Best 8-inch studio monitors under 500
Not too long ago I did a review of entry-level studio monitors. There are some great cheap options out there to get you going but what about monitors for the more serious studio setup. This time around I want to talk about monitors that are still economical but that can handle the job of any professional studio. I picked 8-inch monitor size just because frankly they are my favourite to work on. I don’t like mixing with a subwoofer so 8 inches gives me all the range I need. But that’s a personal thing.
Studio Monitors Under 500 – Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor
I’m going to start with my personal favourite. Not because they are the best out of the bunch but because these are the monitors I use in my home studio set up. I picked up my first pair of HS8’s back in 2008 when I built my first studio. I think the main reason why was because the white cone reminded me a lot of the classic NS10 look. Actually, I’ve been asked quite a bit how “do the Yamaha NS10 vs HS8 compare”. They are nothing alike at all. But that’s a good thing. I find the HS8’s are more versatile in project studio set up. For example, you can adjust the low and high’s to compensate for your space. So if you have to put your speakers close to a wall you can attenuate the lows.
The Yamaha HS8’s also are bi-amped with a total 120W so they can handle quite a bit. The Yamaha Hs8 frequency response is really good as well. It has a response 38Hz – 30KHz and is pretty true across its range.
A pair of these will run you under $800 which compared to some of the more pro monitors isn’t that much. Hence the reason I put these in my studio monitors under 500 review :D. But I think these will easily compete and give you an excellent true reference for your mixes.
Studio Monitors Under 500 – Presonus Eris E8
The other monitor that I really enjoyed working on over the past while is the Presonus Eris E8. When I first set these monitors up I wanted to see how the Presonus Eris e8 vs Yamaha hs8. And to be honest, they both were very similar ( which is good) The Eris e8’s have compensation eq on the back too if you need to compensate for your space. Which if you are working out of a smaller project space is very important. The frequency response is pretty even from 35Hz to 22kHz. So you get a lot of great low-end plus this Bi-amp speaker puts out a total of 140 Watts. So you have a bit of overhead if you like to monitor louder. Plus you can probably pick up a pair for around $700 so that’s always great news.
So there you have it. There are a few other nice monitors like the KRK Rokit 8’s or the Rockwell APM8W but I just haven’t really spent enough time yet on these to give you an honest review and add them to my studio monitors under 500 post.