If you thought you knew the BM5A, think again... the updates they made to the MKII series are worth a listen. This speaker can cover all genres of music with ease, and has smooth linear coverage, even down to the low ranges. After listening to these for several hours, I found that my ears were not experiencing fatigue as they would with many other monitors. Overall, a great pair of speakers to step up to!
The most natural sounding speaker I've heard yet.
I bought these two weeks ago. I've done a lot of hobby recording and mixing in my life, but I bought these more for a home stereo/theater system that I might (crossing fingers) use for mixing someday. I like to use studio monitors for my home systems because the value to performance ratio is off the charts, the speakers are small, and I don't need a dozen components. Finally, the clarity and spatial imaging is such that I can do 2.0 home theater and feel completely surrounded without all of the ridiculous cost and trouble of full surround.
The BM5A MK2s have blown me away with their combination of smooth, even bass, treble definition and clarity, imaging, and most importantly: midrange definition and accuracy. I've used Mackie HR828 and MR8 MK2s in the past, and while these were impressive to listen to, I never felt like I was actually IN THE ROOM with the instruments I was listening to. These Dynaudios are the closest thing I've heard to the audiophile experience of perfect balance and realism. I could hardly listen to distorted guitars on the Mackies as they sounded tinny and unnatural. On the Dynaudios, distorted guitars have the midrange girth that they should. I can't stop listening to Tool's "Vicarious." You can almost here the paper cones of Adam Jones guitar ripping under the power of his amps.
Finally, I watched Disney's "Frozen" with my 4 year old daughter, assuming I would need to add a sub at some time. I found the full spectrum of these to be so incredible that I will not need a sub at all. The bass is perfectly smooth and natural, but very explosive at the same time, and they are effortlessly loud and uncompressed.
I wouldn't hesitate to mix on these. They're natural and unhyped. They don't add or take away from the sound. They let you know when things sound bad, but most importantly, they also let you know when things sound good. Highly recommended.
One of the best gear purchases ever!
- Very comfortable sound, if I may use these term. After many hours of work ears never get tired. Clear balance. Very good not only for mixing or mastering, but also for just listening.
I don't understand why I didn't buy them earlier?..
Love these little giants
These little guys are great. Our production control environment has a tendency to get noisy, but these monitors cut through the clutter effortlessly while consistently deliviering the honest, unadulterated sound we need to assure that the sound produced by the musicians is the sound we are capturing.
A Clear Reference with some bottom!
I have been using the Alesis MKII's (the old version) without the ports. I have struggled with the mixes until I bought these from Sweetwater. I soon found out that the old style MKII's were giving me a false since of the stereo field. I also couldn't figure out why my mixed always seemed muddy and too bassy. It was because of the missing low end response and the clarity. My control room has been sound treated properly as well and I have used analyzers to make sure the sound is right. Ever since I have been using these monitors I was able to fine tune the micing for tracking and also make the mixes gel. Great monitors for the price. If you like to hear the bass and don't want to buy a sub, this will work for you. A clear choice! I love them!
Recently upgraded to a pair of the BM5As (from a pair of Behringer Truths 2301s). Nothing against Truths--they served me well for 5 years--but upgrading to the BM5As made a tremendous difference in my mixes. I chose these over the Adam A7s and the JBL 4328s, and for my room (which is on the smaller side), I couldn't be happier. I would also urge folks who are contemplating what to upgrade first (i.e. monitors, pre's, converters, mics, etc) to stronger consider upgrading your MONITORS before anything else. All the other stuff won't matter if you can't hear it!!
I've worked with my fair share of studio monitors. Luke H from sweetwater suggested these for my price range. SO GREAT! Honest studio monitors that will impress you with headroom! GREAT bass response! You'll be pleased with the True mixes.