Best Budget Studio Monitors Under £200 That Don't Suck

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Studio monitors may be the single most important piece of kit for producers, but that doesn’t mean they have to cost you a small fortune. Here’s the 10 best budget studio monitors under £200 (per monitor) for home studio enthusiasts and those on a tight budget that actually sound good!

best budget studio monitors

We’ve rounded up the best budget studio monitors here at PMT to prove that you don’t have to spend thousands to get a good studio sound. As far as home studios or even professional studios go for that matter, studio monitors are probably the most important piece of kit you’ll need – aside from talent that is!

Fortunately, thanks to the rise of the home studio enthusiast, brands have made professional quality studio monitors widely available to those on a tighter budget. The good thing is, although the cost may be lower than expected, the quality is still sky-high offering you the best sound possible.

If you’re in the market for a set of cheap studio monitors for your studio or home recording set up, you’re in luck as there’s plenty out there that’ll do the job nicely. So, today we’ve put together a list of the top 10 best budget studio monitors that prove you don’t have to fork out a load of cash to get a decent mixing studio up to pro-level standards.

Here’s our best cheap studio monitors under £200

1. PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Monitors (Pair)

PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Monitors (Pair)

First up we have the PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Monitors which are actually the best budget studio monitors on this list for smaller sized rooms or for those in need of a secondary reference monitor but don’t want to destroy their bank account. At under £90, they’re the cheapest set on here and the good thing is you actually get two in the box.

So, why should I choose these cheap studio monitors?

They’re a perfect compact desktop monitoring system for mixing and multimedia set ups, providing you with 25 watts of power and 80 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response – you’ll hear everything! You have tight, accurate bass response thanks to the 3.5” Kevlar woofers and the 1" silk-dome tweeter provides superior imaging and detail that might surprise you given the low cost. There’s also a built-in headphone amplifier so you can mix in silence when those sessions get too late into the evening.

These are basically an all-round multimedia speaker system and entry level studio monitor system that’ll help you mix your tracks in high quality and act as a great option for you to play your music through. By far the best budget studio monitors for those on a strict budget.

2. Samson Resolv SE5 Active Studio Reference Monitor

Samson Resolv SE5 Active Studio Reference Monitor

If you can afford to add a little extra budget to your home studio list, then the Samson Resolv SE5 Active Studio Reference Monitor is a great option that still stands firmly as one of the best budget studio monitors available.

Partnering a budget friendly price tag with high quality, studio worthy sound is something the team at Samson have excelled at here as these speakers give you a whopping 70 watts of power as well as an accurate tonal balance.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

We love the Resolv SE5 studio monitors as they’re way under the £200. At just over £120 these budget studio monitors still manage to deliver a powerful sound that studio owners of all levels will appreciate. The 5” woven carbon fibre woofer offers up all the tight low frequency response and the 1.25” soft dome tweeter ensures all your high-end frequencies are taken care of without any of that horrible resonance creeping in.

These cheap studio monitors certainly don’t suck as they benefit from some really smart design features like the 4-position high frequency lift control. This particular feature allows you to optimise the monitor for different mixing environments so you can get the best sound possible whether you’re mixing, mastering or recording tracks.

Great for small to mid-size studios.

3. Kali Audio LP6 Active Studio Monitor, Black

Kali Audio LP6 Active Studio Monitor, Black

The Kali Audio LP6 Active Studio Monitor, Black is one of the easiest studio monitors to set up, which makes it a great option for those with home studios. Don't let the modest price tag fool you though, these studio speakers provide a pro-level sound!

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

With this studio monitor you get a huge amount of audio fidelity and crystal-clear sound thanks to a 1” soft dome tweeter and a 6.5” woofer which help to provide you with an accurate representation of your music without changing anything.

These monitors are ideal for those with smaller studios and bedroom setups thanks to the tailored EQ switch settings. The Kali Audio 'Project Lone Pine' LP-6 monitors have a range of handy guides on the back of the moni9tor which tell you exactly how you need to set them up, including handy EQ settings. This ensures you get the best sound possible for your set up.

The combination of these handy EQ settings, Low Frequency and High Frequency trim controls as well as class D power which provides 40 watts to the tweeter and 40 watts to the woofer, means you have an impressive set of monitors straight out of the box.

The frequency response of 39 Hz - 25 kHz ensures you have a lot of sonic room to manoeuvre and the max SPL of 112dB means you’re ready for any style of music.

These are some of the best budget studio monitors for those who need to set up quickly, have limited experience and those who just want a good sound with minimal fuss.

Available in Black or White

4. Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor (Single)

Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor (Single)

Next up we’ve got the Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitor delivers exceptionally accurate representations of your audio and is an ideal option for producers, DJs and musicians on a budget. For just over £100, you get all the control you need and extensive acoustic tuning controls.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

The Presonus Eris E5 Active Studio Monitors are some of the best studio monitors under £200, and even some of the best studio monitors regardless of price as they offer accurate bass mids and highs as well as a smooth and accurate frequency response. The team at Presonus have spent time developing a special weave within the Eris E5’s five-inch woofer which breaks up reflected energy for a more constant dispersion and cleaner sound overall.

They offer powerful Class AB amplification with a load of headroom left to spare. In addition, you also have the extensive tuning controls on the rear of the monitor. The three-position Acoustic Space switch allows you to adjust the monitors and compensate for the boundary bass boost that can sometimes occur when a monitor is placed near a wall or near a corner – ideal for mixing in a wide range of different environments. You can also adjust the High And Mid controls manually and utilise the Low Cutoff filter when you feel like adding a subwoofer into your set up.

With a 102 dB maximum continuous SPL, 70 watt, Class AB bi-amplification as well as an extremely useful amplifier “soft start” feature to eliminate popping on power-up – you’re getting a professional level monitor for a budget friendly price.

5. Yamaha HS5 Active Studio Monitor, Black

Yamaha HS5 Active Studio Monitor, Black

The Yamaha HS5 Active Studio Monitor has long been considered one of the most accurate nearfield monitors in this price range, providing small studio owners and home recording enthusiasts with amazing value for money and, most importantly, accurate sound.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

These are some of the best budget studio monitors as they are based on the industry standard NS-10M monitor speakers. They provide similar detail and accuracy but in a far more convenient active enclosure – and they’re a lot cheaper too!

A 54Hz - 30kHz frequency response ensures all styles of music are catered for and the newly designed transducers deliver exceptionally clear, natural and detailed sound.

For those with boxy or more bass heavy rooms, you’ll appreciate the ability to cut the low frequency response by -2dB or -4dB – ideal for those with smaller rooms. In addition, a High Trim gives you the power to Boost or Cut the higher frequencies at 2kHz if your room is quite bright.

Available in Black or White.

6. KRK ROKIT RP5 G4 Active Studio Monitor

KRK ROKIT RP5 G4 Active Studio Monitor

If you’re a producer constantly on the move or you’re mixing in different rooms from time to time you’ll love the KRK ROKIT RP5 G4 Active Studio Monitor.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

We think it’s one of the best budget studio monitors thanks to the fact you can tailor the speaker to your exact room size. This is made possible by the 25 visual Graphic EQ settings accessed through the LCD display – this feature in conjunction with the included KRK App means you can measure your room acoustics in realtime and make instant adjustments. This takes into account any sweet spots and problem areas so you get the best sound possible.

These 4th generation KRK ROKIT studio monitors have been redesigned from the ground up and include a new front firing port that provides better low end extension and punch. In addition, the high density open cell acoustic Iso-foam pads separate the speaker from the surface so there’s no vibration transmission creeping in to the mix. A 5.25" Kevlar Aramid Fibre woofer and 1" Kevlar Aramid Fibre tweeter have been built in so you can enjoy every aspect of the 43Hz - 40KHz frequency response.

Finally, the KRK RP5 G4 now features a Combi XLR / 1/4" Jack opening up a world of connectivity options.

7. Adam T5V Nearfield Studio Monitor

Adam T5V Nearfield Studio Monitor

If you’re an aspiring producer, you’ll know all about the Adam Audio A7X studio monitor speakers, but they’ll also know that they’re not exactly budget friendly. With that in mind, the team at Adam Audio have taken most of the many important features from the high-end S series monitors (which retail at upwards of £1500) and transferred that technology into the new Adam T5V and Adam T7V. Both of these studio monitors share the same U-ART tweeters and folded ribbon technology found in their higher end monitors, so you get crystal clear, accurate sound and high-res recording and mixing.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

The 5” woofer and rear firing bass port on the Adam T5V (pictured) provide massive sound, and the 45 Hz – 25 kHz frequency response ensures you’re all set for all styles of music.

We think these are some of the best budget studio monitors thanks to the inclusion of the precision waveguide used in the Adam Audio S Series monitors. The waveguide’s highly uniform dispersion of high frequencies provides an incredibly wide sweet spot, so you’re not chained to one spot on your desk when you’re working and you don’t have to remain in one spot to hear the best sound – ideal for studio owners with lots of room to move around.

You get 106 dB of sound thanks to the 50 W Class D amplifier for the woofer and a 20 W Class D amplifier for the U-ART tweeter, so power won’t be a problem and the 5 year extended warranty is a great addition.

You’re getting an absolute bargain here with these monitors as they sound just like the higher end Adam Audio monitors but don’t come with the higher end price tag!

 

8. Yamaha HS7 Active Studio Monitor

Yamaha HS7 Active Studio Monitor, White

If you love the Yamaha HS series studio monitors but you need to step up your game from the 5's, then the Yamaha HS7 Active Studio Monitor is the logical next step.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

This version comes loaded with a 6.5” cone woofer and 1" dome tweeter as well as an extended 43Hz - 30kHz frequency response. In addition, the team at Yamaha have built the HS7’s with a new transducer that provides a clearer, more detailed yet entirely natural sound, so you hear exactly what you’re supposed to.

We think these are some of the best cheap studio monitors that will actually suit pro-level set ups as they also feature a 60 watt LF plus 35 watts HF bi-amp system which means you get a total of 95 watts pumping out!

Finaly, the Room Control and High Trim response controls are a welcome addition. The Room Control allows you to cut the low frequency response by -2dB or -4dB cutting that unwanted ‘boom’ that can sometimes creep in whilst the High Trim lets you Boost or Cut the high frequencies at 2kHz to compensate.

A wide and consistent sound coverage also ensure you’re not chained to one spot on your desk whilst mixing – ideal for any size studio.

Available in Black and White.

9. Mackie MR8mk3 8" Powered Studio Monitor

Mackie MR8mk3 8" Powered Studio Monitor

Last but by no means least, we have the final entry into our best budget studio monitors, the Mackie MR8mk3 8" Powered Studio Monitor.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

These monitors provide pinpoint accurate sound and allow you to change the high and low frequencies accurately thanks to the high/low frequency filters found on the rear of the monitor. In addition, you have a wide range of connectivity options such as XLR, ¼” and RCA inputs. The ultra-wide sweet spot and high frequency waveguide ensure you have the flexibility you need in your studio, so you’re free to mix and record in a wide range of positions.

The 85 watts of Class A/B amplification and frequency response of 35Hz – 20kHz with 8” polypropylene woofer and 1” silk-dome tweeter give you all the power you need for your studio. A fantastic set of budget studio monitors that will provide the accuracy and power you need, as well as the control over your sound producers crave.

10. Adam Audio A3X Active Studio Monitor (Single)

Adam Audio A3X Active Studio Monitor

The Adam Audio A3X Active Studio Monitor may be the smallest of the AX-Series speakers, but don’t let their size fool you – these are extremely powerful studio monitors ideal for studios of all sizes.

So, why should I choose these studio monitors?

We think these are some of the best studio monitors as they offer superb sound, control and portability without breaking the bank. Thanks to the smaller size, these monitor speakers will fit neatly into any compact studio and can be easily transported should you need to take your studio mobile.

These are capable of pushing out frequencies between 60 and 50,000Hz, so all styles of music and audio are covered whilst the 2” X-ART Ribbon tweeter technology offers superb high frequency reproduction and response that traditional neodymium tweeters simply can’t achieve.

There’s a useful ‘Stereolink’ feature which has been designed to integrate wit your DAW and thanks to the additional input and output jacks for the second stereo channel you can control the volume for both monitors via one loudspeaker. However, the volume control of the other monitor affects its own volume so you can compensate for differences in listening distance. There’s also dedicated EQ controls on each speaker so you can make necessary changes based on your environment.

Shop a full range of studio monitors over at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to speak to one of our studio and PA experts.

best budget studio monitors

Updated 2019-05-17

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