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Old 19th April 2014, 05:10 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

Pretty new here.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts on using 12P's in a bookshelf as studio monitors.
I'm really liking the idea of adding a full range speaker in the studio to see how it goes.

I'm thinking the 12's would be best just as at the studio some times I need to crack it up a little more for clients and i'll have that extra headroom. Do you think the 12's will handle everything from metal to orchestral well?

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Old 19th April 2014, 09:45 AM   #2
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Full-range / wide-band drivers do not do metal well; orchestral might be acceptable up to moderate listening levels if the driver is used in a larger enclosure. As they say, YMMV.
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Old 19th April 2014, 12:05 PM   #3
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I have yet to meet a MA driver I didn't like, but I don't do metal or German Romantics. MA drivers are for subtle, not loud. But the, an A7.3 over a 12" sealed sub, Linkwitz transform, proper room EQ and the whole nine yards is a different story. This will pound and blow the windows out!

An A12P in a bookshelf speaker? I think not.

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Bob couldn't be more right

Sounds like the best class of candidate for all criteria listed could be purpose designed powered monitor, Genelex et al
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Old 20th April 2014, 01:11 AM   #5
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+2. They were born to work in a big box, where they will play anything loud.

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Old 20th April 2014, 01:11 AM   #6
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses.
I already have 2 sets of monitors in the studio.
A nice soffit mounted 3-way and a MTM book shelf made by Truth audio.
I'm just looking to add something that I can use to really hear what's going on in the mid range of recordings and like the idea of just one speaker showing it off.

Maybe I should look at a bookshelf set of alpair 7's?
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Old 20th April 2014, 03:22 AM   #7
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I think full-range drivers can have their place in studio work. Both full-range and multi-ways are a series of compromises, and having a pair of each may allow a sound engineer to better understand what is going on in his/her mixes.

As far as the using the 12p in a monitor, it could be a fine candidate but would require a rather large cabinet to get the extension you may want in a monitor. I would personally look at some other options, some of which could be found in the Mark Audio line.

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Old 23rd April 2014, 10:46 PM   #8
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I've made a couple of sets of studio monitors using twin A7s, the mids are fantastic. Listening tests were very positive against dynaudio and Genelec and ATC in a London studio. Getting a balanced tonal response from small boxes has been proving a challenge, though a little DSP can overcome that, so plate amps can tick all the boxes for an active build.

The linkwitz transform with a sealed woofer might be better, but you still have to look at passive crossovers. I would be interested to hear opinions on Linkwitz transform vs DSP in terms of cost/time/versatility/SQ etc
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How far are you all from the alpairs when used as monitors ?
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Old 2nd May 2014, 12:13 PM   #10
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On the assumption that by "monitor" you mean stand-mounted speakers without subs, then I have mine in an 8' triangle.

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