Old 04-25-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I need a super-cheap, super-small, portable pair of monitors to take to client's houses to listen to mixes off my laptop... They do not need to be reference quality, nor be able to 'wow' them with huge bass and volume - just good enough to give them an idea of what their mix will sound like 'in progress' (they will get the full show later on when it's ready it is just for 'brainstorming' about what they want, etc.

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Old 04-25-2017, 11:54 PM   #2
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I just use headphones. Already have some really good ones & you cant get much more portable.
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:38 AM   #3
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Do they not have any speakers already?

What's your idea of "super-cheap" ?
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:52 PM   #4
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Headphones.

You won´t get monitors that impress clients when going for small AND cheap. But that´s really what you have to do.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:52 PM   #5
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I was hoping in the $100-200 range... I just don't want to be carrying around anything more expensive that could get dropped, etc.

I prefer speakers, so we can just listen while we chat about what they want in the mix - more guitar, less drums, etc.

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Old 04-27-2017, 01:54 AM   #6
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Headphones. Maybe with this plugin (crossfeed simulation) https://madbeeaudio.wordpress.com/20...or-headphones/
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:31 AM   #7
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I was hoping in the $100-200 range... I just don't want to be carrying around anything more expensive that could get dropped, etc.

I prefer speakers, so we can just listen while we chat about what they want in the mix - more guitar, less drums, etc.

Thanks!

cheers,
Dan
You're sure not going to be able to get any speakers and properly set up a listening space for that budget. Emphasis on the setting up the listening space part!

If your client doesn't actually have their own sound system (seriously?!) then they need to trek to the studio.

Otherwise have them listen to roughs on their iThings (I'll assume that's what they are doing now). Give them a brief demo of what volume war CD releases sound like compared to more proper releases. Further, show them the same mix raw vs. volume boosted like that with some limiter. It's always fun to let them A/B and choose the better sounding version and then reveal it's the exact same mix. Then offer to slam the roughs if they need that. (ie. They only listen to volume war mp3s on iThings with ear buds.)

Sennheiser HD280 headphones are a lot of bang for the buck at $90.
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:01 AM   #8
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Maybe a bit pricier, but these are superb
https://www.genelec.com/genelec-8010...ll-things-life
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:38 AM   #9
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Genelec? Well, for the purposes intended, to play stuff to people who don't already have decent speakers, and that need to be not too expensive that it's a problem if someone drops them, I'd suggest looking at some of the smaller behringer self powered speakers.

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then they need to trek to the studio.
I understand the sentiment, but meanwhile, back in the real world...

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For under $200 you can get speakers that will sound a millions times better than that in the most average listening space.
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Old 04-30-2017, 02:04 AM   #10
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:59 PM   #11
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Here's a good article...open-back headphones are a decent choice for mixing:

https://www.yourbestpicks.com/best-studio-headphones/

I'd take a look into the Sennheiser HD 598 or AKG K240.

Cheers.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:55 PM   #12
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Headphones. Maybe with this plugin (crossfeed simulation) https://madbeeaudio.wordpress.com/20...or-headphones/
Thanks mate for this hint! I have Sony MDR-7506 and I have chosen between Audio Technica ATH-M50 and Beyerdynamic DT770. The Sony's have the best low end reproduction between them. I highly recommend!

Be carefull about the fake ones!
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:25 PM   #13
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Default Sony MDRV6

Sony MDRV6 is the best headphone I have used till date when it comes to cheap or low priced headphone.I won't say it is very cheap as you will get it for around $80 unless there is some discount deal.For better quality, you can refer to Audio Technica ATH M40 which ill cost you around $99.For any doubts you can read the review here,which is a very useful guide https://gadgetsdeck.com/best-studio-headphones/
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:51 PM   #14
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I have the iLoud as a ghetto blaster for the skatepark and I'm always surprised by how awesome they are
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