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post #41 of 187 Old 05-24-10, 10:12 AM
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Re: Thoughts on Behringer Studio Monitors (2030 and others), active and passive

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My 2031a are still in the Mother-in-laws garage as we didn't have any room in the truck this weekend (really, it was that full of dressers, TV stands, end tables...). By next Monday, I should have them in my possession finally,and can fire them up.

I'm sorry to hear the midrange wasn't as good with the 2031As, but I do plan on running mine without a sub, so the added lowend will be nice. I wonder if the midrange can be improved with the added insulation described in the posted tweaks and mods?
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I like the midrange of them. It is not the best I've ever heard of course, but still very good for the money. I think if there is an area of weakness compared to the 6" model it'd be close to the top of the 8" drivers range before it hands off to the tweeter. Perhaps a little bit of distortion from a cone breakup, an enclosure resonance or something, since the off axis response plots and general FR looks very good. I like the added bass extension and headroom for dynamics that the larger tweeter and 8" woofer provide. To me it has superior midbass and low midrange 80-400hz.
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I'm sorry to hear the midrange wasn't as good with the 2031As, but I do plan on running mine without a sub, so the added lowend will be nice. I wonder if the midrange can be improved with the added insulation described in the posted tweaks and mods?
Its not that the midrange is bad, infact as Ricci has mentioned comapiring the other budget speaker i have heard it is still good however its just not as detailed as the B2030. I also think the B2031's have a little bit more lower midrange than the B2030's, combined with the better bass response and its a warmer sound which i prefer. Without a sub there is no question that the B2031's are the way to go, there is simply hardly any output bellow 100hz from the B2030s in free space.
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I like the midrange of them. It is not the best I've ever heard of course, but still very good for the money. I think if there is an area of weakness compared to the 6" model it'd be close to the top of the 8" drivers range before it hands off to the tweeter. Perhaps a little bit of distortion from a cone breakup, an enclosure resonance or something, since the off axis response plots and general FR looks very good. I like the added bass extension and headroom for dynamics that the larger tweeter and 8" woofer provide. To me it has superior midbass and low midrange 80-400hz.
If I'd known how good the speakers were when I started this hobby. I'd probably have avoided the DIY bug for speakers. With a few mods they really sound nice. It's not gonna best a well designed 3-way, but with a few mods it can hold it's own with 2-ways. Chris is very meticulous in his evaluations and he loves these speakers.
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It sounds like the B2031s would be good music listening speakers, with a warmer sound and better bass, but the B2030s (with a sub) would be better monitors, with their flatter response and more accurate midrange. So I don't think I'd use the B2031s as monitors. If I had the money, I'd probably rather get a decent 8" speaker, such as the KRK RP8 or Yamaha HS80, than the B2030s and sub, but I don't

I can't say I put a lot of stock in graphs as I don't know how they were produced, so I prefer to listen to people's impressions of how accurate a speaker is. I don't know about the Diamond 8.2 passives, but I know a lot of people were very impressed by the accuracy and imaging of the 8.2 actives and chose to use them as monitors. The 8.2 passives aren't so easy to come by these days, so I was looking at the 9.1s, but I've not really read any recommendations about using them as monitors, so they aren't on the list anymore, although I might get a pair as listening speakers.
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I'd say I'd have to trust mics over ears when judging frequency response and "accuracy".
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The thing with monitors is not how perfectly flat their response is (Although I like to keep it in the ballpark). It is picking something and then learning exactly how music sounds on those speakers in that room, so that you know them intimately and know how a good recording of the typical genre you work with should sound through them. Familiarity is key with mixing. Lots of great albums were mixed on Yamaha NS10's which are not the best speakers. 2031's are perfectly fine for monitoring.
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I can't say I put a lot of stock in graphs as I don't know how they were produced, so I prefer to listen to people's impressions of how accurate a speaker is.
Most people I know like extra bass and when they hear a proper speaker, they think its too bright. Opinions very so much, its pretty much impossible to get an accurate impression by other peoples views.

I'm leaning to the B2030P for HT speakers. I just want good and I sounds like these will do. Anyone near Indianapolis, IN have a set I could demo?
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I meant I listen to the views of people who know what to look for in a monitor speaker, not the average consumer.
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