desk. 

    Came home and ordered a set of ILoud Micro Monitors based on the reviews. Hope they are good.............
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2471

    I have a set of these and they do sound great, not just for the size.

    On the downside the connections on the back don’t feel as pro as other monitors I have and they do have some strange bluetooth noise going on, but overall they are excellent.

    May upgrade to some Genelec’s at some point, but that would cost a small fortune.
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  • brucegillbrucegill Frets: 71
    Thanks for the recommendation @octatonic. Just got a set based on yours and others good reviews. Astonishing sound from something so small. Just perfect for me :) Can see wanting some small mike stands to get them off the desk. 

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  • domforrdomforr Frets: 164
    Are these suitable for mixing, or more just for tracking/listening?

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    domforr said:
    Are these suitable for mixing, or more just for tracking/listening?

    Mixing for commercial release, no- at least not as your only pair.
    I don’t use them for that, they sit next to my modular, which is 180 degrees away from my main studio monitors.

    I’ve used them to comp vocals on and they were decent at that.
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  • domforrdomforr Frets: 164
    Okay, thanks.  Is it feasible to mix on tiny monitors like the Eve SC 204, or is anything under 5inch a non-starter?

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3500
    Has anyone tried the weeny Genelecs and have an opinion how they compare ?
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    Jalapeno said:
    Has anyone tried the weeny Genelecs and have an opinion how they compare ?
    The 8010’s?
    They have hardly any bottom end and are rear ported.
    8020’s are better, I’d happily have a pair of those, but I’d have the Neumann KH80’s first.
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  • I just ordered a pair of these.

     I was thinking of splashing out and getting some Genelecs.  I had a listen to the Genelecs in Andertons a couple of weeks back and decided that I’d like some 8020s,  but after thinking about it, something more modest (and small) might actually suit my basic setup better. (Laptop with Reaper)

    Am looking forward to see how these turn out. 
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  • DougDoug Frets: 119
    I just ordered a pair of these.

     I was thinking of splashing out and getting some Genelecs.  I had a listen to the Genelecs in Andertons a couple of weeks back and decided that I’d like some 8020s,  but after thinking about it, something more modest (and small) might actually suit my basic setup better. (Laptop with Reaper)

    Am looking forward to see how these turn out. 
    Yeah, me too, could you post back with a mini review/impressions please?  :)
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  • Doug said:
    I just ordered a pair of these.

     I was thinking of splashing out and getting some Genelecs.  I had a listen to the Genelecs in Andertons a couple of weeks back and decided that I’d like some 8020s,  but after thinking about it, something more modest (and small) might actually suit my basic setup better. (Laptop with Reaper)

    Am looking forward to see how these turn out. 
    Yeah, me too, could you post back with a mini review/impressions please?  :)
    I’ll try my best. I don’t really have any experience with proper studio monitors though so I don’t have much to compare against.  I’ve been using a pair of Audio Technica headphones until now. 

    As as well as using them with a PC, I’ll be trying them out with an old Boss BR recorder and seeing what they are like plugged into my Yamaha DG Stomp pedal (Yes, I really am about a decade out of date!).
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  • DougDoug Frets: 119
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    Doug said:
    I just ordered a pair of these.

     I was thinking of splashing out and getting some Genelecs.  I had a listen to the Genelecs in Andertons a couple of weeks back and decided that I’d like some 8020s,  but after thinking about it, something more modest (and small) might actually suit my basic setup better. (Laptop with Reaper)

    Am looking forward to see how these turn out. 
    Yeah, me too, could you post back with a mini review/impressions please? 
    I’ll try my best. I don’t really have any experience with proper studio monitors though so I don’t have much to compare against.  I’ve been using a pair of Audio Technica headphones until now. 

    As as well as using them with a PC, I’ll be trying them out with an old Boss BR recorder and seeing what they are like plugged into my Yamaha DG Stomp pedal (Yes, I really am about a decade out of date!).
     The above could have been me speaking/posting!,  
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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 439
    Anyone got any experience with the Abacus C-Box? Supposedly a small monitor that is flat down to 35Hz, the down side being it won't go at all loud.

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19961
    Stuckfast said:
    Anyone got any experience with the Abacus C-Box? Supposedly a small monitor that is flat down to 35Hz, the down side being it won't go at all loud.

    I've heard them but never owned them.

    Actually they are -3db at 35hz.
    They claim they are flat to 40hz, which I doubt to be true, but they are excellent little speakers with really good clarity in 300hz to 2k range at fairly low levels.
    I know some audio post people who use them for location monitoring.

    They don't go loud.
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