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Old 04-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Which would you choose? 5.1 System for under $2k

So I do a bit of sound design for film and occasionally games. More and more I'm missing out on work due to not having a 5.1 set-up. I've got a great pair of Yamaha NS10's and awesome amp for stereo mixing. I don't have a whole lot of cash at the moment because I've gone back to study. So I'm looking at a pretty budget set-up, under $2k AUD.

I've narrowed it down to a few options and I was hoping I could get some opinions from people who have used or heard theses monitors.

Yamaha HS7 (6.5") and HS8S (8") Sub - $1750 (my favourite, specs only, I've never heard it)
Yamaha HS5 (5") and HS8S (8")Sub - $1500
Fostex PM0.5n (5") and PM0.5 Sub MKII - $1650
Blue Sky MediaDesk 5.1 System MKII (4" sats) - $1900
KRK Rokit 5 (5") and 10S (10") Sub - $1551
KRK Rokit 6 (6") and 10S (10") Sub - $1900
JBL 2325 (5") and LSR2310SP (10") Sub - $1500

Over budget but worth mentioning:
KRK Rokit 8 (8") and 10S (10") Sub - $2225
JBL 2328 (8") and LSR2310SP (10") Sub - $2375 (sale price)

I know, I know, I can hear you.. what about second hand?

Searching used completed listings on ebay worldwide ($AUD):

Genelec 8030 - 1 listing - $1,378.47 (pair)
Genelec 8040 - None in last 90 days
JBL 4328 - None in last 90 days
JBL 2328 - 1 listing - $450 (pair)
Adam A7 - 1 listing - $480 (each)
KRK Rokit 8 - few listings in Aus they go for about $600-$650 (pair)
KRK Rokit 6 - few listings in Aus they go for about $400 (pair)
Yamaha HS7 - None in last 90 days
Fostex PM0.5 - 1 listing - $400 (pair) $30 saving lol
Fostex PM8.4.1 - None in last 90 days

So what do you reckon?

If you had a budget of 2 grand which would you chose?

Or would you instead say "nope, not worth it, save up till you can afford the cash to buy the slightly over budget KRK or JBL system"?

Or "nope not worth any of those options, save up till you can afford a kick ass JBL or Genelec system"?

Or do you have some amazing alternative I hadn't though of?

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Re: Which would you choose? 5.1 System for under $2k

I'm using JBL 2328's, I lack experience in mixing so I couldn't give a credible input though they suit my needs perfectly.

Where are you getting your price tags? I bought my 2328's brand new for $250 a piece, the LSR2310SP subwoofer you can purchase for around $400ish I think
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I'm using JBL 2328's, I lack experience in mixing so I couldn't give a credible input though they suit my needs perfectly.

Where are you getting your price tags? I bought my 2328's brand new for $250 a piece, the LSR2310SP subwoofer you can purchase for around $400ish I think
AUD - Australian Dollar - I'm in Melbourne - And yeah, wow. 2328's are HEAPS cheaper in the states, but with shipping I'm probably not going to save much.

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I noticed the AUD, you have $2300 AUD listed for 2x JBL 2328's and a LSR2310sp, even if you purchased two subwoofers a total price should be around 1,400 AUD.

edit: Ah I see now. Yeah I ordered from Sweetwater with free shipping, not sure how much they'd charge you on shipping
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I noticed the AUD, you have $2300 AUD listed for 2x JBL 2328's and a LSR2310sp, even if you purchased two subwoofers a total price should be around 1,400 AUD.

edit: Ah I see now. Yeah I ordered from Sweetwater with free shipping, not sure how much they'd charge you on shipping
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O_o my bad. I'm on my cell now, gonna pm you a question when I get home if you don't mind.
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Forgot to put Mackie MR8 (8") ($299 each) on the list, which I've been told are pretty good for post production, Mackie don't seem to make a studio sub, so not sure what to pair with them.

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