Neumann KH 120 Reviews4.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
These speakers sound awesome! The Neumann KH120 monitors will not disappoint. They sound nice and balanced with a tight low end.
from Seattle, WA
August 10, 2012Music Background:
Recording engineer, live engineer, drummer
Unforgiving of a bad mixWhen I first set these speakers up, my first reaction was, "Ugh! I paid $1400 for THIS??" They had muddy low-mids, very congested midrange, but pretty decent treble. The vocals in the song sounded shrill, and the singer sounded out of breath. In short, they sounded worse than some cheap Radio Shack speakers. Then it occurred to me that maybe Kelly Clarkson wasn't proper material to evaluate these speakers with.
I queued up a recording of a jazz trio that I knew to be a full, sparse mix. The music leapt from the speakers; the bass was full, cymbals shone through, and the sound stage was immense. Still, the lower-mids were muddy. I fiddled with the EQ switches on the back and cleaned that up somewhat.
I then pulled up one of my own sessions; a very sparse, just-for-giggles song that had one acoustic guitar, drums, a lead female vocal, and backing female vocals. The singer's dynamics were very broad, such that I used both automated fader moves AND compression to make them more consistent. Still, listening on these Neumann speakers, I kept finding myself turning the monitors down at one portion of the song. So I swept and EQ notch around and found a problem frequency. I beefed up the kick a bit, and did some other final tweaks. I listened back on a more full-range source with which I'm intimately familar: my Sony 7506 headphones. The mix sounded HUGE! Big, full sound on the kick, nothing annoying in the drums, vocal sitting right where it should and no more shrillness!
These speakers reveal every little mistake you made in your mix. If these speakers aren't sounding good to you, it's the source material. Note: These never sound like a high-end hifi speaker. They're not supposed to. They are supposed to be completely neutral and revealing, and they do that job very well.
Robert L. Smith
from New York City
March 26, 2012Music Background:
An excellent choice!Took a chance on buying these monitors without hearing them first. My sales engineer knew my listening taste and it proved to be a good move. Needed something quickly to replace my old Event 20/20's. They are very different from the Events, but in a good way. Everything about them I love.The mid-range is stunning. Very detailed. Low end is excellent. Much more than you would think from a 5.25" driver. They are a little darker than most monitors, but once you get used to them they are nice. The selectable eq switches on the back cover every listening setup. To summarize, great mixes sound amazing on these monitors. Anything less than do not sound good. Which is really what you want from a studio monitor